CbNSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
ALEUT COMkiJNITY OF ST. PAUL ISLAND
RATIFIED JUNE 12, 1950
tiOVERNMkNT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1951.
AND BY-LAWS OF THE ALEUT COMMUNITY
OF ST. PAUL ISLAND, TERRITORY OF ALASKA
We, the Aleuts, having a common bond of residence on St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Territory of Alaska, in order to promote our general welfare, do establish this Constitution and By-laws, by authority of the Act of Congress of June 18, 1934, as amended by the Acts of June 15, 1935 and May 1, 1936.
ARTICLE I - NAME
This organization shall be called the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island.
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
Original Members. - All persons of Aleut descent residing on St.
Paul Island at the time of adoption of this Constitution and
By-laws shall be members of the Community.
SEC. 2. Loss of Membership. - Any member who moves away from the Community, intending not to return, shall lose his membership, and any membership may be taken away for good reason by the Comunity.
SEC. 3. Returning Absentees. - All persons of Aleut descent born on St. Paul Island who have taken up residence elsewhere but who otherwise are in good standing shall be recognized as members when ever they return to and take up residence in good faith upon the island.
SEC. 4. Children of Members. - All children of any members shall be members of the Community as long as such members remain in good standing andreside upon the Island.
SEC. 5. Membership Rules. - In all cases other than those enume rated above, the Community may make its own rules governing mem bership and such rules shall include a statement of causes for taking away membership in the Community.
ARTICLE III - GOVERNING BODY
Choice of Governing Body. - At a general meeting follow ing the
acceptance of this Constitution, the members of the Community shall decide
what kind of governing body they wish to set up to speak and act for the
Community and to exercise the powers which may be delegated to such governing
body. No person not a member of the Community shall be permitted to participate
in such governing body or to speak before it, except by invitation.
If at the time of acceptance of this Constitution, there is a governing
body already set up in the Community, such body shall continue
to exercise the functions bestowed upon it until
it is replaced by a new governing body selected, pursuant to this Article.
SEC. 2. Choice of Officers. - The Community shall at the same time decide how members and officers of the governing body shall be chosen and how long they shall serve. The Community shall then choose the members to serve on the governing body and such officers as may be thought necessary.
SEC . 3. Meetings of Membership and Governing Body.-The Community shall decide when and how often there should be meetings of the whole membership of the Community and, when .and how often there should be meetings of the governing body; also it shall decide what notice shall be given for the calling of meetings and how many members must be present at such meetings in order to do business; and it may make any other rules necessary for the holding of meetings. A general meeting of the whole membership shall be held at least once a year.
SEC. 4. Record and Report of Community Decisions. - A record shall be made and kept of all the rules made under Sections 1,2, and 3 of this Article,which record shall be called the Record of Organiation of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island. Copies of this record shall be furnished to the Secretary of the Interior or his designated representative. There, shall be put in the record the names of all persons chosen to be officers of the Community.
ARTICLE IV - POWERS OF THE COMMUNITY
.i. En&m&ated~ Powers.--Subject to the provisions
of; Set-~ '
tion 3 of this Article, the Community shall have the following .powers :
." . (a) .Tq deal. with. thk Federal and, Territorial Goverrqnq& .on be
half of `the Aleuts of St. Paul Island apd,to advise and consult with, the representatives of the Department of the Interior with respect to, such activities of the Department as may affect the members of the Community.
(b) To employ legal counsel for the protection of the Aleuts of St: Paul Island, the choice of counsel. and fixing of fees to be subject
approval of the Secretary of the Interior: : (c) To' ap$!o+.e or veto any
dispositions lea& or encukbranke, df
Comtiunitylands or other Community assets which `hay `be authotiiz&l
or: executed ,by the `Secretary of the Interior or any other official or @ency : of the Government. i ! (d) To undertake and manage all economic affairs and'enterprises of the Community in accordance with the terms of the Community charter.,,
(e) In accordance with the principles of uniformity, to levy dues,
fees, assessments, and .fines, on members for Community purposes;
the performance of Community labor instead of such levies;. to levy charges
upon nonmembers who make use of any facil ities of the Commuaity, and to
provide for the collection therefor.
`To "PPro na e an P - t 9available funds for salaries of Community
officials or for public purposes of the Community.
(g) To safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals, and general welfare of the Community by regulating the conduct of trade within the membership thereof and the use and disposition of property of the Community.
~, (h) To cultivate and encourage the Aleut arts, crafts, songs, and
(i), To establish, with other Aleuts, a joint committee for the de, fense of the rights of the Pribilof Islanders and the prosecution of their claims.
To adopt and administer proper regulations to carry into effect
all other provisions of this Constitution.
SEC. 2. Grmt of Add&n&! Powers.-The Community may have and exercise such additional powers as may be given to it hereafter `by the Federal or Territorial Government. .' $EC. 3. Use Of) Powers.-Subject to the provisions of the, Act of
February 6, 1944 (58 Stat. 100, 16 U. S. C. 631a-631r), the govern ing body shall abide by all instructions given it by the Community and shall report upon its actions to the membership of the Community at general meetings. In the exercise of its, powers, the Community,
shall abide by all Federal laws and such laws of Alaska as may be applicable.
ARTICLE. V-RIGHTS OF MEMBERS
SECTION 1. Right to vote.-All members of the Community 18 years of age or over shall have the right to vote in Community meetings and
elections, except that elections on the adoption or amendment of the Community Constitution and Charter are limited by law to members 21 years of age or over.
SEC. 2. Economic Rights.-All members of the Community shall be accorded equal opportunities to participate in the economic re sources and activities of the Community.
S EC . 3. 1diu%u&? Bights and Liberties.-Neither the governing body nor the Community shall abridge the rights of members guaran teed.,mder the Constitution of the United States, and it, shall be a duty of the Community to see that the full constitutional rights of the mem bers are maintained and preserved.
Any lands and waters which may be acquired by the Community
be, held as Community lands and no part thereof shall be mort gaged or
sold, except with the approval of the Comnmnity given at a general meeting,
but such lands may be leased, from time to time, in accordance with law.
ARTICLE VII-CHANGES IN THE CONS~UTTON
Changes in this Constitution and By-laws may be made if ~the
oh,,s,s are' approved by the Secretary of the Interior and by a malority vote of the qualified members of the Community voting at an election called by the Secretary of the Interior or pursuant to his
,direction at which at least 30 percent of the qualified voting mern.. bership take part.
BY-LAWS OF THE ALEUT COMMUNITY OF ST.PAUL ISLAND
. ARTIOLE I-OFFICERS AND THEIR D UTIES
v , SECTION 1. Community Records.-The Community or its govern
ing body shall choose one or more members who shall have the duty of keeping records of all actions of the Community and its governing
.body and of furnishing copies of such records to the Secretary of the Interior or his representative.
SEC. 2. Comm&ty 2%&s.-The Community or its governing body shall choose one or more members who shall have the duty of caring for Community funds and keeping records of all funds taken in or paid out and of furnishing copies to the Secretary of the Interior or his representative.
SEC. 3. O@ers and Agen.ts.-The Community or its governing body may choose as many officers or agents as it may need to carry out its powers and duties, and it shall state the length of service or duties of each officer or agent when he is chosen.
Constitution and By-laws shall be in effect when agreed to by a majority
vote of the Community members qualified for voting in
an election called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior:
Ptid, That at least 30 percent of the qualified v\oting membership take part. The persons entitled to vote at such election are all the
inhabitants of the Island of St. Paul who are 21 years of age or over and
who are not disqualified for cause pursuant to the Constitu tion and By-laws.
This Constitution Y and By-laws are hereby approved and submitted for acceptance or rejection by the Aleut Community of St. Paul, a group of natives having a common bond of living tog&her on the Island of St. Paul, in an election called and held under the instructions of the Secretary of the Interior.
Such rules and regulations heretofore promulgated by the Secretary of the Interior or any agency of the Department of the Interior as are incompatible with the provisions of this Constitution and By-laws `are hereby superseded.
All officers and employees of the Interior Department are ordered to abide by the provisions of the said Constitution and By-laws. o
Secretary of th43 Inter&.
Washington, D. C., May 3,195O.
CERTIFICATION `OF ADOPTION
Pursuant to an order, approved May 3, 1950, by the Secretary of the Interior, the attached Constitution and By-laws was submitted for ratification to the group of Aleuts having a common bond of residence on St. Paul Island, Territory of Alaska, and was on June
i950, duly ratified by a vote of 55 for, and 6 against, in an election
in which over 30 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots,
in accordance with Section 16 of the Indian Reorganization Act of June
l&l934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Acts of June 15,1935 (49
Stat. 3'78)) and May 1,1936 (49 Stat. 1250).
SM~ V. GROMOFF,
'CH- H. ANDERSON,