DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
CHILKAT INDIAN VILLAGE
RATIFIED MARCH 27,1941
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON – 1941
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE CHILKAT INDIAN
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.
|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.
|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.
| 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.
|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:
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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,
WASHINGTON, D. C., March 4, 1941.
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.