DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
CHILKOOT INDIAN ASSOCIATION
RATIFIED DECEMBER 5, 1941
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE CHILKOOT INDIAN
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE
18,1934, AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF MAY 1, 1936
Whereas, a group of Indians having a common bond
of residence in the town of Haines, 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 Seceretary 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 has been duly ratified.
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1. In order to further the economic development of the Indians residing in Haines, Alaska, by conferring upon the Chilkoot Indian Association certain corporate rights and powers and to enable this Association and its members to undertake enterprises designed to secure for the members of the corporation an assured economic independence, the aforesaid Association is hereby, chartered as a body corporate of the United States of America under the corporate name of Chilkoot Indian Association, hereinafter called the Association
2. The Association shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Association as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By- laws.
3. The Council of the Association established in accordance with the said Constitution and By-laws of the Association, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
4. The Association, subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said Association, 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.
5. The individually owned property of members of the corporation shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities without such owners consent.
6. The Association 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.
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7. The Association may regulate the payment of corporate property in order to safeguard interests of any minor, incompetent or disabled members, and of the dependents of members who might become a public charge, and of the heirs or devisees of deceased members.
8. The officers of the Association shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the corporation, which shall clearly show all credits, debts, pledges, and assignments, and shall furnish an annual balance sheet and report of the financial affairs of the corporation to the Principal Teacher in Haines for inspection and forwarding to the Juneau Office of the Office of Indian Affairs.
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 Association which amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, provided that at least 30 percent of the eligible voters vote at such an election.
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 least 30 percent of the eligible voters vote, and provided that the Association 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 Association.
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 Haines, 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., May 27, 1941
Pursuant to an order, approved July 13, 1938, by
the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the attached Charter was submitted
for ratification to the group of Indians having a common bond of residence
in Haines, Territory of Alaska, and was on December 5, 1941, duly ratified
by a vote of 21 for, and 0 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).
JOHN M. THLUNAUT,
Chairman, Election Board.
SAMUEL P. TROUTMAN,