Veterans memorial donation passes through committees

Veterans memorial donation passes through committees
(Mark Hill/Graphics Supervisor) The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee and Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee held a joint meeting Sept. 25 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Approval of beer sales for two communities discussed

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee and Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee held a joint meeting Sept. 25 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

All legislation passed during the session will go before the full Council Sept. 29 for vote. Mvskoke Media will provide coverage of this session.

HEW/LNC addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:

TR 18-111 Approving beer sales at the Twin Hills Indian Community Convenience Store Plaza. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which 7-0.

THIC is seeking approval to sell beer in excess of or stronger than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume by the package at the THIC Convenience Store Plaza for off-premises consumption.

TR 18-112 Approving beer sales at Checotah Creek Indian Community Smoke Shops. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the resolution, which passed 7-0.

CCIC is seeking approval to sell beer in excess of or stronger than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume by the package for off-premises consumption at both of the community Smoke Shops.

NCA 18-137 Authorizing a $50,000 donation to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian for the creation of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 5-2 with Reps. Mark Randolph and Rufus Scott voting against it.

NMAI has been charged with building the National Native American Veterans Memorial. This will be the first memorial to honor Native American veterans in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Defense recognizes that 31,000 American Indian and Alaska Native men and woman are on active duty serving around the world. There are currently 140,000 living American Indian veterans.

Groundbreaking for the memorial is set for Sept. 21, 2019 and it is set to open late 2020.

Reps. Patrick Freeman and Darrell Proctor were absent.

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