By Laws of the Tribal Council of the Indians of the Quinault Indian Reservation


Section 1. Members: The membership of the Quinault Tribe shall be all persons whose names appear on the official roll of the Quinault Tribe. Any person shall be enrolled, who satisfies the tribal council that he meets one of the following requirements provided that such person is not enrolled on another reservation:


(a)  Blood Member: a person of at least one-quarter Quinault (including Queets) blood.


(b) Affiliated Member: a person of at least one-quarter Quileute, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook or Cowlitz blood, who owns (or whose father or mother owns) a trust interest in an allotment on the Quinault Reservation, and who resides on the Quinault Reservation, or in Jefferson County within ten miles of the Reservation, or in Grays Harbor County.


The council may by two-thirds vote approve the adoption and enrollment as a blood or affiliated member, as the council may designate, any person not meeting the above eligibility requirements.


Voting: Adult members age 21 or more who (a) live on the Reservation, or (b) live away from the Reservation and who have attended at least three tribal council meetings within the three years preceding, shall be entitled to vote in the council. Affiliated members shall not vote on questions concerning property or rights owned exclusively by the blood members; otherwise, all adult members shall have equal voting rights.


Tribal Council: The tribal council shall consist of all voting members of the tribe who may be present at a duly called meeting. A quorum shall be 37 voting members. Section 2. Meetings: There shall be one regular meeting of the council each year to be held on the last Saturday of March, unless said date shall fall on a holiday, in which case the meeting shall be held on the following day, at Taholah, to meet a 10 o'clock in the forenoon.


Special meetings may be held at any time and place by giving 10 days notice by posting notices in conspicuous places where members of the tribe are located. Said notices to be signed by the president and secretary or by a majority of the business committee. Section 3. Officers: The officers of this council shall be: President, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and five councilmen, all such officers to constitute the business committee, and all such officers to be elected by the tribe at a general meeting. The duties of the president shall be to preside at all meetings, call meetings when necessary, and to perform the duties usually devolving on a president.


The duties of the secretary shall be to keep the minutes of all meetings, to obtain and keep a correct record of all members of the tribe, to carefully keep the records and books of the council, and to perform such other duties as usually devolve upon a secretary.


The duties of the Treasurer to receive and safely keep all money belonging to the council and to pay the same out only upon the order of the business committee.


It shall be the duty of the business committee to represent the Indians of the reservation in all matters pertaining to the tribe and in all tribal matters, arising between the sessions of the council, to follow the instructions of the council and render any aid they can to any individual member os the tribe needing assistance; to make a full report of their work; to each succeeding council, and in general to perform all of the duties of a business committee between meetings of the council.


Vacancies: Any vacancy in any of the offices shall be filed by the business committee. A majority of the business committee shall be authorized to do business. Section 4. Elections: All officers shall be elected annually by a vote of the council and shall serve for 1 year or until their successors are elected. The officers elected at this first council shall serve until the next annual election. Section 5. In order to provide stationery, record books, postage, and necessary expenses, the dues of this council shall be fixed at ___per year. Regularly adopted by the First Council this 24th day of August 1922.


Harry Shale, president.

W.B. Sams, Secretary.


A true copy.




On May 22, 1965, the Tribal Council of the Indians of the Quinault Indian Reservation declared the foregoing to incorporate all amendments approved by the Council through May 22, 1965, and to be official text of the Bylaws of the Tribal Council of the Indians of the Quinault Indian Reservation.


James Jackson, President

Frederick Saux, Secretary