Byline: Braden Harper/Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A joint Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Business, Finance, and Justice/Land, Natural Resource and Cultural Preservation Committee meeting were held in person and via teleconference on Oct. 24 at the Mound Building.
All legislation will go before the full council during the regular session.
BFJ/LNC addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
NCA 22-130 A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing the expenditure of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2022 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program for the benefit of the Department of Lighthorse Police Department and Emergency Management Department. Representative Robert Hufft sponsored the bill and approved for do pass 7-0.
The grant will expend $726,373.00, consistent with the approved U.S. Department of Homeland Security Budget. The funds will allow Lighthorse to purchase a bomb detection robot with bomb technician certification training for four officers. It will also enable the department to buy a CCTV camera system with 15 cameras and four drones with accompaniment training and licensure for six officers.
NCA 22-131 A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the benefit of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Looped Square Meat Company. Representative Galen Cloud sponsored the bill and approved for do pass 8-0.
The grant will expend $199,932.00. It will increase sanitary processing and packaging capacity, implement food safety measures, and allow separate packaging equipment for cooked and raw products.
NCA 22-132 A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for the benefit of the Office of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce. Rep. Cloud sponsored the bill, which was approved for do pass 8-0.
The grant will expend $1,256,000.00 and will be used to construct a waterline on Looped Square Ranch.
For video of committee meetings, visit www.mcnnc.com.