OKMULGEE, Oklahoma A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held on June 7 at the Mound Building, which was closed to the public but live-streamed on www.mcnnc.com.
All passed legislation is subject to full council approval during the regular session.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 22-088 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a contract with Echolab Inc. for the benefit of the MCN Department of Health Council Oak Comprehensive Health. Representative Robert Hufft sponsors the resolution, which passed 4-0.
A month-to-month contract will pay $550 a month to rent sanitation equipment.
NCA 22-066 Authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the Jasmyne Jack 2022 Dreamstarter Grant, Running Strong for American Indian Youth for the benefit of the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsors the Act, which passed 4-0.
The grant funds of $10,000 will be used to provide hygiene kits and period packs to Native American youth, ages 12-24, who are homeless or experiencing other crises. The Street Outreach services will be expanded to include educational workshops, awareness events, and social media campaigns. MYNS will host community-wide donation events and kit packing parties to involve youth in service-learning efforts.
NCA 22-067 Authorizing the expenditure of the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for the Community Living Expanding the Public Health Workforce within the Aging Network for Tribes grant funds for the benefit of the MCN Elderly Nutrition and Caregiver programs. Rep. Anna Marshall sponsors the Act, which passed 4-0.
Funds of $80,000 will be used to prevent and prepare for COVID-19 by providing support and information to older adults and those with disabilities by purchasing computers and printers for each Nutrition Center, purchasing “Little Libraries,” working with MCNDH to have group meetings for these individuals, and buy supplies for meetings.
NCA 22-068 Authorizing the expenditure of funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Services for the MCNDH. Rep. Hufft sponsors the Act, which passed 4-0.
Grant funds of $400,000 will be used to reduce the prevalence of suicide among native populations by improving care coordination, expanding services, developing activities, and implementing intervention strategies.
NCA 22-076 Authorizing a budget modification in excess of ten percent for the MCN Employment and Training College Work Experience Program. Rep. Deere sponsors the Act, which passed 4-0.
This will allow the program participants to visit the Ocmulgee Monument and receive cultural enrichment from this experience.
In other business, the Secretary of Health gave an update on the Department of Health operations along with a Health Systems Finance Update from the Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Crawford.
To listen to this meeting, visit www.mcnnc.com.