Friday Job Announcements

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: 

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

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University of Arizona James E. College of Law

Faculty Colleague The Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program (IPLP). Tucson, AZ. Duties include: (1) Academic program administrative responsibilities for the IPLP Program’s degree and certificate programs (JD certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy; LL.M.; S.J.D.; BA Law Certificate in Tribal Courts and Justice Administration; Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance (MPS) and Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Governance); (2) Teaching an annual workload of 6-8 credits; (3) Researching and preparing scholarly publications in the related areas of expertise, in addition to participation in academic conferences; and (4) Membership in departmental, college-level and university committees, attending departmental meetings, processing routine paperwork such as filling out reports, answering email, participating in surveys and voting in school and university elections as appropriate. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. Please feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Teresa Miguel-Stearns (tmiguelstearns@arizona.edu), for additional information.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Attorney – Government. San Bernardino, CA. Directed and supervised by the Managing Attorney, Government, with oversight by the Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Government. Duties include: (1) Assisting in counseling all levels of leadership, management, and staff in diverse areas related to the Tribal government and its economic development operations; (2) Providing legal support and advice to the Tribal education, cultural resources, public safety, public affairs, fire, family services, and grants departments, and other departments; (3) Analyzing and drafting Tribal laws, regulations, and policies; (4) Preparing legal documents related to Tribal entity governance, including resolutions, by-laws, meeting minutes, and other organizational documents; (5) Providing recommendations to Tribal leadership and enterprise executives to minimize legal/financial exposure of the Tribal government and its economic development enterprises; (6) Assuring best practices and timely updates to address emerging legal and operational issues related to the Tribal government and its economic development enterprises; (7) Advising on proposed and existing legislation, and participating in drafting proposed state and federal legislation; (8) Addressing Tribal, federal, and state regulatory agency requirements; and (9) Participating in state and national attorney work groups on matters related to federal Indian law issues, including legislative and litigation matters. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Senior Staff Attorney – Government. San Bernardino, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing recommendations to Tribal leadership and enterprise executives to minimize legal/financial exposure of the Tribal government and its economic development enterprises; (2) Assisting in counseling all levels of leadership and team members in diverse areas related to the Tribal government and its economic development operations; (3) Focusing on areas including but not limited to Tribal law and governance, Federal Indian law, Tribal and commercial gaming, regulatory compliance, intergovernmental affairs, political matters, administrative rule making, litigation, and other legal issues as directed; (4) Analyzing and drafting Tribal laws, regulations, policies, notices, and other documents in coordination with and in support of other Tribal departments and entities; (5) Preparing legal documents related to Tribal entity governance, including resolutions, by-laws, meeting minutes, and other enterprise documents; (6) Addressing Tribal, Federal, and State regulatory agency applicability and requirements; (7) Advising on proposed and existing legislation, and participating in drafting proposed State and Federal legislation; (8) Assisting in participating in State and national attorney work groups on matters related to Federal Indian law and gaming law issues, including legislative and litigation matters; (9) Assuring best practices and timely updates to address emerging legal and operational issues related to the Tribal government and its economic development ventures; and (10) Assisting in due diligence in various transactions through strategic thinking and tactical decisions with various departments and economic developments. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Managing Attorney – Employment and Labor. San Bernardino, CA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring that San Manuel properly maintains compliance with employment and labor laws; (2) Providing specific legal support to tribal government departments and other internal clients; (3) Assisting the VP Associate General Counsel, Employment and Labor, in developing legal strategy and directing junior attorneys and outside counsel on employment and labor-related litigation and pre-litigation matters; (4) Assisting in drafting new Human Resources policies or revising/reviewing existing policies to ensure that the organization is legally compliant at all times with respect to its employment practices; (5) Providing counsel and guidance on all legal matters involving and impacting San Manuel’s relationships with labor unions; (6) Providing training to the company’s Human Resources team and business leaders; (7) Assisting in counseling all levels of management and managing staff attorneys in diverse issues related to the tribal government and its business operations; (8) Supervising staff attorneys and assisting in managing outside counsel and legal consultants as delegated by the VP Associate General Counsel; (9) Providing timely legal counsel, information, advice, support, and guidance on California employment compliance and labor matters, including all policies and procedures; (10) Advises on complex business transactions and relationships; (11) Participating in state and national attorney work groups on matters related to federal Indian law and related employment and labor law issues; and (12) Analyzing and collaborating with tribal leaders, citizens, and departmental leaders in drafting of tribal laws, regulations, and policies. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Health Department Director. Ignacio, CO. This is a professional executive management position with overall responsibility for the health services system and supervision of a variety of health and medical services and programs operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (SUIT) through its Tribal Health Department (Department). The Tribal Health Director is responsible for provision of effective and efficient health/medical services in coordination with the Tribal Council, the Executive Officer, Provider Staff, and other relevant resources. The Director provides leadership and general supervision to divisions within the Department ensuring compliance with all applicable policies & procedures, contracts, and law. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Northwest Justice Project

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Re-Entry Services. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing Native American clients on LFO-relief and vacating/sealing criminal records for drug-related offenses; (2) Developing and maintaining relationships with Chief Seattle Club’s Re-Entry Case Managers,
including providing advice and technical assistance to them; (3) Engaging with the client communities and conducting legal education events for client groups, social and human services providers, and civil and tribal justice system stakeholders; (4) Identifying and developing online resources for use by attorneys and/or unrepresented litigants on matters within areas of practice and expertise; (5) Supporting the work of NJP partners, including the Native American Task Force, volunteer lawyers, private attorneys, other legal aid providers, and organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income Native Americans; and (6) Utilizing NJP’s cases management and timekeeping systems and complying with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Western Washington. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing Native American clients on matters directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) Developing and maintaining relationships with Native American tribes, organizations, and
personnel, with an emphasis on Native American communities in Western Washington; (3) Identifying and engaging with Native American persons and groups in Western Washington who experience additional barriers to improve access to civil legal services; (4) Working collaboratively with NJP’s Native American Unit and field offices to identify and address the most critical needs of Native American communities; and (5) Developing online resources for use by attorneys, community partners, and/or unrepresented Native American litigants. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (3) Representing the company in legal proceedings; (4) Assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting of commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Request for Proposal – Legal Representation. Manistee, MI. RFP For Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Legal Representation. Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, is soliciting LEGAL REPRESENTATION from qualified individuals or firms for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Legislative Branch in Manistee, Michigan. The Tribal Council is the head of the Legislative Branch and is made up of nine (9) Tribal Member Representatives. The closing date is March 10, 2022. Please contact Venus Wilson Torres at venuswilson-torres@lrboi-nsn.gov for more information.

Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Supervisory Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. Duties include: (1) Supervising the Office of Regulatory Development staff and performing the full range of supervisory duties; (2) Performing duties of a highly sensitive nature and maintaining sensitive personal contacts with Department officials and high level staffs of other Federal agencies regarding policies, programs, and issues; (3) Ensuring that Indian trust resource management programs are consistent with Departmental policy initiatives; (4) Preparing, reviewing, and drafting agency correspondence, regulations, proposed legislation, legislative reports and correspondence to members of Congress; and (5) Recommending changes in policy when such changes will be more consistent and aligned with other programs within the Department as well as being more in line with other Federal programs that affect Indian rights. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here by March 12, 2022.

Quileute Tribe

Request for Proposal – Public Defender – Contract Position. La Push, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing all persons charged with violations of the Quileute Law and Order Code at all stages of proceedings; (2) Performing case preparation, including review of police citations and reports, discovery materials, investigation, interview of clients and witnesses, evaluation of evidence, legal research, and development of case strategy; (3) Representing parent(s) or child(ren) in dependency proceedings appointed by the Judge; (4) Preparing written pleadings, motions, legal memoranda, and briefs, proposed orders, proposed jury instructions sentencing recommendations, appellate notices and briefs, and other legal documents and forms as appropriate; (5) Advising clients on rights and responsibilities, choices, and consequences, maintaining consistent contact with clients; (6) Communicating, coordinating, and negotiating with the Tribal Prosecutor and with any other counsel involved who may be simultaneously representing the Public Defender’s clients in other jurisdictions; (7) Assisting clients with trying to obtain services and/or to overcome any barriers that may be present in order to comply with court orders and to obtain assessments and services related to drug/alcohol, mental health, domestic violence, and other psychosocial issues; and (8) Assisting in improving the Tribe’s justice system, including recommendations of codes modifications and court rules, and participation in meetings and trainings. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should fill out an application and apply here. The position is open until filled. Job Announcement Contact: court.administrator@quileutetribe.com, (360) 640-5456.