DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
WISCONSIN POTAWATOMIES OF THE
HANNAHVILLE INDIAN COMMUNITY
RATIFIED AUGUST 21,1937
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE HANNAHVILLE INDIAN
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF
JUNE 18, 1934
Whereas, theWisconsin Potawatomies of Harris-Wilson,
Michigan, constitute a recognized Indian Tribe organized as the Hannahville
Indian Community under a constitution and by-laws ratified by the Tribe
on June 27, 1936, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on July
23, 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 said tribe subject to ratification by a vote of the adult members of the Hannahville Indian Community;
Now therefore, I, Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant 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 Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan, to be effective from and after such time as it may be ratifiedby a majority vote of the adult Indians residing on the lands reserved for the Wisconsin Potawatomies of Michigan.
|Corporate Existence.||l. In order to further the economic development of theWiscosin Potawatomi Indians residing on the lands reserved for the Wisconsin Potawatomies in the vicinity of Harris-Wilson, Michigan, by conferring upon said tribe certain rights powers, privileges and immunities; and to provide for the proper exercise by the Tribe of various functions and responsibilities heretofore performed and assumed 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 Hannahville Indian Community."|
|Perpetual Succession.||2. The Hannahville Indian Community shall, as a Federal Corporation, have perpetual succession.|
|Membership.||3. The Hannahville Indian Community shall be a membership corporation.
Its members shall consist of all persons now or hereafter members of the
Community, as provided by its duly ratified and
approved constitution and by-laws.
|Management.||4. The Council of the Community established in accordance with the said constitution and by-laws of the Community shall exercise all the corporate powers hereinafter enumerated.|
|Corporate Powers.||5. The Community, subject to any restrictions contained in the
Constitution and laws of the United States, or in the Constitution and
By-laws of the said community, shall have the following corporate powers,
in addition to all powers already conferred or guaranteed by the Constitution
and By-laws of the Community.
(a) To adopt, use, and alter at its pleasure a corporate seal.
|Termination of Supervisory Powers.||6. At any time after ten years from the effective date of this Charter, the Council may request the termination of any supervisory power reserved to the Secretary of the Interior under sections 5 (b) (3), 5 (e), 5 (f), 5 (g), and section 8 of this Charter. Upon approval of the Secretary of the Interior of such request the supervisory power in question shall be terminated forthwith. If such request shall be made and the Secretary of the Interior shall disapprove it or fail to approve or disapprove it within 90 days after its receipt, the question of the termination of any such power may then be submitted by the Secretary of the Interior or by the Council to popular referendum of the resident, adult members of the Hannahville Indian Community, and if the termination is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters, it shall be effective.|
|Corporate Property.||7. No property rights of the Wisconsin Potawatomies residing on the lands reserved for the Wisconsin Potawatomies in the vicinity of Harris-Wilson, Michigan, shall be in any way impaired by anything contained. in this charter and the Community 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 Community shall not be subject to any corporate debts or liabilities, without such owners' consent.|
|Corporate Dividends.||8. The Community may distribute per capita among its members profits of corporate enterprises, over and above sums necessary to defray corporate obligations, and over and above all sums which may be devoted to the establishment of a reserve fund, the cost of public enterprises, the expenses of Community government, the needs of charity, or other corporate purpose: Provided, That no such per capita distribution of profits shall be made without the approval of the Secretary of the Interior or his duly authorized representative. No distribution of the financial assets of the Community shall be made except as provided herein or as authorized by Congress.|
|Corporate Accounts.||9. The officers of the Community shall maintain accurate and complete public accounts of the financial affairs of the Community, which shall show all credits, debts, pledges, and assignments and shall furnish an annual balance sheet and report of the financial affairs of the Conununity to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.|
|Amendments.||10. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by resolutions of the Council which, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be effective when ratified by a majority vote of the adult members of the Hannahville Indian Community at a popular referendum in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote.|
|Ratification.||11. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a ma jority vote of the adult members of the Hannahville Indian Counnunity living on the lands reserved for the Wisconsin Potawatomies of Michigan, provided at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote; such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Great Lakes Agency and the Chairman of the Council of the Community.|
Submitted by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior
for ratification by the Hannahville Indian Community in a popular referendum
to be held on August 21, 1937.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
WASHINGTON, D. C., August 13, 1937.
Pursuant to section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat, 984), this
Charter, issued on August 13, 1937, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior
to the Wisconsin Potawatomies of the Hannahville Indian Community, Harris-Wilson,
Michigan, was duly submitted for ratification to the adult members of the
Community and was on August 21, 1937 duly adopted by a vote of 42 for,
and none against, in an election in which over thirty per cent of those
entitled to vote cast their ballots.
Chairman of the Council of the
Hannahville Indian Community.
Superintendent of the Great Lakes Agency.