Shoalwater Bay Tribe Constitution


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CONSTITUTION

OF THE

SHOALWATER BAY INDIAN TRIBE

SHOALWATER BAY INDIAN RESERVATION

TOKELAND, WASHINGTON

Approved: MARCH 10, 1971

Ratified: MAY 22, 1971

Amended: 1975 and 1978

Approved: JANUARY 19, 1982

Amended: SEPTEMBER 17, 1993

Amended: APRIL 22, 1998

Amended: AUGUST 6, 2005

Amended: NOVEMBER 16, 2005

CONSTITUTION

of the

Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe

of the

Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation

PREAMBLE

We, the members of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, in order to improve the Tribal Organization established by the Constitution ratified on March 10, 1971, and amended in 1975 and 1978, to secure the rights and powers inherent in our sovereign status and guaranteed to us by the laws of the United States, develop and protect the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, and all other Tribal resources, preserve peace and order in our community, promote the general welfare of our people and our descendants, protect the rights of the Tribe and of its members, and preserve our land base, culture and identity, do hereby establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE I – SOVEREIGNTY AND JURISDICTION

Section 1. The jurisdiction and governmental power of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe shall extend over the following, to the fullest extent permitted by Federal Law:

All lands, waters, property, airspace, other resources and any interest therein, within the boundaries of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation as established by the Executive Order of September 22, 1866, or as hereafter constituted, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent or right-of-way;
All persons, property and activities located or found within the Tribe’s jurisdiction;

All persons exercising or purporting to exercise any rights reserved by the Tribe by treaty or authority granted to the Tribe by Federal Law.
Section 2. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to limit the ability of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe to exercise its jurisdiction to the fullest extent permitted by Federal Law.

 

 

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