MIAMI –It was a very brief meeting of the Northeastern Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Council this month.

The newly appointed Tribal Affairs Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Carmin S. Tecumseh-Williams, introduced herself to the council and offered each tribe any assistance needed with Indian child welfare or child care issues.

She told the council, since taking the position, she has been meeting with tribal child welfare workers.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to build those relationships and work with the tribes,” Tecumseh-Williams said. “I am enrolled Muscogee-Creek. I started as, and have been a social worker for about 24 years. This position has been a very exciting; one, to come from the tribal side to meet the needs of our tribes, of our people, and two, to be on the state's side that I can advocate for our tribe so those same issues where tribes are involved."

Tecumseh-Williams now offices in Okmulgee and succeeds Jacque Hensley who resigned to become Tribal Chair of the Kaw Nation in July.

Ottawa County 9-1-1 Coordinator Rod Neal informed the council that one of the Ottawa County 9-1-1 Board members resigned and Quapaw Tribe Fire /EMS Jodi Francisco has been appointed by commissioners to fill the vacated seat.

It was announced that the ITC annual audit will be conducted in March of 2017. The ITC's 2017 calendar of events was submitted and approved.

The council voted to approve closing the ITC office for the remainder of Dec. 23, granting staff additional time off for the holiday.

The next ITC meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 18.