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.

Environmental Law Institute

Fellowship, Washington, DC.  This one-year fellowship will begin in September 2021. The Public Interest Law Fellow works closely with other ELI attorneys and professionals, including our U.S. and international partners, to advance environmental protection, the rule of law, and environmental justice. The work frequently requires considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environment and society — e.g., those governing energy, taxation, land use, human rights, and governance and administration. The application deadline is December 9, 2020. To apply, please visit https://www.eli.org/employment.

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply has been extended to November 13, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Summer Associate, offices in Davis, California, Washington D.C and Syracuse, New York.  Our Firm works exclusively with Tribes and Tribal organizations to promote and protect their political, cultural, social and economic self-determination.  The Davis office is seeking a 2nd year law student for a summer associate position in 2021.  The position requires excellent research and writing skills.  We especially encourage students with a demonstrated commitment to serving Indian people and tribal nations to apply.  Please forward a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Gloria Coronado, gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com.  The deadline to apply is Monday, November 30, 2020.  No phone calls, please.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Mount Pleasant, MI.  Under the supervision of General Counsel, represent 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, excluding representation performed by the General Counsel. This position is open until filled. All of our open positions are on our website at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now. Link here.

Yurok Tribe

Staff Attorney – Education, Klamath, CA.Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Director, Chief Judge, and Supervising Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will assist the Yurok Tribal Court in its legal programs offering assistance under the Youth Diversion program. The Staff Attorney will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Yurok Tribal Court as assigned. The Staff Attorney-Education will work closely with the Chief Judge and other department staff. The candidate will provide services directly to clients to assist with securing the proper services and supports necessary to help the client achieve in school. This may include special education placements, supports, and services. Open until Filled. Link to tribal job site here and link to Yurok Tribe’s application here.

Pueblo of Pojoaque Legal Department

General Counsel, Pojoaque, New Mexico. The Pueblo of Pojoaque is now accepting applications for an attorney to provide legal services under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel. A background of federal Indian law is essential. Practice areas include direct legal services, domestic affairs, tribal corporations, water law, litigation, gaming, general civil law, and contracts. Must be capable of being admitted to the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court and the New Mexico State Bar. Position will be filled within 30 days of this posting. Send resumes via email to rfrias@pojoaque.org.

Native American Program Legal Aid of Nebraska

Staff Attorney, Norfolk, NE. Provide legal assistance to Native Americans in tribal, state, and federal forums. Emphasis on representing Native survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.  Position open until filled.  See job description for more information. Apply here.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney, Pocatello, Idaho. Work under general supervision and independently perform legal research, writing, and federal/state court litigation services for our Indian Law partners in relation to work for tribes in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, and Kansas. Must be willing to live in the greater Pocatello, Idaho area. Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample along with references to reception@echohawk.com. We are a family-oriented office and offer competitive salary and benefits. Job closing date Friday, November 5, 2020.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, Arizona. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MDHHS Statewide Victim Services Liaison, Lansing, MI. Lead and coordinate the DHHS OVC Statewide Liaison project, develop and implement recommendations for policy for the Division of Victim Services, Department of Health and Human Services to improve services and increase access to legal assistance and representation for rural and American Indian/Alaska Native victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other related crimes, including Indian Country crimes. Application Link. Posting closes November 16, 2020. 

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Supreme Court Judge, Mashpee, MA.  Job duties/powers are to conduct all court hearings, and issue orders and papers, and to decide all matters within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.  All resumes can be emailed to Vivian.Bussiere@mwtribe-nsn.gov.  Please review the attached job description. 

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Senior Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The Senior Tribal Attorney administers and supervises 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. Deadline to apply is November 5, 2020. Link to required employment application here.

Associate Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The 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. Deadline to apply is November 7, 2020. Link to required employment application. Link to required employment application here.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is November 6, 2020.  Application Here.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

General Manager of Tribal Operations,  Mayetta, Kansas. The General Manager of Tribal Operations (GMTO) reports to the Tribal Council and is responsible for the administrative operation of the Nation’s departments, which may include developing, recommending and implementing policies, program planning, fiscal management, administration and operations of the Nation’s government functions and services. The GMTO will work directly with the Tribal Council to facilitate communication regarding program needs and shall be responsible for accomplishing the Nation’s goals and objectives and for ensuring that the members are provided with desired and mandated services in an effective cost efficient manner. This position coordinates development of program budgets and is responsible for the oversight and direction of all Tribal government programs and departments which includes approximately 300 tribal government employees.

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