DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
MINNESOTA CHIPPEWA TRIBE OF THE
CONSOLIDATED CHIPPEWA AGENCY
RATIFIED NOVEMBER 13, 1937
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1938
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE MINNESOTA CHIPPEWA
TRIBE OF THE CONSOLIDATED CHIPPEWA AGENCY
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 18, 1934
Whereas, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is a recognized Indian tribe organized under a constitution and by-law ratified by the Tribe on June 20, 1936, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on July 24, 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 Tribe have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to such tribe, subject to ratification by a vote of the adult Indians living on the reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, namely: the White Earth, Leech Lake, Fond du Lac, Bois Fort, Grand Portage and Mille Lac Reservations.
Now, therefore, I, Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant 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 Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to be effective from and
after such time as it may be ratified by a majority vote at an election
in which at least thirty per cent of the adult Indians living on the above-named
reservations shall vote.
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1. In order to further the economic development of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe by conferring upon and the said tribe certain corporate rights, powers, privileges and immunities; to secure for the members of the Tribe an assured economic independence; and to provide for the proper exercise by the Tribe of various functions heretofore performed by the Department of the Interior, the aforesaid tribe is hereby chartered as a body politic and corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name "The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe."
2. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter enrolled as members of the Tribe, as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws.
4. The Tribal Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws of the Tribe, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
5. The Tribe, subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said tribe, shall have the following corporate powers, in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by the Tribal Constitution and By-laws:(a) To adopt, use, and alter at its pleasure a corporate seal.
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6. Upon the request of the Tribal Executive Committee for the termination of any supervisory power reserved to the Secretary of the Interior under sections 5 (b) 3, 5 (c), 5 (d), 5 (f), 5(g), 5 (h), and section 8 of this Charter, the Secretary of the Interior, if he shall approve such request, shall thereupon submit the question of such termination to the tribe for referendum. The termination shall be effective upon ratification by a majority vote at an election in which at least thirty per cent of the adult members of the Tribe residing on the reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe 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 it or fail to approve or disapprove it within ninety 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 Tribal Executive Committee to popular referendum of the adult members of the Tribe actually living within the reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters, shall be effective.
7. No property rights of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, as heretofore constituted, shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter, the tribal ownership of unallotted lands, whether or not assigned to the use of any particular individuals, is hereby expressly recognized. The individually owned property of members of the Tribe shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities, without such owners' consent. Any existing lawful debts of the Tribe shall continue in force, except as such debts may be satisfied or cancelled pursuant to law.
8. The Tribal Executive Committee shall set aside annually twenty-five per cent of the profits of corporate enterprises for the establishment and building up of a reserve fund which shall be used for the undertaking, construction, operation and improvement of corporate enterprises. The Tribal Executive Committee may devote the remainder of such profits, and any other tribal income remaining after the payment of indebtedness and expenses, to such purposes for the benefit of the Tribe as it may think best not inconsistent with this Charter and the tribal constitution and by-laws.
9. The officers of the Tribe shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the Tribe, 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 Tribe to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The Treasurer of the Tribe shall be the custodian of all moneys which come under the jurisdiction or control of the Tribal Executive Committee. He shall keep accounts of all receipts and disbursements and shall make written reports of same to the Tribal Executive Committee at each regular and special meeting. The books of the Treasurer shall be audited at the direction of the Committee or of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and shall be open to inspection by members of the Tribe or duly authorized representatives of the Government at all reasonable times.
10. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Tribal Executive Committee which, when approved by the Secretary of the Interior, to be effective shall be ratified by a majority vote of the adult members living on the reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe at a popular referendum in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters vote.
11. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe living on the following reservations: White Earth, Leech Lake, Fond du Lac, Bois Fort, Grand Portage and Mille Lac, provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Consolidated Chippewa Agency and the Tribal President and Tribal Secretary of the Tribal Executive Committee of the Tribe.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., September 17, 1937.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), this Charter, issued on September 17, 1937 by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe of the Consolidated Chippewa Agency in Minnesota, was duly submitted for ratification to adult members of the Tribe living on the reservations of the Tribe and was on November 13, 1937 duly adopted by a vote of 1,480 for, and 610 against, in an election in which over 30 per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
JOHN L. PEMBERTON,
President, Tribal Executive, Committee of
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
ARTHUR C. BEAULIEU,
Secretary, Tribal Executive Committee.
Superintendent, Consoliated Chippewa Agency.