DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
ORGANIZED VILLAGE OF KASAAN
RATIFIED OCTOBER 15, 1938
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1939
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE ORGANIZED VILLAGE OF KASAAN
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 18, 1934,
AS AMENDED BY THE ACT OF MAY 1, 1936
Whereas, a group of Indians having a common bond of residence in the neighborhood of Kasaan, Territory of Alaska, seek to organize under sections 16 and 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), and section 1 of the Act of May 1, 1936 (49 Stat. 1250), by ratification of a constitution and by-laws and a charter approved by the Secretary of the Interior, and
Whereas, more than one-third of the adult Indians have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to this group of Indians,
Now, therefore, I, Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant Secretary
of the Interior, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the above
cited acts, do hereby issue and submit this charter of incorporation to
the group of Indians organizing as aforesaid, to be effective when duly
ratified, provided that the said constitution and by-laws have been duly
ratified by them.
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1. In order to further the economic development of the Indians residing in the neighborhood of Kasaan, Alaska, by conferring upon the Organized Village of Kasaan corporate rights and powers; and to enable this Village and its members to undertake enterprises designed to secure for the members of the corporation an assured economic independence, the aforesaid Village is hereby chartered as a body corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name of Organized Village of Kasaan, hereinafter called the Village.
2. The Village shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Village shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Village, as provided by its duly ratified and approved constitution and by-laws.
4. The Council of the Village, established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws of the Village, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
5. The Village, subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said Village, shall have the following corporate powers, in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by its Constitution and By-laws:(a) To adopt, use, and alter a corporate seal.
6. The individually owned property of members of the corporation shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities without such owners' consent.
7. The Village shall, at the end of its fiscal year, apply its income in excess of operating expenses during such fiscal year, in the following order:First: to payment of any due indebtedness.
8. Dividends shall be distributed to members of the Village on the basis of their patronage of the Village according to an equitable system set forth in the regulations of the Village. Patronage shall include the sale of goods to, and the purchase of goods from, the Village and work done for the Village, but shall not include the salary paid to the manager nor business done with nonmembers of the Village. No dividends may be declared or paid while this corporation is indebted to the Indian Credit Fund unless the operation and reserve funds provided for in section 8 are in an amount satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior or his authorized representative.
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9. The Village may regulate the payment of dividends or other corporate property in order to safeguard the interests of any incompetent or disabled members, and of the dependents of members who might become public charges, and of the heirs or devisees of deceased members.
10. The officers of the Village shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the corporation, 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 corporation to the Juneau Office of the Office of Indian Affairs.
11. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Council or of the Village which amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult members of the Village voting in a popular referendum called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior, provided that at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters vote in such election.
12. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of those voting in an election called for the purpose by the Secretary of the Interior; provided that at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, and provided that the Village has ratified a Constitution and By-laws approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The ratification of the Charter shall be formally certified by the Election Board. The persons eligible to vote are those Indians entitled to vote on the Constitution and By-laws for this Village.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
WASHINGTON, D. C., August 22, 1938.
Pursuant to an order, approved August 22, 1938 by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, the attached Charter was submitted for ratification to the qualified voters of the Organized Village of Kasaan, Kasaan, Alaska, and was on October 15, 1938 duly ratified by a vote of 37 for and 0 against, in an election in which over 30 per cent 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).
RAYMOND L. JONES,
CLAUDE M. HIRST,