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Scholarship Foundation to establish the Sterlin Harjo Scholarship

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Lanny Hansen / Senior Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – The National Council Health, Education, and Welfare Committee meeting took place in Muscogee (Creek) on November 10 through a conference call.

All approved legislation will be presented to the full assembly during the regular session on November 27.

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HEW has taken up the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributable to the language in the bills:

TR 21-149 Authorizing the principal to implement a specific agreement between the Muscogee National Health Service (Creek) and Waste Management in Oklahoma, INC on behalf of the Muscogee National Health Service (Creek). Rep. James Jennings gave sponsorship of the resolution, which approved 4-0.

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

The agreement requires North Carolina’s consent because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from lawsuit, imposes an obligation to indemnify the nation and requires enforcement of Oklahoma’s laws.

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TR 21-150 The principal’s authorization to implement a specific use of data and a mutual support agreement by the Muscogee National Department of Health (Creek). Representative Mary Crawford co-sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH wishes to enter into a Data Use and Mutual Support Agreement to allow MCNDH to access electronic health exchange services.

The agreement requires North Carolina’s consent because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from suit and requires application of Virginia laws.

TR 21-151 Authorizing the Principal to implement a specific agreement between the Muscogee NHS (Creek) and California Mediterranean, LLC on behalf of the Muscogee NHS (Creek). Rep. Jennings made a decision approving the 4-0 decision.

MCNDH wishes to enter into an agreement with California Mediterranean, LLC to allow MCNDH to have certain electronic health services as needed in order to fully implement the EPIC system.

The agreement requires North Carolina’s approval because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from lawsuit, imposes an obligation to indemnify the nation, requires application of California laws, and requires venue and jurisdiction for any state and federal disputes. Courts located in San Diego, California.

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TR 21-152 Authorizing the Principal to implement a specific agreement between the Muscogee National Health Service (Creek) and Healthwise, INC on behalf of the Muscogee National Health Service (Creek). Rep. Crawford upheld the decision, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH wishes to enter into an agreement with Healthwise, INC. To allow MCNDH to access patient education services needed to fully implement the EPIC Health Records System.

The agreement requires North Carolina’s approval because it waives the nation’s sovereign immunity from lawsuit and requires the application of Delaware laws.

CAS 21-106 Amend subsection 3-301 of MCNCA Title 37 “Information to be Provided” to exempt all Department of Health employees from the general reporting requirements relating to compensation. Representative Anna Marshall sponsored the legislation, which failed.

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

CAS 21-117 Endorsing spending of funds awarded from revenue received from filming FX Series Reservation Dogs to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Foundation. And Representative Marshall sponsored the legislation that passed 4-0.

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

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

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CAS 21-118 Endorsement of Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families Spending U.S. Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for Low Income Home Water Assistance Program funds for the Muscogee Nation Social Services Program (CRIC). Representative Crawford sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

The $5,503.00 Low Income Home Water Assistance Program will be used to provide operating funds for the program.

CAS 21-119 Endorsing the spending of grant money awarded by the Department of Health Resources and Services to the Muskogee Department of Health (Creek). Representative Crawford sponsored the legislation, which passed 4-0.

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

CAS 21-120 Amendment to MCNCA Title 11, Subsection 3-204 “Compliance with Distribution of CMD Funds.” Representative Randall Hicks sponsored the legislation that passed 4-0.

All items must be sent by email, certified mail, or hand delivered to MCN, the Community Finance Officer and received by 5 PM on January 7, April 7, July 7, and October 7 of the financial year for the award awarded.

CAS 21-121 Authorizing the spending of ARPA funds from the US Treasury to provide secondary funding for Raising Native Hope. Representative Lucien Tiger III sponsored the legislation that passed 4-0.

MCN has received $424,351,068.50 federal funds from the US Rescue Plan Act and the Local Financial Recovery Fund to help address a myriad of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and support immediate stability for families and businesses.

Raising Native Hope is requesting financial assistance to establish a temporary living facility for homeless Muscogee (Creek) citizens and other Native Americans, and to return them to the community as self-supporting individuals.

CAS 21-134 Amendment to MCNCA Title 35, Chapter 8, Subsection 8-102 entitled “Politics.” Rep. Jennings sponsored legislation that passed 4-0.

There is a need to increase the grant amount for the Clan Energy Assistance Program due to the increased costs of propane, gas, and electricity over the years. Applicants may participate twice annually and grants must be $600.00 to be applied to applicants’ heating or cooling costs.

TR 21-160 Authorizing the principal to implement 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 Lucien Tiger III gave sponsorship of the resolution, which approved 4-0.

The multi-year funding agreement defines the associated programmes, services, functions, activities and resources, to be transferred to MCN for the funding period from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.

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

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