Byline: Braden Harper/Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Emergency Session meeting was held in person and via teleconference on Oct. 24 at the Mound Building.
The National Council addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 22-159 Authorizing the extension of the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce to continue operations of the OneFire Holding Company, LLC. Representative Patrick Freeman Jr. sponsored the bill unanimously adopted, 14-0.
Under the fifth amended operating agreement and an absence of a duly seated board, the Secretary of the Nation and Commerce will have all board authority until a new governing board is established.
TR 22-161 Establishing tribal membership in the National Congress of American Indians. Speaker William Lowe sponsored the bill unanimously adopted, 14-0.
Tribal funds in the amount of $30,000 will be used for tribal membership dues.
TR 22-162 Authorizing the Principal Chief to execute a contract with Gila River Resorts & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation At Large Gathering.
MCN will waive its sovereign immunity for the State of Arizona to govern the contract, requiring the Nation to indemnify Gila River and pay taxes.
NCA 22-138 A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing the expenditure of fiscal relief funding for OneFire Holding Company, LLC, for assistance with the RiverWalk Crossing Tourism and Recreation Improvements Projects.
This will allow the Principal Chief to authorize an expenditure of $2,243,090.69 from the American Rescue Plan Act. (ARPA) The funds will aid projects disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
The meeting, agenda, and full legislation can be viewed at www.mcnnc.com.