DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
CADDO INDIAN TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
RATIFIED NOVEMBER 15,1938
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE CADDO INDIAN TRIBE
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF
JUNE 26, 1936
Whereas, the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma constitutes
a recognized Tribe of Indians residing in Oklahoma, organized under a constitution
and by-laws approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior on November
15,1937, and ratified by the Indians of the said tribe on January 17,1938,
pursuant to Section 3 of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June 26, 1936
(49 Stat. 1967) ; and
Whereas, the said tribe, by resolution of the Caddo Executive Committee duly authorized, has requested that a charter of incorporation be issued to the said tribe subject to ratification by vote of the members of the Tribe;
Now, therefore, I, W. C. Mendenhall, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the said Act of June 26, 1936, do hereby issue this charter of incorporation to the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, to be effective from and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority vote of the adult members of the Caddo Indian Tribe voting: Provided, however, That such election shall be void unless the total vote cast be at least 30 per cent of those entitled to vote.
|Corporate Purposes.||1. The corporate purposes of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma shall
(a) To define and safeguard the rights and powers of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma and its members.
|Name, Membership and Organization.||2. The name of this corpoation shall be the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, as provided in the Constitution and By-laws of the said tribe. The membership, the officers, and the management of the incorporated tribe shall be as provided in the said constitution and by-laws.|
|Corporate Powers.||3. The Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, subject to any restrictions
contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States or in the Constitution
and By-laws of the Tribe, and to the limitations of Sections 4 and 5 of
this Charter, shall have the following corporate powers as provided by
Section 3 of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June 26,1936.
(a) To have succession by its corporate name perpetually.
|Limitations of Corporate Powers.||4. The foregoing corporate powers shall be subject to the following
(a) No tribal land or interest in land shall ever be sold or mortgaged.
|Departmental Review of Corporate Acts.||5. Until five years from the date of ratification of this Charter,
or such other date as may be fixed pursuant to Section 6, the following
corporate acts or transactions shall be valid only after approval by the
Secretary of the Interior or his duly authorized.
(a) Any contract involving a payment by the Tribe of more than a total sum of $3,000 or of more than $1,200 in any one year.
|Extension and Termination of Supervisory Powers.||6. At any time within five years after the ratification of this Charter,
any power of review established by section 5 may be terminated by the Secretary
of the Interior with the consent of the Caddo Executive Committee. At or
before the expiration of this five-year period the Secretary may propose
extension of this period. Such proposed extension shall be effective unless disapproved by a majority vote of the Caddo Council.
|Corporate Rights and Property.||7. All rights and powers heretofore vested in the Caddo Rights Indian Tribe of Oklahoma not expressly referred to in the Constitution. By-laws or charter of the said tribe, shall not be abridged, but may be exercised by the people of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, through the adoption of appropriate additions and amendments to the Constitution and By-laws or Charter of the said tribe. No property rights or claims of the Caddo Indian Tribe existing prior to the ratification of this Charter shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter. The tribal ownership of unallotted lands, whether or not occupied by any particular individual, is hereby expressly recognized. The individually owned property of members of the Tribe shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities without such owners' consent.|
|Amendments.||8. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by an Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by a majority vote of the Caddo Executive Committee or by a petition of 50 adult members of the Tribe. Such amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be submitted to referendum vote of all adult members of the Tribe, and shall be effective if approved by a two-thirds vote of the membership voting in person provided that at least 90 votes are cast.|
|Ratification.||9. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma: Provided, That at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Kiowa Indian Agency and by the Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of the Tribe.|
I, W. C. Mendenhall, the Acting Assistant Secretary
of the Interior of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority
granted me by the Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967), do hereby approve
the attached Charter of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma, subject to ratification
by the Tribe in the manner therein provided.
Upon ratification of this Charter all rules and regulations heretofore promulgated by the Interior Department or by the Office of Indian Affairs, so far as they may be incompatible with any of the provisions of the said Charter and the Constitution and By-laws, approved by me on November 15, 1937 and duty ratified by the Tribe on January 17, 1938, are declared inapplicable to the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma.
All officers and employees of the Interior Department are ordered to abide by the provisions of the said Constitution and By-laws, and the Charter if, and when, ratified by the Tribe.
Approval recommended September 15, 1938.
F. H. DAIKER,
Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
W. C. MENDENHALL,
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., October 11. 1938
Pursuant to section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936
(49 Stat. 1967), this Charter, issued on October 11, 1938 by the Acting
Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma was
duly submitted for ratification to the adult members of the Tribe, and
was on November 15, 1938 duly ratified by a vote of 193 for, and 55 against,
in an election in which over 30 per cent of those entitled to vote cast
Chairman of the Caddo Tribe.
Secretary of the Caddo Tribe.
W. B. McCOWN,
Superintendent, Kiowa Indian Agency.