Friday Job Announcements

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To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu: 

In the email body: 

  1. A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    • Position title 
    • Location (city, state) 
    • Main duties 
    • Closing date 
    • Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  2. An attached PDF job announcement. 

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Dartmouth College Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professorship. The Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Dartmouth College invites applications for a tenured full (or associate) professor to begin July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will have a Ph. D. in Global Indigenous Studies or a related field, and expertise in global Indigenous studies. This is a newly endowed chair, designated as the Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professorship in Native American and Indigenous Studies to support the study of Native American and global Indigenous Peoples. Specific areas of focus include, but are not limited to, Indigenous politics and sovereignty; law; economics; philosophy; kinship and social relations; transnational and/or migration studies; environmental and land management; gender studies and/or feminisms; and literature. In all contexts, we seek an established scholar whose academic training, scholarship and teaching are firmly grounded in global Indigenous studies. Applicants should state in their letter of application how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should submit a letter of application and CV through Interfolio, accessed here: http://apply.interfolio.com/93058 The review of applications will begin on November 29, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Tribal Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Reviewing all charges and complaints of violations of Tribal criminal and civil law; (2) Prosecuting individuals with criminal violations in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court system; (3) Establishing a working relationship with local, state, federal jurisdictions to establish protocols for coordinating criminal investigations and prosecution; (4) Providing advice and recommendations to the Tribal Council and Legal Council regarding the adoption of laws or amendments to existing law; and (5) Serving as the presenting officer in matters such as the SWO Elder/Adult Services and Protection Code, the Juvenile Code, and representing the Tribe in Indian Childhood Welfare Act cases. Please see the position description for more information.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Assistant Prosecutor/Presenting Officer. Tacoma, WA. Duties include: (1) Researching, evaluating, and analyzing laws and court decisions; (2) Preparing and presenting complaints, motions, and other legal documents for civil and criminal prosecutions; (3) Representing the Puyallup Tribe in the enforcement of the Criminal, Juvenile Justice, and Children’s Codes; (4) Working with Tribal agencies in the preparation and presentation in court of criminal and civil cases; and (5) Developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative working relations with staff from other tribal and state agencies, victims of crimes, parents, and other relatives. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled.

Judicial Hearing Officer. Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Justice. Duties include: (1) Presiding over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; (2) Performing related work as assigned; and (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. Please see the position description for more details. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting 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 AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting 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 JudgeJudicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) 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.  

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General; (2) Conducting legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (3) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (4) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (5) Providing 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.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing 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; (2) Working 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; and (3) Providing 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 filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; and (5) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Litigation Unit. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing customer service by greeting clients and answering phone calls; (2) Distributing incoming/outgoing mail; schedule meetings, conferences, conference calls and travel arrangements for assigned professional staff; (3) Maintaining all case files for the Litigation Unit; (4) Finalizing pleadings to be submitted for filing in a tribal, federal, state or administrative tribunal; and (5) Maintaining office files in accordance with the Department of Justice filing system. This position is open until November, 16, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Catawba Indian Nation

3L Spring 2022 Internship. Remote. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com. Application deadline is November 30th, 2021.

Request for Proposals. The Catawba Indian Nation is soliciting proposals from professional firms or qualified individuals to offer tribal court consulting services for the Catawba Indian Nation Department of Justice on a contractual basis. Please see the RFP for more details.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

2022 Summer Law Clerks. Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, SD; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred. Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment. Peebles Kidder offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position. Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to Robert Frazer at rfrazer@ndnlaw.com by December 3rd, 2021. Please find more information here.

Drummond Woodsum

Associate Attorney – Tribal Nations Services Group. Portland, ME. Duties include providing high level, quality services to Tribal nations, Tribal enterprises, and companies that do business with Tribal nations or in Indian Country. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Jess Garretson, HR Manager, jgarretson@dwmlaw.com by December 31st, 2021.

University of New Mexico

Visiting Assisting Professor for Spring 2022 Semester. Albuquerque, NM. Seeking a visiting assistant professor to teach in the UNM Southwest Indian Law Clinic for the spring 2022 semester. Please see more information and apply here.

Staff Attorney I. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s; (4) Performing legal research, reviews contracts and other legal documents; drafts memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; (5) As assigned, serving as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts; (6) Researching and analyzing material on recent developments in Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, 5-7 page writing sample, law school transcripts, and a list of at least three professional references to both the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department and a courtesy electronic copy to OLC at jobs@yakamanation-olc.org. Applications are due November 22nd, 2021 and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

The Pueblo of Pojoaque

Chief General Counsel. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Hiring and managing of employees, establishing budgets, document control, client relations, litigation, and outside legal contracts; (2) Representing or overseeing legal representation of the Pueblo government, its business enterprises, non-profits entities, and Boards and Commissions in legal disputes, court actions, administrative, and legislative hearings, and any related activities; (3) Providing legal advice to the Tribal Officials as the Executive body and the Tribal Council as the Legislative body of the Pueblo government; (4) Assisting Tribal government and corporate entities with development of policies and procedures; and (5) Developing processes and procedures for effective and efficient legal representation of the various Pueblo government departments, corporate entities, Boards and Commissions. Please see the description for more information. Interested candidates should Stacey Ofstehage, HR Director, sofstehage@pojoaque.org.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Legal Director. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing vision, direction and support for the ACLU-WA’s legal program; (2) Coordination and management of the legal department and its docket, staff, and network of cooperating attorneys; and (3) Developing and pursuing litigation as part of an integrated advocacy strategy and a demonstrated ability to work with, support and inspire others in innovative advocacy. Please view the full job description, including how to apply, by visiting our website at https://aclu-wa.org/pages/legal-director. Position closes December 3rd, 2021.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Tribe, its officers, and entities including in tribal, federal, and state courts, administrative tribunals, and before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies; (2) Drafting ordinances, regulations, and policies; and (3) Negotiating and reviewing intergovernmental agreements, contracts,
and commercial transactions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume, at least three professional references, and a legal writing sample to OTA’s Paralegal at anne.ronan@elwha.org by November 15th, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. Position open until filled. 

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Call for Papers: Journal of Criminal Justice

Call for Papers. Journal of Law and Criminal Justice is a refereed international journal that seeks to publish high quality research papers in the areas of socio-legal studies and the psychology of law, criminology and social justice studies. The Journal invites papers based on empirical research, theoretical analysis and debate, and policy analysis and critique. The journal is dedicated to presenting system-wide trends and problems on law, crime and justice throughout the world. It provides a forum for social scientists to report research findings for policy making with respect to crime and justice through innovative and advanced methodologies. The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at editor.aripd@gmail.com.

Request for Quotes: The Association of Village Council Presidents – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP)

Request for Quotes. The Association of Village Council Presidents seeks a contractor to write and publish a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) Service Delivery Guide for AVCP Tribal Communities and Families. Contractor will conduct interviews with approximately 20 AVCP staff and approximately five community organizations to identify and describe how services offered by AVCP prevent or reduce the likelihood of MMIP; identify other community, regional, or statewide services offered in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; and identify collaboration opportunities between AVCP, tribes, and other organizations. For more information, please see attached announcement. Send application materials to janderson@avcp.org.