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,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2021 Summer Fellowship in criminal law, partly or entirely virtual. First and second year law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, in good academic standing, and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school are invited to apply. This fellowship provides a $500/week stipend over its eight weeks. Specific start and stop dates are flexible but typically start in late May or early June. More information, including application instructions, a downloadable application, and a sample of previous placement locations, is available at the link above.

The Burns Paiute Tribe

Tribal Court Prosecutor, Burns, OR. Requesting proposals from qualified individuals interested in serving as the Tribe’s Prosecutor on a part-time, contractual basis for two-year term beginning no later than January 11 ,2021. Request a proposal packet from Tribal Council Secretary, Tracy Kennedy at BPTTribalCouncil@burnspaiute.onmicrosoft.com or by calling 541-573-8011. Proposals must be submitted at the above address no later than 5:00 pm, January 10, 2021. Please see the RFP for more information.

Pueblo of Isleta

Associate General Counsel, Isleta, NM. Under the direction of General Counsel, provides professional legal counsel in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, jurisdiction issues, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, tribal business enterprise, and employment issues.   Works to protect tribal assets and preserve tribal sovereignty. Position is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Tribal Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI.Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation on behalf of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.  Prosecute crimes under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Isabella Reservation.  Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  All staff in Prosecutor’s office must adhere to mandated reporting laws. In order to be considered for this position you must apply at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page then click apply now.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC,

Litigation Associate, Seattle, WA. The firm seeks an associate who is deeply committed to representing Indian interests, who is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State, and who has civil litigation or a judicial clerk experience, preferably for at least two to five years. Proven motion and civil rules practice, if not trial experience, and the ability to self-direct are critical. Please see the position description for more information.

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 January 5, 2021.  Application Here.

 Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Attorney General. 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. Please see the position description for more information.

Assistant Legislative Attorney. Under the direction of the Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation to the Legislative council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O’odham Nation; works with tribal, federal and state officials as well as national- and state-level tribal advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the position description for more information.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP, Electronic Data Court Case Management, Dowagiac, MI. Supply and Implement an Electronic Data Court Case Management System for the Pokagon Band Tribal Court System. Closing date is January 07, 2021, no later than 5:00 P.M. Telephone confirmation of receipt of the proposal may be made by calling the Project Manager at (269) 783-0505. Proposals must be emailed to the Project Manager, Tribal Court Administrator Stephen Rambeaux at stephen.rambeaux@pokagonband-nsn.gov.  For more information please see the position description, W9 Form, and National Sex Offender Registry Check.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Three (3) In-House Counsel Positions

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

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

The Wabanaki Alliance

Executive Director, Maine. The Wabanaki Alliance is an inter-tribal political advocacy organization and their mission is to advance and advocate for policy on the state and federal level which will better the lives of all members of the tribes in Maine. The focus of the position will be participating in changing state statute regarding the Maine Indian Claims Settlement of 1980 during the 130th Maine legislative session. For more information see the position description.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship, Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Closing date: 1/6/2021. For more information, please see the position description.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Intern, Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Office of General Counsel attorneys, the intern may assist with a variety of matters, including legal research and writing for legal advisory opinions and other memoranda; reviewing tribal gaming ordinances, proposed management contracts, and other tribal submissions; and providing legal support in enforcement actions and appeals. The intern will be assigned at least one major research and writing project. The selected applicant will be expected to participate for a minimum of 10 weeks, 30 hours per week. The volunteer internship is unpaid and will be conducted virtually using video-conferencing and collaboration software platforms. Depending on school requirements, the internship may be converted to an externship for course credit. The announcement closes on January 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Strategic Growth Consulting Services, Dowagiac, MI. The Pokagon Development Authority is soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in providing Strategic Growth Services to assist the Board in achieving the objectives of the Code. Which include increasing and diversifying the Pokagon Band’s non-gaming economic development. Closing Date is set at 5:00p.m., EDT on February 5, 2021. Send Proposals to ed.williams@pokagonband-nsn.gov. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Executive Director, Klamath, CA. Under guidance of the Yurok Tribal Council the incumbent is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of overall tribal operations, including guiding Tribally-owned corporations when specifically delegated, serves as the principal operating executive for implementation of the Tribal policies and legislative directives including the direct oversight of the department directors and/or Deputy Executive Directors as well as staff in the Administration Department. Visit www.yuroktribe.org for an application.

Yurok Tribal Court

Staff Attorney, Yurok Legal Access Center, Klamath, CA at the Yurok Justice Center.  Main duties include the assistance of filing paperwork in civil matters in tribal and state courts.  There will be a focus on matters involving elders for this position. Closing date: 1/28/2021. Applications can be found at: https://www.yuroktribe.org/job-opportunities.

Project Manager, To’ Kee Skuy Soo Ney-wo-chek’, the tribe’s MMIW project.  The position will be located in Klamath, CA with service area to include Humboldt County, Del Norte County, and Trinity county.  Coordination with law enforcement, families, survivors, and local service providers is a key component to this position. Closing Date: 1/22/2021. Applications can be found at: https://www.yuroktribe.org/job-opportunities.

The Puyallup Tribe

Associate Judge, Tacoma, WA. Serves as hearing judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court in accordance with the tribal Judicial Administrative Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be three (3) years from the date of appointment by the Tribal Council. A judge may be reappointed at the expiration of a term in the discretion of the Tribal Council. Please see the link for more information.

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

RFP. Soliciting proposals from qualified companies to provide training and technical assistance for audit preparation for Tribes in the AVCP region. This service will build the capacity of AVCP Tribes to successfully complete a Single Audit. For important dates to remember, please see the attachment. Proposals must be received by 4:00 P.M., A.S.T., 02/11/2021. Please see the request for proposal for more information.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Deputy Executive, Wellpinit, WA.  Supports the Executive Director (ED) in day-to-day operations, and at times acts on behalf of the ED in his/her absence. Assists to plan, organize, coordinate and manage programs, as well as facilitate and assist in development of departmental goals, objectives, and budgets in support of the ED and the Tribe. May directly or indirectly supervise Directors and Managers, and supports tribal programs to ensure timely, consistent and effective execution of departmental functions. Please see the description for more information.

See posts from December 11, 2020.