DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
SENECA-CAYUGA TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
RATIFIED JUNE 26, 1937
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1938
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE SENECA-CAYUGA
TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1936
Whereas, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma constitutes a recognized Tribe of Indians residing in Oklahoma, organized under a Constitution and By-laws approved by the Secretary of the Interior on April 26, 1937, and ratified by the Indians of the said tribe on May 15, 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 Seneca-Cayuga Business Committee duly 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, Harold L. Ickes, 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 Seneca-Cayuga 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
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe voting: Provided, however, That such
election shall be void unless the total vote cast be at least 30 per centum
of those entitled to vote.
1. The corporate purposes of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma shall be:
(a) To define and safeguard the rights and powers of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and its members;
2. The name of this corporation shall be the Seneca-Cayuga 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.
3. The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, subject to any restrictions contained 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 26, 1936.(a) To have succession by its corporate name perpetually.
4. The foregoing corporate powers shall be subject to the following limitations.(a) No tribal land or interest in land shall ever be sold or mortgaged.
5. Until ten years from the date of ratification of this Charter, or such other date as
6. At any time within ten years after the ratification of this Charter, any power of
7. Any rights and powers heretofore vested in the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of
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 by all members of the Tribe, and shall be effective if approved by a majority vote.
9. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Seneca-Cayuga 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 Quapaw Indian Agency and by the Chief and Secretary-Treasurer of the Tribe.
Acting Secretary of the Interior.
Pursuant to section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967), this Charter, issued on May 29, 1937 by the Secretary of the Interior to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma was duly submitted for ratification to the adult members of the Tribe, and was on June 26, 1937 duly ratified by a vote of 161 for and none against, in an election in which over 30 per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
Chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.
Secretary-Treasurer of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.
Superintendent of the Quapaw Agency.