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S. Bobo Dean

S. Bobo Dean
Born:  June 23rd, 1932
Died:  February 16th, 2017

Bobo received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1954, after which he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1961, Bobo received his law degree from Yale University.

After practicing for four years with the New York firm of Debevoise Plimpton, in 1965, Bobo moved to Washington, DC. He joined Strasser, Spiegelberg, Fried, Frank and Kampelman, the law firm founded by Felix Cohen, whose work in the Indian field is nationally known. In 1982 Bobo joined Charlie Hobbs, who passed away earlier this week, and Jerry Straus to found Hobbs Straus, a law firm focused solely on advancing the interests of Indian Country.

Over the decades Bobo worked with many tribes around the country on a wide variety of issues. Among his many accomplishments in the field of Indian law, Bobo assisted the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida negotiate the first contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs under which an entire BIA agency was taken over and administered by a tribal government.

Bobo was particularly proud of the close to 50 years he spent advising the Metlakatla Indian Community in Southeast Alaska, including the advocacy he provided that ensured that the Tribe retained its full sovereign authority when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was enacted.

Bobo was also deeply involved in the enactment and implementation of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, and the 1988 and 1994 amendments to that act. He participated in many efforts to implement the Act, including actively representing tribes with the Negotiated Rulemaking Committees that developed regulations under Titles I and V of the Act.

In the early 1990’s, Bobo was a key advisor to a number of tribes and tribal
organizations in Alaska as they negotiated the Alaska Tribal Health Compact, an agreement that transferred virtually all Indian Health Service programs in the state to tribal control. Bobo also assisted the National Indian Steering Committee in its efforts to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Bobo served as past chair of the Native American Concerns Committee of the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities of the American Bar Association.