Byline: Morgan Taylor/Multimedia Producer
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education, and Welfare Committee meeting was held on Nov. 9 at the Mound Building.
All passed legislation is subject to full council approval during the regular session.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 22-163 authorizes the Principal Chief to execute a contract with RMM Plus for the benefit of the MCN Department of Health. Representative Robert Hufft sponsored the Resolution, which passed 4-0.
RMM Plus will provide information security software to MCNDH to provide quality security to patient information. The Annual Contract requires a payment of $4,080.
NCA 22-139 authorizes the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council (DAC) Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. Rep. Hufft sponsored the Act, which passed 4-0. ($66,808)
The grant is to provide direct services to victims of crime. Services include efforts that respond to emotional and physical needs, assist primary and secondary victims to stabilize lives after victimization, assist victims in understanding and participating in the criminal justice system, and provide safety and security. The partnership includes the Family Violence Prevention Program.
NCA 22-140 authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority money follows the Person Tribal Initiative Grant. Rep. Hufft sponsored the Act, which passed 4-0. ($3,253,871)
Funds will allow the MCNDH to hire case managers at all facilities to help patients with contract health and the continuity of care.
NCA 22-141 authorizes the expenditure of Tribal Opioid Response funds awarded from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsored the Act, which passed 4-0. ($1,648,750)
The grant award is to provide and assist in addressing the overdose crisis in Tribal communities by increasing access to FDA-approved medications for opioid abuse treatment and supporting the continuum of prevention, harm, and support services.
NCA 22-142 amending MCNCA Title 15 Chapter 1. Entitled official Honor Guard to establish a Women’s Honor Guard and appropriating funds for the Este Cate Hoktvke Suletawv, honor guard. Rep. Anna Marshall sponsored the Act, which was forwarded to BFJ for funding source 4-0. ($105,000)
The Women Muscogee Veterans wish to establish a presence at parades, military funerals, and other gatherings. The total cost to be fully operational is $105,000 for the first year.
NCA 22-143 amending MCNCA Title 37 § 2-123 entitled “Este Cate Veterans (MVSKOKE Nation) Honor Guard .”Rep. Anna Marshall sponsored the Act, which passed 4-0.
The amendment allows each honor guard to have separate accounts funded annually by $40,000.
Meetings and agendas can be viewed at www.mcnnc.co