Certificate of Incorporation of the National American Indian Court Judges Association
(A Non-Stock, Non-Profit Delaware Corporation)
The undersigned, in order to form a corporation for the purposes hereinafter stated, under and pursuant to the provisions of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, does hereby certify as follows:
FIRST: The name of the corporation is NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN COURT JUDGES ASSOCIATION.
SECOND: The address of the corporation’s registered office in the State of Delaware is 1013 Centre Road, in the City of Wilmington, County of New Castle. The name of its registered agent at such address is United States Corporation Company.
THIRD: The objects and purposes for which the corporation is exclusively organized and shall operate are:
A. To foster the continued development, enrichment and funding of tribal justice systems as a visible exercise of tribal sovereignty and self-government.
B. To provide continuing education for tribal judges and tribal justice staff members in order to promote and enhance the operation of the tribal judiciary.
C. To further the public knowledge and understanding of tribal justice systems.
D. To establish and maintain a forum for the dissemination of information concerning issues impacting tribal justice systems throughout the United States.
E. To encourage and assist Tribal officials to support educational programs in an effort to serve the purposes and objectives of the Association.
F. To conduct generally any and all research and educational activities for the purposes of promoting the affairs and achieving the purposes and objectives of the Association.
In furtherance of said goals, but not in limitation of the foregoing, the corporation shall have the power and authority:
The foregoing objectives, purposes and powers are each and all subject to the further limitation that
FOURTH: The corporation shall have one or more categories of membership with such designations, qualifications, rights and powers as shall be set forth in the Bylaws of the corporation or determined in the manner prescribed by the Bylaws, provided, however, that not less than one category of members of the corporation shall have the right to vote and shall elect the directors of the corporation in the manner prescribed by said Bylaws.
FIFTH: The property, business and affairs of the corporation shall be managed and directed by a Board of Directors, who shall be elected by the members entitled to vote as specified in the Bylaws of the corporation. The number of directors comprising of the Board of Directors shall be such as from time to time shall be fixed by, or in the manner provided in the Bylaws, but shall not be less than three.
SIXTH: The private property of the directors and members shall not be subject to the payment of corporate debts whatsoever.
SEVENTH: Provisions for the regulation of the internal affairs of the corporation are as follows:
EIGHTH: The corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in the certificate of incorporation in the manner now or hereafter prescribed by law, and all rights and powers conferred herein on members, directors and officers are subject to this reserved power.
NINTH: The name and address of each of the incorporators are as follows:
NAME & ADDRESS:
Virgil L. Kirk, Navajo Tribe, P.O. Box 607, Shiprock, New Mexico 87420 Henry Upchego, Tribal Court, Fort Duchesne, Utah 84026
Lawrence Miller, Box 157, Ft. Washakie, Wyoming 82510 Cranston Hawley, Box 262, Harlem, Montana 59526
Josephine D. Neuman, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Flathead Tribes, Dixon, Montana 59831
Betty Laverdure, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota 58316
George R. Armstrong, Southern Ute Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, P.O. Box 850, Cortez, Colorado 81321
E. Thomas Colosimo, Executive Director, Arrow, Inc. 2475 Virginia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037
This certificate of incorporation was amended pursuant to a majority vote of the Active Members of the corporation meeting at its 1998 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on March 14, 1998. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, We have hereunto set our hands and seals, this fourteenth day of March, 1998. Jill E. Shibles, President Irene Toledo, Secretary National American Indian Court Judges Association