DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
NATIVE VILLAGE OF BUCKLAND
RATIFIED DECEMBER 30, 1950
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE NATIVE VILLAGE OF
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT
OF JUNE 18,1934 (48 STAT. 984), AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF MAY 1, 1936
(49 STAT. 1250)
Whereas, a group of Eskimos having a common bond of
living together in the Village of Buckland, Territory of Alaska, seek to
organize under sections 16 and 17 of the act of June 18,1934 (48 Stat.
984) and section I of the act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250), by adoption
of a Constitution and Bylaws and a Charter approved by the Secretary of
the Interior, and
Whereas, more than one-third of the adult natives
have petitioned that a Charter be granted to the group,
Now, therefore, I, Dale E. Doty, Acting Secretary
of the Interior, by virtue of the authority given to me by the above acts,
do hereby submit this Charter of incorporation to the group of Eskimos
SEC. 1. Purpose and Name.-In order to enable
the Village and its members to do various kinds of business for their good,
the village is hereby chartered as a corporation of the United States of
America under the name of "Native Village of Buckland."
SEC. 2. Membership.-The corporation
shall be a membership corporation consisting of all persons of the village
considered its members under the rules of its Constitution.
SEC. 3. Management.-The corporation shall
be managed by the governing body set up under the Constitution.
SEC. 4. Powers.-The corporation shall have
the power to do the following things:
To own, hold, manage and dispose of all village
To make contracts;
To sue and be sued;
To borrow money from the revolving Indian credit
fund and to use it under a loan contract;
To enter into any business or activity that will
better the condition of the village and its members;
To do such other things as may be necessary to carry
on the business and activities of the village.
SEC. 5. Limits to Powers.-In using its powers
the corporation must not do the following things:
Go against any law or the Constitution and Bylaws
of the village;
Sell or mortgage any land set aside as a reserve
for the village;
Make leases, permits or contracts covering any lands
or waters set aside as a reserve for the village without the approval of
the Secretary of the Interior or his authorized representative.
SEC. 6. Property of Members.-Property owned
by a member of the village shall not be taken to pay the debts of the corporation
without his consent.
SEC. 7. Records.-The corporation shall keep
correct records of its business and activities and give copies of these
records when asked to do so to the representative of the Bureau of Indian
Affairs serving the village.
SEC. 8. Changes in the Charter.-Changes in
the Charter may be made by the village and if approved by the Secretary
of the Interior shall be in force when agreed to by a majority vote of
those members voting in an election called by the Secretary of the Interior,
provided that at least thirty (30) percent of the voting membership votes.
The Charter itself shall continue in force for all time, unless taken away
by Act of Congress.
SEC. 9. Adoption of Charter.-This Charter
shall be in force when it is agreed to by a majority vote of those members
voting in an election called by the Secretary of the Interior, provided
that at least thirty (30) percent of the voting membership votes and provided
that the village has agreed to a Constitution and Bylaws approved by the
Secretary of the Interior.
This Charter is hereby approved and submitted to
the group of Eskimos having a common bond of residence in the Village of
Buckland, Alaska, to be voted on in an election called and held under the
Instructions of the Secretary of the Interior. The Charter shall be deemed
issued when a petition for a Charter, signed by one-third of the adult
Eskimos, has been received by an authorized representative of the Department
of the Interior.
DALE E. DOTY
Acting Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., October l3, 1950.
Pursuant to an order approved on October 13, 1950,
by the Acting Secretary of the Interior, the attached Charter was submitted
for ratification to the group of Eskimos having a common bond of residence
in the Village of Buckland, Territory of Alaska, and was on December 30,
1950, duly ratified by a vote of 27 for, and 2 against, in an election
in which over thirty (30) percent of those entitled to vote cast their
ballots in accordance with the Alaska Act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250),
and Section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by
the Act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378).
DANIEL R. THOMAS
Chairman, Election Board.
ARTHUR NAGOZRUK, Jr.
Alaska Native Service.