Chilkat Indian Village Constitution


The Chilkat Indian Village is located in Southeastern Alaska with a population of 140 people. The constitution was enacted in 2006. The village was involved in a famous cultural property case about Whale House rain screen and totem poles.

Preamble: We, a sovereign community of Tlingit Indians having a common bond of residence in the Village of Klukwan, Alaska, in order to promote our welfare, through the development and operation of government, social, and economic enterprises, do establish this Constitution and By-laws in accordance with, and by authority of, the Act of Congress of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat.984), as amended.

Native Nations

Chilkat Indian Village. 2006. "Constitution of the Chilkat Indian Village." Klukwan, AK. 

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