DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
ORGANIZED VILLAGE OF KAKE
RATIFIED JANUARY 27,1948
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1950
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE ORGANIZED VILLAGE
OF KAKE, ALASKA
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF MAY 1, 1936
Whereas, the Kake Indians of Alaska, an Indian band or tribe, 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 have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to this group of Indians,
Now, therefore, I, William E. Warne, Assistant Secretary,
by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the above cited acts, do
hereby issue and submit this Charter of incorporation to the Kake Indians,
to be effective when duly ratified, provided that the said constitution
and by-laws have been duly ratified by them.
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1. In order to further the economic development of the Kake Indians residing in the Territory of Alaska, by conferring upon the organized Village of Kake corporate rights and powers; and to enable this Village and its members to undertake enterprises designed to secure for the members of the corporation an assured economic independence, the aforesaid Village is hereby chartered as a body corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name of Organized Village of Kake hereinafter called the Village.
2. The Village shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Village shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Village, as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws.
4. The Council of the Village, established in accordance with the said Constitution and By-laws of the Village, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
5. The Village, subject to any restrictions contained Powers in the Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said Village, 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.
6. The individually owned property of members of the corporation shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities without such owner's consent.
7. The Village 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.
8. Dividends shall be distributed to members of the Village on the basis of their patronage of the Village according to an equitable system set forth in the regulations of the Village. Patronage shall include the sale of goods to, and the purchase of goods from, the Village and work done for the Village, but shall not include the salary paid to any manager employed by the corporation nor business done with nonmembers.
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9. The Village may regulate the payment of dividends or other corporate property in order to safeguard the interests of any incompetent or disabled members, and of the dependents of members who might become public charges, and of the heirs or devisees of deceased members.
10. The officers of the Village 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.
11. 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 Village which amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority of the members of the Village twenty-one years of age or over voting in a popular referendum called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior; Provided, That at least 30 percent of the eligible voters vote in such election.
12. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the Kake Indians voting in an election called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior; Provided, That at least 30 percent of the members of the Village of Kake twenty-one years of age or over vote in such election; And provided, That the Village has ratified a Constitution and By-laws approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The ratification of the Charter shall be formerly certified by the Election Board. The persons eligible to vote are those Indians entitled to vote on the Constitution and By-laws for this Village.
WILLIAM E. WARNE,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., November 17, 1947.
Pursuant to an order, approved November 17, 1947, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the attached charter was submitted for ratification to the Kake Indians of Kake, Alaska, and was on January 27, 1948, duly ratified by a vote of 117 for, and 1 against, an election in which over thirty 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).
Chairman, Election Board.
Secretary, Election Board.
ARTHUR H. WALKER,
U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1950