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Bylaws Of The Three Affiliated Tribes Of The 

Fort Berthold Indian Reservation


Article I - Duties of Officers

Section 1. The Chairman of the Tribal Business Council shall preside at all meetings of the council and direct the work of its officers. He shall appoint, subject to the approval of the council, such standing committees and special committees and other officers as the business of the tribe may
require.

In the absence of the chairman from any regular council meeting or any special meeting regularly called, the vice chairman shall preside in his place, and shall have all the privileges, duties, and responsibilities of the chairman in his absence.

Sec. 2. The Secretary of the Tribal Business Council shall conduct all correspondence of the council, shall keep all records, minutes of meetings, and an accurate roll of members by communities. He shall receive all petitions, applications and other papers and prepare them for the council. He shall promptly submit a copy of the minutes of each council meeting to the Superintendent of the agency. He shall perform such other clerical duties relating to the business of the council as it may direct.

Sec. 3. The Treasurer of the Tribal Business Council shall accept, receipt for, keep, and safeguard all funds in the custody of the council, whether they be tribal funds or special funds for which the council is acting as trustee or custodian. He shall deposit all such funds in a bank or elsewhere as directed by the council and shall make and keep a faithful record of such funds, and shall report on all receipts and expenditures and the amount and nature of all funds in his possession or custody to the council at regular meetings and at such other times as requested by the council, his reports to be in writing and matters of record.

He shall not expend or otherwise disburse any funds in his possession or in the possession or custody of the Tribal Business Council except when he is authorized to do so by resolution duly passed by the council. All checks shall be signed by the Treasurer and shall be countersigned by the Chairman of the Tribal Business Council, and all checks issued prior to July 1, 1940, shall be approved by the Superintendent of the reservation.

The books and records of the Treasurer shall be audited at least once each year by a competent auditor employed by the council, and at such other times as the council or the Commissioner of Indian Affairs may direct. The Treasurer shall be required to be under a surety bond satisfactory to the council and to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Sec. 4. The Tribal Business Council, or an election board appointed by it, shall certify to the election of the duly elected council members within 3 days after the election , and the newly elected councilmen who have been certified, shall be installed at the first meeting of the Tribal Business Council thereafter, upon subscribing to the oath of office as follows: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of councilman to the best of my ability."

Sec. 5. The duties of all appointed committees and officers shall be clearly defined by resolution of the council at the time of their appointment, and such committees and officers shall report from time to time as required by the council, and their activities and decisions shall be subject to review by the
council at any time.

Article II - Salaries

The Tribal Business Council may prescribe such salaries for council members and tribal officers appointed by the council as it deems advisable, from such funds as may be available, provided that no compensation shall be paid to any tribal officer out of any tribal funds except by resolution duly passed and approved by the council, and subject to popular referendum the same as other powers of the council, and further provided that no compensation shall be paid to any tribal officer out of tribal funds under the control of the Federal Government except upon a resolution stating the amount of the compensation and the nature of the services rendered, and said resolution shall be of no effect until approved by the Secretary of the Interior.

Article III - Meeting of Council

Section 1. The regular meetings of the Tribal Business Council shall be held at Elbowoods, N. Dak.., on the second Thursday of each month.

Sec. 2. Special meetings may be called by the Chairman or by any three councilmen who shall notify all members of the council at least twenty-four (24) hours before the time of convening such meeting unless a majority of the council approve a shorter call in an emergency.

Sec. 3. Seven members shall constitute a legal quorum of the Tribal Business Council.

Sec. 4. In the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman if a quorum is otherwise present, the Secretary shall act as chairman until a temporary chairman is selected.

Sec. 5. At the first meeting of a newly elected Tribal Business Council, it shall establish by resolution a regular order of business such as: Roll call, reading of minutes of previous meeting, report of Treasurer, report of committees, unfinished business, new business, etc.

Article IV - Adoption of Constitution and Bylaws

This Constitution and attached Bylaws, when adopted by a majority of the qualified voters of the Arikara, Gros Ventres, and Mandan Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, voting at a special election called by the Secretary of the Interior, in which at least 30 percent of those qualified shall
vote, shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior for his approval, and shall be in effect from the date of his approval.

CERTIFICATE OF ADOPTION

Pursuant to an order, approved March 11, 1936, by the Secretary of the Interior, the attached Constitution and Bylaws was submitted for ratification to the members of the Arikara, Gros Ventres, and Mandan Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation and was on May 15, 1936, duly ratified by a vote of 366 for, and 220 against, in an election in which over 30 percent of those entitled to vote cast their ballots, in accordance with section 16 of the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended by the act of June 15, 1935 (49 Stat. 378).

George W. Grinnel,
Chairman of Election Board.

Authur Mandan,
Chairman of Business Council.

Peter H. Beauchamp,
Secretary.

W.R. Beyer,
Superintendent.

I, Harold L. Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority granted me by the acto of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended, do hereby approve the attached Constitution and Bylaws of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation.

All rules and regulations heretofore promulgated by the Interior Department or by the Office of Indian Affairs, so far as they may be incompatible with any of the provisions of the said Constitution and Bylaws are hereby declared inapplicable to the members of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

All officers and employees of the Interior Department are ordered to abide by the provisions of the said Constitution and Bylaws.

Approval recommended June 3, 1936.
John Collier,
Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Harold L. Ickes,
Secretary of the Interior.
 [Seal]

Washington, D.C., June 29, 1936.
 
 

Source: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs
          United States Government Printing Office: Washington: 1936

 

 

 

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