DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
WYANDOTTE TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
RATIFIED OCTOBER 30, 1937
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1938
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE WYANDOTTE TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER
THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1936
Whereas the Wyandotte 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 July 17, 1937, and ratified by the Indians of the said Tribe on July 24, 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 Wyandotte 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, 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 Wyandotte 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 Wyandotte
Tribe voting: Provided, however, That such election shall
be void unless the total vote cast be at least 30 per centum of those entitled
1. The corporate purposes of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma shall be:(a) To define and safeguard the rights and powers of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma and its members;
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2. The name of this corporation shall be the Wyandotte 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 Wyandotte 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.
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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,
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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 $300 or of more than $100 in any one year.
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6. At any time within ten years after the ratification of this Charter, any power of review established by section 5 may be terminated by the Secretary of the Interior with the consent of the Wyandotte 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 Wyandotte Council.
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7. Any rights and powers heretofore vested in the Wyandotte 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 Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma, through the adoption of appropriate additions and amendments to the Constitution, By-laws or Charter of the said Tribe. No property rights or claims of the Wyandotte 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 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.
8. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by 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 and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Wyandotte 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 Agency and by the Chief and Secretary-Treasurer of the Tribe.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
WASHINGTON, D. C., October 5, 1937.
Pursuant to Section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967), this Charter, issued on October 5, 1937 by the Secretary of the Interior to the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma was duly submitted for ratification to the adult members of the Tribe, and was on October 30, 1937 duly ratified by a vote of 148 for and none against, in an election in which over 30 per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
L. N. COTTER,
H. A. ANDREWS,
Superintendent of the Quapaw Indian Agency.