DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE
YERINGTON PAIUTE TRIBE OF THE
STATE OF NEVADA
RATIFIED APRIL 10, 1937
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1937
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE YERINGTON PAIUTE
TRIBE OF THE STATE OF NEVADA
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER
THE ACT OF JUNE 18, 1934
Whereas, the Yerington Paiute Tribe in the State of Nevada constitutes a recognized Indian tribe organized under a Constitution and By-Laws ratified by the Indians living within the Yerington Colony Site on December 12, 1936, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on January 4, 1937, pursuant to Section 16 of the Act of June 18, 1934, (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Act of June 15, 1936, (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 within the territory of the Tribe;
Now, therefore, I, Charles West, Acting 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 Yerington Paiute Tribe of Nevada to be effective
from and after such time as it may be ratified by a majority vote of the
adult members of the Yerington Paiute Tribe living within the Yerington
Colony Site at an election in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible
1. In order to further the economic development of the Yerington Paiute Tribe in the State of Nevada by conferring upon the said Tribe certain corporate rights, powers, privileges and immunities; to secure for the members of the Tribe an assured economic independence; and to provide for the proper exercise by the Tribe of various functions heretofore performed by the Department of the Interior, the aforesaid Tribe is hereby chartered as a body politic and corporate of the United States of America, under the corporate name "The Yerington Paiute Tribe."
2. The Yerington Paiute Tribe shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Yerington 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 Yerington 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 the request of the Yerington 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 (e), 5 (f), 5 (g), 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 within the territory of the Tribe, at an election in which at least thirty percent 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 90 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 territory of the Tribe, and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters it shall be effective.
7. No property rights of the Yerington 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 such member in the assets of the Tribe and may distribute per capita among the recognized members of the Tribe, all income of the Tribe over and above sums necessary to defray corporate obligations to members of the tribe or to other persons and over and above all sums which may be devoted to the establishment of a reserve fund, the construction of public work, the cost of public enterprises, the expenses of tribal government, the needs of charity, or other corporate purposes. Any such distribution of profits in any one year amounting to a distribution of more than one-half of the accrued surplus, shall not be made without the approval of the Secretary of the Interior. No financial assets of the Tribe shall be distributed except as provided herein.
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 within the territory of the Tribe at a popular referendum in which at least 30 percent 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 Yerington Paiute Tribe living within the Yerington Colony Site, provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Carson Indian Agency and the Chairman and Secretary of the Yerington Paiute Tribal Council.
WASHINGTON, D. C., March 24, 1937.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984) this charter, issued on March 24, 1937, by the Secretary of the Interior to the Yerington Paiute Tribe in the State of Nevada was duly submitted for ratification to the adult Indians living within the territory of the Tribe, and was on April 10, 1937, duly passed by a vote of 36 for, and 6 against, in an election in which over 30 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.
ALIDA C. BOWLER,
Superintendent in Charge.