(Honey Caranzo/Reporter) A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held April 17 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Okla.
Funding increased for nurse education program
OKMULGEE, Okla. — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held April 17 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 17-028 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a mutual non-disclosure agreement between the MCN Citizenship Board and Document Security Systems in contemplation of Document Security Systems providing consulting services. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The Citizenship Board needs consulting services for the enhanced tribal card.
The mutual non-disclosure agreement contains a clause, which waives the Nation’s sovereign immunity.
TR 17-042 Requesting President Donald J. Trump to sign an executive order on tribal colleges and universities. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and the U.S. government have 37 chartered tribal colleges and universities.
The legislation states tribal colleges and universities are poorly funded and fall behind other institutions of higher education like other minority institutions.
Trump signed an executive order Feb. 28 supporting historically Black colleges and universities.
MCN requests that Trump sign a new executive order on tribal colleges and universities reaffirming his commitment to tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
TR 17-043 Confirming the nomination of Bruce Douglas to serve on the College of the Muscogee Nation Board of Regents. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
Ramona Mason resigned as CMN Board of Regents member.
The remaining term ends Sept. 30 and needs to be filled.
MCN Principal Chief James Floyd nominated Muscogee (Creek) citizen Bruce Douglas to fill the position.
Douglas said during the session that he worked for the college as the course curriculum director in 2006.
He said he has worked in public education for 21 years.
TR 17-045 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of understanding between MCN, Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town, Kialegee Tribal Town and Thlopthlocco Tribal Town for the method of allocation for the Nation’s proportional share of funding for U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds and the Indian Housing Block Grant. Rep. Dode Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
HUD has communicated to the Nation and tribal towns that they will choose a method of allocating housing needs if the Nation and tribal towns cannot agree on a method.
HUD previously used the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resident Service Area Indian Population Labor Force Report to determine the housing needs of the tribal towns and the Nation, which resulted in a loss of funds to the Nation.
The Nation and tribal towns agreed that it would be better for HUD to use enrollment for receiving their proportional share of funds for the Indian Housing Block Grant.
TR 17-046 Authorizing the principal chief to submit an Indian Community Development Block grant application to HUD’s 2017 Indian Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages for rehabilitation of rental properties for Muscogee (Creek) citizens. Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
MCN has been informed on the availability of funding from HUD for housing rehabilitation for eligible Indian tribes.
The Nation needs energy efficient low rent housing opportunities to support low-income tribal members.
As an Indian tribe the Nation meets the criteria of 24 CFR 1003.5 to apply for a block grant and execute the program.
The MCN Housing Department will meet the operations and maintenance plan through the departments policies and procedures which are in accordance with HUD regulations.
The expenditures for this project will be allocated from the housing department program income, which will be included in the MCN Indian Housing Plan for 2018.
A $250,000 leveraged resource match will be committed by the Nation through the housing departments program income.
TR 17-047 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a contract for electrical service with Public Service Company of Oklahoma related to the operation of the MCN Medical Center. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The MCN Department of Health needs to obtain an electric service from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma in order to operate the medical center in Okmulgee.
TR 17-048 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a master lease agreement with Olympus America for medical equipment benefitting MCNDH’s hospitals and clinics. Rep. Johnnie Greene sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
MCNDH wants to lease medical equipment from Olympus America.
It will be a 30-month lease and a $4,238.56 monthly periodic lease payment.
NCA 17-047 A $10,000 donation to the American Diabetes Association. Reps. Pete Beaver, Del Beaver, Randall Hicks, Mitch Jack, Lucian Tiger, Thomas Yahola, Rufus Scott, Jennings, Deere, and Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the Council’s Business, Finance and Justice committee for the funding source.
ADA is the nation’s leading non-profit organization fighting against diabetes.
The local ADA chapter is hosting the ADA Tour de Cure June 3 in Tulsa.
The event will raise funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy.
ADA is requesting a $10,000 donation to sponsor the event.
NCA 17-048 A $5,000 donation to the Sons of Mvskoke Organization. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
The organization was established in 2016 as a grassroots movement of Muscogee (Creek) men.
Their mission is to teach young Native American men the importance of manhood through spirituality, culture, physical wellness and leadership by mentorship.
The organization seeks $5,000 in assistance.
NCA 17-049 A $5,000 donation to Mojo Grappling. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
Mojo Grappling is a non-profit wrestling organization.
Their membership ranges from four to 15-years-old.
They practice four to five times a week at the Wilson Indian Community Center.
There are 25 grapplers, and 75 percent are Muscogee (Creek) citizens. Four out of five coaches are Muscogee (Creek) citizens.
They are requesting $5,000 to assist in the purchase of gear and equipment.
NCA 17-050 Amending NCA 04-110 (Establishing a MCN Nurse Investment And Scholarship Act and appropriating funds to purchase 10 slots within the registered nurse program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee) as amended by NCA 05-219 and NCA 10-152. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.
NCA 04-110 established the MCN Nurse Investment and Scholarship Act. The act appropriated $80,000 annually to purchase 10 slots within the registered nurse program at OSUIT.
NCA 10-152 amended the appropriation to $40,000 annually.
There is a need to amend the amount to $66,000.
“I actually sponsored legislation in 2010 to reduce that number because in 2008 we didn’t have anyone enrolled in that program and in 2009 we only had one, so that money was just sitting there,” Jennings said.
He said since there is a new hospital and a new clinic he is in support of the appropriation change.
NCA 17-052 Authorizing a $11,536 supplemental appropriation to the MCN Employment and Training – Nurse Investment and Scholarship Program for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
Due to the rising cost of books and tuition it costs $6,000 per student.
E&T is requesting an $11,536 supplemental appropriation.
NCA 17-053 Authorizing a $250 special appropriation to a Muscogee (Creek) citizen. Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
Samuel Chisholm, a full blood Muscogee (Creek) citizen of Taos, N.M. would like to participate in the 2017 New Mexico Senior Olympics Games.
The cost for Chisholm to compete in the Olympics is approximately $497 and is requesting $250 from the Nation.
NCA 17-054 Appropriating $27,029 matching funds to the MCN Food Distribution Program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and authorizing expenditure. Barnett and Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
Food Distribution participates in the USDA program.
USDA plans to approve the Nation’s FY 2017 $1,446,427 administrative funding.
A requirement for participating in the program and receiving federal funds is for the Nation to provide a 25 percent match of the grant award, which is $361,607.
Food Distribution has $334,578 and needs an additional $27,029.
NCA 17-056 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 11, section 3-201, titled, “Annual Community Operation and Development Fund. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which was postponed for next month.
MCNCA Title 11 section 3-201B would be amended to read, ‘funds may not be used for: community board/committee member stipends; personal rent or mortgage; personal loans; purchase of vehicle(s); per capita payments; board meals; gift cards; or mobile phones.’
NCA 17-057 A $500,000 supplemental appropriation to the MCN Tribal Energy Program for FY 2017. Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
The program provides heating and cooling assistance along with assistance in purchasing air conditioners for eligible citizens.
The program is requesting $500,000 in order to be able to fulfill the needs of all the applicants for the remainder of FY 2017.
NCA 17-066 Authorizing a $3,000 donation to the Hanna Rural Fire Association. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
HRFA is a non-profit organization and covers 70 percent of the families in its jurisdiction are Native American.
Every year, HRFA hosts a July 4 celebration for the community.
HRFA is requesting $3,000 to help with the expenses.
NCA 17-067 Appropriating $27,150 for the seventh annual Spirit of Oklahoma Football Camp. Rep. David Hill sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
The Spirit of Oklahoma Football Camp will hold camps in Beggs, Bristow and Eufaula.
Jamelle Holieway is requesting $27,150 to hold three camps.
The MCN Tourism and Recreation Department will be responsible for the appropriation.
The BFJ committee session was held April 20.
Approved legislation will be sent to the full Council session for a vote.
The Council’s quarterly session will be held April 29. ‘Muscogee Nation News’ will provide full coverage of the session in the next edition.