Come work with us!

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center at MSU College of Law is hiring a new Communications Coordinator. Internal MSU applications are due Tuesday, April 20, and external applications are due Tuesday, April 27. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.

The public job announcement on the Careers @ MSU site is available here.

Does Brackeen v. Haaland Apply:

This document is primarily for non-lawyers, so while you can @ me about details, there is a reason this document doesn’t get into the nitty gritty question of federal court jurisdiction in state court trials (please note the work the word “may” is doing). We hope this will be helpful for tribal social workers, their state counterparts, reporters, and maybe some lawyers who are trying to understand the implications of a 325 page decision.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center at MSU College of Law – Come work with us!

Communications Coordinator, East Lansing, MI. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator assists the ILPC faculty and staff with all ILPC events, coordinates lunches, speaking events, and ILPC visits for students interested in Indian Law, plans and organizes the annual ILPC conference, manages marketing materials that amplify and strengthen ILPC presence at MSU, Michigan tribal communities, and within Indian country, Drafts ILPC correspondence and creates newsletters for the ILPC community, students, and alumni, manages the ILPC social media accounts, including Turtle Talk, attends Indian law events and conferences 1-4 times per year to promote the ILPC and its objectives, and more. External applications are due Tuesday, April 27. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.

Legal Counselor, East Lansing, MI. The ILPC offers one law graduate each year the chance to teach and work in a setting that is both academic and clinical in nature. The ILPC Legal Counselor may develop academic articles, research and write briefs, interact with students and legal professionals, and attend conferences centered on Indian law.  This is a Fixed-Term, Teaching Specialist position.  The deadline to submit application materials is Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  Please circulate this to anyone who may be interested.

Pueblo of Laguna

Summer Law Clerk, Dept: Public Defender/Government Affairs Office. Closing date for application submission is April 26, 2021. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, MN. Assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions.  The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court.  The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found above or on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website.

The Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General

Request for Proposals. Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorney(s) will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General related primarily to Water Rights and Tax & Finance matters. The Attorney(s) must have a sophisticated understanding of Navajo language, culture, history, politics, government, fundamental and codified law and jurisprudence, the Navajo Nation budgetary process, complex finance/taxation matters, and water rights. For more information please see the RFP. Due Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3 p.m. MDT.

Cochise County

Attorney I, II or III, Legal Defender’s Office, Bisbee, AZ. ATTORNEY I: Under general supervision provides professional legal services of moderate difficulty; performs other legal services as assigned. Initiates, engages, and defends litigation; performs legal research; reviews and prepares legal documents; ren­ders legal advice to clients; performs factual investigations. ATTORNEY II:  Supervises junior staff; handles appeals. ATTORNEY III:  Supervises junior staff; handles appeals. Supervises and reviews work of staff attorneys; performs organization and administrative duties. All applications are open until filled with first review of applications on May 15, 2021. Apply here and see the positions description for more information.

Prosecutor Job descpriotn

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Complete a Tribal Application Form which can be found on our website: www.UTETRIBE.com. Please see the position description for more information.

Justice for Families

Case Manager, Petoskey, MI. The Case Manager will attend trainings relevant to implement a safe exchange/supervised visitation program. Case Manager will develop policies and procedures to operate a supervised visitation/safe exchange program the complies with all grant requirements. The Case Manager will be responsible for providing transportation to victims, offenders and children when appropriate. Application is open until filled. Click here to apply and see the job description for more information.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Water Attorney, Ignacio, CO. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for representing the Tribe on water matters. Where time allows, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, litigation, contract review, and employment matters. This job is open until filled. To apply click here and see the job description for more information.

 The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Information & Referral Program Managing Attorney, Seattle, WA. ACLU-WA is seeking an Information and Referral Program Managing Attorney (IRP Managing Attorney) to manage the ACLU-WA’s information and referral service statewide.  The ACLU-WA receives approximately four thousand requests for legal assistance each year, through phone messages, mail and our online complaint form.  The Managing Attorney will be responsible for managing all aspects of the ACLU-WA’s response to these requests, including hiring, training, and supervising intake volunteers and interns; screening requests for assistance to provide a meaningful response to all complainants. Application deadline: May 17th, 2021.

California Indian Legal Services

Executive Director, California Indian Legal Services (CILS), Sacramento, CA. The Board of Trustees is seeking applications for the Executive Director position to lead CILS into a new era of its work to protect and advance Native American rights. All interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, two writing samples and three professional references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services, Re:  Executive Director Position, 609 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025.  E-mail hiring@calindian.org. For more information, please visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled. 

Staff Attorney,  CILS, Escondido, CA. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in all areas of Federal Indian law to provide assistance to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and individuals. E-mail letter of interest, resume and writing sample to: hiring@calindian.org. For more information, please visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled.

Rosette, LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Washington, D.C. Strong research and writing skills are required.  Remote working options for this position will be considered.  Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to:  Saba Bazzazieh, sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com.

Associate Attorney, Washington, D.C.  Qualified candidates should have 1-3 years’ experience in transactional, policy, and/or litigation work.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred but not required.  Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh; sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com.

Envorinmental Law and Policy Center

Paralegal, Chicago IL. Provide administrative, research, and technical assistance to approximately 9 attorneys in a fast-paced office. Specific duties include:  Preparation and editing of documents for filing, including: proofreading, cite checking, bluebooking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, assembling exhibit lists, etc.; Filing and service of paper and electronic filings; and more. The candidate will work in ELPC’s downtown Chicago office, but work remotely during COVID19. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, California Regional Office. For this position, the attorney will generally focus on litigation and other advocacy in our efforts to protect the invaluable natural resources of California; remove our dependence on fossil fuels, with a particular focus on oil and gas; and work with partners and frontline communities to ensure all have a right to clean air, clean water, and healthy lives and ecosystems, with a particular focus on pesticides and other chemical pollution. For more information please see the position description.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney, Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years’ experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law.  This position is a new, unique, and cutting-edge opportunity to work closely with a client on large scale, state-run gaming projects.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. Provide legal advice to the Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Services regarding jurisdictional issues and multijurisdictional orders from several states.  This position is open until April 27, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Chinle, Arizona.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Judicial Branch:

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

See posts from April 16, 2021.

MSU Alum Bryan Newland to Lead Indian Affairs in DOI

Here is the White House statement.

Bryan Newland, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Department of Interior

Bryan Newland is a citizen of Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe), and was born and raised on the Bay Mills Reservation on the southern shore of Lake Superior.  He recently completed his tenure as the elected President of Bay Mills Indian Community, where he previously served as Chief Judge of the Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Court.  From 2009 to 2012, Newland served as a Counselor and Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs under President Obama.

Newland is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, with a certificate from the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.  He also received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.  He is married to Erica Newland, and they have two children – Graydon and Meredith.

Kyle Whyte on Time, Kinship, and Climate Change

Kyle Whyte has posted “Time and Kinship” on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Climate change is often discussed in terms of linear units of time. This essay covers the meaning of linear time and its implications for how climate change is narrated. There are concerns about how narrating climate change in this way can eclipse issues of justice in the energy transition. There are of course different ways of telling time. This essay provides a narration of climate change inspired by particular Indigenous scholars and writers. These conceptions of time narrate time through kinship, not linearity. One implication is that issues of justice are inseparable from the experience of climate change.