DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
HOONAH INDIAN ASSOCIATION
RATIFIED OCTOBER 23,1939
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE HOONAH 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 and Eskimos having a common
bond of residence in the neighborhood of Hoonah, Territory of Alaska, seek
to organize under sections 16 and 17 of the Act of June 18,1934 (48 Stat.
984) and section 1 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 and Eskimos have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to this group of Indians and Eskimos.
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 and Eskimos organizing as aforesaid, to be effective when duly ratified, provided that the said constitution and by-laws have been duly ratified by them.
|Purpose and Existence.||1. In order to further the economic development of the and Indians and Eskimos residing in the neighborhood of Hoonah, Alaska, by conferring upon the Hoonah Indian Association corporate rights and powers, the aforesaid Association is hereby chartered as a body corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name of Hoonah Indian Association, hereinafter call the Association.|
|Membership.||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.|
|Management.||3. The Board of the Association, established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws of the Association, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.|
|Corporate Powers.||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.
|Corporate Property.||5. The individually owned property of members of the corporation shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities without such owners' consent.|
|Corporate Income.||6. The Association shall, at the end of its fiscal year, apply
its income in excess of operating expenses durign such fiscal year, in
the following manner:
First: to payment of any due indebtedness.
|Regulation of Payments.||7. The Association may regulate the payment of corporate property in order to safeguard the interests of any 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.|
|Corporate Accounts.||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 Juneau Office of the Office of Indian Affairs.|
|Amendments.||9. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Board 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 in a popular referendum for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior: Provided, That at least 30 percent of the eligible voters vote in such election.|
|Ratification.||10. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of those voting 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 further, 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 eligible to vote on the Charter are those Indians and Eskimos 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
Indians and Eskimos having a common bond of residence in the neighborhood
of Hoonah, Territory of Alaska, in a popular referendum called and held
under the Instructions of the Secretary of the Interior.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., August 19, 1939.
Pursuant to an order, approved August 19, 1939, by
the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the attached Charter was submitted
for ratification to the group of Indians and Eskimos having a common bond
of residence in the neighborhood of Hoonah, Territory of Alaska, and was
on October 23, 1939, duly ratified by a vote of 116 for and 8 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).
WM. S. SHEAKLEY,
Chairman, Election Board.
JOSEPH W. PRATT,
Secretary, Election Board.
WENDELL H. CORDLE,