Lani Hansen/Senior Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council held a Business, Finance and Justice Committee meeting Oct. 21 by teleconference.
All passed legislation will go before the full Council during Regular Session Oct. 30.
BFJ addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
NCR 21-009 Confirming Shane Berry to serve on the Lighthorse Police Commission. Representative Mark Randolph sponsored the resolution, which was postponed indefinitely with a vote of 4-0.
MCN Code Annotated Title 50 requires one member of the Lighthorse Police Commission to be selected by NC. The person must be a full Muscogee (Creek) citizen unless waived by two-third votes, possess an Associate’s Degree plus 10-20 years of experience in law enforcement, pass a drug test and criminal background check.
NC has selected Muscogee (Creek) citizen Shane Berry to serve on the Lighthorse Police Commission.
TR 21-140 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a memorandum of understanding with the National Indian Gaming Commission regarding criminal history record information. Rep. Patrick Freeman sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.
The National Indian Gaming Commission will obtain criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on applicants and disseminate the information to the Public Gaming Commission.
TR 21-141 Allowing the Principal Chief to execute grant awards and cooperative agreements with general terms and conditions for fiscal year 2022. Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The United States government requires that all federally funded awards adhere to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements upon receipt and acceptance of the award.
TR 21-143 Authorizing the Gaming Operations Authority Board (“GOAB”) to execute the Okemah Generator and Switch Gear upgrade project proposal with Building Electrical Systems, INC. (“BESCO”). Rep. Freeman sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The GOAB determined that it is necessary to commence a generator and switch gear upgrade project with Building Electrical Systems, INC. for Creek Nation Casino Okemah.
On Sept. 15, 2021 at a regular meeting GOAB passed Resolution No. 2021-40 approving the Proposal and requesting NC authorization.
TR 21-144 Approving and authorizing the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, INC. 2002 Master Agreement with BOKF, NA “BOK”. Rep. Freeman sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The Agreement to enter into one or more interest rate hedge transactions with BOKF, NA “BOK” and due to fluctuation in interest rates, BOK recommends designating one or more officer positions with the authority to trigger any SWAP in a timely manner in accordance with the Agreement.
TR 21-145 Authorizing the Gaming Operations Authority Board (“GOAB”) to execute the River Spirit Casino re-roofing service agreement (Phase 1) with Chamberlin Dallas, LLC. Rep. Freeman sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The GOAB determined that it is necessary to enter into the River Spirit Casino Re-Roofing Service Agreement (Phase 1) with Chamberlin Dallas, LLC for labor, materials, equipment and insurance to perform PVC roofing work for River Spirit Casino.
TR 21-146 Authorizing the Gaming Operations Authority Board (“GOAB”) to execute contracts for the Universal Power Supply Project. Rep. Freeman sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The Project will ultimately solve current power outage issues involving gaming machines, save on costs and ensure power and continuity of operation to all River Spirit gaming machines in the event of an unexpected power outage.
The project budget amount is $2,500,000.00 currently and contracts need to be locked into place to secure current pricing.
NCA21-113 Amending MCNCA Title 31 Chapter 3, Subchapter 10 entitled “Sexual Harassment Prohibited.” Rep. Thomasene Yahola Osborn sponsored the resolution, which was postponed until next month with a vote of 4-0.
This amendment shall be codified in Title 37, Chapter 3, Subchapter 10 of MCN Code.
Prohibition. Sexual Harassment is unlawful. The MCN does not tolerate Sexual Harassment in any form. Anyone found to have sexually harassed another person will be subject to a written apology and disciplinary action up to and/or including termination.
Sexual Harassment may include but is not restricted to using of one’s position of power/authority in the form of quid pro quo and other forms.
NCA 21-111 Authorizing an appropriation for the 2022 Mvskoke Art Market. Rep. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The MCN Cultural Center and Archives plans to host the 2022 Mvskoke Art Market on April 23-24, 2022 at the River Spirit Resort and Casino.
The Mvskoke Art Market will allow tribal artisans the opportunity to share and display their talents and skills with the general public, while also promoting our culture. The Mvskoke Art Market will fulfill that need and provide an economic avenue for artists to sell their artwork.
The cost for expenses associated with hosting this event is $52,582.00 as set forth in the budget.
For video of committee meetings and full legislation, visit: www.mcnnc.com