DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
HAVASUPAI TRIBE OF THE HAVASUPAI
APPROVED AUGUST 14, 1946
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE HAVASUPAI TRIBE
OF THE HAVASUPAI RESERVATION, ARIZONA
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF
JUNE 18, 1934
Whereas, the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation,
Arizona is a recognized Indian tribe organized under a Constitution and
By-laws ratified by the tribe on January 13, 1939, and approved by the
Secretary of the Interior on March 27, 1939, pursuant to Section 17 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 Indians living on the Havasupai Reservation;
Now, therefore, I, Oscar L. Chapman, 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 Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai 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 Havasupai Reservation at an election in which at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote.
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1. In order to further the economic development of the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation in Arizona 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 Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation".
2. The Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation shall, as a Federal corporation, have perpetual succession.
3. The Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation 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 Havasupai 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.
6. No property rights of the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, as heretofore constituted, shall be in any way impaired by anything contained in this Charter, and the tribal ownership of unalloted 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 owner's consent. Any existing lawful debts of the Tribe shall continue in form, except as such debts may be satisfied or cancelled pursuant to law.
7. 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 use all profits of corporate enterprises or income, over and above sums necessary to defray corporate operations and over and above all sums which may be devoted to the establishment of a reserve fund, for public purposes of the Tribe, including the construction of public works, the cost of public enterprises, the expenses of tribal government, the needs of charity and the making of loans to members of the Tribe but no general distribution per capita of such profits or income shall be made.
8. 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, to be effective, shall be ratified by a majority vote of the adult members living on the Reservation at a popular referendum in which at least thirty percent of the eligible voters vote.
9. This Charter shall be effective from and after the date of its ratification by a majority vote of the adult members of the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation living on the Reservation, provided that at least thrity per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Truxton Canon Agency and the Chairman of the Tribal Council of the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation.
Submitted by the Acting Secretary of the Interior
for ratification by the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation.
[SEAL] OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
Acting Secretary of the Interior.
WASHIINGTON, D. C., August 14, 1946.
Pursuant to an order, approved August 14, 1946, by
the Acting Secretary of the Interior, the attached Charter for the Havasupai
Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, was submitted for ratification
to the qualified members of the Havasupai Tribe and on October 5, 1946,
was duly ratified by a vote of 24 for, and 21 against, in an election in
which over 30 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots, in
accordance with Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18,
1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the Act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat.
Chairman, Havasupai Tribal Council.
Secretary, Havasupai Tribal Council.
THOMAS H. DODGE
Superintendent, Truxton Canon Agency.