On November 18, 1977, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes passed a resolution creating Salish Kootenai College (SKC). The SKC Articles of Incorporation state the purpose of the College and give specific powers to the Corporation. The Articles of Incorporation give the SKC Corporation the following powers:
- To have perpetual existence by its corporate name, Salish Kootenai College, to dissolution by the Tribal Court or action by the Tribal Council if the latter determines misconduct or the like.
- To sue and be sued, complain and defend, in its corporate name in tribal court.
- To have a corporate seal which may be altered at pleasure, and to use the same by casting it or a facsimile thereof, to be impressed or affixed or in any other manner reproduced.
- To purchase, take, receive, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, use, and otherwise deal in and with real or personal property, or any interest therein, wherever situated within the boundary of the Flathead Indian Reservation.
- To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, transfer, and otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property and assets in excess of $5,000 providing the Tribes have first preference in purchasing, etc.
- To elect or appoint officers and agents of the corporation, and define their duties and fix their compensation.
- To make and alter bylaws, not inconsistent with its articles of incorporation or with the laws of the Confederated Tribes or the United States, for the administration of the affairs of the corporation.
- To borrow money from the Tribal Credit enterprise and/or FDIC-insured banks pursuant to the declaration of Policy and Plan of Operations of the Credit Enterprise and/or bank.
- To engage in any business that will further the social-economic well-being of the College or to undertake any activity of any nature whatever not inconsistent with federal law or the constitution and/or ordinances of the Confederated Tribes.
- To make and perform contracts and agreements of every description not inconsistent with federal law or with any provisions of the constitution and/or ordinances of the Confederated Tribes, with any persons, association, or corporation, with any municipality or any county, or with the United States or the State of Montana.
- To have and exercise all powers necessary or convenient to effect any or all of the purposes for which the corporation is organized.
- To cooperate with other similar associations in creating central, regional, or national agencies for any of the purposes for which this corporation is formed, and to become a member of, or stockholder of, such agencies as are now or hereafter may be in existence.
- To receive grants of private, state, or federal funds to aid in the furtherance of the purposes of this Corporation.
- To confer certificates, diplomas, and post-secondary degrees to students who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study.
- To prescribe courses of study, programs, textbooks, and materials to be used, to charge tuition, board, rent, student union fees, building fees, or other fees necessary to operate the College.
Adopted: Policy has been in place prior to Sept. 2003
Revised: 1/13/16, 2/15/19, 3/2023
Reviewed: April 2015