DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
GILA RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA
RATIFIED FEBRUARY 28,1938
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE GILA RIVER PIMA-
MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF
Whereas, the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
of the Gila River Reservation is a recognized Indian tribe organized under
a constitution and by-laws ratified by the Community on March 28, 1936,
and approved bv the Secretary of the Interior on May 14, 1936, pursuant
to section 16 of the Act of June 18,1934 (48 Stat. 984) as amended by the
Act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378); and
Whereas, more than one-third of the adult members of the Community have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to such Community, subject to ratification by a vote of the adult Indians living on the Reservation;
Now, therefore, I, Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the said Act of June, 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984) do hereby issue and submit this charter of incorporation to the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Gila River Reservation to be effective from and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority vote at an election in which at least 30 per cent of the adult Indians living on the Reservation shall vote.
|Corporate Existence and Purpose.||1. In order to further the economic development of the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Gila River Reservation in Arizona by conferring upon the said Community certain corporate rights, powers, privileges and immunities; to secure for the members of the Community an assured economic independence; and to provide for the proper exercise by the Community of various functions heretofore performed by the Department of the Interior, the aforesaid Community is hereby chartered as a body politic and corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name "The Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community."|
|Perpetual Succession.||2. The Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.|
|Membership.||3. The Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Community as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws.|
|Management.||4. The Council of the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws of the Community, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.|
|Corporate Powers.|| 5. The Community, subject to any restrictions contained in the
Constitution and laws of the United States or in the Constitution and By-laws
of the said commununity, shall have the following corporate powers, in
addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by its Constitution
(a) To adopt, use, and alter at its pleasure a corporate seal.
|Termination of Supervisory Power.||6. Upon a request of the Community Council for the termination of any supervisory power reserved to the Secretary of the Interior under sections 5 (b)(2), 5 (c), 5 (d), 5 (f), 5 (g) and 5 (h) of this Charter, the Secretary of the Interior, if he shall approve such request shall thereupon submit the question of such termination to the Community for a referendum vote. The termination shall be effective upon ratification by a majority vote at an election in which at least 30 per cent of the adult members of the Community residing on the reservation shall vote. If at any time after ten years from the effective date of this Charter, such request shall be made and the Secretary shall disapprove such request or fail to approve or disapprove it within 90 days after its receipt, the question of the termination of any such power may then be submitted by the Secretary of the Interior or by the Community Council to popular referendum of the adult members of the Community actually living within the Reservation and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters, it shall be effective.|
|Corporate Property.||7. No property rights of the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, as heretofore constituted, shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter, and the Community ownership of unallotted lands, whether or not assigned to the use of any particular individuals, is hereby expressly recognized. The individually owned property of member's of the Community shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities, without such owners consent. Any existing lawful debts of the Community shall continue in force, except as such debts may be satisfied or cancelled pursuant to law.|
|Corporate Dividends.||8. The Community may issue to each of its members a nontransferable certificate of membership evidencing the equal share of each member in the assets of the Community and may use all profits of corporate enterprises or income over and above sums necessary to defray corporate obligations for the establishment of a reserve fund, the construction of public enterprises, the expense of Community government, the needs of charity, or other corporate purposes. No per capital distribution of any assets of the Community shall be made.|
|Corporate Accounts.||9. The officers of the Community shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the Community 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 Community to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The Treasurer of the Community shall be the custodian of all moneys which come under the jurisdiction or control of the Community Council. He shall pay out money in accordance with the orders and resolutions of the Council and no disbursements shall be made without the signature or approval of the Treasurer. He shall keep accounts of all receipts and disbursements and shall make written reports of same to the Community Council at each regular and special meeting. He shall be bonded in such an amount as the Council by resolution shall provide, such bond to be approved by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The books of the Treasurer shall be audited at the direction of the Council or of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and shall be open to inspection by members of the Community or duly authorized representatives of the Government at all reasonable times.|
|Amendments.||10. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Council which, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult members living on the Reservation at a popular referendum in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters vote.|
|Ratification.||11. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community living on the Gila River Reservation, provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent in charge of the Gila River Reservation and the Governor of the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.|
Submitted by the Secretary of the Interior for ratification
by the Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Gila River Reservation
in a popular referendum to be held on April 24, 1937.
HAROLD L. ICKES,
Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., April 1, 1937.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934
(48 Stat. 984), this Charter, issued on April 1, 1937 by the Secretary
of the Interior to the Gila River Pima Maricopa Indian Community of the
Gila River Reservation, Arizona, was duly submitted for ratification to
the adult Indians living on the Reservation and was on February 28, 1938
duly adopted by a vote of 652 for, and 148 against, in an election in which
over thirty per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots, this
election having been duly called by the order of the Secretary of the Interior
dated February 24, 1938, and the election originally called by the Secretary
of tne Interior for April 24, 1937, having been duly postponed.
Governor of tlte Gila RiverPima-Maiicopa Indian Community.
A. E. ROBINSON,
Superintendent in charge of the Gila River Reservation.