Sovereign Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee

 AMONSOQUATH BAND CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE III.

            The power of this government is administered by a tripartite Governing Council which shall be composed of the Principal Chief, the Elders, and the General Council.

ARTICLE IV.

            notwithstanding the provisions of Article III. The Governing Council of  the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation reserve to themselves the power to  propose laws or amendments to this Constitution as so brought before them or the Senate of Law by the Citizens of this Nation through petition, initiative or referendum.

ARTICLE V.

            The Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation, Governing Council affirmed and  aided by the Senate insure that all such persons within the government are duly and truly prepared, worthy and well qualified and acknowledge the existence of the Great Spirit and the future state of reward or punishment subject to His divine province, and swearing to protect and defend this Constitution while in office and as a citizen, shall have the complete and unencumbered authority to make for its citizens, except where so prohibited, all laws necessary and proper to promote, establish, regulate, insure, administer and provide for the following, but not limited thereto:

            the common defense, the general welfare, the economic well-being, the domestic tranquillity, to uphold justice, and secure the blessings of  fundamental freedom and sovereign equality for all people of the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation.

ARTICLE VI.

            The powers of the Chief

                                                               (a) shall be as the president of the                                                                          Nation and shall be perpetual.

                                                               (b) shall have the power to name his                                                                        successor.

                                                               (c) shall have the power to break all tie                                                                  votes of the Elders at his iscretion or                                                                      demand a unanimous vote.

ARTICLE VII.

            Elders

                                                               (a) shall be a minimum age of 45 years                                                                  old.

                                                               (b) shall be perpetual in term.

                                                               (c) shall be elected by the General                                                                          Council members.

ARTICLE VIII.

            The Council will act as the Senate.

                                                               (a) shall be of perpetual duration.

                                                               (b) shall be of the minimum age of 35                                                                years old.

                                                               (c) All recommendations of the Council                                                                shall be made to the Elders by majority                                                                vote.

                                                               (d) shall be elected by a vote of the                                                                general population of this Nation.

ARTICLE IX.

            The Nation's Justice Systems shall be made up of three judges. The       judges will be elected by the people. Term of office will be for four (4) years. The judges shall have the power to appoint marshals to enforce the laws of the Nation. The judges shall the power to levi fines in accordance with the laws of the Nation. The judges shall have subject matter as well as personal jurisdiction in all matters brought before the courts.

ARTICLE X.

            THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as  Adopted 10 December 1948 by the United Nations, General Assembly shall be adopted in its entirety. THE DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE INDIGENOUS NATIONS AND PEOPLES OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE shall be adopted in its entirety.

            ALL PERSONS OF THIS NATION WHO HAVE REACHED  THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN(18) SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN ALL ELECTION WITHIN THIS NATION.

            ALL PERSONS SHALL HAVE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS  FREEDOM, AND CULTURAL RESOURCES.

            BE IT RESOLVED, that, being at one with the universe,...this  Governing Council meeting, of the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation, held this day of 18 November 1993, unanimously agree to accept and ratify this  Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation.

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