The Charles A. Hobbs/National Congress of American Indians Scholarship


The Charles A. Hobbs/National Congress of American Indians Scholarship

About the Scholarship Fund:

Established by Charles A. Hobbs in 1999, this endowed scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified American-Indian or Alaska-Native Juris Doctor degree candidates enrolled at the Law School. This award is for any student who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or a student with natural parents or grandparents who are/were members of a federally recognized tribe. Once awarded to a recipient, it shall be re-awarded as long as the recipient is an active student and in good standing at the George Washington University Law School.

Charles A. Hobbs (1928-2017) received his JD from GW Law in 1957 and dedicated his professional career towards working with American Indian tribes and organizations. He acted as lead attorney on a number of landmark Indian law cases. Much of Hobbs’ work focused on the areas of constitutional law, tribal sovereignty, natural resources, Indian taxation, Indian gaming, and litigation. He won United States v. Mitchell, 463 U.S. 206 (1983), which broadly established the right of tribes to be paid damages resulting from the Federal Government’s mismanagement of their trust assets. He also successfully argued the case of Menominee Tribe v. United States, 391 U.S. 404 (1968), where the Supreme Court ruled that the Menominee Tribe kept its existence as a tribe even though its status as a federally recognized tribe had been terminated by Congress. In ruling that the Tribe retained its treaty hunting and fishing rights despite termination, that case also established the important rule of statutory construction that Indian treaties were, if possible, to be construed according to the understanding of the tribe that signed the treaty. In 1993, Charlie was honored at the National Congress of American Indians’ national convention for distinguished service to the Indian community. On December 9, 2016, Charlie was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the DC Chapter of the Native American Bar Association.

Additional support for this scholarship is welcome. To make a gift, please click the "Donate" button on this page. You can also make a gift to the NCAI/Hobbs Indian Scholarship by calling us at 202.994.6117, or by mailing a check to:

The George Washington University Law School
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