OKMULGEE, Okla. – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council held the monthly Health, Education, and Welfare Committee session at the Mound Building on July 19.
Passed legislation is subject to Full Council approval during the Regular Session.
The committee addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 23-070 Approving absentee workers for the 2023 MCN Primary and General Elections. Representative Anna Marshall sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.
Ramona Roberts, Holly Dunn, Lynetta Eyachabbe, Cindy Harjo, Lillian Thomas, Mona McManus, Carolyn Billy, Mary Peak, Brenda Hilligoss, Rita Williams, Diana Beasley, and Wendy Dunson were submitted by the MCN Election Board to serve as absentee workers.
NCA 23-054 Amending MCNCA Title 35 Chapter 13 Entitled “Tribal Burial Assistance and Food for Funeral Assistance Program” and authorizing the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds received from the United States Department of the Treasury for the fiscal relief funding for burial assistance. Representative Mark Randolph sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.
With rising costs, the committee seeks to raise the amount of assistance from $4,500 to $7,000. A total of $3,825,000 will be designated to the program with $1,275,000 designated for the remainder of the fiscal year 2023.
NCA 23-068 Authorizing a donation to the Holdenville Fire Department. Rep. Marshall sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0. Legislation was forwarded to BFJ for a funding source.
A new truck is needed for the Holdenville Fire Department to deliver first response services. The department has $150,000 to put forward toward the $479,500 amount needed. The remaining funds requested is $329,500, with the annual donation amount of $2,000 from the Council included as well. The truck will serve all Hughes County citizens.
MCN Secretary of Health Shawn Terry was not in attendance to give the monthly health systems update. Terry instead provided the report directly to the committee.
Mvskoke Media has requested the report from Secretary Terry’s office. At the time this article was published the report had not yet been received.
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