ARTICLE V
Traditional Rights

     Section 1.  Nothing in this Constitution takes away a role or function of a traditional leader as recognized by custom and tradition, or prevents a traditional leader from being recognized, honored, and given formal or functional roles at any level of government as may be prescribed by this Constitution or by statute.

Case annotations:  Defendants are not within coverage of FSM Const. art. V, 1, preserving "the role or function of a traditional leader as recognized by custom and tradition," simply by virtue of their status as municipal police officers.  Teruo v. FSM, 2 FSM Intrm. 167, 172 (App. 1986).

     Section 2.  The traditions of the people of the Federated States of Micronesia may be protected by statute.  If challenged as violative of Article IV, protection of Micronesian tradition shall be considered a compelling social purpose warranting such governmental action.

     Section 3.  The Congress may establish, when needed, a Chamber of Chiefs consisting of traditional leaders from each state having such leaders, and of elected representatives from states having no traditional leaders.  The constitution of a state having traditional leaders may provide for an active, functional role for them.