Corporate Charter

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
 

CORPORATE CHARTER

OF THE

CHILKAT INDIAN VILLAGE
 

RATIFIED MARCH 27,1941
 
 

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON - 1941
 

CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE CHILKAT INDIAN
VILLAGE

A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JTTNE 18,
1934, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF MAY 1, 1936.

    Whereas, a group of Indians having a common bond of residence in the Village of Klukwan, Territory of Alaska, seek to organize under sections 16 and 17 of the Act of  June 18,1934 (48 Stat. 984), and section I of the Act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250), by ratification of a constitution and by-laws and a charter approved by the Secretary of the Interior, and
    Whereas, more than one-third of the adult Indians have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to this group of Indians,
    Now, therefore, I, Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the above cited acts, do hereby issue and submit this Charter of incorporation to the group of Indians organizing as aforesaid, to be effective when duly ratified, provided, that the said Constitution and By-laws have been duly ratified.
 
 

Purpose and Existence. 1. In order to further the economic development of the Indians residing in Klukwan, Alaska, by conferring upon the Chilkat Indian Villige certain corporate rights and powers; and to enable this Village and its members to undertake enterprises designed to secure for the members of the corporation an assured economic independence, the aforesaid Village is hereby chartered as a body corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name of Chilkat Indian Village, hereinafter called the Village. 
Membership. 2. The Village shall be a membership corporation. Its  members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Village as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws. 
Management. 3. The Council of the Village established in accordance with the said Constitution and By-laws of the Village, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated. 
Corporate Powers.  4. The Village, subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said Village shall have the following corporate powers, in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by its Constitution and By-laws. 
(a) To adopt, use, and alter a corporate seal. 
(b) To purchase, take by gift, bequest, or otherwise, own, hold, manage, operate and dispose of property of every description, real and personal, subject to the following limitations: 

1. No sale or mortgage may be made by the Village of any land, including water, fishing or mineral rights, held by the Village within any area which may be set aside by the Federal Government as a reserve for the use of the Village. 
2. No leases, permits (which terms shall not include land assignments or fishing, privileges granted to members of the Village) or timber sale contracts covering any land or interests in land held by the Village within any reserve set aside for the Village, shall be made by the Village for a longer term than ten years, and all such leases and permits, except to members of the Village, and all such contracts must be approved by the Secretary of the Interior or by his duty authorized reprresentative; Provided, That leases requiring substantial improvements may be made for longer periods when authorized by law. 

(c) To borrow money from the Indian Credit Fund in accordance with the terms of section 10 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48  Stat. 984), or from any other source, and to use such funds directly for productive enterprises, or to advance money thus borrowed to individual members or groups of members of the village for enterprises related to those of the Village.
(d) To engage in any business that will further the economic well-being of the members of the Village or to undertake any activity of any nature whatever, not inconsistent with law or with any provisions of this Charter.
(e) To make and perform contracts and agreements of every description, not inconsistent with law or with any provisions of this Charter, with any person, association or corporation, with any municipality or with theUnited States or the Territory of Alaska, including agreements with the said Territory for the rendition of public services. 
(f) To pledge or assign chattels or future corporate income due or to become due to the Village. Provided, That such assignments of corporate income, other than assignments to the United States shall not extend more than ten years from the date of execution. 
(g)  To deposit corporate funds, from whatever source derived, in any national or territorial bank to the extent that such funds are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or secured by a surety bond or other security, or to deposit such funds in the Postal Savings Bank or with a bonded disbursing officer of the Interior Department to the credit of the Corporation.
(h) To sue and be sued in courts of competent jurisdiction within the Territory of Alaska or the United States. 
(i) To exercise such further incidental powers, not inconsistent with law, as may be necessary to the conduct of corporate business. 

Corporate Property. 5.  The individually owned property of members of the corporation shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities without such owner's consent.
6.  The Village shall, at the end of its fiscal year, apply its income in excess of operating expenses during such fiscal year in the following order:

First: to payment of any due indebtedness.
Second: to creation of a fund for operation and for liquidation of indebtedness becoming due in the next operating period.
Third:  to creation of a reserve for depreciation of the physical property of the Village, and the undertaking, construction, operation and improvement of corporate enterprises.
Fourth:  to utilization for such social, educational and relief purposes as the Village may determine.
Regulation of Payments. 7. The Village may regulate the payment of corporate property in order to safeguard the interests of any minor, incompetent or disabled members, and of the dependents of members who might become public charges, and of the heirs or devisees of deceased members.
Corporate Accounts. 8.  The officers of the Village shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the corporation, which 
shall clearly show all credits, debits, pledges and assignments, and shall furnish an annual balance sheet and report of the financial affairs of the corporation to the Principal Teacher in Klukwan for inspection and forwarding to the Juneau Office of the Office of Indian Aflairs.
Amendments. 9. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Council or of the Village which amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult members of the Village in a popular referendum called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior, provided that at least 30 percent of the eligible voters vote at such election.
Ratification. 10. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of those entitled to vote who vote in an election called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior; Provided, That at least 30 percent of the eligible voters shall vote, and provided that the Village has ratified a Constitution and By-laws approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The ratification of the Charter shall be formally certified by the Election Board. The persons entitled to vote are those Indians entitled to vote on the Constitution and By-laws for this Village.

    This Charter is herewith approved and issued by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior and submitted for ratification by the group of Indians having a common bond of residence in Klukwan, Territory of Alaska, in a popular referendum called and held under the Instructions of the Secretary of the Interior.

                                                                                                                                                                            OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
                                                                                                                                                                               Assistant Secretary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                [SEAL]
WASHINGTON, D. C., March 4, 1941.
 


CERTIFICATION

    Pursuant to an order, approved March 4, 1941, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the attached Charter was submitted for ratification to the group of Indians having a common bond residence in Klukwan, Territory of Alaska, and was on March 27, 1941, duly ratified by a vote of 35 for, and 3 against, in an election in which over 30 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots, in accordance with the Alaska Act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250), and section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378).

                                                                                                                                           LEE E. DONNELLY,
                                                                                                                                     Chairman, Election Board.
ROBERT P. PERKINS.
              Government Representative.

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