2019 ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference & Call for Proposals; DUE MARCH 1

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Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an open Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the position (which includes position title and location) as well as a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Michigan State University

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS), East Lansing, MI. Applicants must be finished with all doctoral work, except the dissertation; actively working in American Indian and Indigenous Studies; and committed to a career in Indigenous Studies. For more information please see the job description. Review of applications begins on March 11, 2019.

More about the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program, as well as a list of previous fellows, can be viewed at http://aisp.msu.edu/. Questions can be directed to Dr. Dylan Miner, Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, at dminer@msu.edu.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Senior Legal Counsel, Mashantucket, CT. Under the direction of the General Counsel, the incumbent assists in providing legal advice and services to the Nation, including its departments, arms, subdivisions, regulatory bodies, committees, entities and business enterprises concerning legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. Excellent ability to communicate legal concepts and analysis to MPTN, to patrons, vendors or any other person necessary to resolve a matter is required. Please see the job description for more information.

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager, NYC, NY. The Center for Court Innovation is seeking two Senior Program Managers to provide Technical Assistance to tribal courts. Duties will include working on a variety of tribal justice projects such as strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice, tribal corrections, tribal/state relationships, healing to wellness courts, and other problem-solving initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a JD, MSW, or relevant graduate-level degree, or previous experience delivering technical assistance to tribal justice systems. Candidates with previous experience working with tribal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.

New Mexico Tourism Department

Cultural Heritage Coordinator,  This position is important to our Department, our Pueblos and Nations, and to our State. Seeking an energetic individual who will grow and foster dynamic relationships with tribal and cultural entities in growing tourism within our communities and growing our economies. There is a link to our State Personnel Office page to apply online. Application closes February 25, 2019.

The Native Village of Afognak

Tribal Administrator, Kodiak, AK. Under the direction of the Native Village of Afognak (NVA) Tribal Council, the Tribal Administrator will serve as the Chief Executive Officer to coordinate and oversee the Tribal Government and manage the day-to-day operations of the Tribe. Strong familiarity with Tribal history and Indigenous governance is required, as well as some knowledge of cultural and environmental issues. Please see the job description for more information.

The Menominee Indian Tribe

Assistant Prosecutor, Keshena, WI. Under the direction and supervision of the Prosecutor, the purpose of the position is to assist the Prosecutor with legal research, court appearances and to handle caseloads as assigned. See the job description for more information and apply online at www.menominee-nsn.gov.  The closing date is March 13, 2019.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Legislative Staff Attorney, Onamia, MN. The duty of the Chief Legislative Counsel is to provide legal analysis on issues that come before the Legislative Branch, draft and update the Band’s legislation, review contracts The Legislative Staff Attorneys are to assist Chief Legislative Counsel in the amending, revision, and creation of statutes for the Legislative Branch while remaining vigilant of the Band’s traditions and beliefs. For more information please see the job description. Application closes March 5, 2019.

Staten Island Legal Services

Housing Attorney, New York City, New York. We are seeking a staff attorney to work in our Housing Unit assisting low-income tenants throughout the borough in avoiding displacement through a range of legal avenues. For more information please see the job description.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Foster Home Attendant, Eagle Pass, TX. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological function of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. Employment Applications may be submitted in person at the Human Resource Department, or you may fill out an application at: kickapootexas.org. If you have any questions please call 830-773-2105.

Martha L. King, P.C.

Summer Law Clerk, Albuquerque, NM. This is a rare opportunity for a law student with strong research and writing skills to develop thoughtful, professional, and well-analyzed work product and gain invaluable practical legal experience. For more information please see the description. Application closes March 15, 2019.

Part-Time Associate Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. We are a peer rated professional services law firm providing business law services to tribal entities. Requirements: experience in business law, corporations, and employment law; strong writing and analytical skills; and driven by a sincere desire to make a lasting impact in and out of Indian country. Please see the job description for more information. Application closes March 15, 2019 at 5pm.


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Eighth Circuit Decides Stanko v. Oglala Sioux Tribe

Here is the opinion.

Briefs here.

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Scholarship Announcement from California Indian Law Association

The California Indian Law Association (CILA) is proud to announce that it will be offering two $5,000 scholarships to current Native American law school students to assist with law school expenses. These new scholarships are made possible through a generous donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Please email all application materials to John Haney at calindianlaw@gmail.com by March 8, 2019.

More info and downloadable scholarship application available at:

Please share this scholarship announcement flyer.

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Yellowstone Bison Environmental Suit Dismissed

Here are the materials in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. Bernhardt (D. Mont.):

33 Motion to File Second Amended Complaint + Proposed Complaint

36 State Response to 33

38 Federal Response to 33

39 Reply in Support of 33

45 DCT Order Granting 33

48 Federal Motion to Dismiss

50 State Motion to Dismiss

53 Plaintiff Motion to Stay

54 Response to 48 and 50

57 Federal Reply in Support of 48

58 State Reply in Support of 50

62 Reply in Support of 53

81 DCt Order

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National Indian Law Library Bulletin (2/21/2019)


The National Indian Law Library added new content to the Indian Law Bulletins on 2/21/19.

Federal Courts Bulletin
Texas v. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo  (Tribal Gaming – State Regulation)

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article) 

  • The United States first climate change relocation: Recognition, relocation, and Indigenous rights at the Isle De Jean Charles. 
  • At the intersection of health and justice: How the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives is disproportionately affected by disparities in the criminal justice system.
  • Minding the gap: Improving parental involvement to bridge education gaps between American Indian and non-Indian students. 
  • Originalism and Indians. 
  • Droughts, floods, and scarcity on a climate-disrupted planet: Understanding the legal challenges and opportunities for groundwater sustainability. 

News Bulletin
In the Culture and Tradition section, see an article about legislation to establish official native languages in the state of South Dakota.

U.S. Legislation Bulletin 
The following bills were introduced: 

  • S.948: A bill to provide for an independent outside audit of the Indian Health Service. 
  • S.506: A bill to support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to court orders for this purpose. 
  • S.524: A bill to establish the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs, and for other purposes. 
  • H.R.1225: To establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education, and for other purposes. 
  • H.Res.139: Supporting goals and ideals of International Mother Language Day in bringing attention to the importance of preserving linguistic and cultural heritage through education.

Tribal Courts Bulletin
Kloker v. Fort Peck Tribes  (Hunting Regulation; Riparian Boundaries) 

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Materials in In Re: $323,647.60 in Funds Belonging to the California Valley Miwok Tribe

Here are the materials in In Re: $323,647.60 in Funds Belonging to the California Valley Miwok Tribe (D. N.M.):

2 Complaint

8 Motion to Lift Stay

9-1 Motion to Transfer

11 Response to 8

12 Reply in Support of 8

13 Response to 9

15 Reply in Support of 9

17 DCt Order Denying Motion to Stay

19 DCT Order Granting Motion to Transfer

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Salt Lake Tribune: “Split appears in San Juan as new Navajo-led County Commission moves to support an even bigger Bears Ears than Trump shrunk”


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Federal Court Holds Individual Members of Tribal Corporate Board Can Be Sued under False Claims Act

Here are the materials in Cain v. Salish Kootenai College (D. Mont.):

110 SKC Motion to Certify

112 Individual Defendants MTD

115 Response to 110

116 Response to 112

117 Reply in Support of 110

118 Reply in Support of 112

121 DCT Order

Prior posts here and here.

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Briefing Completed in Brackeen v. Bernhardt (frmly Zinke) in the Fifth Circuit [ICWA Case]

Oral arguments are March 13.

Principal Briefs on the Tribal Defendant/Intervenor and Federal Side (Pro-ICWA)

Appellant Tribes Brief

Appellant Federal Parties

Navajo Nation Motion to Intervene and Proposed Brief

Amicus Briefs, Pro-ICWA

Congressional Amicus Brief

Constitutional Law Profs Brief

Casey Family Programs and Thirty Child Welfare Organizations Amicus Brief

21 State Attorneys General Amicus Brief

Indian Law Scholars Amicus Brief

325 Tribal Governments and 57 Tribal Organizations Amicus Brief

Prof. Ablavsky Amicus Brief

UKB Amicus Brief

Native American Women’s Amicus Brief

Principal Briefs on the State and Individual Plaintiff side (Anti-ICWA)



Amicus Briefs (Anti-ICWA)



Goldwater Cato AAAA Amicus


Reply Briefs by Tribal Intervenors and Federal Government

Appellant Tribes’ Reply Brief

Federal Reply Brief

Intervenor Navajo Nation Reply Brief


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GTB and Sault Tribe Join Opiate Litigation

Here is the complaint in In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation (N.D. Ohio):

GTB & Sault Tribe Complaint

Here is a recent list of tribes that have joined the litigation:

List of Tribes

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