DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
QUARTZ VALLEY INDIAN COMMUNITY
RATIFIED MARCH 12, 1940
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE QUARTZ VALLEY
INDIAN COMMUNITY, CALIFORNIA
Whereas, the Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation constitutes a recognized Indian tribe organized under a constitution and by-laws ratified by the Community on May 9, 1939, and approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior on June 15, 1939, 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, Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant Secretary
of the Interior, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by section
17 of the said Act of June 18, 1934, do hereby issue this charter of incorporation
to the Quartz Valley Indian Community to be effective from and after such
time as it may be ratified by the adult Indians as hereinafter provided.
|Purpose and Fact of Incorporation.||
1. In order to further the economic well-being and independence of the Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation, the Community is hereby chartered as a body politic and corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name, "Quartz Valley Indian Community."
2. The Quartz Valley Indian Community shall, as a Federal Corporation have perpetual succession.
3. The members of the corporation shall be all persons now or hereafter members of the Community, as provided by its duly ratified and approved constitution and by-laws.
4. The General Community Council established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
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 Community, shall have the following corporate powers, in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by the Community constitution and by-laws:(a) To adopt, use, and alter a corporate seal.
|Termination of Supervisory Powers.||
6. At any time after ten years from the effective date of this Charter, the Community Council may request the termination of the supervisory powers reserved to the Secretary of the Interior under Sections 5 (b) (2), 5 (c), 5 (e), 5 (f), and 5 (g), of this Charter. If the Secretary shall approve the request, he shall submit the question of termination to the Community for referendum. Such termination shall become effective upon ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Community in an election in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters vote. If the Secretary of the Interior shall disapprove the request for the termination or fail to approve or disapprove it within 90 days after its receipt, the question may be submitted by the Secretary, or by the Community Council to the Community for referendum and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters living within the reservation, it shall be effective.
7. No property rights of the Quartz Valley Indian Community, shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter. The individually owned property of members of the Community shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities, without such owners' consent.
8. The Community may issue to each of its members a non-transferable 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 capita distribution of any assets of the Community shall be made.
9. The officers of the Community shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the Community and shall furnish an annual balance sheet and report of the financial affairs of the Community to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
10. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Community 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.
11. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Quartz Valley Indian Community living on the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation, provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Hoopa Valley Agency and the Chairman of the Quartz Valley Indian Community.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 15, 1940.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), this Charter, issued on February 15, 1940, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the Indians of the Quartz Valley Indian Community living on the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation in California, was duly submitted for ratification to the adult members of the Community living on the reservation and was on March 12, 1940, duly ratified by a vote of 10 for and 0 against, in an election in which over 30 per cent of those entitle to vote cast their ballots.
O. M. BOGGESS,
Superintendent, Hoopa Valley Agency.