DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE TRIBE OF THE
PYRAMID LAKE RESERVATION
RATIFIED NOVEMBER 21, 1936
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1937
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE
TRIBE OF THE PYRAMID LAKE RESERVATION
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE
Whereas, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation in the State of Nevada constitutes a recognized Indian Tribe organized under a Constitution and By-laws ratified by the members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe on December 14, 1935, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on January 15, 1936, pursuant to section 16 of the Act of June 18, 1934, (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Act of June 15, 1935, (49 Stat. 378); and
Whereas, more than one-third of the adult members of the Tribe have petitioned that a charter of incorporation be granted to such Tribe, subject to ratification by a vote of the adult Indians living on the reservation;
Now, therefore, I, Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of
the Interior, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the said
act of June 18, 1934, (48 Stat. 984), do hereby issue and submit this charter
of incorporation to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation
to be effective from and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority
vote of the adult Indians living on the reservation at an election in which
at least thirty per cent of the eligible voters vote.
1. In order to further the economic development of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation in the State of Nevada by conferring upon the said Tribe certain corporate rights, powers, privileges and immunities; to secure for the
2. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe shall be a membership corporation. Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the Tribe, as provided by its duly ratified and approved Constitution and By-laws.
4. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council established in accordance with the said Constitution and By-laws of the Tribe, shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.
5. The Tribe, subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and By-laws of the said Tribe, shall have the following corporate powers, in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by the tribal Constitution and By-laws:(a) To adopt, use, and alter at its pleasure a corporate seal.
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6. Upon request by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council for the termination of any supervisory power reserved to the Secretary of the Interior under sections 5 (b) (2), 5 (c), 5 (d), 5 (f), 5 (g), 5 (h), and section 8 of this charter, the Secretary of the Interior, if he shall approve such request, shall thereupon submit the question of such termination for ratification by the Tribe. The termination shall be effective upon ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Tribe residing on the reservation, at an election in which at least thirty per cent of the eligible voters vote. If, at any time after ten years from the date of approval of this charter, the Secretary shall disapprove a request for the termination of any such power, or fail to approve or disapprove it within ninety days after its receipt, the question of its termination may then be submitted by the Secretary or by the Tribal Council to popular referendum of the adult members of the Tribe actually living within the reservation, and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters it shall be effective.
7. No property rights of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this charter, and the tribal ownership of unallotted lands, whether or not assigned to the use of 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. Any existing lawful debts of the Tribe shall continue in force, except as such debts may be satisfied or canceled pursuant to law.
8. The Tribe may issue to each of its members a non-transferable certificate of membership evidencing the equal share of each member in the assets of the Tribe and may distribute per capita, among the recognized members of the Tribe, all income of the
9. The officers of the Tribe shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the Tribe, 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 Tribe to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
10. This charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Tribal Council which, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult members living on the reservation at a popular referendum in which at least thirty per cent of the eligible voters vote.
11. This charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe living on the Pyramid Lake Reservation, provided at least thirty per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Carson Agency and the Chairman and Secretary of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council.
W. C. MENDENHALL,
WASHINGTON, D. C., November 3, 1936.
Pursuant to section 17 the Act of June 18, 1934, (48 Stat. 984), this charter, issued on November 3, 1936, by the Secretary of the Interior to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada, was duly submitted for ratification to the adult Indians living on the reservation and was on November 21, 1936, duly ratified by a vote of 93 for, and 3 against, in an election in which over thirty per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
DEWEY E. SAMPSON,
ALIDA C. BOWLER,
Superintendent in Charge of the Reservation.