Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority

Executive Director, Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M. Administers and manages all affordable housing programs for the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority (SDTHA), including programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Bureau of Indian Affairs Home Improvement Program, the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, and through the Internal Revenue Service Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Inquiries about the job application or position and a request for a complete job announcement should be directed to Timothy Humphrey, Stetson Law Offices, P.C., by contacting him at (505) 256-4911 or at The applicant shall submit a letter of application and a resume that includes at least three (3) housing-related references.  All applications must be received at Stetson Law Offices, PC, Attn: Timothy Humphrey, 1305 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104, no later than 5:00 p.m., January 5, 2018.  Applications not received by that time and date may be rejected. SDTHA reserves the right to reject any and all applications and to waive any and all deficiencies.

Penobscot Nation

Deputy Court Clerk, Indian Island, M.E. Performs a variety of administrative duties to process and manage the caseload of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court and Appellate Court. Provide customer service to potential court users, litigants, judicial officers, attorneys, tribal government leaders, departmental personnel and the general public. Closes January 29, 2018.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Public Defender, Mescalero, N.M. Represents individuals subject to any criminal complaint filed in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court.  Works with the Chief Prosecutor’s Office to resolve criminal cases by deferred prosecution for treatment, counseling, family therapy or other options, or plea agreement or trial or sentencing and/or appeal.

Tohono O’odham Nation

The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring three (3) Assistant Attorneys Generals and the Prosecutor’s Office is hiring two (2) Prosecuting Attorneys.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty. While you must have at least 1 year of legal experience, the  first year of experience does not need to be as a licensed attorney and can be gained while working in legal fields. Starting salaries for each classification are as follows:

Assistant Attorney General I (1-3 Years of Experience) – $85,982.00
Assistant Attorney General II (3-6 Years of Experience) – $104,761.00
Assistant Attorney General III (6-8 Years of Experience) – $124,528.00
Assistant Attorney General IV (8+ Years of Experience) – $144,414.00
Assistant Chief Prosecutor (3 Years of Experience) – $92,594.00
Assistant/Juvenile Prosecutor (1 Year of Experience) – $72,333.00

The Nation offers generous benefits including paid holidays, employer funded retirement plan, sick and annual leave, and low cost medical, dental, and vision insurance. Requirements include an active Arizona State Bar license, or a license in another state and Arizona licensing within 18 months of employment.  A valid Arizona driver’s license is also required, along with consent to have your driving record checked periodically.  Applicants who are citizens or members of federally recognized tribes are preferred.

For more information, go to Tohono O’odham Nation Human Resources website at Applicants must also pass a background check.  Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for your last three employers to the Office of Attorney General

Comanche Nation

Prosecutor(RFP), Lawton, O.K. Full copies of the Request for Proposal can be obtained through the Comanche Nation website: Deadline for submission is January 11, 2018 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department.

Dakota Plains Legal Services

Managing Attorneys(2), Pine Ridge and Fort Thompson, S.D. The Pine Ridge office serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Oglala Lakota, Jackson and Bennett counties in South Dakota. The Fort Thompson office serves the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations in South Dakota and Brule, Buffalo, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Stanley and Sully counties in South Dakota.

Applicants must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice, or by reciprocity be able to obtain a license to practice, in South Dakota, or be qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam; must be a bright, motivated, self-starter; must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court; must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low income clients.  Applicant must have at least one year’s experience in the practice of poverty law or Indian law, with trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts or two years’ experience in the general practice of law.  If Applicant does not possess this experience we would consider Applicant for a staff attorney position until qualified to be a Managing Attorney. Salary is competitive, depending on experience.  DPLS has an excellent fringe benefits package including generous leave benefits and employee insurance coverage (medical, dental, life, disability). Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: John J. Buchy, Executive Director, Dakota Plains Legal Services, PO Box 727, Mission, SD 57555, (605) 856-4444,

Native Americans, Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Dakota Plains Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP

Transactional Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. law firm focusing on representation of Native American Tribes and tribal businesses is seeking an associate attorney with four plus years’ experience working as a transactional lawyer.  Federal Indian law experience is a plus but is not required.  Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP at

Yakama Nation

Attorney II, Office of Public Defender, Toppenish, W.A. Serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to Tribal members in areas of criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Services include, legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analysis and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the court(s) as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. Applications may be made to the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department at the Yakama Nation website. Closes January 17, 2017. UPDATE 1/23/18: Now open until February 5, 2018.

DNA-People’s Legal Services

All vacancies as of January 2018, multiple locations, A.Z. Attorneys represent clients in federal, state, and tribal courts, and before administrative agencies. Representation encompasses a wide range of civil matters, including domestic relations, public benefits, consumer problems, civil rights, land disputes, and for Hopi Public Defenders office they represent criminal cases.

Native American Legal Aid Program

Paralegal, Tacoma, W.A. The Native American Legal Aid Program is a project of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation. Funded by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, this Program utilizes the resources of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program and other legal services providers to provide civil legal services that help meet the specific and unique needs of Native Americans in our community, including the needs of Puyallup Tribal Members, Alaska Natives and First Nations People. Staff working in this program are employees of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. To be considered for this position, please submit BY E-MAIL ONLY a letter of interest, resume, and 3 professional references by the application deadline to Laurie Davenport, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program Director, at

Michigan Advocacy Program

2018 Summer Law Clerks, multiple locations, M.I. Law clerks work under the supervision of our staff attorneys on all aspects of our work. Depending on the office, a law clerk’s work may include conducting client interviews, drafting pleadings, legal research, appearing in court hearings under the Michigan student practice rule, assessing legal problems, conveying legal advice through oral and written communication, conducting outreach to migrant labor camps, conducting educational seminars for clients and migrant agency staff, legal research and writing related to individual cases and broader policy issues, legislative tracking and analysis, other systemic advocacy projects in one or more poverty law areas (housing, public benefits, consumer, foreclosure, and family law), MLH content development and maintenance, and assisting with staffing LiveHelp.

Other jobs recently posted:

Attorney, Gila River Indian Community (1/2/2018).

Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska (1/2/2018).

Family Court Judge, Oneida Nation, now open until January 8, 2018 (12/15/2017).

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 12/15/2017

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