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SHOALWATER BAY INDIAN TRIBE
SHOALWATER BAY INDIAN RESERVATION
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
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation
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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