Muscogee (Creek) Nation Approves Interlocal Agreement

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – A meeting of the Business, Finance and Justice Committee of the National Council of the Muscogee Nation (Creek) was held in person and by teleconference on May 12 at the Mound Building.

All laws will be submitted to the Plenary Council during the regular session on May 21.

BFJ discussed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to the wording of the bills:

CNA 22-050 An act of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing an additional appropriation to the Secretary of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from the 2022 fiscal year budget of the Nation and Commerce. Rep. Patrick Freeman sponsored the bill, which passed as amended 4-0.

The Bill will appropriate funds from the Interest Account to the Permanent Fund in the amount of $127,268.00.

TR 22-077 Amendment to TR 19-076 (A Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Resolution to Suspend All Special Credits and Donations) as amended by TR 20-150 and TR 21-080. Rep. Freeman sponsored the bill, which was delayed indefinitely 4-0.

The amendment would have allowed donations to political campaigns funded by the Secretary of Nation and Commerce’s FY22 budget.

TR 22-085 To authorize the Senior Chief to execute a certain interlocal agreement with the Pawnee County Board of Commissioners to detain defendants at the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center in Pawnee County, City of Pawnee, Oklahoma. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the bill, which passed 4-0.

The interlocal agreement will require the Muscogee Nation (Creek) to pay for housing for each criminal defendant at the rate of $45 per day.

CNA 22-058 A Muscogee (Creek) Nation Act amending MCNCA Title 49 § 1-105 titled “Drafting Committee.” Representative Sandra Golden sponsored the bill, which failed to pass after a 3-2 tied vote.

The bill would have changed the requirements for council members to serve on the editorial board.

CNA 22-059 A Muscogee (Creek) Nation Act amending MCNCA Title 37 Chapter 3. Subchapter 8 titled “Drug-Free Workplace” and creating a new subsection § 3-813 titled “Protection and Non-Discrimination medical marijuana license holders. Rep. Randolph sponsored the bill, which was delayed 30 days 4-0.

If passed, the law would allow the use of medical marijuana by MCN employees who hold a medical marijuana license issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health without risk of corrective action. (Drivers employed by the Transit Department are excluded) MCN employees are still not permitted to use, possess or be under the influence of medical marijuana during work hours.

CNA 22-060 A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation allocating funds in the name of the District Trial Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to pay for continuous alcohol and blood alcohol monitoring services provided by Recovery Monitoring Solutions Corporation. Rep. Freeman sponsored the bill, which passed 4-0.

The law appropriates funds from the interest account on the permanent fund in the amount of $100,000.00. The purpose of the law is to stem the number of tribal citizens who are imprisoned and cannot afford bail, and wish to contract services to provide global positioning system monitoring, continuous alcohol monitoring , radio frequency monitoring and blood alcohol testing.

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