TERO replacement bill passes during Council session

TERO replacement bill passes during Council session

MNN brief

Secretaries of Health, the nation and commerce confirmed

OKMULGEE, Okla. — A regular session of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council was held Dec. 17 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

The Council addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:

TR 16-195 Confirming the nomination of Shawn Terry to serve as the MCN secretary of health. Rep. Dode Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 14-0.

MCN Code Annotated states that filling this position requires a nomination by the principal chief that is confirmed by the Council.

MCN Principal Chief James Floyd nominated Terry and the term for this position expires concurrently with his.

A LinkedIn profile for ‘Shawn Terry’ that was not verified by ‘Muscogee Nation News,’ lists a work history of: Hillcrest Healthcare System strategic outreach and tribal relations vice president, Oklahoma Surgical Hospital market outreach and tribal relations director  and Cherokee Nation strategy and development director.

TR 16-199 Confirming the nomination of Elijah McIntosh to serve as the secretary of the nation and commerce for MCN. Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 14-0.

MCNCA states that filling this position requires a nomination by the principal chief that is confirmed by the Council.

Floyd nominated McIntosh and the term for this position expires concurrently with his.

NCA 16-203 Repealing MCNCA Title 16, Chapter 9 titled, ‘Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office Act’ and replacing it with a new Chapter 9 titled, ‘Muscogee (Creek) Nation Contracting and Employment Support Act’ under the secretary of the nation and commerce. Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the amendment, which passed 9-5 with Reps. James Jennings, Adam Jones, Del Beaver, Pete Beaver and Joyce Deere voting against it.

This law would replace TERO, after several alternatives that have been considered by Council throughout the year.

Both TERO and this bill set forth guidelines and penalties that encourage the employment of Native American and Muscogee (Creek) citizens and their companies as vendors and contractors for MCN.

TERO is under the MCN Department of Education and Training and this bill would replace TERO and put oversight of its provisions under the secretary of the nation and commerce.

For more information view a draft version of the amendment here.

Rep. Mitch Jack was excused.

Stay tuned for full coverage. 

The summary of each bill is attributed to the planning session or committee agendas available on: www.mcnnc.com, and the MCNCA is used as reference material, an occasionally updated version of which is available on the MCN Supreme Court website at: www.creeksupremecourt.com.

It is also based on ‘MNN:’ staff interpretation, research and interviews possible: on our production schedule, through our resources and based on our experience and ability.

According to the MCN Constitution, every bill passed by the Council must be presented to the principal chief for approval before it becomes law. The principal chief has 10 business days to sign it or return it as a veto with objections to the Council.

The Council may override the veto by a two-thirds vote of the total representatives in favor of the action. If the chief neither signs it nor vetoes it, the bill becomes law after the 10-day period.

The votes for each bill are crosschecked with the agenda posted on the Council site after each session.

For questions or more information contact the Council office at: 918-758-1410.

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