Albert “Chookomolin” Hawley (b 1906)
Born in 1906, Albert Hawley is Gros Ventre and Assiniboine known primarily for his athletic achievements. Hawley was born in Hays, Montana and later attended Haskell Institute from 1925-1928. At Haskell, Hawley played as the center and was the football team’s captain in 1927. Hawley was also selected for the All-Time, All-Haskell football team.
After transferring to Davis and Elkins College, Hawley continued playing football winning the All-American Honorable Mention in 1928 and 1929. Hawley graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Davis and Elkins in 1932.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Hawley became principal of the Carson School in Nevada, and the following year was named reservation principal. While attending Stanford University for his Master’s degree, Hawley became principal of Tuba City Boarding School on the Navajo Reservation. In 1954 he was selected as superintendent at Papago Agency in Arizona.
Hawley was selected as an outstanding alumnus by both Haskell Alumni Association and Davis & Elkins College. In 1973 he was inducted to the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. A lake on the White Apache Indian Reservation was later named after him, “Hawley Lake.”