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
    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.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP

Summer Law Clerk 2021, Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C., please specify your preferred location in your cover letter. Paid Law Clerk position for a candidate who has completed 2L year by Summer 2021.  Candidate will perform research, writing and other duties. Closing date is December 4, 2020. Please see the attached job description with details on how to apply.

UCLA Law’s Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program

Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship. The deadline for the Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship for 2021-2023 has been extended to November 20th, 2020. Applicants who intend to pursue a career as an assistant professor of law are invited to apply if their research interests concern topics at the intersection of race/racism, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We invite applications from those working in law, policy, and other disciplinary traditions such as the various social sciences, ethnic studies, history, etc. For more information and to apply, please see the description. 

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Policy Fellow, Minneapolis, MN. Seeking a temporary Project Manager/Director that would serve in a two-year term fellowship to support the Community Development and Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) divisions, respectively. The Project Manager/Director will contribute to Community Development and the CICD’s goals by coordinating and performing a range of administrative, project management, and communication tasks related to community affairs in Indian Country nationally and economic development in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. The Project Manager/Director must possess a strong commitment to public service and the values of the Federal Reserve System.


Capitol Hill Policy Group

Director of Indigenous Advocacy, Washington, D.C. The Director of Indigenous Advocacy will have experience working on Capitol Hill and will interact primarily with the firm’s Managing Principals led by Robert Odawi Porter, Esq., a former President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Serve a lead role in advocating for American Indian and Alaska Natives on Federal government relations issues before the Congress, the White House, and Executive branch agencies. Advocate, communicate, and interface with Federal government elected officials, appointees, and staff. Coordinate the monitoring and reporting of legislative, regulatory, industry, and client-based areas of interest. Conduct legislative and/or fact research and compile memoranda and summaries of information for internal and/or client consumption. Interested applicants should send by email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to The application period is open through November 15, 2020.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Public Defender Director, Durant, OK. Job Purpose or Objective(s): To lead the Office of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Public Defender.  The Office of Public Defender is responsible for defending all indigent clients in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases that are punishable by incarceration in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma District Court. Closing Date: 11/23/2020.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Prosecutor, Black River Falls, WI. The Tribal Prosecutor shall represent the Ho-Chunk Nation in the prosecution of criminal code and civil offenses committed within the jurisdiction of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Coordinate with Ho-Chunk Nation law enforcement for investigations, evaluating evidence, and case preparation. Facilitate all inter-governmental agreements necessary for the execution and implementation of the criminal code. Establish all aspects of a prosecution office, including development of case management/protocols, and process for outside case referrals. Open until filled. Apply here.

The ACLU of Montana

Legislative Program Manager. This is a temporary position. ACLT-MT seeks a passionate, energetic, and committed individual to manage the legislative program before and during the 2021 Montana Legislative Session. The Legislative Program Manager job description can be found online here. We will begin reviewing applications next week. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Contract Lobbyist. ACLU-MT is soliciting short proposals to provide lobbying services before and during the 2021 Montana Legislative Session. The Contract Lobbyist RFP can be found online here. We will begin reviewing applications next week. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Director of Child Welfare, Portland, OR. The director of child welfare of NICWA is responsible for empowering and supporting Native communities to improve the lives of their children and families. This challenging and rewarding position has overall responsibility for the management and delivery of all aspects of this program including technical assistance, training activities, respond to requests for information regarding the navigation of ICWA and the child welfare system, project management, and supervision of future programmatic staff. This position closes end of day December 4, 2020. Complete application materials here. Please submit completed application materials to   

University of Colorado Boulder

Dean of the Law School. The Dean is the Law School’s chief academic and administrative officer, providing thoughtful and equitable leadership, strategic planning, and management of a nationally renowned academic program. The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020, but applications will continue to be accepted after that date. To apply, please submit your application through CU Boulder Jobs.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFP. The CTUIR seeks proposals for an attorney to appear virtually for a series of approximately 5-8 sexual harassment/discrimination prevention trainings sessions geared to supervisors and directors. These must be completed before December 30, 2020. The successful bidder would enter into a contract agreement administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). Please see the link to apply.

RFP. The CTUIR seeks attorney proposals designed to assist the CTUIR protect its interests as a member of the Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council and the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council. The successful candidate would enter into a contract agreement administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and begin services no later than January 2021. Apply here and see the description for more information.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager of Educational Programs, Washington, DC. ELI is seeking a Senior Manager of Educational Programs who will help in delivering high quality educational programming. The successful candidate for this role will work in coordination with the Director of Associates, Education and Corporate Partnerships, along with the Vice President of Development and Membership, to help with recruiting new members of ELI’s various membership programs, maintaining relationships with members, developing and delivering programming for members, and working with ELI staff to strengthen the membership program.  To apply, please visit  Applications will be accepted until November 27, 2020.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

RFP. Notice is hereby given that the Oglala Sioux Tribe will accept Proposals for Special Counsel for various legal services for the Oglala Sioux Tribe until November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Late proposals will not be accepted. The Tribal Council seeks individuals or law firms to provide legal counsel services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for the following areas: Advise and consult on federal budgets and legislation; Draft memoranda on proposed legislation, comment letters, and prepare testimony for congressional hearings; and more.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

Announcement here. The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees.  Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. Please see the announcement and the qualifications for more information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Transactional Matters Associate, San Diego, CA. Duties as assigned. Seeking an transactional matters associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience in federal, state or tribal courts. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP

Associate Attorney, Juneau or Anchorage, AK. Additional information about our firm is available at  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests, a clerkship is also highly preferred.  We are ideally looking for an entry-level candidate with up to 3 years of post-law school experience, but all qualified applicants will be considered.  If you have any questions or would like to submit application materials, please send them to Sarah Buzard at  Serious applicants should apply by January 15, 2021.


Staff Attorney, International Program, San Francisco, CA. Accepting applications for a Staff Attorney position to join our growing team of lawyers who work to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. The attorney will collaborate with our foreign partners to develop and implement legal strategies to stop the extraction, export, and consumption of coal and natural gas, and to ensure regulatory frameworks to accelerate the deployment of clean energy, in key countries and regions around the world. Please see the position description for more information.

See last week’s post.