OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held May 11 at the Mound Building.
All passed legislation is subject to the full council approval during the regular session.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 22-056 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a Certain Agreement between he MCN Department of Health and Ted Conferences, LLC. Representative Mary Crawford sponsored the resolution, which was postponed indefinitely, 3-0.
MCNDH desires to enter into this agreement to use TED Talk Videos for the use by Behavioral Health Services.
TR 22-078 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a contract with Nihon Kohden on behalf of the MCN Department of Health, Council Oak Comprehensive Health. Rep. Anna Marshall sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
MCNDH desires to enter into this contract with Nihon Kohden to provide certain intensive care unit monitoring equipment. The contract provides for a payment of $28,885.18.
TR 22-079 Confirming the nomination of Elizabeth Yahola to serve on the MCN Citizenship Board. Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
Yahola was nominated by Principal Chief and will serve a term until June 1, 2027.
TR 22-080 Authorizing the Principal Chief to submit a grant application to the Administration for Community Living Administration on Aging Native American Elder Justice Initiative grant program for the Elder Services Department. Rep. Anna Marshall sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
The Nation, through appropriation will commit a 3:1 match in the amount of $500,00.
The Nation will develop tribal codes that protect elders, identify and develop tribally produced elder abuse prevention resources, hire three additional staff members.
TR 22-083 Honoring the legacy of Lanakay Harjochee, founder of Raising Native Hope, and proclaiming the second Saturday of September “Raising Native Hope Day of Service.” Rep. Sandra Golden sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
Lanakay Harjochee was a MCN citizen and the founder of Raising Native Hope. The organization helped bring awareness to native homelessness and provided shelter, “To rest, to heal, to give hope.”
NCA 22-053 Authorizing the expenditure of the American Rescue Plan Act Fiscal Recovery Funding for the benefit of the Children and Family Services Administration. . Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
The Foster Care and Kinship Home Recruitment and Retention Program will provide an incentive (total $2,200.000) for 400 foster care and kinship homes.
NCA 22-054 Authorizing the expenditure of funds awarded from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for the MCN Department of Health. . Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
The grant funds of $397,772.00 will be used to improve the physical and mental health status of people with behavioral health issues by developing an integrated and coordinated system of care.
NCA 22-055 Authorizing the expenditure of Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Family to Family Health Information Centers grant funds for the benefit of the MCN Department of Community and Human Services. Rep. Anna Marshall sponsored the resolution, which passed, 3-0.
MCN Department of Community and Human Services will be granted $96,750 each year for two years. It will be utilized to create Family-to-Family Health Information Center to provide the resources, education, support, referrals and advocacy through a cultural and trauma-informed lens for American Indian and Alaskan Native families with children aged 0-15.
In other business, Secretary of Health Shawn Terry discussed with the National Council the latest update on the tribes Health Systems and the Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Crawford joined Terry to discuss the finances.
The recorded meeting can be watched at www.mcnnc.com.