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.

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center at MSU College of Law

Communications Coordinator, East Lansing, MI. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator assists the ILPC faculty and staff with all ILPC events, coordinates lunches, speaking events, and ILPC visits for students interested in Indian Law, plans and organizes the annual ILPC conference, manages marketing materials that amplify and strengthen ILPC presence at MSU, Michigan tribal communities, and within Indian country, Drafts ILPC correspondence and creates newsletters for the ILPC community, students, and alumni, manages the ILPC social media accounts, including Turtle Talk, attends Indian law events and conferences 1-4 times per year to promote the ILPC and its objectives, and more. Internal MSU applications are due Tuesday, April 20, and external applications are due Tuesday, April 27. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.

National Congress of the American Indian

Major Gifts Officer, Washington, DC/ Remote. NCAI seeks a full-time Major Gifts Officer as it grows the Development Department to increase its impact in supporting the mission of NCAI and Native Americans and Alaska Natives across the country. The position is suited for someone based in the Washington D.C. area with the possibility for travel post-COVID-19. The Major Gifts Officer will work with the Vice President of Development to build programs that identify, grow, and nurture major gifts from Corporate and Foundation donors. The primary responsibility of this position is first steward relationships with current donors and second to identify and develop connections with prospective donors. Closing Date: 6/30/21. Please see the position description for more infroimation.

Omaha Tribal Court, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Associate Judge Part Time, Macy, NE. Anticipated that this position would handle all Juvenile Court matters. Applications close April 16, 2021. For more information please see the position description.

Tulalip Tribal Court 

Civil Legal Aid Attorney, Tulalip, WA. Seeking practicing attorney with at least 2 years of experience in either representing clients in civil cases, working in civil legal aid, and/or representing Indian tribal members in tribal courts. For more information, please see the job description. Application closes April 23rd, 2021.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Bismarck, ND. Primary responsibilities include representing individuals accused of federal crimes in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The position’s caseload involves representing many individuals accused of federal crimes under the Major Crimes Act and other federal statutes from crimes occurring on the Fort Berthold and Standing Rock Indian Reservations. Competitive salary and federal benefits. The position is open until filled. Position announcement and application instructions can be found at www.sdnd.fd.org/careers. Applications are encouraged until the announcement is removed from the site. Questions are welcome and should be directed to Jason_Tupman@fd.org.  

Flathead Reservation

Bail Disruptor, Pablo, MT. Direct bail assistance, client support, data entry and use and Partner engagement. Applications close Monday, April 26, 2021. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Legal Director, NM. The Legal Director will help to expand our litigation capacity and will help to leverage resources to make a significant impact in environmental justice work across the state of New Mexico.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10th. For more information please see the position description.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, NE Oregon, near Pendleton, Oregon. Provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel. 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.

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Chief Financial Officer. Responsible and accountable for applying for tribal accounting policies, procedures and guidelines in preparing accurate and timely records, reports and financial statements for tribal programs and project funds, and more. Please see the positon description for more information and apply here.

Indian Child Welfare Act Director. The ICWA Director advocates in state court systems protecting the federal ICWA law for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. The Director will assist families by establishing strength based services to meet reunification plans and family needs. Please see the position description for more information and apply here.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs

Attorney Advisor, Washington, DC. The position is located in the Branch of Self-Governance and Economic Development and will provide legal advice and counsel on matters arising out of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ law enforcement program by writing legal opinions, handling administrative litigation, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice on judicial litigation. The position will also advise top officials and program managers within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services on legal matters related to the Bureau’s law enforcement program, including the impact and interpretation of pending and approved Federal or State legislation or regulations, recent judicial and administrative decisions relating to the Department’s activities, and during negotiations with other Federal agencies, States, and Tribes. Closing Date: April 26, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.


Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

Executive Director of Tribal Gaming Agency, Loleta, CA The Executive Director is responsible for the protection of the integrity of all gaming related activities of Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria by ensuring all policies and procedures, and gaming activities are in compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Minimum Internal Control Standards of the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Tribal-State Compact, the Tribal Gaming Ordinance, and Tribal Internal Control Standards.Open until filled. Visit the website www.brb-nsn.gov (go to the Careers page to apply) for more information.

Lummi Nation

Staff Attorney I, Bellingham, WA. The Staff Attorney I works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the supervision of the Legal Director.  Duties may include representing the Nation primarily in court proceedings involving Lummi children and youth, prosecution, and other staff attorney duties as assigned.  Job performance of the staff attorney 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 at libchr@lummi-nsn.gov.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Public Defender Director, Durant, OK. 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. Please see the position description for more information. Application is opened until filled.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court

Court Administrator, Akwesasne, NY. Under the direction of the Chief Judge, the Tribal Court Administrator is responsible for implementing the vision, mission, and strategic plan of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. The Court Administrator is also responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with providing an independent and separate judicial branch for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The Court Administrator ensures the Tribal Court follows the best practices of a trauma informed Court. Applicants must apply by no later than May 5, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

The Yurok Tribe

Associate General Counsel, Klamath, CA, or as determined (currently work from home).  Closing date is Thursday, April 29, 2021.  Under the general supervision of the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel will assist the Tribal Council and Tribal Departments in the legal matters related to the business of the Tribe. Duties include performing legal research and providing legal advice, reviewing and negotiating contracts, advising on employment matters, drafting legislation, and representing the Tribe in litigation. Application form and instructions can be found on this website:  HR Job Opportunities | Yurok Tribe.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy 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. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Senior Legal Counsel, Auburn, WA (Seattle/Tacoma area). The Senior Legal Counsel is responsible for advising and representing the Muckleshoot Tribe in a wide range of matters with an emphasis on social and human services issues as they affect Indian tribes and their members. Please see the posting for details. Open until filled.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik – Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Hazard Mitigation Consultant,  Dowagiac, MI. Pokagon Band seeks proposals from qualified entities or individuals (each a “Proposer”) relating to: (1) preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (“HMP”) that meets the requirements of applicable law, including the Standard Mitigation Plan Requirements that apply to all tribal mitigation plans submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), being 44 C.F.R. Part 201; and (2) obtaining FEMA approval of the HMP. Closing Date is set at 5:00p.m., EDT on April 30, 2021. Send Proposals to Michael.bradley@pokagonband-nsn.gov (1 Week Extension). Please see the RFP for more information.

Navajo Nation

Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal 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. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. Provide legal advice to the Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Services regarding jurisdictional issues and multijurisdictional orders from several states.  This position is open until April 27, 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.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions, 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. Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law. 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.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Office of Legislative Counsel:

Summer Law Clerk – Window Rock, AZ. The Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel provides legal service to the Navajo Nation Council and its Standing Committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law and policy. The Office of Legislative Counsel seeks a determined and motivated candidate for funded summer law clerk position. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript and a brief writing sample to Office of Legislative Counsel at olc@navajo-nsn.gov. The Application deadline is Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 MST.

Judicial Branch:

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

See posts from April 9, 2021.