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 indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  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.

Keewenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Baraga, MI. The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor shall represent the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community throughout all phases of criminal and child neglect or dependency cases in Tribal Court. The closing date is March 13, 2020 at 4pm. Application can be found here.”

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Judge, Cass Lake, MN. Responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with the impartial and effective administration of justice. Faithfully uphold tribal constitution and laws.  The term of the Associate Judge is 3 years. Please submit a cover letter with resume and a copy of current attorney License to: Jacquelyn Wright, Court Administrator, 190 Sailstar Drive NE, Cass Lake, MN 56633, or email to: jackie.wright@llojibwe.net. Closing Date is March 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

Port Madison Enterprises (Suquamish Tribe)

Paralegal, Suquamish, WA. The paralegal position may perform complex paralegal duties requiring a high degree of knowledge of legal concepts, issues and research, which, in his or her absence, would be performed by an Attorney. Assists in the management and conduct of the analysis of policy issues, proposed tribal, state or federal legislation, or other items of special concern to the PME Legal Department, the Port Madison Enterprises Executives, or the Port Madison Enterprises Board of Directors. This position is open until filled. The announcement and application materials are available here.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorneys, Washington D.C. Play a key role in legal actions that can make a real difference to people’s health and well-being, and in protection of important environmental values. The Associate Attorney program is a three-year position with a possible extension. This program is designed to help early career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Earthjustice seeks to foster the development, mentoring, and professional growth of Associates. Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

Associate Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, CO. The Rocky Mountain Office’s work focuses on Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, and its cases primarily involved (1) protecting public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2) quickly shifting Colorado and nearby states from dirty to clean energy; and (3) protecting urban and rural communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and other environmental harms. This Associate position will work on all types of cases in the Rocky Mountain Office. Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment.

Reno Sparks Indian Colony

Tribal Prosecutor, Reno, Nevada. Independently, with general oversight from the Tribal Council, review police reports or other investigatory sources and determines if a prosecution is appropriate. Prepare appropriate adult and juvenile cases for prosecution, and bring cases to trial or otherwise complete cases through a resolution process. Represent the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (Colony) through all stages of prosecutions including post conviction matters. For more information, please see the position description. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation

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, visithttp://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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, visithttp://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, 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, visithttp://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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, visithttp://www.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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, visithttp://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

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, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), and Investment Committee (IC), and, as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division of economic/Community Development Chapters and Navajo Nation Gaming Regulatory Office regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present case in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under the general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General, the position is assigned to the “Humans Services & Government Unit” of the Office of the Attorney General; Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Local governmental units regarding a wide range of legal issues, including the Divisions of Education, Health, Social Services, General Services, Human Resources, and the Judicial and Legislative Branches of the Navajo Nation.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General, manages the “Human Services and Government Unit” of the Office of the Attorney General; provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Local governmental units regarding a wide range of legal issues, including the Divisions of Education, Health, Social Services, General Services, Human Resources, Public Safety, Veteran Affairs, and the Judicial and Legislative Branches.  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. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory grounds for local authority, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present cases in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General for the Litigation Unit, the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, advises and represents the Navajo Nation Government in all areas of civil law before Navajo Nation, federal, and state courts and administrative tribunals, with a specific emphasis on labor and employment law. Duties also include legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ 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.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Shiprock, NM 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.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor,  Pinon, AZ Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position representsthe 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. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 23, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor,  Crownpoint, NM 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. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 16, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Crownpoint, NM Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visithttp://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate,  Tohajiilee, NM Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visithttp://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Kayenta, AZ Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Chinle, AZ Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Water Rights Units 

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Water Rights Unit is the lead water rights attorney for the Navajo Nation, representing 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 AAG directs and supervised the work of all attorneys within the Unit and contract attorneys representing the Navajo Nation on water rights matters.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2020 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is vital to the role of the government serving the needs of the Navajo Nation.  NNDOJ’s autonomy and integrity ensures legal services are provided for the Navajo Nation as a whole – protecting the Navajo Nation’s inherent sovereignty by providing quality legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including its chapters, branches, departments and programs. 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.orgComplete applications are due on Friday, April 24, 2020 by 5 p.m. Mountain Time.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application, which can be found at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

 

See posts from March 6, 2020.