NATIVE VILLAGE OF FORT
RATIFIED JANUARY 2, 1940
A FEDERAL CORPORATION CHARTERED UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 18, 1934, AS AMENDED
BY THE ACT OF MAY 1, 1936
Whereas, a group of Indians having a common bond of living together in Fort
Yukon, Territory of Alaska, seek to organize under sections 16 and 17 of the Act
of June 18, 1934, and section 1 of the charter approved by the Secretary of the
Now, therefore, I, Oscar L. Chapman, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, by
virtue of the authority given to me by the above acts, do hereby submit this
charter of incorporation to the group of Indians so organizing.
- Section 1. Purpose and Name.
- In order to enable the Village and its members to do various kinds of
business for their good, the Village is hereby chartered as a corporation of
the United States of America under the name of "Native Village of Fort
- Section 2. Membership.
- The corporation shall be a membership corporation, consisting of all
persons of the Village considered members under the rules of its
- Section 3. Management.
- The corporation shall be managed by the governing body set up under the
- Section 4. Powers.
The corporation shall have the power to do the following things:
- To own, hold, manage and dispose of all Village property;
- To make contracts;
- To sue and be sued;
- To borrow money from the revolving Indian credit fund and to use it
under a loan contract;
- To enter into any business or activity that will better the condition
of the Village and its members;
- To do such other things as may be necessary to carry on the business
and activities of the Village.
- Section 5. Limits to Powers.
In using its powers the corporation must not do the following things:
- Go against any law or the constitution and by-laws of the Village;
- Sell or mortgage any land set aside as a reserve for the Village;
- Make leases, permits or contracts covering any lands or waters set
aside as a reserve for the Village without the approval of the Secretary
of the Interior or his authorized representative.
- Section 6. Property of Members.
- Property owned by a member of the Village shall not be taken to pay the
debts of the corporation without his consent.
- Section 7. Records.
- The corporation shall keep correct records of its business and activities
and give copies of these records when asked to do so to the representative
of the Office of Indian Affairs serving the Village.
- Section 8. Changes in the Charter.
- Changes in the charter may be made by the Village and if approved by the
Secretary of the Interior shall be in force when agreed to by a majority
vote of those members voting in an election called by the Secretary of the
Interior: Provided, That at least 30 percent of the voting
membership votes. The charter itself shall continue in force for all time,
unless taken away by act of Congress.
- Section 9. Adoption of Charter.
- The charter shall be in force when it is agreed to by a majority vote of
those members voting in an election called by the Secretary of the Interior:
Provided, That at least 30 percent of the voting membership votes
and provided that the Village has agreed to a constitution and by-laws
approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
This Charter is hereby approved and submitted to the group of Indians having
a common bond of residence in the Village of Fort Yukon, Alaska, to be voted on
in an election called and held under the Instructions of the Secretary of the
Interior. The Charter shall be deemed issued when a petition for a charter,
signed by one-third of the adult Indians, has been received by an authorized
representative of the Department of the Interior.
Oscar L. Chapman,
Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
Washington, D.C., May 15, 1939.
Pursuant to an order approved May 15, 1939 by the Assistant Secretary of the
Interior, the attached charter was submitted for ratification to the group of
Indians having a common bond of residence in the Village of Fort Yukon,
Territory of Alaska, and was on January 2, 1940, duly ratified by a vote of 67
for and none against, in an election in which over 30 percent of those entitled
to vote cast their ballots, in accordance with the Alaska Act of May 1, 1936 (49
Stat. 1250), and section 17 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as
amended by the Act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378).
Chairman, Election Board.
George S. Wilson,