Financial assistance

Scholarship Foundation creates the Sterlin Harjo scholarship


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Lani Hansen / Principal Rapporteur

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A meeting of the Muscogee Nation (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee was held Nov. 10 via teleconference.

All laws passed will be submitted to the full Council at the November 27 regular session.

HEW discussed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in bills:

TR 21-149 Authorize the Senior Chief to sign a certain agreement between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health and Oklahoma Waste Management, INC. on behalf of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. Representative James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH wishes to enter into an agreement with Waste Management of Oklahoma, Inc. to allow MCNDH to access waste management services.

The deal requires NC approval because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from lawsuits, imposes an indemnity obligation on the nation, and requires the application of Oklahoma state laws.

TR 21-150 Authorize the Senior Chief to enter into a certain agreement for data use and reciprocal support by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. Representative Mary Crawford sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The MCNDH wishes to enter into a data use and reciprocal support agreement to allow the MCNDH to access the electronic health exchange services.

The deal requires NC approval because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from prosecution and requires the application of Virginia state laws.

TR 21-151 Authorize the Senior Chief to sign a certain agreement between the Muscogee Nation (Creek) Department of Health and California Mediterranean, LLC on behalf of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. Representative Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH wishes to enter into an agreement with California Mediterranean, LLC to enable MCNDH to provide certain e-health services required for the full implementation of the EPIC electronic health record system.

The deal requires NC approval because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from lawsuits, imposes an indemnity obligation on the nation, and requires the application of California state laws, and requires the place and jurisdiction for any litigation to be within the state and the federal government. courts located in San Diego, California.

TR 21-152 Authorize the Senior Chief to sign a certain agreement between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health and Healthwise, INC. on behalf of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. Rep. Crawford sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH wishes to enter into an agreement with Healthwise, INC. to enable MCNDH to access the patient education services necessary for the full implementation of the EPIC medical record system.

The deal requires NC approval because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from lawsuits and requires the application of Delaware state laws.

CAS 21-106 Amend subsection 3-301 of Title 37 of the MCNCA titled “Disclosure” to exempt all Ministry of Health staff from public reporting obligations regarding compensation. Representative Anna Marshall sponsored the legislation, which failed.

A list of all tribal positions such as names, ranks, person levels and pay is published in the Muscogee Nation News each year on July 31. The Muscogee Nation Department of Health wishes to be exempted from the list.

CAS 21-117 Authorize the expenditure of funds allocated from revenues from the filming of FX Series Reservation Dogs at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Foundation. Representative Marshall sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

The National Scholarship Foundation plans to establish the Sterlin Harjo Scholarship to enhance and expand the nation’s ability to meet the educational needs of our citizens.

The $ 10,000.00 scholarship pledged by John Solberg, Senior Vice President – Media Relations, FX Networks LLC, will initially be funded by proceeds from the shooting of the FX series, “Reservation Dogs.”

CAS 21-118 Authorizing spending from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 low-income household water assistance program funds to benefit the Muscogee ( Creek) Nation Social Services Program. Representative Crawford sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

The low-income household water assistance program of $ 5,503 will be used to finance the operation of the program.

CAS 21-119 Authorize the expenditure of grant funds provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. Representative Crawford sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH receives grant funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the amount of $ 126,605.00.

CAS 21-120 Modification of title 11 of the MCNCA, subsection 3-204 entitled “Compliance for the distribution of CMD funds”. Representative Randall Hicks sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

All items must be submitted by email, certified mail or hand-delivered to MCN, Community Finance Officer and received by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, April 7, July 7, and October 7 of the fiscal year of the grant awarded .

CAS 21-121 Authorize the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) funds from the United States Department of the Treasury to provide underfunding to Raising Native Hope. Representative Lucian Tiger III sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

MCN has received federal funds in the amount of 424,351,068.50 from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to help address the myriad of issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and support immediate stabilization households and businesses.

Raising Native Hope is requesting financial assistance to establish temporary residence for the homeless citizens of Muscogee (Creek) and other Native Americans and reintegrate them into society as self-sufficient individuals.

CAS 21-134 Modification of title 35 of the MCNCA, chapter 8, sub-section 8-102 entitled “Policy”. Representative Jennings sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

There is a need to increase the grant amount for the Tribal Energy Assistance Program due to the increasing costs of propane, gas and electricity over the years. Applicants can participate twice a year and the grants will be $ 600.00 to be applied towards applicants’ heating or cooling costs.

TR 21-160 Authorize the Senior Chief to enter into a multi-year funding agreement between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of the United States of America. Representative Lucian Tiger III sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The multi-year funding agreement must define the programs, services, functions and activities, and their associated resources, to be transferred to the MCN for the funding period of October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2024.

For video of committee meetings, visit: www.mcnnc.com.

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