Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC.  Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Beverly Clark & Lynnmarie Johnson American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship

Lynnmarie Johnson (Saginaw Chippewa descendant).
December 15, 1960 – July 21, 2015.
Lynnmarie was born in Flint, Michigan and was a resident of the Flint area all of her life. On February 23, 1980 she married Michael Bryan Johnson. Lynnmarie received her BBA from the University of Michigan in 1991, after receiving her AA, with honors, in 1989 from Mott Community College. Lynnmarie graduated from University of Michigan Law School in 1994. Not only was she a licensed attorney, she was also a certified public accountant. Her law practice had a focus on Bankruptcy and Estate Planning. She was a past Chair of the American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and a board member for both Michigan Indian Legal Services and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan.


The following guidelines will be used in administering and making awards from the Beverly Clark & Lynnmarie Johnson American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship.

Applicants must:

    • Be an actively enrolled 3L law student in or a recent graduate of one of the law schools located in the State of Michigan.
    • Compose and submit a Letter of Interest in the scholarship, which outlines your commitment to Indian Country and/or to Native American communities.
    • Submit a current resume and a recent law school transcript. Submission Deadline

      Applications are due on April 24, 2020 at 5pm by email to

See posts from April 3, 2020.

HCN: “Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services”


An excerpt:

When Bryan Newland was 16, he got a job as a dishwasher at his tribe’s casino restaurant. In college, he carried golf bags for patrons at the casino course. Now the chairman of Bay Mills Indian Community, Newland was forced to announce on Wednesday that the tribal government could no longer pay the 400 people employed at Bay Mills casinos, golf courses, and other tribal businesses and departments closed due to COVID-19.

“I understand that many of you are angry, frustrated and scared,” Newland (Ojibwe) told tribal members in a Facebook video address on Wednesday. “You’re not alone in those feelings. The Small Business Administration has abandoned us, and it is failing Indian Country right now.” 

CB Letter to State and Tribal Leaders Regarding Families First and Kinship Funding


The Family First Transition Act authorized and appropriated $500 million for this new one-time grant to assist with implementation of FFPSA and other child welfare activities. The funding is available to all states, territories and tribes approved to receive grants * * * in light of the current public health emergency and the increased burdens facing child welfare agencies, the Children’s Bureau has determined that we will not require a separate application for this funding. Instead, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will proceed to make awards to all eligible grantees as soon as possible. Acceptance of the grant by the agency will indicate its agreement to provide required programmatic and financial reports.

Tribal Court Complaints re: Former St. Croix Chippewa Indians Tribal Council Members, Charged with Taking Tribal Casino Funds

Here are the complaints, each one captioned St. Croix Chippewa Indians v. [name]:

Bearheart, S

Bugg, CElmer, E

Emery, D

Larsen, L

Oustigoff, L

Oustigoff, N

Peterson, C

Taylor, J

Taylor, K

Taylor, L

Related post here.

Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations’ Declaratory Judgment Actions against Insurance Company re: Pandemic Damages

Here is the complaint in Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma v. Lexington Insurance Co. (Okla. Dist. Ct.):


Here is the complaint in Chickasaw Nation Dept. of Commerce v. Lexington Insurance Co. (Okla. Dist. Ct.):



TLPI Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Webinar during the Pandemic


Fri, Apr 10, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) will host a webinar providing guidance for Tribal Healing to Wellness Court programs in adapting treatment court operations during the COVID-19 crisis. A panel of Healing to Wellness Court practitioners will share how they have modified program operations in response to tribal, federal, state, and local mandates.

The webinar is scheduled for 2 hours: – For the first 30 minutes, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and Center for Court Innovation staff will present information on priority responses to COVID-19, the use of technology, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant updates related to COVID-19; – The following 60 minutes will be reserved for panelists to share their experiences and program modifications related to court operations, treatment services, client engagement, and communication; – The last 30 minutes will be reserved for questions from webinar participants directed to panelists; – Unanswered questions will be used to inform a follow-up online event to provide a more in-depth sharing of modified Wellness Court practices as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.