Constitution and By-laws of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Amended: October 20, 1990 (Typographical error corrected 11/21/14)

The tribe makes their constitution available online. The link below will take you to the version of the constitution available on the tribe's website.

Constitution and By-Laws (pdf)

Table of Contents

Article I-Purpose

Article II-Governing Body
Section 1 Colville Business Council
Section 2 Number of Councilmen
Section 3 Representation Selected by Districts
Section 4 Power to Change Districts and Representation
Section 5 Officers
Section 6 Residency Requirement and Age of Candidate
Section 7 Council Sole Judge of its Members

Article III-Nominations and Elections
Section 1 First Election and Terms of Office
Section 2 Rules for Election
Section 3 Candidate Procedures
Section 4 Certification of Election
Section 5 Age Requirement to Vote

Article IV-Vacancies and Removals from Office
Section 1 Regulations to Fill Vacated Position
Section 2 Expulsion of Councilman
Section 3 Petition to Recall

Article V-Powers and Duties of the Council
Section 1 Powers and Duties

Article VI-Amendments
Section 1 Constitution and By-Laws Amended by Majority Vote
Section 2 Petition for Amendment

Article VII-Membership of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Section 1 Membership
Section 2 Rules and Regulations Governing Membership
Section 3 One-Fourth (1/4) Degree Requirement
Section 4 Membership of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Article VIII-Judiciary
Section 1 Separate Branch of Government
Section 2 Court of Appeals
Section 3 Tribal Court
Section 4 Compensation and Term
Section 5 Vacancies and Removal from Office
Section 6 Discipline
Section 7 Implementation

Article I-The Business Council
Section 1 Chairman of the Business Council
Section 2 Vice-Chairman of the Business Council
Section 3 Secretary of the Business Council
Section 4 Appointive Officers

Article II-Time and Place of Meeting and Procedures
Section 1 Regular Meeting-Special Meeting Schedule
Section 2 Quorum
Section 3 Order of Business
Section 4 Report of Meetings

Article III-Ratification of Constitution and By-Laws

Certification of Adoption


Amendment I - Article II, Section 1-Time and Place of Meetings and Procedures
Amendment II - Article IV, Section 1-Vacancies and Removal from Office
Amendment III - Creates Article VII-Membership of the Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Amendment IV - Creates Article IV, Section 3-Vacancies and Removal from Office
Amendment V - Article VII, Sections 1 and 2
Amendment VI - Article III, Section 1-Nominations and Elections
Amendment VII - Article III, Section 5-Nominations and Elections
Amendment VIII - Creates Article VI, Section 2-Petition for Amendment
Amendment IX - Creates Article III, Section 4-Membership of the Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Amendment X - Creates Article VIII-Judiciary

[Table of Contents created by NILL in January 2017, based on materials available on tribe's website.]