Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information 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.

Echaga Corporation

RFP for Legal Services, Pine Ridge, SD. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. RFP closes July 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. For more information please see the request. Please submit materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe,

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Through July 8, 2020. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe,

InterTribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, CA. For duties please see attached job description. Position will remain open until filled.

Environmental Law Institute

Fall Research and Publications Intern (August-December), Washington, D.C. and remotely. Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff. Applications are rolling and close July 19, 2020 at 11:59 EST. You can apply here and see the attached position description for more information.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy Solicitor General, The Office of the Solicitor General, Onamia, MN. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration, and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. Open until filled.  Please see the job description at for more information and to download an application.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife i

Attorney I, Office of the General Counsel, Sacramento, CA. The Department is the state trustee agency for fish and wildlife, managing these resources for their ecological and public use values. This Attorney I position is appropriate for newer attorneys interested in state service and a collaborative office environment. The position will work closely with CDFW’s team of environmental scientists implementing the Water Storage Investment Program adopted by the voters as part of Proposition 1 in 2014. This will include negotiation of contract and grant terms, research regarding contracting and granting legal requirements, legal review to ensure that Water Storage Investment Program projects meet regulatory requirements, and preparation of other contract and grant-related legal documents. The application deadline is July 19, 2020. Additional information is available here. Interested applicants are welcome to contact the Department’s Tribal Liaison and Assistant Chief Counsel Nathan Voegeli at

Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians

Appellate Court Judge, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court of Appeals, Sault, Michigan. Judges at the appellate court level hear appeals primarily focused on a variety of civil matters and criminal matters.  Applications due by July 10, 2020. Application can be found here.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Attorney, Office of Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. AThe Associate Tribal Attorney will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Closing date July 16, 2020. See the attached description for more information. Link to employment application here.


Staff Attorney, Northwest. The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest.  Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the Salish Sea and the communities that depend on them, stop coal-fired power plants, prevent the Pacific Northwest from becoming a fossil fuel fossil fuel export hub, and protect farmworkers and communities from toxic pesticides, among other things.  We are building out southern resident orca recovery work and partnerships with environmental justice communities in Seattle and Portland.  We frequently work in close partnership with Native American Tribes and fence-line communities.  The new Staff Attorney would spend a significant portion of his or her time partnering with environmental justice communities, along with other Northwest attorneys.

Staff Attorney, AK. The Alaska office works to protect Alaska’s public lands and waters, fish and wildlife, air and water quality, and public health from threats posed by oil and gas development, old growth logging, minerals and coal mining, industrial-scale ocean trawling, and other activities. We represent conservation groups, Alaska Native tribal and nonprofit organizations, community groups, fishing organizations, and others in litigation and other advocacy before federal and state agencies and in the courts.  With offices in Juneau and Anchorage, we work on issues throughout the state.  Our current priorities include protecting America’s Arctic from oil and gas development, roadless area and old growth forest protection on the Tongass National Forest, and opposition to several proposed large-scale mines in western and southeast Alaska and on transboundary rivers in Canada.  For more information about the Alaska office, please visit here.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Isabella County, MI. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the Tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, as directed by General Counsel. The Senior Associate General Counsel will supervise and coordinate the work of the all Associate General Counsel positions. Please visit the link for more information and to apply.

Native American Rights Fund

Communications Director, Boulder, CO. NARF is looking for an experienced, multi-talented Communications professional to be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of its Communications Department as well as leading outreach to both media and supporters.  A solid understanding of the historical relationships between states, the United States, and tribes is preferred. Open until filled with interviews starting in July. Please visit the website and see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel, Water Environment & Natural Resources, Sandia Pueblo, NM. Responsibilities will cover a wide range of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel.  Application closes 9/20/2020 or when position is filled. Visit the website or see the job description for more information.

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 non-attorney 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.

Western Environmental Law Center (WELC)

Staff Attorney, Taos, NM or Santa Fe, NM.  This position will advance an expansive package of legal strategies to facilitate a just, equitable, and managed transition away from oil and gas to address the climate crisis and foster ecological and community resilience. While centered on securing state-level reforms in New Mexico, this position will also contribute to WELC’s ambitious federal-level strategies, in particular relative to federal public lands. This full-time position will be located in New Mexico, ideally Taos or Santa Fe, with an optimal start date of September 8, 2020. Please see the full job description PDF accessible from this posting and on the WELC website for details. To apply, please send requested application materials to by July 17, 2020.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Staff Attorney, Durant, OK. Primarily responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching, and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. For more information please see the position description. Click here to apply.


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