Fall 2004

Leadership Profile: S. Bobo Dean

Bobo Dean, Co-chair of the Committee on Native American Concerns, first joined the Section in the 1960s, when he began representing Native American tribes. He has represented Indian tribal and Alaska Native organizations in contracting with federal agencies to operate schools, hospitals, and other federal service programs for Native Americans, and represents tribes and tribal organizations in administrative appeals and litigation to vindicate tribal self-determination rights. He participated in drafting the bill to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which now is under consideration in Congress, and is pleased that the Section succeeded in securing an ABA resolution, passed by the House of Delegates in February 2004, supporting the Act.

Bobo holds a B.A. from Yale University, a B.A. and an M.A. from Oxford University, and an L.L.B. from Yale Law School. He was a board member for many years on the now-dissolved Family Housing Inc., which provided housing to low-income families in the District of Columbia, and has served as a vestryman and senior warden at the Episcopal Church of Ascension and St. Agnes.

Bobo is looking forward to involving the Committee in efforts to expand federal policy on tribal self-determination and self-governance, the sovereignty protection initiative sponsored by the National Congress of American Indians to protect tribal sovereignty from erosion through legislative initiatives and litigation, and the continued effort to pass the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization Act, removing the threat to tribes, tribal governments and individual Native Americans in these areas, Bobo believes “is essential for the United States to fulfill its historic commitment to the tribes, which occupied our land long before we existed as a nation state.”

For more information about Native American concerns or the work of the Committee on Native American Concerns, please contact Bobo at sdean@hsdwdc.com.

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