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.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Chief Judge. The Chief Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters at the Tribal Court level within the jurisdiction of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate pursuant to tribal laws, codes, rules, and regulations.  The Chief Judge is also responsible for the administration of the Tribal Court staff, daily operations and program functions. Closing Date:  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Tribal Prosecutor. It is the duty of the Prosecutor, among others, to administer justice, and carries the responsibility that defendants are accorded procedural justice and that guilt is decided upon the basis of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, as required by the Law and Order Code of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.  The Prosecutor is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes and civil infractions that occur within the jurisdiction of the Lake Traverse Reservation, prosecute all juvenile cases including but not limited to child abuse, neglect, and dependency, unruly and delinquent cases. Closing Date:  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.


Northwest Justice Project (NJP)

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Crime Victims | Seattle, WA. NJP is Washington’s state and federally funded civil legal aid program. The NAU-CV attorney will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with tribal domestic violence/sexual assault advocates, social services agencies, law enforcement staff, and others to facilitate access to legal assistance for Native clients and provide technical support to the Native American advocacy community. More information here. Please see the position description for more information.

Hoopa Valley Tribe
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 June 3, 2021. Link to required employment application here. Please see the position description for more information.


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 June 7, 2021. Link to required employment application here.

Prairie Band, LLC

RFP, Mayetta, KS. Accepting proposals from qualified law firms to provide professional services to review the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Law and Order Codes, specifically Titles 19 – 22, 31, and other applicable codes related to planning, zoning, building, land development and business leasing so you may provide guidance on administrative policies, procedures, and processes to administer these Codes. We invite your firm to submit a proposal to us by June 4, 2021 for consideration. Please see the RFP for more information.

The Pueblo of Jemez

(2) NM Licensed Attorneys, Jemez Pueblo, NM. Provide legal Counsel services for the Social Services program.  The Scope of Work is specified under Project Scope of Work section, including to provide legal services to the Social Service Program including, but not limited to Legal services support provided to program staff on cases in all victim case types such as child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, elder, and vulnerable adults and other victims of crime, and more.  Deadline for Submission of Proposals: June 11, 2021 by 3:00 pm MST. For more information, please see the announcement.

Nevada Legal Services

Indian Law Project Attorney, Reno office or Elko office. Nevada Legal Services is a statewide non-profit that provides free legal assistance to low-income Nevadans across the state.  The Program provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments based upon the needs expressed by each community. In that capacity, the Program acts as public defender in a number of tribal jurisdictions and also serves individual tribal members with a wide range of legal issues. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but no later than June 15. Please see the position description for more information.

Kanji & Katzen

Bookkkeeper, Seattle, Washington; Ann Arbor, Michigan; or remote work locations. Main Duties include: Review and pay bills, Prepare and send client invoices and track receivables (law firm uses Timeslips for time-keeping), Payroll administration and entry (law firm uses Paychex), and more. Closing date is June 25, 2021. Proposals should be sent by electronic mail to Ann Fieldhack, afieldhack@kanjikatzen.com.  For further information, please see the position description or contact Ms. Fieldhack at 206-344-8100 or the email above.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, MN.  The Associate Tribal Attorney assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions.  The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court.  The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website here. Please see the position description.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager, Climate Judiciary Project.  As a part of the Climate Judiciary Project (CJP) you will be involved in fostering a better understanding of climate science and the law in the judicial community through educational programs. To do this you will engage with diverse constituencies of scientists, judges, and policy experts.  Duties will include: Operational Planning and Management of Implementation, relationship management, evaluations, reporting, web management, etc. To learn more or to apply, visit https://www.eli.org/employment.  The application deadline is June 18, 2021.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe

Staff Attorney, Ethete, Wyoming. The Northern Arapaho Tribe is expanding its legal department. The staff attorney will work under the direction of the in-house counsel. This position will work directly with tribal programs and work on legal matters affecting the tribe at the direction of the Northern Arapaho Business Council and the in-house counsel. The Tribe is looking to fill this position immediately. The closing date for this position is June 1, 2021. Please send resumes to the in-house counsel at clare.johnson@northernarapaho.com. See the position description for more information.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Washington, DC.  Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks an associate attorney for its Washington, DC office.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney for the Northeast Regional Office in New York, NY.  Candidates should have at least ten years of litigation experience, as well as experience supporting the professional development of less senior attorneys and litigation support staff through training and mentorship. The Northeast Regional Office is dedicated to protecting public health and ensuring a healthy environment for all in the Northeast; combatting the climate crisis; and securing a swift and equitable transition to zero emissions, 100% clean energy. For more information, please see the position description.

Tulalip Tribal Court

Civil Legal Aid Attorney, Tulalip, Washington. 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 June 11th, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Attorney (Natural Resources Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under the general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, 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 as required. Confers with, provides advice to, and prepares advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation.  Assist in routine operations of Department of Justice. 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.  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, Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to Federal, State and Navajo Nation courts and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Natural Resources Unit or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, including representation of the Division of Natural Resources and the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency regarding a wide range of environmental and natural resource legal issues, conduct legal research, interview witnesses, prepare briefs and pleadings.  This position is open until May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation 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.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor:

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; and more. 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.

Senior Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  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; and more. 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.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation:

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.  

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

Summer Law Clerk – Window Rock, AZ. The Office of Legislative Counsel seeks a determined and motivated 1L or 2L for a paid law clerk position 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. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript (unofficial) and a brief writing sample to Office of Legislative Counsel at olc@navajo-nsn.gov. Facsimiles will also be accepted at (928) 871-7576. If you have questions, please contact Chief Legislative Counsel, Dana Bobroff, at (928) 871-7166. The application deadline has been extended to May 26, 2021 at 5:00 MST.

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