Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma - Tribal Code

Published: 2014

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Principal Chief’s Foreword

Speaker of the Council’s Foreword


Attorney General’s Foreword


Officials of the Cherokee Nation


Publisher’s Preface


Cite This Code

Act of Union Between the Eastern and Western Cherokees

Constitution of the Cherokee 1839
Constitution of 1839
Article I
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article V
Article VI

Constitution of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma 1975
Preamble
Article I. Federal Relationship
Article II. Bill of Rights
Article III. Membership
Article IV. Distribution of Powers
Article V. Legislative
Article VI. Executive
Article VII. Judicial
Article VIII. Cabinet
Article IX. Election
Article X. Fiscal
Article XI. Removal From Office
Article XII. Employee Rights
Article XIII. Oath
Article XIV
Article XV. Initiative, Referendum and Amendment
Article XVI. Supersedes Old Constitution 1839
Article XVII. Seat of Government
Article XVIII. Adoption

Constitution of the Cherokee Nation 1999
Preamble
Article I. Federal Relationship
Article II. Territorial Jurisdiction
Article III. Bill of Rights
Article IV. Citizenship
Article V. Distribution of Powers
Article VI. Legislative
Article VII. Executive
Article VIII. Judicial
Article IX. Election
Article X. Fiscal
Article XI. Removal From Office
Article XII. Employee Rights
Article XIII. Oath
Article XIV. Clans
Article XV. Initiative, Referendum and Amendment
Article XVI. Supersedes Constitutions of 1839 and 1976
Article XVII. Seat of Government
Article XVIII. Adoption

Title 1. Administrative Procedure
CHAPTER 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 101. Short title
§ 102. Definitions
CHAPTER 2 DECLARATIONS BY AGENCY
§ 201. [Agency declarations]
CHAPTER 3 PROCEDURAL RULES
§ 300. Required procedures
§ 301. Current rulemaking docket
§ 302. Agency record in rulemaking proceeding
§ 303. Advice on possible rules before notice of proposed rule adoption
§ 304. Notice of proposed rule adoption
§ 305. Public participation
§ 306. Emergency rules
§ 307. Required rulemaking
§ 308. Contents of rule
§ 309. Concise explanatory statement
§ 310. Incorporation by reference
§ 311. Compliance, time limitation and effect
§ 312. Declaratory judgment
CHAPTER 4 ADJUDICATION
§ 401. When Chapter 4 applies—Disputed cases
§ 402. Presiding officers
§ 403. Disputed case procedure
§ 404. Notice
§ 405. Informal adjudication in disputed cases
§ 406. Informal adjudication procedure
§ 407. Emergency adjudication
§ 408. Ex parte communications
§ 409. Intervention
§ 410. Subpoenas
§ 411. Discovery
§ 412. Conversion
§ 413. Default
§ 414. Licenses
§ 415. Orders—Initial and final
§ 416. Agency review of initial orders
§ 417. Reconsideration
§ 418. Stay
§ 419. Availability of orders—Index
§ 420. Agency record in disputed case
CHAPTER 5 JUDICIAL REVIEW
§ 501. Judicial review generally
§ 502. Review of agency action other than order
§ 503. Rules of procedure
§ 504. Time for seeking judicial review of agency action
§ 505. Stays pending appeal
§ 506. Standing
§ 507. Exhaustion of administrative remedies
§ 508. Agency record on judicial review
§ 509. Scope of review—Grounds for invalidity

Title 2. Agriculture and Animals
Reserved for Future Use

Title 3. Aircraft and Airports
Reserved for Future Use

Title 4. Amusements and Sports
CHAPTER 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 1. Short title
§ 2. Purpose
§ 3. Legislative history
§ 4. Definitions
§ 5. Protection of the environment, public health and safety
§ 6. Words and terms
§ 7. Provisions as cumulative
§ 8. Severability
§ 9. Self-help contributions
§ 10. Sovereign immunity
§ 11. Emergency declared
§§ 12 to 19. Reserved
CHAPTER 2 GAMING COMMISSION ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
§ 20. Establishment of Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission
§ 21. Membership
§ 22. Powers and duties of the Gaming Commission
§ 23. Restrictions on commissioners
§ 24. Financial interest
§ 25. Limitations; recommendations
§ 26. Budget and compensation
§ 27. Authorization of gaming
§ 28. Prohibited acts
§ 29. Reserved
CHAPTER 3 LICENSING
§ 30. License required for gaming facilities
§ 31. Classes and fees
§ 32. Charitable gaming
§ 33. Class I gaming
§ 34. Class II gaming license
§ 35. Class III gaming license
§ 36. Facility license
§ 37. Vendor licensing
§ 38. Use of gaming revenue
§ 39. Reserved
CHAPTER 4 RULES OF OPERATION AND GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY
§ 40. Records, returns and audits
§ 41. Certification of gaming systems and equipment
§ 42. Age limit for all gaming
§ 43. Oversight of fiscal affairs
§ 44. Prohibition against embezzlement
§§ 45 to 49. Reserved
CHAPTER 5 LICENSING PROCEDURES FOR AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS OF KEY EMPLOYEES AND PRIMARY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS
§ 50. Gaming permits and licenses—Generally
§ 51. Standard for licenses and permits
§ 52. Application forms
§ 53. Background investigations
§ 54. Continuing duty to provide information
§ 55. Terms and parameters of licenses and permits
§ 56. Eligibility determination
§ 57. Federal review of gaming applicants
§ 58. Granting a gaming license or permit
§ 59. Preliminary determination and license suspension
CHAPTER 6 HEARINGS AND APPEALS
§ 60. Scope
§ 61. Opportunities for hearing
§ 62. Hearing
§ 63. Appearance through counsel
§ 64. Hearing procedures
§ 65. Determinations by the Commission
§ 66. Request for re–hearing
§ 67. Appeals
§ 68. Finality of Gaming Commission or Cherokee Nation District Court action
§ 69. Reserved

Title 5. Attorneys
CHAPTER 1 PRACTICING BEFORE CHEROKEE NATION COURTS
§ 1. Membership in Cherokee Nation Bar required to practice before Cherokee Nation Courts—Qualifications for membership
§ 2. Oath required
§ 3. Removal of attorney
§ 4. Granting special permission to appear before the Court
§ 5. Choice of counsel
§ 6. Judge shall not appear as counsel

Title 6. Banks and Trust Companies
Reserved for Future Use

Title 7. Blind Persons
Reserved for Future Use

Title 8. Cemeteries
CHAPTER 1 CEMETERIES PRESERVATION
§ 1. Short title
§ 2. Purpose
§ 3. Definitions
§ 4. Appropriation—Advocate/coordinator—Policies and procedures

Title 9. Census
Reserved for Future Use

Title 10. Children
CHAPTER 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 1. Purpose
§ 1.2. Application of Title
§ 1.3. Presumption of legitimacy
§ 1.4. Children deemed legitimate
§ 2. Children born after dissolution of marriage or before wedlock
§ 3. Reserved
§ 4. Support and education
§ 5. Grandparental visitation rights
§ 5.1. Death of custodial parent—Custody of child
§ 5.2. Certain information and records to be available to both custodial and noncustodial parent
§ 6. Custody of child born out of wedlock
§ 6.5. Use of certain words in reference to children born out of wedlock prohibited
§ 7. Allowance out of child's property for support and education
§ 8. Parent without control over child's property
§ 9. Abuse of parental authority—Civil action
§ 10. Cessation of parent's authority
§ 11. Public action for support of deceased parent's child
§ 12. Reserved
§ 13. Parent's liability for value of child's necessaries
§ 14. Compensation for support of child
§ 15. Support of stepchildren
§ 16. Services and support after majority
§ 17. Relinquishment of rights by parent
§ 17.1. Assignment by parent to child of right to recover for injury to child
§ 18. Payment of minor's wages
§ 19. Parent's right to change child's residence
§ 20. Parent or child not answerable for other's act
§ 21. Custody during parents' separation—Habeas corpus
§ 21.1. Custody—Order of preference—Death of custodial parent—Preference of child
§§ 22, 23. Reserved
§ 24. Appointment of counsel—Compensation
CHAPTER 1A CARE AND CUSTODY
§ 25. Definitions
§ 27. Authority to assign, relinquish or otherwise transfer
§ 28. Parties to whom relinquishments may be made
§ 29. Execution of relinquishments
§ 29.1. Termination of parental rights—Petition—Notice—Hearing—Orders
§ 30. Requisites of relinquishment
§ 31. Recovery of child after relinquishment
§ 32. Placement of child in foster home
§ 33. Importation and exportation of children
§ 34. Application of act
§ 35. Violation of act
§ 36. Severability of provisions of act
§ 37. Construction of act
§ 38. Voluntary relinquishment of physical custody—Presumption
CHAPTER 1B INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT
§ 40. Short title
§ 40.1. Purpose—Policy of Nation
§ 40.2. Definitions
§ 40.3. Application of act—Exemptions—Determination of Indian status
§ 40.4. Indian child custody proceedings—Notice
§ 40.5. Emergency removal of Indian child from parent or custodian—Order
§ 40.6. Placement preference
§ 40.7. Agreements with Indian tribes for care and custody of Indian children
§ 40.9. Records
§ 40.10. Involuntary custody placement orders—Evidence—Determination of damage to child
§ 40.11. Parental rights termination orders—Evidence—Determination of damage to child
CHAPTER 2 ADOPTION
§ 55. Adoption of child born out of wedlock by father
§ 55.1. Notice of intent to claim paternity—Acknowledging paternity—Paternity registry
§ 56. Reserved
§ 57. Records to be kept confidential—Release of medical history and other information
§ 58. Limitation on challenge to adoption after entry of final decree

Title 11. Citizenship

Title 12. Civil Procedures

Title 13. Common Carriers


Title 14. Commissions and Other Entities

Title 15. Contracts

Title 16. Conveyances

Title 17. Reserved

Title 18. Corporations

Title 19. Council

[Table of Contents created by NILL in July 2016, based on materials available on tribe's website.]