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Mvskoke Media Mvskoke Media aims to be the voice of the Mvskoke people by distributing information to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation through its newspaper, radio show, and TV broadcasts as well as graphic design and printing services.
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In 2015, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council passed the Independent Press Act, making Mvskoke Media one of a few tribal-owned free press outlets in the United States. The act provides protections for the outlet to report news and activities objectively without interference or bias. Mvskoke Media also provides advertising, graphic design and printing services to MCN, Muscogee (Creek) citizens and the general public.

Mission: Mvskoke Media aims to be the voice of the Mvskoke people by distributing information to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation through its newspaper, radio show, and TV broadcasts as well as graphic design and printing services.

Operating as usual

08/11/2020
Live Wire - Dr. Monte Randall

Going Live at 2 to talk about Virtual education program with Sec. of Education and Training Dr. Monte Randall

https://youtu.be/nSITrgXC3gg

Live Wire is a interactive live program where viewers can ask the guest questions in the chat. This weeks guest is MCN Secretary of Education and Training, D...

08/03/2020

Principal Chief David Hill Reacts to Oklahoma AG Hunter Press Conference
Welcomes commitment to continued cooperation and negotiation

OKMULGEE — Principal Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation released the following statement regarding today’s press conference by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter:

“As Mr. Hunter pointed out, we signed an ICWA compact with the state last week. We are pursuing other agreements of this nature while simultaneously ramping up our own resources. These facts demonstrate that intergovernmental agreements are more than adequate mechanisms to address the urgent needs of the moment as we transition to more permanent solutions over time.”

“Attorney General Hunter laid out plans to address claims from criminals seeking recourse under the ruling. We wholeheartedly support a rigorous process. The Supreme Court decision is all about fixing what was broken in the past to build a better system, not giving criminals a free pass. The simple reality is that today, as before, if you call the police they will come. If you commit a crime, you’ll be brought to justice.”

“By definition, historic decisions upend the way things have been done. The goal can’t be simply going back to the old way of doing things; it must be using the jurisdictional clarity provided by the court to build a better system that increases public safety and prosperity for all in the region, while ensuring all functions of government are being met during the transition.”

“AG Hunter characterized our situation as unique. But we are proud to say that there are actually reservations across the country similarly cooperating with local towns and local businesses. However we do recognize that each situation has it’s own unique circumstances which is why we believe a rush to seek one-size-fits-all legislation, especially legislation that hasn’t gone through regular order, is the absolute wrong approach.”

“We recognize that much work remains and appreciate the Attorney General stating his commitment to cooperation and negotiation. We have pledged to continue to work with any and all officials to find consensus and common ground for the betterment of all.”

07/30/2020

Muscogee (Creek) Nation announces Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission
Commission will focus on long-term growth, security and prosperity in the region

For Immediate Release

OKMULGEE — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill announced an Executive Order July 29 establishing the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission.

“As the only tribal nation whose lands were directly at issue in the Supreme Court case, we are mindful of our responsibility to play a primary leadership role in ensuring that the Court’s decision results in greater prosperity and safety for all,” Principal Chief David Hill said.

The United States Supreme Court ruling on July 9 affirmed the territorial boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Reservation, a determination that has positive implications not only for MCN, but for everyone within the Nation’s boundaries and for all governmental and private entities who wish to work collaboratively toward a brighter future for all Oklahomans.

“Members of our task force have already been hard at work addressing immediate jurisdictional issues, implementing new agreements and ensuring the continuity of government services,” Hill said. “But to give both Creek Nation and our neighbors the gains in public safety and economic prosperity made possible by the Court’s decision, we must develop thoughtful, comprehensive plans for long-term cooperation.”

The commission will be made up of Muscogee (Creek) citizens and conduct in-depth analysis of major subject areas that will include, but are not limited to: Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Indian Child Welfare and Social Services, Government-to-Government Relationships and Policy, Judicial Affairs, Legal and Regulatory Matters, Business and Commerce, and Violence Against Native Women and Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.

Principal Chief Hill will serve as Chairperson and will request that the Commission provide reports, including findings and recommendations, on any Executive Orders, National Council Resolutions, or other governmental actions that need to be taken to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of all of those living, or seeking to do business, within the MCN Reservation borders.

Another key aspect of the Commission will be its role in collaborating with other governmental sovereigns including federal, tribal, state, county, and municipality authorities, to ensure criminal, civil adjudicatory, and civil regulatory jurisdictional issues are addressed through mutual understanding and cooperation across the many jurisdictions that currently exist in eastern Oklahoma.

“We have a great deal of respect for our sister sovereigns here in Oklahoma,” Hill said. “Our Nation has a long history of diplomatic relations with other sovereigns, from Spain and England long before the existence of the United States, to states such as Alabama and Oklahoma, towns and municipalities such as Tulsa and Okmulgee, and our sister tribal nations.”
“Our creation of this Commission is just a next step in what we know will be a successful intergovernmental framework to ensure the safety, health and prosperity of those who live and work on, in or near the borders of our Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation.”

Praising the establishment of the commission was the mayor of the MCN’s capital city of Okmulgee.

“I see a great opportunity for a lot of positive action we can take between the City and Creek Nation regarding the McGirt ruling,” Mayor Richard Larabee said. “The Tribe having the formal recognition of their reservation status just reaffirms what an asset they are to our community, and I look forward to working with Chief and Second Chief in keeping Okmulgee rising.”

The commission will be effective immediately, and will continue its work for one year unless modified by Executive Order. The commission will issue its initial report no later than six months from the date of the commission’s first meeting.

07/29/2020
Mvskoke Radio July 29, 2020

If you missed this morning’s radio program give it a listen here. Gary Fife talks about the Census, and follows that up with a chat with Rep. Mark Randolph and Mvskoke Media Managing Editor Rita Courtright on the topic of Free Press.

U.S. Census Staff present an update on their campaign to count Native Americans; and National Council Mark Randolph and Mvskoke Media Director Rita Courtwrig...

Local school takes notice with the recent decision to discard the mascot name from the Washington NFL team.
07/29/2020
Union Public Schools to Review Mascot

Local school takes notice with the recent decision to discard the mascot name from the Washington NFL team.

By: Morgan Taylor, Reporter TULSA, Oklahoma – In recent events, several big-name teams including the once Washington professional team have

All Clans 10 and under softball team out of Okmulgee, OK competed in Nationals and returned as runner-up.
07/29/2020
Diamonds are a girl’s favorite bling

All Clans 10 and under softball team out of Okmulgee, OK competed in Nationals and returned as runner-up.

By: Lani Hansen, Reporter OKMULGEE, Oklahoma- The All Clans 10 and under softball team placed runner-up in the Southwest Region

On this day in 1974, an intense pursuit of a Schulter man would lead to what became known as the Shot Gun Slayings. Befo...
07/25/2020

On this day in 1974, an intense pursuit of a Schulter man would lead to what became known as the Shot Gun Slayings. Before the suspect could be apprehended 3 Officers were killed and then Henryetta Chief Police Chief Richard Larney was injured. Larney, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, is one of two remaining living members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nations first Modern era National Councils. Mvskoke Media will be bringing the full story soon.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation leaders restore critical components to press freedoms for tribally funded media.  Tune in Wednes...
07/25/2020
Free Press Returns to MCN

Muscogee (Creek) Nation leaders restore critical components to press freedoms for tribally funded media. Tune in Wednesday as Gary Fifes interviews Mark Randolph about his sponsorship of Free Press and FOIA.

Angel Ellis/Reporter OKMULGEE, Oklahoma— The Muscogee (Creek) passed legislation in quarterly session on July 23 that set Mvskoke Media under

Mvskoke Media has just earned a second Elias Boudinot Free Press Award! We are so honored to be recognized and want to e...
07/24/2020

Mvskoke Media has just earned a second Elias Boudinot Free Press Award! We are so honored to be recognized and want to emphasize to our citizens that we will be continuously working to improve our reporting of our tribal issues.
This is such a humbling experience for Mvskoke Media. Mvto to NAJA for all the support over the last year and half, and Thank you to everyone who supported free press. A special thank you to all those who paved the way for us to do journalism in Indian Country, we are standing on your foundation right now.

MCN restores free press with Independent Muscogee (Creek) Press Act - The Native American Journalists Association honors Mvskoke Media with second Elias Boudinot Award for Free Press in 2020. More: https://tinyurl.com/yyzqultj

07/24/2020
Free Press Legislation Passed and Signed

Stay tuned for the full video MCN Principal Chief David Hilll and Speaker of the National Council Randall Hicks signing into law a bill creating the independent statutory status of Mvskoke Media sponsored by Mark Randolph.

07/23/2020

The MCN Council has just unanimously passed and Independent Press Bill an Freedom of Information Act for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Final approval will depend on Executive Signature.

Muscogee Nation Festival
07/22/2020

Muscogee Nation Festival

The safety and welfare of our citizens and guests is our principal concern and, for that reason, the 2020 Muscogee Nation Festival is canceled.
We pray that you and yours remain safe and healthy while enjoying the rest of the summer.
We hope to see you all next year for the 46th annual Muscogee Nation Festival.

Native American Journalists Association
07/22/2020

Native American Journalists Association

The Native American Journalists Association supports NCA 20-037, the Independent #Muscogee (Creek) Press Act set for vote by the Muscogee (Creek) National Council tomorrow 7/23 during the quarterly session. The bill restores @MvskokeMedia representation on the editorial board, mandates agency funding and more #RedPressInitiative #freepress #Muscogee

07/21/2020
7/21 Executive Branch Press Briefing on Free Press Legislation

This weeks topic for the press briefing is NCA 20-037 a bill establishing an independent Muscogee (Creek) Press. Todays press briefing will be joined by NAJA Executive Director Rebecca Landsberry, and NAJA Associate Director Bryan Pollard.

This weeks topic for the press briefing is NCA 20-037 a bill establishing an independent Muscogee (Creek) Press. Todays press briefing will be joined by NAJA...

Extraordinary Session set for July 21 following Planning Session. Follow the link to see the agenda with legislation. fh...
07/19/2020
2020 Agendas – Muscogee (Creek) National Council

Extraordinary Session set for July 21 following Planning Session. Follow the link to see the agenda with legislation.
fhttp://www.mcnnc.com/2020-agendas/

In response to the Executive Order 20-01,declaring a state of emergency for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the National Council will be holding all meetings and sessions in the Mound Auditorium and limiting attendance to Council members, pertinent National Council staff, Principal Chief, Second Chief,...

07/16/2020
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Five tribes reach agreement with the State of Oklahoma: State Criminal Jurisdiction will only be limited when it comes to Indian trust or restricted lands.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and tribal leaders collaborating after the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision today released an agreement in principle for proposed federal legislation that will clarify respective state and tribal jurisdiction in both criminal and civil matters.

The attorney general released the following statement on the progress being made.

“Although there are many more details to be ironed out in the near future, we believe this agreement regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction is the best path forward for protecting the public and promoting continued economic growth in Oklahoma,” Attorney General Hunter said. “My commitment to our tribal partners is to work together to forge common ground on the issues brought to light by this case. Oklahoma’s tribal nations are a fundamental part of Oklahoma’s culture, economy, politics and governance. The relationship between the tribes and my office is based on trust and mutual respect. And that synergism has been essential to the successful formation of this important agreement.”

In addition to today’s announcement, the state and the tribes are continuing to collaborate on the immediate provision of public safety on-the-ground, including law enforcement and child welfare matters.

Mvskoke Media has a request in with the Executive Branch on this topic. See the link for the full agreement.

MCN’s Shawn Partidge shares processing time of applications and the two support programs
07/16/2020
Coronavirus CARES Act applications available

MCN’s Shawn Partidge shares processing time of applications and the two support programs

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– Muscogee (Creek) Nation approved the Coronavirus CARES Act funds that will be disbursed to eligible citizens which are

07/15/2020
7/15 Executive Branch Press Briefing

Tune in at 3 PM for a weekly update. This week we will be joined by MCN Citizen Sarah Deer Sarah Deer, J.D., and Professor at School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She will be with us discussing the McGirt decision and what it means for Indian Country.

This weeks topic for the press briefing is the McGirt decision, the MCN Press Secretary will be joined by MacArthur Fellow and MCN citizen Sarah Deer to take...

According to data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 1075 new COVID-19 reported in the last...
07/15/2020

According to data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 1075 new COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours. It is the largest number of reported cases in one 24 hour period. In a press conference today, Commissioner Frye said that despite the large increase, Oklahoma is still below national averages.

Of all cases reported in the state, 1976 cases are currently positive within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation. For the MCN boundaries specifically there were 314 new cases.

So far there have been 432 Covid-19 related deaths reported in Oklahoma. Of those reported deaths, 135 were residents in counties making up the Muscogee (Creek) Nations Reservation. American Indian and Alaska Natives currently make up 6.99% of the Oklahoma total cases.

***Note: The number of cases reported in the MCN tribal reservation boundaries does not indicate all those are treated at tribal health facilities or that the cases are Muscogee (Creek) Citizens.

07/15/2020

Gov. stitt has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19, he encouraged testing and social distancing. Commissioner Lance Frye reported 1,000 new cases. Updates with full story soon.

According to data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 993 new COVID-19reported in the last 2...
07/14/2020

According to data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 993 new COVID-19reported in the last 24 hours. Of all cases reported in the state, 1662 cases are currently positive within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation.

So far there have been 428 Covid-19 related deaths reported in Oklahoma. Of those reported deaths, 135 were residents in counties making up the Muscogee (Creek) Nations Reservation. American Indian and Alaska Natives currently make up 7.02% of the Oklahoma total cases.

***Note: The number of cases reported in the MCN tribal reservation boundaries does not indicate all those are treated at tribal health facilities or that the cases are Muscogee (Creek) Citizens. Calculation of current positive cases is done by subtracting recovered cases from the total positive cases for the county and then subtracting the reported number of deaths in each county.

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