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
    • 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.

Tulalip Tribes

Associate Judge, Tulalip, WA. Prepare and issue all necessary written orders, findings of fact, and conclusions of law, judgment orders, and opinions in a timely manner; Provide legal research and writing when necessary for the decision in a case in a timely manner; and more. Application closes March 14, 2021 4:00 pm PT. For more information, please see the position description.


Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager, NM, AZ, WY, MT, CO, UT, NV. WRA seeks an Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager to lead outreach and partnership efforts with Indigenous Nations, Indigenous communities, and Indigenous organizations in WRA’s seven state region. This new position will report to the Government Affairs Director and work closely with WRA’s program staff to identify and facilitate opportunities for collaboration with Indigenous peoples around strategies and policies that impact our earth and natural world. The Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager provides an excellent opportunity to help shape WRA’s growing partnership efforts with Indigenous peoples in the Intermountain West.

Water Policy Analyst, CO. WRA seeks a strategic and driven professional to develop and advocate for sustainable municipal water management policies and programs, and to provide technical expertise to build resilient and vibrant communities while protecting our rivers and lakes. As drought and growing population put the squeeze on water supplies, cities and towns across the West, whether urban, suburban or rural, need the tools and training to use water more efficiently so their communities thrive. The Water Policy Analyst will help shape responsible local to state wide water management policies and programs that ensure water security in the face of growing populations and climate change. Reporting to WRA’s other Water Policy Analyst, this position provides an exciting opportunity to join a non-profit dedicated to advancing sound and equitable conservation practices. 

Clean Energy Policy Analyst, AZ.  WRA is seeking a Clean Energy Policy Analyst or Senior Analyst to join our team in Arizona. This position will develop and advocate for policies and mechanisms that reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West and more rapidly move the region toward a cleaner energy economy. The Analyst will report to the Clean Energy Program Deputy Director and will work closely with our Senior Staff Attorney and Government Affairs Manager in Arizona. This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape equitable state-level energy policy and build a clean energy future for the communities and economies we enjoy in the Interior West. 

Energy Markets Program Manager, AZ, NM, UT, NV, CO. Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks a highly motivated and experienced individual to manage its growing Regional Energy Markets Program. This program is focused on developing and advocating for policies and mechanisms that promote the continued growth of regional energy markets in the Western Interconnection in an effort to integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy generation, meet state clean energy standards, and achieve our organization’s decarbonization goals. The Energy Markets Program Manager will manage the Senior Energy Markets Policy Analyst (based in Salt Lake City, Utah) and will report to the Clean Energy Program Director (based in Boulder, Colorado). This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape both state and regional policy and build a clean, sustainable future for the region.  

Mescalero Apache Tribe  

Associate Judge, Mescalero, NM. Hear and determine all types of cases filed with the Tribal Court including, but not limited to, traffic, criminal, civil, juvenile/child welfare. Presiding over jury trials. Conducting legal research and issue orders and issue search and seizure warrants, arrest warrants, and order of protection, where appropriate. Please see minimum qualification and more information on the job announcement. 

The Pima County Attorney’s Office

Unclassified Attorney, Tucson, AZ. Prosecutes or defends a variety of criminal cases in Justice Court, Juvenile Court, Superior Court and Appellate Courts; Represents County departments, boards and commissions in civil litigation and administrative matters; Engages in negotiations for compromise and settlement of cases; and more. For more information, please see the position description.

National Congress of American Indians

Grants Manager, Washington, DC (temporary remote). Under the direction of the Vice President of Development, the Grants Manager’s essential function is to support the mission of the organization by providing grants management skills to oversee the full grant lifecycle, from application to close. The successful candidate should be proficient in grant program design and implementation, compliance and grant reporting. For more information, please see the position description.

The Pueblo of Isleta

RFL, Presenting Officer, Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM. Soliciting for a qualified contracted attorney to serve as a Presenting Officer for its Social Services, Truancy Departments, and Children’s Intervention Officer. The attorney must have experience in criminal and juvenile cases involving children and juvenile delinquents. All interested individuals can request a copy of the “Request for Letter of Interest” instructions. Details are in the attached advertisement. Letter of Interest responses are due no later than Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:00 p.m. MST.

Alward Fisher Rice Rowe & Graf

Associate Attorney, Traverse City, MI. Family Law practice. Application is open until filled. See requirements and responsibilities in the attached job description.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, OK.  Some Assistant Prosecutor positions with be assigned to ICW deprived cases and other positions will handle criminal prosecution. For more information see the website.

Public Defender Director, OK. For more information see the website.

Attorney, OK.  For more information see the website.

Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota

Assistant General Counsel, Morton, MN. The Assistant General Counsel will provide legal services and representation to the Community Council, the Community’s government administration, and its enterprises. Responsibilities include review and negotiation of contracts, drafting of legal codes and policies, promotion of the Community’s interests with state and federal officials, and appearances in tribal, state, and federal courts. Please contact karen.swann@lowersioux.com with questions, and see position description for more information and to apply.

Yurok Tribe

Prosecutor, Tribal Prosecutor Office, Klamath, CA.  Main duties will be prosecuting tribal criminal matters and working with local counties on diversion programs as well as assist in the tribe’s MMIW project where appropriate.  Full job description is located on the job posting website along with the application. This position is open until filled.  Please see the description for more information.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, International Program, San Francisco, CA. The Associate Attorney will support and collaborate with our team of lawyers and scientists working to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. Please see the position description for more information.

For Love of Water

Legal Director, Traverse City, MI. The Legal Director will work closely with the entire FLOW staff to provide the organization and partners with legal analysis and research to support a wide range of Great Lakes campaigns.  Responsibilities include conducting legal research and preparing memoranda related to environmental law cases, reviewing proposed laws and regulations, drafting amicus briefs and other litigation documents, and more. For more information please see the position description.


Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, 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), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), 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.

Senior Attorney (2 positions), 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, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; 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 Candidate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assist Attorneys prepares and presents civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principle Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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 Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until March 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  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, Chinle, 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. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  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.

Attorney, Ramah, NM.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 11, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Investigator, Window Rock, AZ.  Oversees and supervises the White Collar Crime Unit (WCCU) investigations and casework. Receives and reviews the intake of complaint, criminal and/or civil for assignment to investigator. Works with the investigator as required. Upon the acceptance of the case (criminal and civil), establish case management plan, begin gathering evidence and investigate the initial complaint, review records, documentation, police complaints/report, and discovery material. Searches criminal dockets/complaint(s) for possible related criminal cases, outlines the path of the investigation, identify concerned parties and conduct interview of witness(as) and others to obtain testimony(is) relevant to the case in writing or media from complainant, police, and concerned parties. Secure factual, media, and physical evidence, Works closely with local law enforcement to secure the necessary search warrants and subpoenas, and obtain assistance from law enforcement to secure/review evidence, and/or recover stolen property. Establish and work with financial institutions, vendors, media, and etc. to obtain evidence. Partner as needed with law enforcement to obtain evidence at a criminal scene, preserve the evidence and secure the evidence for trial. Analyze evidence and prepare for case review with prosecutor(s). Work with prosecutor(s) to present evidence in court. May be required to testify in court at the tribal, state and federal level. Maintain high levels of confidentiality and security within WCCU, May be required to work with a Special Prosecutor in specialized cases. Maintain a case management system, assist with cataloging, seizing, securing high profile cases, Prepare case reports, review report(s) from investigator to establish a final report, prepares status, close out, quarterly, and annual reports, Secure and implement use of electronic media to secure/obtain evidence, sketches/diagrams of crime scene, Oversee investigator activities and provide guidance and necessary.  This position is open until March 11, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Investigator, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision performs investigative functions on assigned cases from initial planning through finding facts, evidence, and reporting results in a clear and logical manner. Conducts thorough study of criminal complaints, police reports, conduct field investigations, collects evidence, and related documentation. Maintains daily log of activities/investigation progress. Conduct interviews of potential and real witnesses and suspects, evaluates reliability and credibility; Completes field investigations on and off the reservation to locate suspects and witnesses, observe suspicious activity, trace financial transactions/records, and collect evidence. Conduct search and seizures, analyze forensic evidence, analyze financial documents, ability to recognize fraud/schemes and collect, classify, and enter into evidence findings.  This position is open until March 11, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., 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) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice: Natural Resources, Tax and Finance, Litigation, Employment, Human Services/Government Services, Economic Development, Water Rights, Chapter (local) government, and  Relocatee Benefits. Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 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. 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.org.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Pendleton, OR. Assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

Lummi Nation

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Office of the Reservation Attorney, Bellingham, WA. Works under the direction of the Legal Director and represents the Lummi Nation in criminal and civil proceedings before tribal, federal, state, and local courts. The job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor is evaluated by the Legal Director. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-mail (Application Required)  For more information contact the HR front desk (360) 312-2023.  Submit LIBC application, application, cover letter, resume, short writing sample & reference letters no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date listed above.  If listing degrees or certifications include copies.  For more information please see the position description.

Black Mesa Trust

Black Mesa Trust Just and Equitable Transition Project Manager, Northern Arizona, largely remote. Main duty is representing Black Mesa Trust’s just transition projects at the state, tribal, and utility levels (see details in job post). Application is open until filled.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Tempe, AZ.  The Tempe office of Rothstein Donatelli specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, civil litigation and transactional matters.  The Rothstein Donatelli Tempe office is seeking a 1L or 2L summer 2021 law clerk for its Indian law practice.  The law clerk will be given a variety of real work assignments for tribal clients and will learn what a career in a boutique Indian law firm entails.  You will be assigned an attorney mentor but you will be working with and receiving feedback from each of the four attorneys in our Tempe office.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, two references, law school transcript and writing sample (a sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary) to Manya Snyder at msnyder@rothsteinlaw.com.  The Application deadline is March 31, 2001. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 26, 2021.