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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Yakama Nation

Attorney II. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing individual Tribal members in criminal matters in Tribal Court and/or outside courts; (2) Providing advice and assistance in civil matters and will preparation; and (3) Providing preliminary formal and/or informal consultation and legal advice to clientele. Please view the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Bevra Jacobson, program manager, bevra@yakama.com, or apply here.

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Environmental Protection Policy Analyst. Olmypia, WA. Duties include provide policy analysis, technical support and coordination on emerging habitat issues for Commission and member tribes to advance habitat protection and restoration objectives necessary to the protection of tribal treaty rights and resources. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample by April 8, 2022 to: Wendy Bowman, HR, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, 6730 Martin Way East Olympia, WA 98516-5540 or email to: wbowman@nwifc.org.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Legal Affairs Administrator. Peshawbestown, MI. Duties include ensuring the efficient, competent, and effective daily operations of the Legal Department in its role as legal counsel to the Tribal Council; and in its role as a legal resource to the various departments of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. This position will provide direct legal administration within the legal department regarding all aspects of the GTB’s governmental environment. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Oglala Lakota Housing Authority the (TDHE) Tribally Designated Housing Entity on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Request for Proposals – In-House Legal Counsel. The Legal Counsel will provide legal counsel services for OLHA Planning and Administration, Maintenance, Development, Construction, Housing Services, OLHA – TDHE projects in addition to other projects assigned and related to OLHA grants and accounting management. Please see the RFP for further information. Proposals are due April 17, 2022.

Jill Grant & Associates, LLC

Attorney. Washington, D.C.. Seeking an experienced environmental and Indian law attorney. We provide environmental counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal entities, local governments, and environmental organizations, and also represent tribes on jurisdictional and administrative law issues. At least seven years of experience with environmental and Indian law is required. Flexible office arrangements and remote work will be considered. Please see the position description for more information and how to apply. The position is open until filled.

Associate Attorney. Washington, D.C.. Seeking an associate attorney with at least three years of experience. Experience and/or demonstrated interest in environmental law is required. Flexible office arrangements and remote work will be considered. Please see the position description for more information and how to apply. The position is open until filled.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

Request for Qualifications – Attorney. Humboldt County, CA. The Program Attorney will consult regularly with Client and will promptly notify Client of significant developments. Major strategy decisions regarding the conduct of the case in any and all cases shall be made by Client and the Program Attorney acting in consultation and conjunction with one another. The Program Attorney may decline to take a particular course of action if it would be unlawful or unethical. Client understands that the Program Attorney cannot and has not made any guarantee regarding the outcome of the matter. Statements may be sent to following: Lisa Sanderson, Victims of Crime Program Director, Hoopacourt.advocatedirector@gmail.com by April 8, 2022.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Adviser. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing legal research, analysis, advice and representation to the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and other officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI); (2) Representing FWS in administrative hearings or appeals, as well as assisting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in representing FWS in federal, state, or tribal judicial proceedings; (3) Providing written and oral opinions on Federal Administrative Law topics, including Fiscal/Appropriations Law, federal contracting, and acquisition laws, agency delegations and authority, partnerships with non-public entities, and similar topics; (4) and Assisting the Solicitor’s office and FWS with compliance with other statutes, such as the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here by March 28, 2022.

Catawba Nation Request for Proposals

Bailiff. Rock Hill, SC. Duties include: (1) Screening the public (attorneys, defendants, etc.) at the front door to ensure that they do not have weapons which could be used to harm the employees, public or themselves while in the court area; (2) Responding as necessary to remove the public or others if they are in unauthorized areas or are causing a disturbance to the public or employees of the Court and the Tribe; (3) Supervising the loading/unloading and security of prisoners transported to and from Court; (4) Standing watch in open court and assisting as deemed necessary by the In-Court Clerk and sitting Judge; (4) Ensuring the security of the In-Court Clerk, sitting Judge, attorneys, public and defendants as necessary during open court; and (5) Serving Protective Orders and other relevant court paperwork to defendants/attorneys at the Judge’s instruction. Please view the position description for further information. Interested candidates should deliver three copies of the proposal by 5:00 pm, March 25, 2022, to: Catawba Indian Nation, Attn: Meredith Jolin, 996 Avenue of the Nations, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Catawba Indian Nation Tribal Court Judge. Rock Hill, SC. Duties include providing substance abuse treatment, supervision and drug testing services to Catawba Citizens and members of other federally recognized tribes. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should deliver three copies of the proposal by 5:00 pm, March 25, 2022, to: Catawba Indian Nation, Attn: Meredith Jolin, 996 Avenue of the Nations, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid 

Paralegal. Tulalip, WA. Assists and relieves the attorneys of administrative and legal-oriented, clerical functions. Under the supervision of the TOCLA Program Manager or designee, this position will provide extensive administration and legal assistance to the attorneys and related staff in the Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Interested applicants should send the following to Kathryn Wray at kwray@sonosky.com (please also copy Lynne Hernandez at lhernandez@sonoskysd.com): Cover letter; Resume; Law School Transcript; and Writing sample (a writing sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary). This position is open until filled. More detail about the firm is available at www.sonosky.com.

Native American Rights Fund

Paralegal. Boulder, CO. Duties include: (1) Management of hard copy and electronic documents; (2) Prepare, review, and analyze documents for and in response to production requests; (3) Perform legal research and factual research; (4) Responsible for all aspects of discovery and trial support including gathering and organizing documents, attending meetings, preparing exhibits, taking notes, photocopying and scanning, ensuring the availability of necessary documents and supplies, and running trial presentation equipment and software; and (5) Assist with preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, and other documents for use in trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies or other venues. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit via email a cover letter, complete resume, and three references to: Sarah Palacios Human Resources & Office Administrator, Native American Rights Fund, Palacios@narf.org. The position is open until filled.

Paralegal. Washington, DC. Duties include: (1) Management of hard copy and electronic documents; (2) Prepare, review, and analyze documents for and in response to production requests; (3) Perform legal research and factual research; (4) Responsible for all aspects of discovery and trial support including gathering and organizing documents, attending meetings, preparing exhibits, taking notes, photocopying and scanning, ensuring the availability of necessary documents and supplies, and running trial presentation equipment and software; and (5) Assist with preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, and other documents for use in trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies or other venues. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit via email a cover letter, complete resume, and three references to: Sarah Palacios Human Resources & Office Administrator, Native American Rights Fund, Palacios@narf.org. The position is open until filled.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Escondido, CA. We are looking for a person currently licensed to practice in California to carry a full caseload that includes tribal representation in juvenile dependency cases, estate planning for Native American individuals, code drafting, assisting with tribal elections, and more. Experience in federal Indian law is strongly preferred. Additional information about California Indian Legal Services can be found on our web site: www.calindian.org. The position is available now for immediate hiring and will remain open until filled.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant General Counsel/Assistant Prosecutor. Watersmeet, MI. This position will split their time between duties of Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Prosecutor. Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel provides legal services and representation to the Tribe, its agencies, and its enterprises in a broad variety of matters, including contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate matters, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, tribal jurisdiction, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare, and legislation. Under the supervision of the Tribal Prosecutor, the applicant will perform work of complex difficulty involving the prosecution of all domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking cases in Tribal Court, providing information and guidance to police officers in the areas of proper law and procedure, and will aid in the creation of an education program for tribal and local police officers regarding the effective investigation of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking cases involving Native Americans. Though we are looking for applicants with experience in one or more of the listed fields, you do not need experience in all the listed fields to be a good candidate. Please see the position description for more information. Posting closes April 1, 2022. Please see the full posting and application here. All applicants should complete an application and email a resume to hr@lvd-nsn.gov.

Office of the Secretary of the Interior, Indian Affairs

Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Washington, DC. Duties: 1) Manages one (1) Office staff member to coordinate activities, including the review and effective analysis of legislation to support the varying needs of Indian Affairs (IA); 2) Renders expert advice regarding the effect of such legislation on IA programs and Indian tribes; 3) Advises on the background and legislative history and exercises influence in effecting changes and revisions, as necessary, to support the development and conformance with IA policy; 4) Manages the review of reports and correspondence pertaining to congressional and legislative matters for conformance with IA policy; 5) Maintains consistent, two-way communication regarding legislative matters as the primary IA liaison with IA officials; 6) Represents IA principals in its dealing and negotiations with Congress; 7) Appears before committees of Congress as an expert witness to justify the stance of IA and the Department, as requested; 8) Manages coordination with senators and representatives and their staff members to advise, assist, and furnish them with approved information and to discuss basic data they may require in their consideration of legislation. Closing date: 03/28/2022. Additional details available here: https://go.usa.gov/xzm7r.

Tohono O’odham Nation Office of Attorney General

Deputy Attorney General. Sells, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation; (2) Representing the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; and (3) Assisting the Attorney General in matters affecting the legal interests of the Nation. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Eunice.Grana@tonation-nsn.gov or apply at Tohono Oodham Nation Jobs.

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, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) 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 GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally 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. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as 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) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Water Rights Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation on water rights matters, including the adjudication of water rights in administrative, state and federal courts for the purpose of securing and protecting the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working directly and indirectly on settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights, including the implementation of successful settlements; (3) Working closely with legal and technical staff within the NNDOJ Water Rights and Natural Resources Units, Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch, other programs within the Nation, contract counsel, and with consultants retained to provide technical support or to serve as expert witnesses; (4) Providing legal work, legal research, and preparing legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and other documents necessary for litigation and settlement purposes; and (5) Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting judicial decisions, legislation, contracts, leases, permits and other related documents. 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, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing 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; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. 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 – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. 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.

Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecutor work in directing the Office of the Prosecutor and component districts including White Collar Crime; (2) Administering short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual external and supplemental budgets; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program office and districts; (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operating and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments; (5) Preparing and presenting the annual budget during the annual budget process; (6) Conducting staff and program evaluations, ensuring the appropriate services are effectively and efficiently addressed; (7) Addressing personnel recruitment, interviews, hiring, and promotions; (8) Supervising all professional at-will employees and regular status employees; and (9) Promoting and maintaining public relations, representing the interest of the Navajo Nation and the Office of the Prosecutor(s) on a local, state, national, tribal and related levels, attending meetings, serving on committees, task forces, and other related groups, overseeing the management and in expenditures of the general and if applicable external funds ensuring compliance with financial requirements. Please see the position description for further information. This position is open until March 30, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ. 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 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  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 April 07, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  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 is open until March 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor. Tohajiilee, NM.  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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, 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; 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 March 22, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Supreme Court Law ClerkSupreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes March 31, 2022.
Judicial Hearing Officer, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside 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; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.