DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
KICKAPOO TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
RATIFIED JANUARY 18, 1938
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE KICKAPOO TRIBE OF
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE
Whereas, the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma constitutes
a recognized Tribe of Indians residing in Oklahoma, organized under a constitution
and by-laws approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior on August
18, 1937, and ratified by the Indians of the said tribe on September 18,
1937, pursuant to section 3 of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June
26,1936 (49 Stat. 1967); and
Whereas, the said tribe, by resolution of the Kickapoo Business Committee duty authorized, has requested that a charter of incorporation be issued to the said tribe, subject to ratification by a vote of the members of the Tribe;
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 26, 1936, do hereby issue this Charter of incorporation to the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, to be effective from and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority vote of the adult members of the Kickapoo Tribe voting: Provided, however, That such election shall be void unless the total vote cast be at least 30 per cent of those entitled to vote.
|Corporate Purposes.||1. The corporate purposes of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma shall be:
(a) To define and safeguard the rights and powers of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and its members.
|Name, Membership and Organization||2. The name of this corporation shall be the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, as provided in the Constitution and By-laws of the said tribe. The membership, the officers, and the management of the incorporated Tribe shall be as provided in the said constitution and by-laws.|
|Corporate Powers.||3. The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, subject to
any restrictions cotained in the Constitution and laws of the United States
or in the Constitution and By-laws of the Tribe, and subject to the limitations
of Sections 4 and 5 of this Charter, shall have the following corporate
powers as provided by Section 3 of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June
(a) To have succession by its corporate name perpetually.
|Limitations of Corporate Powers.||4. The foregoing corporate powers shall be subject to the following
(a) No tribal land or interest in land shall ever be sold or mortgaged.
|Departmental Review of Corporate Acts.||5. Until ten years from the date of ratification of this Charter, or
such other date as may be fixed pursuant to Section 6, the following corporate
acts or transactions shall be valid only after approval by the Secretary
of the Interior or his duly authorized representative:
(a) Any contract involving a payment by the Tribe of more than $2,000, or of more than $1,200 in any one year.
|Extension and Termination of Supervisory Powers.||6. At any time within ten years after the ratification of this Charter,
any power of review established by nation of Section 5 may be terminated
by the Secretary of the Interior with the consent of the Kickapoo Council.
At or before the expiration of this ten-year period, the Secretary may
propose a further extension of this
period. Such proposed extension shall be effective unless disapproved by a three-fourths vote of the Kickapoo Council.
|Corporate Rights and Property.||7. Any rights and powers heretofore vested in the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, not expressly referred to in the Constitution, By-laws or Charter of the said tribe, shall not be abridged, but may be exercised by the people of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, through the adoption of appropriate additions and amendments to the Constitution and By-laws or Charter of the said tribe. No property rights or claims of the Kickapoo Tribe existing prior to the ratification of this Charter shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter. The Tribal ownership of unallotted lands, whether or not occupied by any particular individual, is hereby expressly recognized. The individually owned property of members of the Tribe shall not be subject to any debts or liabilities without such owners' consent.|
|Amendments.||8. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by an Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by a majority vote of the Business Committee or by a petition signed by 30 per cent of the adult members of the Tribe. Such amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be submitted to referendum vote of all adult members of the Tribe, and shall be effective if approved by a majority vote.|
|Ratification.||9. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, provided that at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Shawnee Indian Agency and the Chairman and Secretary of the Tribe.|
Submitted by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior
for ratification by the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., December 11, 1937.
Pursuant to section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936
(49 Stat. 1967), this Charter, issued on December 11, 1937 by the Assistant
Secretary of the Interior to the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma was duly submitted
for ratification to the adult members of the Tribe, and was on January
18, 1938 duly ratified by a vote of 45 for and 12 against, in an election
in which over 30 per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
Chairman of the Kickapoo Tribe.
Secretary-Treasurer of the Kickapoo Tribe.
F. E. PERKINS,
Superintendent of the Shawnee Indian Agency.