DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
THLOPTHLOCCO TRIBAL TOWN
RATIFIED APRIL 13, 1939
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1941
CORPORATE CHARTER OF THE THLOPTHLOCCO TRIBAL TOWN
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 26, 1936
Whereas, the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town constitutes a recognized band of Indians residing in Oklahoma, organized under a constitution and by-laws approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior on November 17, 1938, and ratified by the Indians of the said Town on December 27, 1938, pursuant to section 3 of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967) ; and
Whereas, the said Tribal Town, by resolution of the Thlopthlocco officers duly authorized, has requested that a charter of incorporation be issued to the said Tribal Town, subject to ratification by a vote of the members of the Tribal Town;
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 26, 1936, do hereby issue this Charter of incorporation to
the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, to be effective from and after such time
as it may be ratified by a majority vote of the adult members of the Thlopthlocco
Tribal Town voting: Provided, however, That such election shall
be void unless the total vote cast be at least 30 per cent of those entitled
1. The corporate purposes of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town shall be:(a) To define and safeguard the rights and powers of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town and its members.
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2. The name of this corporation shall be the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, as provided in the constitution and and by-laws of the said tribal town. The membership, the officers, and the management of the incorporated tribal town shall be as provided in the said constitution and by-laws.
3. The Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, subject to any restrictions contained in the Constitution and laws of the United States or in the constitution and by-laws of the tribal town, and to the limitations of sections 4 and 5 of this Charter, shall have the following corporate powers as provided by section 3 of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June 26, 1936.(a) To have succession by its corporate name perpetually.
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4. The foregoing corporate powers shall be subject to the followings limitations:(a) No tribal town land or interest in land shall ever be sold or mortgaged.
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5. Until ten years from the date of ratification of this Charter, or such other date as may be fixed pursuant to section 6, the following corporate acts or transactions shall be valid only after approval by the Secretary of the Interior or his duly authorized
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6. At any time within ten years after the ratification and of this Charter, any power of review established by section 5 may be terminated by the Secretary of the Supervisory Interior with the consent of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town membership. At or before the expiration of this ten-year period the Secretary may propose a further extension of this period. Such proposed extension shall be effective unless disapproved by a three-fourths vote of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town membership.
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7. Any rights and powers heretofore vested in the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, not expressly referred to in the constitution, by-laws or charter of the said tribal town, shall not be abridged, but may be exercised by the people of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, through the adoption of appropriate additions and amendments to the constitution, by-laws or charter of the said tribal town. No property rights or claims of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town existing prior to the ratification of this Charter shall be in
8. This Charter shall not be revoked or surrendered except by an Act of Congress, but amendments may be proposed by a majority vote of the Business Committee or by a petition signed by 30 per cent of the adult members of the Tribal Town. Such amendments, if approved by the Secretary of the Interior, shall be submitted to referendum vote by all members of the tribal town, and shall be effective if approved by a majority 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 Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, provided that at least 30 per cent of the eligible voters shall vote, such ratification to be formally certified by the Superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes Agency and by the Town King and the Secretary of the tribal town.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN
WASHINGTON, D. C., February16, 1939.
I, Oscar L. Chapman, the Assistant Secretary of the Interior of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority granted me by the Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967), do hereby approve the attached charter of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town of Oklahoma, subject to ratification by the tribe in the manner therein provided.
Upon ratification of this Charter all rules and regulations heretofore promulgated by the Interior Department or by the Office of Indian Affairs, so far as the may be incompatible with any of the provisions of the said Charter and the Constitution and By-Laws, approved by me on November 17, 1938, and duly ratified by the tribe on December 27, 1938, are declared inapplicable to the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town of Oklahoma.
All officers and employees of the Interior Department are ordered to abide by the provisions of the said Constitution and By-Laws, and the Charter if, and when, ratified by the Tribe.
Approval recommended February 13, 1939.
Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
OSCAR L. CHAPMAN,
WASHINGTON, D. C., February 16, 1939.
Pursuant to section 3 of the Act of June 26, 1936 (49 Stat. 1967), this Charter, issued on February 16, 1939, by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town of Oklahoma was duly submitted for ratification to the adult members of the Tribe, and was on April 13, 1939, duly adopted by a vote of 80 for, and 1 against, in an election in which over 30 per cent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots.