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CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

OF THE

DOUGLAS INDIAN ASSOCIATION

TERRITORY OF ALASKA
 
 
 

RATIFIED NOVEMBER 24, 1941
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1942
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE DOUGLAS INDIAN
ASSOCIATION, TERRITORY OF ALASKA

PREAMBLE

    We, a group of Indians having a common bond of occupation in Arts and Crafts, and the Fishing Industry, including the catching, processing and sale of fish, and the building of fish boats and equipment, belonging to Douglas, Territory of Alaska, in order to promote our welfare through the development and operation of economics and social enterprises, do establish this Constitution and By-laws in accordance with, and by authority of, the Act of Congress of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the acts of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378), and May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250).

ARTICLE I-NAME

    The name of this organization shall be the Douglas Indian Association, hereinafter called the Association.

ARTICLE II-MEMBERSHIP

    SECTION 1. Original Members.-All persons whose names appear on the roll, prepared in accordance with the Instructions of the Secretary of the Interior, of those entitled to vote on this Constitution and By- laws, being all the adult Indians belonging to Douglas who share the common bond of occupation, which is the basis of this organization, shall be members of this Association.

    SEC. 2. Loss of membership.-(a) Any member may give up his membership at any time upon written notice to the Secretary of the Council, in which case he shall no longer share in the activities and benefits of this Association.

(b) Any member who, after notice and an opportunity to present his defense, is found guilty by the Association of fraud or misconduct in his relations with the Association or of working deliberately against the interests of the Association, may be expelled by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting.
    SEC. 3. New Members.-Indians who have belonged to Douglas for a year and engage in any activity of the Association may be admitted to membership, pursuant to rules and regulations prescribed by the Council, upon a majority vote of the Association.

    SEC. 4. Rule-Making Power.-The Association may make rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this article, and, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior or his duly authorized representative, the Association may make rules and regulations containing provisions for the loss of membership and the enrollment and adoption of new members not dealt with in this article.

ARTICLE III-THE MANAGING BODY

    SECTION 1. Composition and Function.-(a) The managing body shall be a Council composed of nine members elected by the Association.

(b) The Council shall represent the Association in all its undertakings and shall exercise the poweres of the Association enumerated in this Constitution.

(c) It shall be the duty of the Council to report its activities and the state of the affairs of the Association at each regular meeting of the Association, at which time the members may outline the policies to be followed by the Council.

    SEC. 2. Election.-(a) The Council members shall be elected by the Association on the annual election date by secret ballot.
(b) The annual election date shall be the first Monday in January.

(c) The Council shall organize itself within 30 days after each annual election date by electing from within or without its membership a President and a Vice President, and from within or without, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such other officers as it may deem necessary. Officers elected from without the Council shall not vote therein.

(d) Rules and regulations governing the conduct of elections may be adopted by the Association at any regular or special meeting.

    SEC. 3. Tenure of Office.-(a) The term of office of each elected officer shall expire when his successor is elected and qualified.
(b) Members of the Council shall be elected to serve for a period of two years.

(c) The first election of the  Council shall be called and held under the direction of the Constitution, By-laws and Charter Committee within three months after the ratification of this Constitution. The members of the Council so elected, other than the President, shall divide themselves into two equal groups "A" and "B" by drawing lots, whereupon the term of office of those in group "A" shall terminate on the regular election date of the second January following, and the term of office of those in group "B" and of the first President shall terminate on the regular election date of the third January following. Thereafter each member of the Council shall serve two years.

ARTICLE IV-POWERS OF THE ASSOCIATION

    SECTION 1. The Association shall have power:
(a) To negotiate with the Federal and Territorial governments on behalf of the Association and to advise and consult with representatives of the Interior Department on all activities of the Department that may effect the Association.

(b) To manage and control all its economic affairs and enterprises in accordance with the Charter of the Association which may be issued under the Act of June 18, 1934.

(c) To employ legal counsel, the choice of counsel and fixing of fees to be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior.

(d) To levy dues, fees and assessments, for Association purposes, on its members and to provide for their collection and for their enforcement through the deprivation of privileges accorded to members. No such dues, fees, or assessments shall be laid except by resolution of the membershipadopted at any regular or special membership meeting.

(e) To prevent the sale, disposition, lease or encumbrance of any land, interest in land or waters, or other assets of the Association, without its consent.

(f) To make assignments to members of the Association of land or water areas of the Association for use and occupancy, in accordance with the customs of the Indians forming this Association or with the regulations of the Association.

(g) To aid needy members and advance the economic and social security of its members.

(h) To protect the natural resources of the Association.

(i) To preserve and cultivate the arts, crafts and culture of the Indians of this Association and their customs not in conflict with Territorial law.

ARTICLE V-BILL OF RIGHTS

    SECTION 1. The Council shall not restrict or in any way abridge the rights of the members of the Association guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States but it shall be its duty to see that the full constitutional rights thereof are maintained and preserved.

    SEC. 2. All members of the Association in good standing shall be accorded equal right and opportunity to participate in and enjoy the resources, property and benefits of this organization.

    SEC. 3. All members of this Association in good standing 21 years of age or over, shall have the right to vote.

ARTICLE VI-CHANGE OF OFFICERS

    SECTION 1. Forfeiture of Office, Removal and Recall.-(a) Any member of the Council or other officer of the Association who is convicted of a felony or any offense involving dishonesty shall forfeit his office.

(b) Any member of the Council who is absent from the regular meetings of the Council for a period of three months without cause or excuse, may have his seat declared vacant by the Council after notice and an opportunity to be heard.

(c) Upon a petition signed by one-third of the members of the Association asking the recall of any member of the Council, the Council shall call a special meeting of the members of the Association to vote upon his recall. If the Council member is recalled, the Association members shall proceed to elect his successor to fill the unexpired term.

    SEC. 2. Filling Vacancies.-If the office of a council member is vacant for any reason other than his recall, the Council may appoint a successor to serve until the next regular meeting of the Association, at which time a member shall be elected to fill the unexpired term.

ARTICLE VII-FEDERATION

    The Council may for the purpose of forming a federation or union with other organizations of like character appoint a committee to meet with such other organizations and submit its findings to the said Council for appropriate action.

ARTICLE VIII-AMENDMENTS

    Amendments to this Constitution and By-laws may be proposed by resolution of the Council or of the Association, 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 Association voting at an election called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior, provided that at least 30 percent of those entitled to vote shall vote in such election.

BY-LAWS OF THE DOUGLAS INDIAN ASSOCIATION
TERRITORY OF ALASKA

ARTICLE I-DUTIES OF OFFICERS

    SECTION 1. The President of the Council shall preside over all meetings of the Association and of the Council, exercising the usual duties of chairman and any others delegated to him. He may vote in Council meetings only in case of a tie or where the vote is by ballot.

    SEC. 2. The Vice-President shall act as president in the absence or disability of the President.

    SEC. 3. The Secretary of the Council shall conduct all correspondence and keep a complete and accurate record of all business transacted at Council or Association meetings. It shall be his duty to give promptly to the Government Teacher at Douglas for inspection and forwarding to the Juneau Office of the Office Indian Affairs, two copies of all minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Council or Association.

    The Secretary shall record all rules, regulations and resolutions in appropriate books, indexing the same and assigning a short title, and may publish the same for the information of the Association.

    The Secretary shall notify each person of his election to an office of the Association within five days thereof.

    SEC. 4. The Treasurer of the Council shall accept, receive, receipt for, preserve and safeguard all funds of the Association. He shall deposit all such funds in such banks or elsewhere as directed by the Council and, when a Federal Charter is adopted, in accordance with such Charter. He shall make and preserve a faithful record of such funds and shall report to the Council all receipts and expenditures and the amount and nature of all funds in his possession or custody. He shall not pay out or authorize disbursement of any funds for which he is responsible except upon written authorization of the Council.

    The books and records of the Treasurer shall be audited at least once each year by a competent auditor employed by the Council and acceptable to the Juneau Office of the Office of Indian Affairs, and at such other times as the Council shall direct. He shall give two copies of the auditor's report and, once each month, two copies of his trial balance to the Government Teacher at Douglas for inspection and forwarding to the Juneau Office.

    The Treasurer shall be required at the request of the Council or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to give bond satisfactory to the Council and the Commissioner. The Treasurer shall be present at all special or regular meetings of the Council. The Treasurer may with the advice and consent of the Council appoint assistants.

    SEC. 5. The duties of all appointive officers or agents shall be clearly defined by a resolution of the Council at the same time of their appointments.

    SEC. 6. All accounts, records, books and minutes of the Association shall be subject to examination by members of the Association and by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs or his authorized representative.

ARTICLE II-QUALIFICATIONS OF OFFICERS

    SECTION 1. No person may be a candidate for any elective office unless he has the qualifications of a voter.

ARTICLE III-INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

    Each person appointed or elected to an office shall subscribe to the following oath of office before entering upon the duties thereof:
    "I, ---------------------------------, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies; that I will carry out faithfully and impartially the duties of my office as ------------------------ to the best of my ability; that I will promote the best interests of the Association, inaccordance with this Constitution and By-laws.

ARTICLE IV-TIME AND PLACE OF COUNCIL
MEETINGS AND ORDER OF BUSINESS

    SECTION 1. The Council shall meet on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise ordered by resolution, and may meet at such other times as may be voted by the Council. The President or three of the Council members may call a special meeting on two days' actual notice to the Council members.

    SEC. 2. Unless otherwise ordered by resolution of the Council, meetings shall be held at the principoal place of business of the Association, which place shall be such location within Douglas and vicinity as may be determined by the Association by resolution.

    SEC. 3. A number equal to six members of the Council exclusive of the President shall constitute a quorum.

    SEC. 4. The following shall be the order of business unless changed by or with the consent of the Council, namely:

Call to order by the President.

Roll Call.

Announcement of quorum.

Reading the minutes of the last meeting.

Correction or approval of the minutes of last meeting.

Treasurer's Report.

Report of Committees.

Unfinished Business.

New Business.

Adjournment.

    SEC. 5. The Council may adopt regulations governing its procedure, and in the absence thereof, Robert's Rules of Order shall govern.

    SEC. 6. Every resolution, after the explanatory clauses, shall begin with the words: "Be it resolved by the Council of the Douglas Indian Association."

ARTICLE V-MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCATION

    SECTION 1. Regular meetings of the Association shall be held twice a year on the first Monday in April and first Monday in November.

    Special meetings may be called at any time by the Council and must be so called upon petition of one-third of the members. For such meetings three days' posted or written notice must be given.

    SEC. 2. One-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum at any meeting.

    SEC. 3. Meetings shall be held at the principal place of business unless otherwise ordered by resolution of the Association or otherwise specified in the notice of a special meeting.

ARTICLE VI-DEFINITIONS

    SECTION 1. Whenever the term "Government Teacher at Douglas" is used it shall be understood to mean the head Government teacher for the Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, or any successor official representing the Office of Indian Affairs in Douglas.

    SEC. 2. Where the masculine pronoun is used in this Constitution and By-laws and other documents of the Association, it shall be understood to include the feminine.

    SEC. 3. The word "adult" shall mean a person who is 21 years of age or over.

    SEC. 4. The term "Indian" as used in this Constitution and By-laws and other documents of the Association shall be understood to include Eskimo natives.

ARTICLE VII-RATIFICATION OF CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

    This Constitution and By-laws shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of those entitled to vote who vote at an election called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior, provided that at least 30 percent of those entitled to vote shall vote in such election, such ratification to be formally certified by the Election Board.

    The persons entitled to vote are all the adult Indians who are engaged in the Fishing Industry, including the catching, processing, and selling of fish and the building of fishing boats and equipment, and in the Arts and Crafts Industry, in Douglas, Territory of Alaska, and whose names appear on the roll of such Indians compiled under the Instructions of the Secretary of the Interior.

APPROVAL

    This Constitution and By-laws is hereby approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior and submitted for acceptance or rejection by the group of Indians having a common bond of occupation in Douglas, Territory of Alaska, in an election called and held under the Instructions of the Secretary of the Interior.

    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 Constitution and By laws, will be inapplicable to the Douglas Indian Association from and after the date of adoption of this constitution.

    All officers and employees of the Interior Department are ordered to abide by the provisions of the said Constitution and By-laws.

OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,

Assistant Secretary.

[SEAL]

    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 1941.

CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION

    Pursuant to an order, approved May 29, 1941, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the attached Constitution and By-laws was subrnitted for ratification to the group of Indians having a common bond of occupation in Douglas, Territory of Alaska, and was on November 24, 1941, duly ratified by a vote of 46 for, and none against in an election in which over 30 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots, in accordance with section 16 of the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378), and the Act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250).

FRANK WILSON,

Chairman, Election Board.

PAUL KINCH,

Secretary, Election Board.

    JAMES L. HOBGOOD,

           Government Representative.