DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
QUILEUTE INDIAN TRIBE OF THE
QUILEUTE INDIAN RESERVATION
RATIFIED AUGUST 21, 1937
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1938
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE QUILEUTE INDIAN
TRIBE OF THE QUILEUTE INDIAN RESERVATION
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF
JUNE 18, 1934
Whereas, the Quileute Indian Tribe of the Quileute Indian Reservation in the State of Washington constitutes a recognized Indian Tribe organized under a Constitution and By-laws ratified by the members of the Quileute Tribe on October 10, 1936, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on November 11, 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 reservation:
Now, therefore, I, Charles West, Acting 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 Quileute Indian Tribe of the Quileute Reservation
to be effective from and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority
vote of the adult Indians living on the reservation at an election in which
at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters vote.
1. In order to further the economic development of the Quileute Indian Tribe of the Quileute Reservation in the State of Washington by conferring upon 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 Quileute Indian Tribe."
2. The Quileute Indian Tribe shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Quileute Indian Tribe shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Tribe, as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws.
4. The Quileute Indian Tribal Council 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 Quileute Tribal Council 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 for ratification by the Tribe. The termination shall be effective upon ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Tribe residing on tile reservation, at an election in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters vote. If at any time after ten years from the date of approval of this Charter, the Secretary shall disapprove a request for the termination of any such power, or fail to approve or disapprove it within 90 days after its receipt, the question of its termination may then be submitted by the Secretary or by the Tribal Council to popular referendum of the adult members of the Tribe actually living within the reservation, and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters, it shall be effective.
7. No property rights of the Quileute Indian Tribe shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter, and 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 canceled pursuant to law.
8. The Tribe 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 Tribe, and may distribute in the form of special per capita benefits, such as pensions for the old and disabled, death, hospital and sick benefits, as well as for any special needs that may develop, among the recognized members of the Tribe, such income of the Tribe over and above sums necessary to defray corporate obligations to members of the Tribe or to other persons, and over and above all sums which may be devoted to the establishment of a reserve fund, the construction of public works, the costs of public enterprises, the expenses of tribal government, or other corporate purpose. Any such distribution of profits in any one year, amounting to a distribution of more than one-half of the accrued surplus, shall not be made without the approval of the Secretary of the Interior. No financial assets of the Tribe shall be distributed except as provided herein.
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.
10. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolution of the Tribal 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 Quileute Indian Tribe living on the Quileute Reservation, provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Taholah Agency and the Chairman and Secretary of the Quileute Tribal Council.
WASHINGTON, D. C., July 24, 1937.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), this Charter, issued on July 24, 1937 by the Acting Secretary of the Interior to the Quileute Indian Tribe of the Quileute Indian Reservation, was duly submitted for ratification to the adult Indians living on the Reservation and was on August 21, 1937 duly adopted by a vote of 37 for and 3 against, in an election in which over thirty per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
N. O. NICHOLSON,
Superintendent of the Taholah Agency.
AMENDMENT CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE QUILEUTE
INDIAN TRIBE OF THE QUILEUTE INDIAN RESERVATION,
Section 5 (b) (3), Corporate Powers, shall be amended
to read as follows:
"(3) No leases, permits (which terms shall not include land assignments to members of the Tribe) oil and gas leases, water power leases or timber sale contracts covering any land or interests in land now or hereafter held by the Tribe within the boundaries of the Quileute Reservation shall be made by the Tribe for a longer term than is permitted by law, and all such leases, permits or contracts must be approved by the Secretary of the Interior or by his duly authorized representative."
This Amendment, having been proposed by a resolution enacted by the Quileute Indian Tribe of the Quileute Indian Reservation, Washington, on October 27, 1948, is herewith approved and submitted for ratification by the adult members of the Tribe living on the Quileute Reservation in accordance with Section 10 of the Corporate Charter of the Tribe and pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984).
Approval recommended: November 26, 1948.
Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
WILLIAM E. WARNE,
WASHINGTON, D. C., November 30, 1948.
Pursuant to sections 16 and 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), this Amendment, issued on November 30, 1948, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the Quileute Indian Tribe of the Quileute Indian Reservation, Washington, was duly submitted to the adult Indians living on the Reservation, and was on December 27, 1948, duly ratified by a vote of 21 for, and 0 against, in an election in which over thirty percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1950