BYLAWS OF KNIFE RIVER INDIAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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ARTICLE I - NAMES, GOALS, AND PURPOSES
Section 1    The name of this organization shall be the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation.
 
Section 2    The purpose of our organization is to promote the preservation, development, and public understanding to the Knife River Indian Villages NHS.
 
Section 3    The goals of this organization include:
  • Increasing interest and understanding of the history and cultural resources of KNRI.
  • Support interpretive activities of the National Historic Site.
  • Solicit new members and keep members informed on the developing activities and programs.
  • Promote continued archeological research and preservation efforts at KNRI.
  • Work with the Native American Community; local, state and federal officials; and elected legislators and Congressmen to encourage input and funding to research and develop KNRI.
  • Promote, enhance and develop the surrounding area through tourism by focusing on KNRI as a destination.

ARTICLE II - ORGANIZATION
The Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation is a local organization for people who are concerned about Knife River Indian Village Historic Site projects, which affect the site and the community as a whole.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in this organization shall be

  1. individual
  2. family
  3. non-profit organization or
  4. corporate

ARTICLE IV - DUES
The executive board will establish annual dues.

ARTICLE V - OFFICERS

Section 1    The Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation shall have (5) officers selected by a democratic voting process.

These officers shall be:

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Historian
 
Section 2    The duties of the officers shall be:

President: The president shall plan meetings, preside at all meetings of the organization, assists in the planning of programs, appoint committee members, serve as member ex-officio of all such committees, and perform all other duties common to this office.

Vice President: The Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President during the absence of the president, and will be responsible for program development and membership. The vice president has the first right or refusal for the presidency.

Secretary: The secretary shall keep a careful and authentic record of the proceedings of the organization, prepare a roll call of members and call it when necessary, to call the meeting to order in the absence of the presiding officer, provide the President of each committee with a list of members of each committee together with all the papers and instructions intended for it, to provide the agenda for the presiding officer, to carry on all official correspondence for the organization.

Treasurer: The treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for the receipt of, and the issuance of, receipts of all moneys due and payable to the organization, and for the deposit of all such. Monies in the name of the organization in such bank as shall be selected by the organization, and perform all the duties incidental to the office of Treasurer, and such other duties as, from time to time, may be assigned to the Treasurer by the Board.

Historian: The historian shall keep in an orderly manner all papers, pictures, news articles and anything else that might be valuable to the history of the organization.

 
Section 3    Officers shall be elected for two (2) year terms and shall serve until their successors have been elected.

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS

Section 1    The regular meeting of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation shall be held at least once a month at a time and place agreed upon by the majority of the current active members.
 
Section 2    Three or more officers shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting the business of the group.
 
Section 3    The Board of Directors will meet quarterly at an agreed upon time and location.
 
Section 4    Unless otherwise provided for in these bylaws, meetings of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

ARTICLE VII - NON-PROFIT OPERATION
The Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation shall be at all times operated on a non-profit basis for the mutual benefit of the Historic Site and community.

ARTICLE VIII - FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

Section 1    Contracts: Except as otherwise provided in these by-laws, the Board may authorize any officers or officer, agent or agents, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name and on behalf of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
 
Section 2    All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, and all notes, bonds, or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation, shall be signed by such officer or officers in such manner as shall be from time to time determined by resolution of the Board.
 
Section 3    All funds of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation shall begin on the first day of October of each year, and shall end on the thirtieth day of September of the following year.

ARTICLE IX - RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES OF MEMBERS
Private property of the members shall be exempt from execution or other liability for the debts of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation and no members shall be liable or responsible for any debts or liabilities of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation.

ARTICLE X - MISCELLANEOUS
The board shall also, after the close of each fiscal year, cause to be made a full and complete audit of the accounts, books, and financial condition of the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation. Such audit reports shall be submitted to the members at the next regular meeting.

ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board of Directors at any regular meeting or special meeting, provided that notification of the proposed altercation, amendment or repeal is given to all active members in a timely manner.

Original passed on October 1, 1985
Revised on November 10, 1999
Signed by both Donna Buchmann and Calvin Grinnell
Dated___May 16, 2000