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The Hopi Tribe

Deputy General Counsel. Kykotsmovi, AZ. This is a tribal inhouse counsel position for the Hopi Tribe.  The position processes requests for legal review by the Tribal Council and the Tribe’s Officers, Departments and Programs.  These requests can range from contract review to answering and analyzing complex questions of law dealing with natural resources to human resources.  Closing Date – Open until filled.

Chief Prosecutor. Keam Canyon, AZ. The Chief Prosecutor administers the Hopi Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Prosecutor.  He or she is responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Hopi tribal code and pursues dependency matters pursuant to the Hopi Children’s’ Code.  This position works (and coordinates) with Hopi and BIA law enforcement, the FBI and US attorney’s office.  The position also works with the Tribal Council in reviewing the Code and law enforcement matters on the Hopi Reservation.  Importantly, the position prosecutes cases before the Hopi Tribal Courts. Closing Date – Open until filled.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Keam Canyon, AZ. The Deputy is responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Hopi tribal code and pursues dependency matters pursuant to the Hopi Children’s’ Code.  .  This position works (and coordinates) with Hopi and BIA law enforcement, the FBI and US attorney’s office.  The position also works with the Tribal Council in reviewing the Code and law enforcement matters on the Hopi Reservation.  Importantly, the position prosecutes cases before the Hopi Tribal Courts. Closing Date – Open until filled.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney – Child Welfare. Tulalip, WA. Provides effective consultation and legal advice to Tribal government, including its governing body the Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors, departments, programs, and committees of Tribal governments. Appears in tribal court and state court on behalf of Tulalip Tribes. Provides orientation and training, who is Tulalip’s child welfare team and the tribal council on the application of Title 4.05 Juvenile and Family Code. Represents the Tribe in civil and administrative proceedings. Provides legal representation to the Tribe in intergovernmental relations with federal and state agencies on child welfare issues and related matters. Drafts and revises Tribal Codes. Reviews policies and agreements. Conducts legal research concerning Tribal, Federal, and State Law. Participates in planning and strategy sessions with the Board of Directors and government departments. Represents the Tulalip Tribes child welfare department in Court. Closing Date: April 7, 2023.

Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Child Welfare Attorney. Juneau, AK. Providing civil legal representation on child welfare cases and issues. Primary responsibility is to advise the Tribal Family & Youth Services department staff regarding application of the ICWA and other state and federal legislation that impacts Tribal families. Closing date: Open until filled.

Table Mountain Rancheria

Legal Counsel. Friant, CA. Serves as In-House Legal Counsel for Table Mountain Rancheria and its various enterprises. Capable of providing expert advise in Federal Indian Law and the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Performs other duties assigned. Open until filled.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Southwest Region

Attorney-Adviser. Albuquerque, NM. The incumbent will provide legal support primarily to the Bureau of Reclamation, as well as to other bureaus within the Department of the Interior. The incumbent will provide oral and written legal advice and counsel, will be responsible for administrative litigation, and will assist the Department of Justice on judicial litigation on a variety of matters. The incumbent will focus on water rights matters, water quality regulation, the Reclamation Act, Indian water rights, realty and land title, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other federal and state laws. The incumbent should have a strong background in federal Indian law. The incumbent may also provide legal support on matters involving general law such as contracts, cooperative agreements, and FOIA; and other matters as assigned. Closing date: March 22, 2023.

Yurok Tribe

Legal Interns for Summer 2023. Klamath, CA or Remote. The Yurok Tribe has the largest membership base of all California tribes, and we are dedicated to protecting our natural resources and way of life. As an intern with Yurok Office of the Tribal Attorney (OTA), you will gain experience working directly with Tribal leadership in areas of environmental law, gaming law, policy development, appellate briefing, and more. Law clerks are a part of our community, and they are invited to cultural events and in-the-field experiences throughout their internship. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Positions are open until filled.

University of California Los Angelas

Clinical Supervising Attorney &  Project Director for the Emmett Institute. Los Angeles, CA. The responsibilities of the director include contributing to legislative policy-oriented service and teaching programs and projects as well as the Institute’s research programs, working both within and outside the California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic. The attorney will manage legal and legislative policy work and supervise students in the California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic and other experiential learning contexts; develop and implement strategic research; supervise interns and volunteers; and perform other tasks in support of the Emmett Institute and the Legislation Clinic, as necessary. Applications will be accepted until March 30th.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Associate Justice. Fulton, MI. The Tribal Council is soliciting letters of interest from qualified individuals interested in being appointed to serve as Associate Justice Pro Tempore on the NHBP Supreme Court. The individual appointed to this position would be appointed to a six-year term of office expiring on April 31, 2025. Letters of interest must be submitted no later than April 7, 2023 to be considered.

The Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

Attorney Advisors. Washington, DC. Provide advice on significant tribal justice matters and assist in policy and legislative development and review. Provide advice to OTJ leadership on Department components litigating, protecting or otherwise addressing Native American rights and/or related issues. Review proposed legal actions submitted by divisions that require OTJ approval or coordination. Perform legal research on assigned questions or law or policy and prepare reports and memoranda. Assist in coordinating with attorneys and officials of the Department, other government agencies, and interested parties to provide guidance and advice to ensure compliance with statutory, regulatory and policy requirements. Assist in maintaining liaison with federally recognized tribes, and work with the appropriate federal, tribal, state, and local officials, professional associations, and public interest groups. Develop, coordinate and execute special projects as assigned by the Director or the Deputy Director.  Application deadline: March 31, 2023.

Fredrikson & Byron

Energy Regulatory Associate. Minneapolis, MN. We are seeking an Energy Regulatory Associate to join our Energy Department in our Minneapolis office.  This associate will assist with research, drafting memos, motion practice, and due diligence on environmental matters in renewable energy, electric power, transmission, pipeline, advanced biofuels and emerging technology energy sectors.  The firm’s Energy department is seeking an associate who is interested in and committed to growing an energy regulatory practice. Open until filled.

Environmental Associate. Minneapolis, MN. We are seeking an associate with 1-5 years of experience to support our growing environmental practice. This associate will assist with research relating to environmental compliance and enforcement matters; drafting environmental provisions in purchase agreements, contracts, and leases; and the management due diligence on environmental matters in M&A and real property transactions for a wide array of commercial, real estate, industrial, and energy-sector clients. Preferred candidates will have environmental transactional experience and substantive familiarity with state and federal environmental laws. Open until filled.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rodney B. Lewis Resident – American Indian Law and Policy. Washington D.C.

Under the general supervision and direction of assigned attorney(s), advisor(s) or practice management, and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Rodney B. Lewis Resident assists with projects for the Public Law and Policy practice and the American Indian Law and Policy practice. The American Indian Law and Policy practice provides legal and strategic advice to American Indian tribal governments and other entities that share a commitment to tribal political empowerment, sovereignty and economic development. Our lawyers and consultants design legal strategies, defend tribal rights and formulate public policy recommendations that make it possible for our tribal clients to accomplish their business, legal and political goals. Closing date: May 1, 2023.

Pechanga Band of Indians

Deputy General Counsel. Temecula, CA. The Deputy General Counsel works under the direct supervision of the General Counsel.  The role of Deputy General Counsel provides legal opinions and assistance to the Tribal Council, all departments of the Pechanga Tribal Government, Gaming Commission and Pechanga Development Corporation; oversee work of outside counsel; and limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status.  The Deputy General Counsel provides a broad range of legal services in all aspects of American Indian law, to include but not limited to; employment law, Intellectual Property, Land Use, Indian Child Welfare Act, gaming law, contracts and litigation. Open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition

Post-Graduate Legal Fellowship. Sacramento, CA/REMOTE. California Tribal Families Coalition is honored to offer the inaugural San Manuel Tribal Advocacy Fellowship – a new post-graduation position for law students who have lived experience in tribal communities and a demonstrated interest in federal Indian/tribal law or child welfare. The Fellowship is a one-year position and will provide a competitive salary, student loan forgiveness as needed, and mentoring and training in Indian law, specifically in Indian child welfare work. Applicants must be willing to take the California Bar Exam and commit to the one-year position beginning in or around August 2023. Apply by sending a resume, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendation, law school transcripts, writing sample, and short answers to the following prompts: 1) Please describe your interest and experience related to tribal communities; 2) Please describe your interest and experience related to child welfare. The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Pacific on April 10, 2023.

RWE Offshore Wind GmbH

Tribal Relations Manager. San Francisco, Sacramento or a city in Humboldt County. Lead efforts to ensure timely response and consistency in Tribal Nation outreach and engagement as the key point of contact for all inquiries for Tribal Nations with an interest in RWE US Offshore projects in the State of California Develop relationships and build RWE’s network with regional, and national, Tribal-related organizations to strengthen RWE’s understanding of Tribal matters and seek opportunities for collaboration to enhance RWE’s work with Tribal Nations Work with team members and consultants to develop, implement, and maintain an annual project-specific Tribal Nation Engagement and Communication Plans Work in conjunction with the RWE US Offshore Development, Government Relations, and Communication teams to prepare, deliver and/or arrange for RWE presentations, and information exchanges with Tribal Nations and organizations Represent RWE at outreach events, including Tribal-related activities, and local, regional and national-level meetings. Open until filled.

Viejas Casino and Resort

Assistant Attorney General. Alpine, CA. The Assistant Attorney General will work in the Office of the Attorney General under the direct supervision of the Attorney General for the Viejas Band. The Assistant Attorney General will work with the Attorney General and Deputy Attorneys General to render legal services to the Viejas Band, including its government departments, enterprises, and elected officials.  Competitive salary depending on experience and comprehensive benefits. Open until filled.

Native Nation Partnerships

Staff Attorney. Madison, WI. Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) is hiring a Staff Attorney for Native Nation Partnerships to focus on providing environmental legal support to Native nations and other Indigenous partners within Wisconsin’s borders. The attorney’s work will be guided by the needs and requests of these partners. The attorney will assist Native nations to obtain recognition of their environmental standards by the Environmental Protection Agency and other non-Native governments. The positions will also provide legal support to Native nations when state and federal government agency decisions implicate Tribal environmental sovereignty or other environmental interests. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Forest County Potawatomi Government

Human Resources Director. Crandon, WI. Leads and manages a team of professionals to plan, design and initiate programs in the areas of talent acquisition, talent development, total rewards, HRIS, employee relations, Tribal member recruitment, policy implementation, and investigations. Prepares, reviews, interprets, and analyzes data that supports the creation and execution of the department master strategic plan, including but not limited to short and long-term goals, employee engagement, budgets and grant funding, key performance indicators, and other measurable outcomes. Enforces the Forest County Potawatomi preference system in all hiring, training, and decisions. Closing date: April 17, 2023.

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. Open until filled.

Yakama Nation

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor provides professional legal prosecutorial work for the Yakama Nation to defend the Treaty of June 9, 1855 and the sovereignty of the Yakama Nation. Provides attorney services in tribal, state and federal courts for the Yakama Nation. Represents the Yakama Nation in criminal prosecutions, civil matters including the Indian Child Welfare Act and dependency matters, may serve as legal advisor to law enforcement. Coordinates with police jurisdictions and other agencies to ensure prosecution activities to serve the interests of the Yakama Nation in protecting the safety of the community. Maintains contact with attorneys and other jurisdictions regarding tribal, state, and federal court matters affecting the Yakama Nation. Closing date: March 30, 2023.

Montana Legal Services Association

Eviction Prevention Intake Specialist. Helena or Billings MT. Offers support, advocacy, information and referrals to families and individuals facing eviction, or with housing issues. This position will serve as the first point of contact for MLSA clients with housing issues. The Eviction Prevention Intake Specialist works with the MT Eviction Intervention Program Team to conduct client intakes and offer holistic, client-based support to prevent eviction and enhance the housing stability of MLSA clients. Open until filled.

Staff Attorney for Family Violence Survivors. Red Lodge or Livingston, MT. The position will provide poverty law services to domestic violence victims throughout the state of Montana, concentrating their work in Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Park and Meagher counties. Poverty law services will primarily be in the area of family law and orders of protection, although other areas of law, such as housing, public benefits and consumer, will be addressed as appropriate to the client. Open until filled.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Tribal Attorney. Baraga, MI. General knowledge of law with emphasis on applicable current case law, statutes and regulations relating to Indian tribes. Knowledge of and experience with the operation of court systems. Individuals with experience in Indian law and litigation desired. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must work effectively with other people at a variety of ages and levels. Competency in various computer programs. Able to work independently to get a project completed. Open until filled.

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