DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
RENO-SPARKS INDIAN COLONY
OF THE STATE OF NEVADA
RATIFIED JANUARY 7, 1938
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1938
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE RENO-SPARKS INDIAN
COLONY OF THE STATE OF NEVADA
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF
JUNE 18, 1934
Whereas, the Reno-Sparks Colony in the State of Nevada constitutes a recognized Indian tribe organized under a constitution and by-laws ratified by the members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony on December 16, 1935, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on January 15, 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 Reno-Sparks Indian Colony have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to the Colony, subject to ratification by a vote of the adult Indians living within the Colony;
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 Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to be effective from
and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority vote of the adult
Indians living within the Colony 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 Indians of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in the State of Nevada by conferring upon the said Colony certain corporate rights, powers, privileges and immunities; to secure for the members of the Colony an assured economic independence; and to provide for the proper exercise by the Colony of various functions heretofore performed by the Department of the Interior, the aforesaid Colony is hereby chartered as a body politic and corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name "The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony."
2. The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Colony, as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws.
4. The Reno-Sparks Indian Council established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
5. The Colony, subject to any restrictions contained in the the Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, shall have the following corporate powers, in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by the Constitution and By-laws of the Colony:(a) To adopt, use, and alter at its pleasure a corporate seal.
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6. Upon request by the Reno-Sparks Indian Council for the termination of any supervisory power reserved to the Secretary of the Interior under sections 5 (b) (2), 5 (c), 5 (e), 5 (f), 5 (g), 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 Indians. The termination shall be effective upon ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, at an election in which at least 30 per cent of the adult members of the Colony living within the Colony vote. If at any time after ten years from the date of ratification of this Charter such request shall be made and the Secretary shall disapprove it or fail to approve or disapprove it within 90 days after its receipt, the question of the termination of any such power may then be submitted by the Secretary or by the Reno-Sparks Indian Council to popular referendum of the adult members actually living within the Colony, and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters, it shall be effective.
7. No property rights of the members of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter, and the ownership by the Colony 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 Colony shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities, without such owners' consent. Any existing lawful debts of the Colony shall continue in force, except as such debts may be satisfied or canceled pursuant to law.
8. The Colony may issue to each member of the Reno-Sparks Colony a non-transferable certificate of membership evidencing the equal share of each member in the assets of the Colony and may distribute per capita, among the recognized members of the Colony, all income of the Colony over and above sums necessary to defray corporate obligations to members of the Colony 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 Colony government, the needs of charity, 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 Colony shall be distributed except as provided herein.
9. The officers of the Colony shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the Colony, 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 Colony 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 Reno-Sparks Indian Council, which, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult members living within the Colony 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 Reno-Sparks Indian Colony living within the Colony provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Carson Agency and the Chairman and Secretary of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
WASHINGTON, D. C., November 23, 1937.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), this Charter, issued on November 23, 1937 by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony of the State of Nevada, was duly submitted for ratification to the adult Indians living on the reservation and was on January 7, 1938 duly ratified by a vote of 35 for, and 1 against, in an election in which over thirty per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
ALIDA C. BOWLER,
Superintendent, Carson Indian Agency.