OKUMLGEE, Oklahoma – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council held a Health, Education, and Welfare committee meeting at the Mound Building on Jan. 11.
All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the regular session on Jan. 26.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 23-009 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a Provider Participation Agreement with United Healthcare Insurance Company for the benefit of the MCN Department of Health. Representative Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed, 4-0.
United Healthcare Insurance Co. provides healthcare services for some patients within the MCN Healthcare system.
TR 23- 010 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a Master Subscription Agreement and Data Processing Addendum with Brightly Software for the benefit of the MCN Department of Health. Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed, 4-0.
The MCN desires this agreement to improve workflow and security.
TR 23-011 authorizes the Principal Chief to execute an Order Form and Master Agreement with Maven Clinic Co. for the benefit of the MCN Department of Health. Rep. Mary Crawford sponsored the resolution, which passed, 4-0.
The agreement provides virtual option appointments for expecting mothers and supportive fathers.
TR 23-012 Approving the early in-person voting sites for the 2023 Election Cycle. Rep. Anna Marshall sponsored the resolution, which passed, 4-0.
The Election Board has determined four locations to serve as early voting sites: Eufaula Indian Community Center, Okmulgee Indian Community, Okemah Indian Community Center, and Tulsa Indian Community Center.
NCA 23-002 Authorizing the expenditure of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fiscal year recovery funds for the purchase and creation of a Mvskoke language video game. Rep. Galen Cloud sponsored the Act, which was passed, 3-1. Rep. Leonard Gouge and Huft were added as co-sponsors. Rep. Crawford voted against the legislation.
ARPA funds of $3,700,000 are being mobilized for the MVskoke Language Department to utilize in the language revitalization to create a video game if the whole Council approves.
NCA 23-003 Authorizing the expenditure of third-party funds to the MCN Department of Health for the operations, goods, and supplies for the council oak hotel Sponsor. Rep. Crawford sponsored the Act, which was passed, 4-0.
The MCNDOH is receiving third-party funds with the NC approval needed to expend the funds in the amount of $518,980.
NCA 23-004 Authorizing the expenditure of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant for the benefit of the Emergency Management Department. Rep. Crawford sponsored the Act, which was passed, 4-0.
The funds of $58,128.32 will benefit the Storm Shelter Program.
NCA 23-005 Authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the National Indian Health Board for the benefit of the Eufaula dormitory Rep. Crawford sponsored the Act, which was passed, 4-0.
The $11,468 will be used to purchase supplies for two isolation rooms and for COVID information posters to be distributed throughout the dormitory.
NCA 23-006 Authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the United States Department of Agriculture to benefit the Food Distribution Program. Rep. Crawford sponsored the Act, which was passed, 4-0.
The grant funds of $4,375.00 will be used to create and disseminate culturally relevant nutrition education resources that can encourage American Indian/Alaskan Natives to learn essential nutrition, food safety, meal planning, and healthy living.
The meeting can be viewed at www.mcnnc.com