[S.B. 21]

To define the political status of certain Native In-

dians within the Territory of Alaska.


Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the Territory of Alaska:


Native Indians,

citizens under

provisions of

Sec. 6, Ch. 119,

24 Stat. L., p.

390, may have citizen-

ship established.


Section 1. Every native Indian born within the limits

of the Territory of Alaska, and who has severed all

tribal relationships and adopted the habits of a civilized

life in accordance with Section Six (6), Chapter One hun-

dred  and nineteen (119), 24 Stat. at Large Three hun-

dred ninety (390), may, after the passage and approval

of this act, have the fact of his citizenship definitely

established by complying with the terms hereafter set



Section 2. Every native Indian of the Territory of

Alaska who shall desire a certificate of his citizenship

shall first make application to a United States Govern-

ment, Territorial or municipal school, and shall be sub-

jected to an examination by a majority of the teachers

fo such school as to this of her qualification and claims

for citizenship.  Such examination shall broadly cover

the general qualifications of the applicant as to an intelli-

gent exercise of the obligations of suffrage, a total aban-

donment of any tribal customs or relationship, and the

facts regarding the applicant’s adoption of the habits of

a civilized life. 

Certificate to

be endorsed

 by five white


Section 3. Any native Indian of the Territory of

Alaska who shall obtain a certificate in accordance with

Section two (2) of this act, which certificate shall set

forth that a proper examination has been duly held and

the applicant found to have abandoned all tribal customs

and relationship, to have adopted the ways and habits

of a civilized life and to be properly qualified to intelli-

gently exercise the obligations of an elector in the Terri-

tory of Alaska, shall thereupon obtain an endorsement

upon said certificate by at least five white citizens of the

United States who have been permanent residents of

Alaska for at least one year, who were not members of

the examining board as provided in Section 2, to the

effect that such citizens have been personally acquainted

with the life and habits of such Indian for a period of at

least one year and that in their best judgment such In-

dian has abandoned all tribal customs and relationship,

has adopted the ways and habits of a civilized life, and

is duly qualified to exercise the rights, privileges and obli-

gations of citizenship.

Application to

District Court

Section 4. Upon securing such certificate as provided

by sections two (2) and three (3) of this act properly

signed in ink, the applicant shall forward the same to-

gether with an oath duly acknowledged to the effect that

such applicant forever renounces all tribal customs and

relationships, to the United States District Court for the

Division in which the applicant resides praying for the

granting of a certificate of citizenship.


Section 5. Upon receiving such application the Judge

of the District Court shall set a day of hearing on such

application which shall not be less than sixty (60) days

from the date of receipt of such application, whereupon

the Clerk of the District Court shall post a notice in his

office containing the name of the applicant and the facts

set forth in his application, and the date set for the hear-

ing upon the application, and shall immediately for-

ward a copy of such notice to the applicant, whereupon

the applicant shall post such notice or a copy thereof in

conspicuous place at the Post Office nearest to his or

her residence.

Final certificate

Section 6. Upon approval of such application by the

Judge of the United States District Court for the Divi-

sion in which the applicant resides, the said Judge shall

issue a certificate, certifying that due proof has been

made to him that the said applicant is "an Indian born

within the Territorial limits of the United States, and

that he has voluntarily taken up, within said limits, his

residence separate and apart from any tribe of Indians

therein, and has adopted the habits of civilized life."

Said certificate, when presented in court or otherwise,

shall be taken and considered as prima facie evidence of

the truth of the statements therein contained.

Approved, April 27, 1915.