OJS TJS to host virtual Part 2 of VAWA Roundtable Discussion Series, Sept 28

VAWA Roundtable Discussion: Shared Tribal Experiences Under VAWA ’13

September 28, 2022

on Zoom Webinar

11-5pm ET | 10 -4pm CT | 9-3pm MT | 8-2pm PT | 7-1pm AKT

Visit www.vawaroundtable.com to register at no cost and view all information as it becomes available

OJS TJS Virtual VAWA Roundtable Discussion, June 29, 2022

Violence Against Women Act Round Table Discussion

Lessons Learned: Implementing VAWA ’22 Based on VAWA ’13

Hosted on Zoom, June 29, 2022, 11-5:30pm

Visit www.vawaroundtable.com for more information and to register for the tuition free event

Job Announcements

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Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

Full Time Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Main duties include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revision contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Experienced Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Experienced Attorney (5 or more years) in litigation, transactional, water, natural resources or Indian law matters. Duties may include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revising contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

2023 Summer Associate. Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK.Under the supervision of an attorney, the summer associate performs duties such as cite checking, editing attorney work, conducting legal research, and drafting memoranda.  Summer associates may also have the opportunity to attend and take notes on government briefings and hearings on tribal issues. Closing date: June 30, 2022. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Tribal Wellness Court Specialist. Remote/Telework. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing training, technical assistance, resource development and other services to enhance tribal justice systems across the nation. The full time Tribal Wellness Court Specialist position is responsible for a range of duties that work toward implementing and enhancing effective and competent training and technical assistance for American Indians and Alaska Native Tribes and their respective justice systems. For more information please see the position description.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP. Seeking proposals from qualified individuals and legal entities interested in providing consultation for the development of the Pokagon Band jury system. Closing time for receipt: June 30th, 2022. See the RFP for more information.

UCLA Law

Critical Race Studies Program (CRS) Forward Post-Graduate Fellow. Under a one-year contract, with the possibility of extension, the CRT Forward Post-Graduate Fellow will support and advance CRT Forward, a new initiative the program has launched to address the current attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) and anti-racist education, training, and research. Priority will be given to applications received by June 13th. The application will close June 25th.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director. UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA. Closing Date: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). This non-litigation Clinic assists Native Nations, mainly in California but also nationwide, in enhancing their governmental and legal systems through the development of tribal constitutions, codes, regulations, rules, policies, protocols and justice systems. The Director will design and develop a curriculum for the Clinic. The Director will teach the Clinic throughout the Fall and Spring semesters and will also supervise students who are working on Clinic projects during the summer months. The Director will manage the Clinic budget, hire and supervise support staff and summer students, produce reports for and maintain relations with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and fundraise for the Clinic. Apply here.

Richard M. Milanovich Fellowship in Law 2022-23. UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.

Closing Date: Friday, Jul 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). UCLA School of Law’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center seeks applicants for the position of the Richard M. Milanovich Fellow for a 1-2 year term, beginning approximately August 1, 2022. This full-time position offers the opportunity to work in academic and practice contexts with Native Nations faculty, students, and community members on projects in furtherance of the mission of the Native Nations Law and Policy Center. The position is well-suited for a recent law school graduate with interest in federal Indian law, tribal law, and/or international Indigenous human rights, who is ultimately planning a career in academia or policy. The fellowship is set to run for one year, but a second year of the fellowship may be available depending on funding and assuming satisfactory performance in the first year. The position is a non-tenure track, full-time, limited-term appointment. The salary is $75,000, with a competitive benefits package, and some research and travel support. Apply here

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seeking Associate for criminal law practice to represent, in federal, state, and tribal courts, individuals accused of offenses including capital offenses, terrorism offenses, complex white-collar offenses, governmental fraud, homicide and other violent offenses, sex offenses, federal drugs and weapons offenses, human trafficking, child pornography, DUI, and domestic violence, and to represent business entities facing criminal investigations and charges at the federal and state levels. More information about the firm is available at www.rothsteinlaw.com.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

In-House Attorney. Fort Yates, ND. Shall provide legal assistance and representation to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Apply: www.standingrock.org. Closing Date: June 20, 2022.

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Attorney II. Remote within Portland Oregon or Seattle Washington Metro Area. The Cowlitz Legal Department consists of 4 attorneys and one paralegal supporting the activities of the Cowlitz Tribal Government. Attorney II reports directly to the Tribal Attorney who, in turn, reports directly to the 22-member Cowlitz Tribal Council. Attorney II is an independent role. The incumbent will be responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Constitution, Codes, and Ordinances and making high-quality presentations to the Cowlitz Tribal Council. Attorney will be a presenting officer in Tribal Court and State Court.  Attorney will also Assist the Tribal Attorney with issues and activities concerning Tribal legal rights, obligations, and privileges. Closing date: July 3, 2022 or until filled. Apply here or send resume and cover letter to recruitment@cowlitz.org.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Part-time Staff Attorney, Traverse City, MI. Providing legal advice to income-eligible members of the Native Communities with legal issues in Michigan.  Open until filled.   

The California Indian Law Association (CILA)

2022 California Legal Journal Submissions. The deadline for submission is June 24, 2022. Ideal submissions are 600-1200 words and focus on the 2022 California Indian Law Conference theme “Post Self-Determination: A New Era of Indian Law” though all articles will be considered. Please contact us at calindianlaw@gmail.com with any questions.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Two (2) Associate Tribal Attorneys. Cass Lake, Minnesota. The Associate Tribal Attorneys 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.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office; Closing date for application submission – June 15, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Gun Lake Tribe

Paralegal. Shelbyville, Michigan. Open until filled. Duties and responsibilities include: Meets with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects; Drafts legal documents including routine pleadings and motions, affidavits and interrogatories; files motions and pleadings according to judicial procedures; and more. You are required to register and apply through our online employment portal to be considered for this position. If you require assistance or to apply in person, please call 269.397.1780, to schedule an appointment.

SEARHC – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Associate General Counsel. Juneau, AK. Open until filled. Find more information here.

USDA

GS-11 Attorney Advisor (General). Washington D.C. Closing date June 24, 2022. The announcement can be accessed here.

The City of Boston

The Supporting Indigenous Communities Fellow will help Boston to deliver on promises of support and provide meaningful channels of representation for Indigenous people and communities. This role will sit between the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet. This is a full time position with a Boston residency requirement For more information on the City’s effort thus far visit: boston.gov/indigenous-efforts. The application can be found [here].

WI Judicare, Inc.

Full-time staff attorney, Indian Law Office. Wausau, WI. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply.

Lippes Mathias LLP

Associate Attorney – Indian Law. Buffalo, NY. Closing date: July 1.

The Hopi Tribe

In-house counsel, Deputy General Counsel, supervised by the tribe’s General Counsel.  The position handles a variety of legal matters for the Hopi Tribe and may include some litigation.  It is therefore important that the applicant be a member of a state bar (preferably Arizona) or able to become a member within a year of accepting the job.  The applicant will also be expected to become a member of the Hopi tribal bar.  The job interacts with the tribal programs, department, officials, and Council.  The office of the General Counsel is located on the Hopi Reservation in the Hopi village of Kykotsmovi (about 90 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona).  Salary is negotiable – factors affecting salary include, but are not limited to, the applicant’s level of experience.

Chief Prosecutor.  The position is both administrative and legal as the Chief Prosecutor manages the Tribe’s Office of the Prosecutor and maintains a caseload of criminal prosecutions.  The Prosecutor’s Office handles both the tribe’s criminal prosecutions as well as children’s cases arising on the reservation (or transferred pursuant to the ICWA) before the Hopi Tribal Courts.  The office is located in Keams Canyon, Arizona, on the Hopi Reservation.  Applications, resumes, and references should be directed to the Hopi Tribe’s Human Resources Department.  An email link to the Department is here.

Northwest Justice Project

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Western Washington | Seattle, WA. NJP is contracting with Office of Civil Legal for COVID Pandemic legal aid funding to expand its capacity to address the civil legal needs directly and indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The attorney will provide legal assistance to Native Americans, with an emphasis on serving Native Americans in Western Washington. This attorney will be part of NJP’s Native American Unit (NAU). The NAU is a specialized unit that advocates for the rights of Native American individuals and communities, on and off-reservation. This is a regular, full-time position covered by NJP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please apply here.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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. The Principal Attorney works 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. The Principal Attorney provides 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.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  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 (Tax and Finance Unit).  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  Provide trainings to clients on relevant federal, state, and Navajo laws regulations, policies and procedures. Attend trainings, continuing legal education courses, and federal-tribal consultations and meetings in order to develop and maintain legal expertise on ARPA and FRF matters.  This position is open until June 21, 2022 by 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 Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, 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 filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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Society of American Indian Government Employees to host National Training Program

SAIGE National Training Program: Celebrating 20 Years of Respect, Culture, and Education

June 21-23, 2022 registration and information here

The National Training Program, open to all, is hosted by the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), the national non-profit organization formed in 2002 representing American Indian and Alaska Native (Al/AN) Federal, Tribal, State and local government employees. SAIGE provides specialized training sessions for Veterans and Youth at no cost. Register and learn more at www.saigetraining.org. Press release here. Speakers include Stephen Pevar, Lisa Williams, James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw, and more.

Bay Mills to host 4th Annual Noojimo’iwewin: The VAWA & ICWA Training


The 2022 Noojimo’iwewin features a series of hands-on training units. Each unit focuses on a topic related to violence and provides tools to support community healing. Engaging, expert faculty facilitate each unit which has been designed to help advocates, providers, and legal professionals implement effective service strategies. The training is hosted both in-person at the Bay Mills Resort & Casino and virtually via Whova. CLE and Social CEU credits pending.

Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

Tribal Law & Policy Institute

Program Assistant. Remote (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA preferred – applicants from other locations will be considered). The Program Assistant is a full-time position responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties. Open until position is filled. Please see the description for more information.

The Tohono O’odham Legislative Attorney’s Office

Assistant Legislative Attorney, Level II, III, IV.  Contact Name and Email:  Alivia Lewis, Office Manager, Alivia.Lewis@tonation-nsn.gov or Katrina.Leon@tonation-nsn.gov. Job Announcement, Job Description, and Job Application can be found here.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

Children and Family Services Attorney/General Counsel. Enhances the quality of life of Port Gamble SKlallam children and families as legal counsel to the Children & Family Services Department, under the direct supervision of the Tribal Attorney, and in cooperation with other Children and Family Services staff. This position also serves as general in-house legal counsel as needed. This position also serves as general in-house legal counsel as needed. For more information on the tribes legal department, please go here. Position will be employed and job performed in Kingston, WA on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation. This position is closing on June 2nd, 2022. Please visit the site for full job description and application.

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Tribal Court Staff Attorney.  Webster, WI. Position is responsible to assist the Tribal Court with legal research, drafting of opinions, collaborating with the Office of General Counsel on projects, code writing/revision, and will assist with the daily Tribal Court operations. Open until filled. Application here. See the position description for more information.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General. Parker, AZ. Open Until Filled. The Office of the Attorney General provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The Deputy Attorney General works with all Tribal Departments, under the supervision of the Attorney General, to act as general counsel for and on behalf of the Tribes. See the position description for more information.

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

RFP. Legal assistance to the tribe in the review and drafting of governing documents. Please see the RFP attached for further details.

Squaxin Island Tribe

Associate Attorney with Natural Resources Emphasis. Kamilche, Washington (Shelton and Greater Olympia area). The primary focus of this position will be on natural resource matters.  The Department’s need is for an attorney well-experienced in natural resource matters and Indian law.  While the emphasis will be on natural resource matters, the work will include all matters presented to the Department. The attorneys share assignments and interact often.  Responsibilities include providing guidance as to strategy and tone in interactions related to natural resource matters, including state, federal, other tribal, and local governments, and non-governmental interests. Closing date: May 31, 2022. See the position description for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan

Associate General Counsel. Mount Pleasant, MI.  This position is open until filled. Under the supervision of Senior Associate General Counsel, provide general legal services to the tribe and its enterprises in a broad variety of matters including: contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate transactions, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, jurisdiction disputes, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare, and drafting legislation consistent with representation provided by the General Counsel. All of our open positions are on our website at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now.

Gila River Indian Community

Court Clerk (5 Positions). Judicial Department. The Court Clerk provides administrative and technical support to the courts by receiving, preparing and processing documents; maintaining databases and files/records; receiving and recording payments. This position interacts, assists the public, maintains a caseload, and coordinates with the Judge on scheduling and courtroom management. For more functions and information, please see the job description. DEADLINE: Attach any required documents, i.e., Transcripts, Certificates, diploma and Motor Vehicle Record, to your online application by midnight on the closing date. Late Applications or documents will not be considered. Closing Date: 06/03/2022.

Pueblo of Isleta

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Isleta Pueblo, NM. Open Until Filled. Presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating civil and/or criminal laws. Serves as presenting officer in persons at risk cases. Represents the Pueblo of Isleta as plaintiff in actions based on violations of the POI laws, ordinance, resolutions and other legal directives as they apply. Utilizes a plea bargaining process that will protect the interests of both the pueblo and the victims of crime.  Ensures a balanced criminal justice system.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office; Closing date for application submission – June 15, 2022. For more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Tribal Cannabis Policy and Regulatory Manager. Mashantucket, Connecticut. Main duties and requirements: Under the direction of MPTN’s Office of Legal Counsel, MPTN Tribal Council and MPTN’s Tribal Council’s Cannabis Sub-Team, the incumbent shall assist in the tribe’s development of a cannabis regulatory body and work on related matters, including but not limited to the implementation of policy and regulations for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation regarding the cultivation, processing, testing, packaging, sale, possession, and consumption of cannabis on land held-in-trust for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Following the creation of a cannabis regulatory body under tribal law, the incumbent shall be responsible for assisting the regulatory body in its day-to-day regulatory oversight of cannabis activities on tribal lands. Bachelor’s degree in management or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of compliance or regulatory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience must include working in a government, private or corporate setting with experience in the field of federal Indian law or federal or state cannabis-related laws, policies and regulations as well as project management experience. Closing date: June 10, 2022. Apply here.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Associate Attorney (2 Positions). Fort Defiance, AZ. Duties include: Provides legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law, such as contracts, proposals, leases, and employment; Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues, pleadings, motions, discovery and stipulations; and more. Position is Open Until Filled. Interested candidates can apply here.

Tlingit & Haida

Two (2) Associate General Counsel. Juneau, AK. Provide legal counsel and representation in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, federal-state relations, tribal jurisdiction, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, employment, contracts, code drafting and compliance. Closing Date: 6/13/2022. Application here.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Three (3) attorneys: one domestic violence, one elder and one general staff attorney. Battle Creek, MI. The general staff attorney position will primarily handle expungements as well as some driver’s license restoration and housing. For more information see each position’s description.

Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid

Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Attorney. Tulalip, Washington. Main Duties: The Victim Advocate Attorney provides civil legal assistance and representation to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence victims in cases relating to their victimization. Open until position is filled. Please see the position description for more information

New Mexico Legal Aid

Native American Program Staff Attorney. Santa Ana / Bernalillo New Mexico. Application is open until filled. Send [1] a current resume and [2] a letter of interest explaining your experience in this field and why you want to work with NAP to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org. Please put “NAP Staff Attorney Application” in the subject line.

Nevada Legal Services

Two (2) Indian Law Project Staff Attorneys. The positions will be in Reno or Yerington Nevada.  Please see the position description for more information.  

Western Resource Advocates

Clean Energy Program Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. The position can work remotely from the Carson City, Reno, or Las Vegas metropolitan areas; work from WRA’s Carson City office; or a hybrid remote and in-office option. Working remotely from Las Vegas may require more frequent travel. Will be responsible for developing and advancing equitable legislative, administrative, and local policy solutions that move the region toward a clean energy economy and address climate change in Nevada. The primary duties of this position include representing WRA as an attorney and policy advocate in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and other Nevada regulatory agencies, courts, legislative bodies, and other forums; providing counsel and strategic advice regarding state and federal energy regulation, climate policy, and administrative law; and preparing discovery, pleadings, oral argument, cross-examination, and testimony for adversarial proceedings.

Drummond Woodsum

Two 2Ls for 2023 summer program. Over the course of 10 weeks, summer associates gain experience with the practice of law at Drummond Woodsum and with our group of lawyers and staff by working on substantive client matters from all areas of the firm’s practice. We’re a full-service law firm with more than 100 attorneys and consultants providing a wide range of services in virtually every areas of the law. Our practice areas include School Law, Municipal & Land Use, Tribal Nations Law, Litigation, and Business Services, among others. Our office is in Portland, Maine. Please apply with your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a copy of your transcript on or before June 30th.

The Whitener Group

Executive Assistant. Olympia, WA. The Executive Assistant (EA) is a strategic partner who serves the growing family- and tribally owned business, The Whitener Group. A large portion of TWG work over the next 5-years involves conducting tribal court assessments in Alaska. The EA’s resourcefulness and decisiveness are assets to the entire team of owners and national consultants. With a sense of humor and abandonment of niceties, the ideal EA has emotional intelligence that matches ruthless prioritization. Skillful anticipation of needs keeps the EA prepared for the speed of incoming and outgoing contracts, proposals, plans, and policies. Closing Date June 10, 2022 at 2:21 pm PT. For more information and to apply, see the job description.

Environmental Protection Agency

Attorney-Advisor. Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Superfund Branch. At the entry level of this position, you will: Provide legal advice, perform legal research, prepare legal documentation, and provide policy recommendations; Participate in litigation activities; Draft Agency determinations, proposed regulations, and Federal Register notices; Perform negotiation and informal dispute resolution. For more information, please see the job description.

Kazhe Law Group

Full-Time Associate.  Sacramento, CA. A boutique law firm seeks an associate with 2+ years of combined legal experience. The firm is looking for an experienced, detail oriented, and proactive attorney to work with senior attorneys. The candidate must be licensed in California and have excellent research, writing and advocacy skills, be efficient, and possess a positive attitude. This attorney will assist with handling a variety of issues both transactional and litigation and should work well both autonomously and in a team environment. Experience in federal Indian law, government, environmental and/or health law is a positive.  Please email a letter of interest and resume to admin@kazhelaw.com attention Christina Kazhe. Open until July 1, 2022. Information about the firm is available at kazhelaw.com.  

The Wilderness Society

Government Relations Sr. Representative/Sr. Manager, Equitable Access. Washington, DC. Closing Date: June 12th. The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join our Government Relations team in Washington, DC to develop and implement strategies and tactics to advance federal policies that support equitable access to nature and its benefits in close collaboration with external partners, including advancing legislation and Executive Branch policies to expand parks and public lands in nature-deprived communities and supporting other community-led conservation efforts that advance just outcomes with a focus on supporting historically marginalized communities – including both rural and urban communities.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Congressional Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, the position will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system.  Opened until filled.

Federal Relations Associate. Will have both internal and external facing responsibilities 
grounded in serving Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discreet research projects, and related projects in the healthcare and public health fields. Associate will regularly engage with key agencies on issues related to statutes and regulations that impact UIOs. Opened until filled.

Department of the Interior

Administrative Judge on the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA). Arlington, VA (Washington DC Metro Area). The successful candidate must be a licensed attorney in good standing. All applications must be made through USAJOBS. The position closes on June 21.

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate Attorney. Santa Fe, NM & Tempe, AZ. The Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tempe, Arizona offices are each seeking a litigation associate for their Indian law practice. The Indian law practice in Santa Fe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, water rights, land rights, civil litigation, and transactional matters. Tempe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, labor and employment law, and transactional matters.  Rothstein Donatelli is committed to advancing the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. Open until filled.

ACLU of Washington

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney. Seattle, WA. Application Deadline: June 19, 2022. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking 1-2 experienced attorneys to build, file, and litigate through trial complex civil actions in state and federal courts to protect and advance civil liberties for all Washingtonians—work that is important now more than ever. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume on our online job portal.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorneys:

Associate Attorney, Alaska

Anchorage, AK  or  Juneau, AK

Associate Attorney, Clean Energy

Philadelphia, PA  or  San Francisco, CA  or  Washington, DC

Associate Attorney, Gulf Regional Office

Houston, TX

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health

New York, NY

Seasoned Litigators:

Senior Attorney, Clean Energy (Emerging Climate Threats)

Los Angeles, CA  or  New York, NY  or  Philadelphia, PA  or  Washington, DC

Senior Attorney, International Energy Transition

San Francisco, CA  or  Washington, DC

Senior Attorney, Northern Rockies Regional

Bozeman, MT

Senior Attorney, Oceans

Seattle, WA  or  Remote

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

Associate attorney – San Francisco Bay Area. The firm represents American Indian tribes and tribal casinos on a wide range of legal matters. We are looking for an attorney who has five or more years experience representing tribes and tribal entities. The firm’s five partners and four associates have nearly 200 years of collective experience representing California Indian tribes and tribal enterprises. We believe in collegiality, mutual respect and maintaining a level of staffing that allows the firm to promptly respond to our tribal clients who utilize us as general counsel for their governmental and commercial entities while at the same time allowing us to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Duties and Responsibilities include all the duties that typically are required of experienced tribal counsel. Interested candidates should send their resumes to: hiring@jmandmplaw.com. Position open until filled. See the description for more information.

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico

Assistant Federal Public Defender. Las Cruces office. The federal defender organization operates under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A, to provide criminal defense and related help in federal courts. More than one position may be filled from this posting. See the description for more information.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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. The Principal Attorney works 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. The Principal Attorney provides 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.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until June 9, 2022 by 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 Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, 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 filled, 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 juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until June 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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Job Announcements

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American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC)

Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist. Fairbanks, Anchorage or Juneau, AK. Position is until filled. AKNWRC seeks an organized, detail oriented and dedicated individual to fill the position of Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist.  Applicants must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Alaska State Bar, or become licensed within one year of the position, and have experience working with Tribal Communities and work in public advocacy is required.  It is preferred for the applicant to have experience with domestic violence or harassment protection orders in state or tribal forums.  This person will report to the Law and Policy Director. See the position description for more information.

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2Ls and 3L summer and term clerkships, and recent graduates for our three-year fellowship program. The firm hires five 2Ls each year as full-time summer clerks. Applications for Summer 2023 clerkships will be considered on a rolling basis beginning in mid-July; the application deadline is September 5, 2022. The firm also hires 2Ls and 3Ls as law clerks during the academic year, with a minimum of 15 hours of work per week; though we have returned to our San Francisco offices, remote clerkships are possible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for work during the spring and fall semesters. Finally, the firm also offers a three-year fellowship for highly qualified recent law school graduates. Fellows function as the junior associates of the firm. Applications must be submitted by September 5, 2022 for fellowships beginning in Fall 2023. Please see the position descriptions for more information and to apply.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Oceans Program. Seattle, WA or Remote (US). Earthjustice is hiring a Senior Attorney to join the Oceans Program in Seattle, WA or remote. Apply By 5/23/22. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC

Paralegal Litigation Assistant. An Indigenous rights firm with nine lawyers and offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an experienced paralegal/litigation assistant to our growing civil rights practice in Seattle. The firm seeks an individual with solid litigation and case management experience and proven abilities under pressure, and who exhibits the following attributes: attention to detail; solid writing and organization; tech savvy; critical, proactive and creative thinking; strong work ethic; and sound ethics and morals.  The position will also support office managerial and administrative efforts. Closes: June 1, 2022 or When Filled.

Pueblo of Isleta

Paralegal. Isleta Pueblo, NM. Supports General Counsel Office with tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting, reviewing, and managing of legal documents.  Responsible for communicating with clients, preparing for hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.  Performs specialized administrative services, including but not limited to case management and budget oversight. Position Closes-05/27/2022. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, AZ. Under the direction of the General Counsel, Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closing date is May 19, 2022. To view full job description see above and  applications are available at www.fmyn.org

Public Health Law Center (affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney. Saint Paul, MN. The Public Health Law Center (or, The Center), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is seeking a Staff Attorney who has a passion for working for the social good and who shares our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. The Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney will support our Health Eating and Active Living Programs. To apply for the Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney (Health Eating and Active Living Programs) position, click here. Application review will begin on May 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Interested applicants can apply here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

2023 Summer Associate. Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK.Under the supervision of an attorney, the summer associate performs duties such as cite checking, editing attorney work, conducting legal research, and drafting memoranda.  Summer associates may also have the opportunity to attend and take notes on government briefings and hearings on tribal issues. Closing date: June 30, 2022. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Experienced Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Experienced Attorney (5 or more years) in litigation, transactional, water, natural resources or Indian law matters. Duties may include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revising contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Main duties include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revision contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Contract & remote. Protective Services Attorney will provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult In Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Department: Prosecutor’s Office. Reports to: General Counsel. Overtime: Exempt. Salary: DOE. To apply please contact Cristina Collett Jensen at (830) 421-5389 or via Email: cristina.collett@ktttribe.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Department of Regional Counsel

Attorney Adviser. Dallas, TX. A 2-year full-time fellowship focusing on air counseling and grants. Applications close May 20, 2022. See the position description for more information.

Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Infrastructure and Economic Development Coordinator.  Washington, DC. 1) Assists with development of policies, standards, procedures, and directives related to program functions and requirements, to include initiating and directing research projects necessary to resolve complex or technical issues; 2) Coordinates work activities, assignments, and projects with managers internal to the  Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) and across the Federal programs implementing infrastructure projects and economic development to ensure their understanding and the effective completion of initiatives and requirements; 3) As the OIED Interagency Coordinator, the incumbent works closely with the Indian Affairs bureaus and offices to guide and coordinate Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) implementation and related economic development strategies and policy initiatives; 4) Initiates report’s, position papers and memoranda regarding proposed policy and program changes affecting Indian Affairs interagency programs related to BIL implementation, including interdepartmental matters, proposed regulations and policies, legislative proposals, and stakeholder initiatives; 5) Contributes to the management and coordination of projects for the OIED Director by researching, writing/editing, collaborating on, and performing the initial review of time-sensitive information, correspondence, papers, policy, and briefing materials in response to taskings and action items from internal and external sources.  Closing Date: 05/12/2022.  Additional details: https://go.usa.gov/xuvvX.

Legal Services of South-Central Michigan

Staff Attorney. Lansing, MI. This position is part of the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project (CVLAP), a partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Legal Services of Northern Michigan, and Lakeshore Legal Aid to provide outreach and a wide range of legal representation and advocacy to victims of crime, primarily domestic violence and elder abuse survivors, under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). CVLAP is a statewide program with attorneys throughout Michigan.

Native American Rights Fund

Two (2) Staff Attorney Positions. Boulder, Colorado Office or Washington, D.C. Office. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. Open until filled, with interviews beginning late May. See the position description for more information.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Tribal Prosecutor. Reno, NV. Closing date: Open until filled. Performs a variety of professional legal work; develops, prepares and presents cases requiring court and/or administrative tribunal appearances; trial and/or administrative tribunal and/or appellate work; represents the Colony in criminal or enforcement proceedings; and performs related work as required. Ensures the proper maintenance of prosecution records and compliance with Tribal, State, and National regulations and guidelines. Additionally, ensures all prosecution records comply with the guidelines regarding confidentiality and security of sensitive documents. Other duties as assigned. For more information, please see the job description.  Applications can be found online at https://www.rsic.org/   Submit completed applications to bsmithpeger@rsic.org and esanchez@rsic.org.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney – Full Time Exempt. Tribal Government. Fulton, MI. Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings as requested. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues. For a full description please see the position. Posting Ends 06/02/2022 at 9:30 AM ET. Apply through the NHBP Careers page.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs

Attorney-Adviser. Washington, D.C.  The attorney will provide legal counsel to the Bureau of Indian Education, including on all elements of federal Indian law, federal education law, and administrative law (funding, rulemaking, etc.).  The position closes on May 23, 2022.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor; Dept: Pueblo Courts / Prosecutor’s Office; Closing date for application submission – May 23, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654. See the position description for more information.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Congressional Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, the Director of Congressional Relations will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system.

Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst has both internal and external facing responsibilities grounded in serving Urban Indian Organizations (health care providers to American Indians and Alaska Natives in urban areas) to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discrete research projects and related programs.

Tribal Law & Policy Institute

Tribal Wellness Court Specialist. Remote/Telework. Develop customized technical assistance plans to meet the specific needs of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts; Provide expert onsite and offsite assistance to tribal justice systems, including but not limited to Healing to Wellness Courts seeking to plan, implement, or enhance their programs; Plan, implement, and oversee peer-to-peer tribal healing to wellness court mentor court program; Plans and presents educational workshops for Tribal nations and organizations on issues pertaining to tribal justice. See job announcement for a full list of duties. Closing date: May 31, 2022 or until filled.

Program Assistant. Remote (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA preferred – applicants from other locations will be considered). The Program Assistant is a full-time position responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties. Open until position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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. The Principal Attorney works 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. The Principal Attorney provides 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.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until June 9, 2022 by 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 Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, 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 filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Tuba City, 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 May 26, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (White Collar Crime Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government in the area of White Collar Crime prosecution; and assist as needed, in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases and in the litigation of child neglect, dependencies, juvenile criminal and civil cases, and related juvenile matters as needed. Attend arraignments (as required), trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing and 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 investigators, law enforcement, and related governmental agencies specializing in white collar crime and most other 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. Provides supervision to the White Collar Crime Unit and ensures the continued daily operation and management of the unit.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 24, 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 juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until June 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

See previous posts.

Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send all of 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 a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description.

Come work with us! Indigenous Law and Policy Center and Michigan State University College of Law: Communications Coordinator

A description of the position is below, and the MSU HR link is here. The deadline for applying is May 3, 2022.

Position Summary

The College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center (ILPC) welcomes candidates who have a passion for working in indigenous rights advocacy; experience working with indigenous peoples and diverse groups of people; strong communication and organizational skills; and exhibit a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work in a self-directed environment or in a group setting.  The Indigenous Law & Policy Center Communications Coordinator supports the ILPC by assisting with developing website content, electronic newsletters, visual aids, social media posts, and other organizational communications aligned with the ILPC’s needs and strategic initiatives. The Communications Coordinator also maintains the ILPC office and assists ILPC faculty and staff in coordinating events, conferences, and student programming. The ILPC welcomes candidates who (1) have a passion for working in indigenous rights advocacy; (2) have experience working with indigenous peoples and diverse groups of people; (3) have strong communication and organizational skills; and (4) exhibit a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work in both a self-directed environment and in a group setting.

The ILPC currently includes a Director, Associate Director, Clinic Director, and Legal Counselor. The Center works very closely together to recruit students; provide services to students, clinical clients, and tribal governments; provide teaching and learning opportunities related to Indigenous law; produce original research and scholarship on Indigenous law; and host events at the law school.

The Communications Coordinator reports to the Director and Associate Director of the ILPC and assists the ILPC team in providing administrative support. In collaboration with the College of Law Director of Events and the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Communications Coordinator:

• Assists the ILPC faculty and staff with planning and coordinating all ILPC events.
• Coordinates lunches, speaking events, and ILPC visits for students interested in Indian Law.
• Plans and organizes the annual ILPC conference.
• Manages marketing materials that amplify and strengthen ILPC presence at MSU, Michigan tribal communities, and within Indian country.
• Drafts ILPC correspondence and creates newsletters for the ILPC community, students, and alumni.
• Manages the ILPC social media accounts, including Turtle Talk.
• Attends Indian law events and conferences 1-4 times per year to promote the ILPC and its objectives; requires overnight travel.

Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 10
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University College Of Law
Department: Juris Doctorate Programs 40001138
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Telecommunications, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in internal communications; news, broadcasting, and print media, and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; graphic design; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation software; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation; or radio production; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

• Experience working with Native American and Indigenous communities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience in event planning and logistics for on-campus events.
• Ability to work with a variety of individuals.
• Experience using WordPress and social media platforms.
• Ability to multitask.
• Experience using programs like InDesign and Photoshop.
• Experience in Communications, Development, Marketing, or related fields.
• Experience working in a university environment.


Applications close: May 3, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Attorney General. Omaha Tribal Court Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Omaha Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Open Until Filled.

Tribal Prosecutor. Omaha Tribal Court – Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Shall prosecute all criminal matters in the name of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, making independent decisions on whether to file formal charges, the nature of those charges, whether to recommend plea bargains and trying both jury and non-jury cases. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Open until filled.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office. Closing date for application submission – April 29, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Pueblo of Isleta

Family Services Presenting Officer. Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. The Presenting Officer will be responsible to act as the legal representation for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services, Truancy Department, and Intervention Officer in matters where court and/or legal interventions are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pueblo of Isleta community members. Open Until Filled. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney. Ignacio, CO. Join the in-house Legal Department on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southwest Colorado.  The team of attorneys in the Legal Department provides legal representation, advice, and support to the Tribal government, including Tribal Council, Tribal officials, and Tribal departments. A strong command of Federal Indian law and understanding of tribal sovereignty in this position is essential, as is an ability to provide legal advice on a variety of topics in a fast-paced environment.  This position requires a minimum of three years of full-time experience practicing law, including significant Indian law experience.  For more information about the position and to apply, please visit here. The deadline for applications is 5:00 MDT on May 16, 2022.

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Attorney General. Oakhurst, CA. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Position is open until filled. Visit the website for the full description.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 

Assistant General Counsel/Assistant Prosecutor. Watersmeet, Michigan. 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. 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 is open until filled. Please see the full posting and application here. Any interested applicant should email a CV/resume to karrie.wichtman@lvd-nsn.gov.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

(3) Law Clerks. Judge Sunshine Sykes (Navajo Nation), Stanford ’97 and SLS ’01, and California Superior Court Judge, has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Sykes seeks to hire three clerks to begin upon her confirmation. The terms would be flexible for one to two years starting in June or early July 2022 and ending in the fall of 2023 or 2024.  The start dates are dependent upon the Judge’s confirmation vote, and the end dates are flexible. The positions would be located in the Riverside, CA courthouse.

Application materials: cover letter; resume; unofficial law school transcript; writing sample (any length, but not edited by others or only slightly edited by others); three letters of recommendation. Please submit applications ASAP but no later than 5 pm Pacific on Friday, May 6. Submit application materials by email to yunpovi@stanford.edu. Application materials should be emailed with the subject line “Sykes Application [Applicant Name]” and letters of recommendation with the subject line “Sykes Letter [Applicant Name].”

California Department of Justice – Office of Native American Affairs

Staff Services Analyst. Open in numerous cities, Sacramento, Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. Under the supervision of the Staff Services Manager (SSM) I, the Staff Services Analyst performs a variety of analytical tasks related to the efficient functioning of the Office of Native American Affairs. A high degree of initiative, professionalism, tact, and discretion are required. The incumbent performs duties that require independence of action, analysis, political acumen, excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, flexibility and the ability to work under pressure. Closing Date – May 5, 2022.

Staff Services Manager I (Specialist). Open in numerous cities, Sacramento, Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. The Staff Services Manager (SSM) I (Specialist) serves as a highly-skilled Department specialist for the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), Tribal Assistance Program (TAP). On behalf of the Director of ONAA, the SSM I serves as a subject matter expert, and acts as a point of contact and lead coordinator with other Department of Justice (DOJ) divisions and sections for TAP, such as the DOJ’s Research Center, external consultants, and the designated Special Agent in Charge (SAC) from the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE). The SSM I is responsible for providing lead direction to program staff, as well as serve as a liaison, as directed by the Director, with other government and community agencies, for all necessary and mandated activities and product materials for the successful implementation of the Tribal Assistance Program (Assembly Bill (AB) 3099). Closing Date – May 5, 2022.

California Indian Legal Services

Legal Administrative Assistant. CILS Office Eureka, CA. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this is a full-time position devoted to enhancing attorney effectiveness by providing information-management support; administrative and clerical support in a legal office environment. The work is specialized and requires knowledge of the preparation and processing requirements of legal documents, legal terminology, civil procedures and discovery, sources of law and the court system. Some duties include: Answer and direct incoming calls to appropriate staff including Intake workers, Greet and maintain professional tact in dealing with or assisting CILS clients, Maintain general organization and function of the office, and more. Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience. Closing date: May 10, 2022.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Summer Law Clerk. Valley Center, CA. Under the supervision of the court solicitor, this position has responsibility for the provision of legal research and writing in support of the operation of the Court. Duties include researching issues of federal Indian and tribal law raised in pleadings; assisting in drafting bench memoranda and judicial opinions as requested; analyzing member tribal ordinances, regulations, and policies; and assisting in developing court forms and bench guides as requested. Closing date is May 23, 2022. See position announcement for additional information.

Center for Indian Country Development

Data Operations Director. Minneapolis, MN. The new hire will co-lead the research side of the CICD’s new data initiative, which aims to supply the data that tribal leaders, stakeholders, and researchers need to support Indian Country economic prosperity. Responsibilities will include building and maintaining new datasets, working with data partners, and supervising research staff, among other activities. More details and the application portal can be found here. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and we look to conclude our search in the next 4-6 weeks.

Waséyabek Development Company  

WDC Board Member. Grand Rapids, MI. The individual appointed will serve an approximate four (4) year term of office ending June 30, 2026 but will be eligible for re-appointment to subsequent four (4) year terms. Members of the Board of Directors will receive a monthly stipend. WDC creates and stimulates the economy of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. For more information and RFQ information, please see the description.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development, among others. Closing date:  Open until filled. Please see at the attached description for more information. 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).

Attorney. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seeking attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at www.sonosky.com. This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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. The Principal Attorney works 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. The Principal Attorney provides 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, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves 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; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains 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.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until May 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Natural Resources Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Review documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 10, 2022 by 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 Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, 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 filled, 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 May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Reviews major crimes cases investigated by the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not prosecuted in federal court. Determines whether to recommend to the Chief Prosecutor prosecutions within a relevant Navajo Nation District Court. Considers the weight of the evidence, the importance of the case, the necessity of uniform application of law throughout the Navajo Nation, and other considerations which bear on the advisability of initiating the filing of criminal charges. Prepares memorandum of fact and law where appropriate. Initiates filing of pleadings, petitions and motions with the appropriate Navajo Nation court, prepares and tries the case. Actively presents the cases, preparing witnesses, examining and cross-examining witnesses and composes lines of argument.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Legal Secretary, Shiprock, NM.  Provides legal office administrative support to prosecutorial office. Drafts legal correspondence and reports, develops and maintains legal case files; proofreads all legal documents for accuracy, completeness, and conformance; maintains and prepares for destruction legal documents with applicable policy and regulations; receives criminal complaints/police reports and juvenile referrals and processes them (via Justware) for prosecutor review and filing. Receives incoming motions and pleadings, generates subpoenas, affidavits, and notice for submission to the courts. Meets with prosecutors on case management support and assist in communicating with witness, defense council and victims for upcoming court hearing, Collects and compiles statistical information from Justware and related sources for special and quarterly reports and projects. Maintains court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring.  This position is open until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. 

Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association

Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law

To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will contact qualified applicants for an interview.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

See previous job posts.

Job Announcements

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

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  • 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 a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description.

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

University of Idaho College of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tribal Economics.  The primary requirement is that this person needs to have a Ph.D, preferably in a field related to economics.  Beyond that, the position is designed broadly. The initial appointment is one year with the possibility of extension. The position will support interdisciplinary research in Native American law, economics in Indian Country, and tribal economic development with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, community-based observing, and place-based approaches. Projects will include working directly with regional tribal communities to develop research that supports tribal economic development goals, provides College of Law students experiential learning opportunities, and significantly contributes to the scholarship in the Fellow’s fields. Candidates with research interests that overlap with the College’s other Native American Law research and teaching priorities (natural resources, water law, treaty rights, climate change, family law, violence against women) are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be part of the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program and will help to develop program goals and support program students. The candidate will directly coordinate with the NAL Program Director to lead and/or co-lead NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. This will entail working with, co-leading, and leading, college and university interdisciplinary teams to develop funding opportunities and enhance the co-production of knowledge in tribal economic development. See the description for more information and to apply.

Faculty. Moscow campus (Business Associations, Contracts, Property, Torts). The University of Idaho College of Law seeks up to three entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as full-time, temporary faculty members for the Fall 2022 semester at our Moscow campus. The College of law is particularly interested in candidates to teach the following courses: Business Associations, Contracts, Property, and Torts. Other possible courses include, but are not limited to, Bankruptcy, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Sales, and Public Lands and Natural Resources Law.

Faculty. Boise campus (Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law). The University of Idaho College of Law seeks up to two entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as full-time, temporary faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year at our Boise campus. The College of Law is particularly interested in candidates to teach the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigations, Constitutional Law II (individual rights and liberties), and Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudications.

Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Executive Director. Phoenix, AZ. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (Director) is responsible for overall management and operation of the AIGA with oversight of day-to-day operations and the development and implementation of AIGA’s strategic plan and policies. The Director serves as the leader providing overall management, planning, execution and leadership for all aspects of the organization. The Director’s primary responsibilities will be to administer the daily functions of the organization including managing membership and staff of AIGA, coordinating and leading membership meetings; providing oversight for policy and regulatory initiatives; and organizing its annual conference. Closing Date: April 29, 2022. Please see attached a job description for more information.

The ACLU of Montana

Policy Associate. We seek someone who is organized and detail-oriented, to use their understanding of political dynamics in Montana and the biennial state legislative session to increase the ACLU of Montana’s impact in the policy realm. The Policy Associate will track legislators and legislation to assist the Advocacy & Policy department’s programs, utilizing their understanding of the Montana political landscape and political process, including political dynamics, important political issues for community members, state legislators, and legislation. The job description can be found online here and above. We will begin reviewing applications May 16, 2022 and are aiming for a position start date in August.

California Indian Legal Services

Domestic Violence Advocate. Eureka, CA. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Domestic Violence Legal Advocate will work collaboratively with staff and support the CILS grant-funded attorney with referrals, forms, setting appointments and providing exceptional legal services in domestic violence cases. The Legal Advocate is a part-time position at 20 hours per work week Monday-Friday. This position includes general office and case management work.

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney. Represent individuals living on or near the 19 Pueblos and/or Mescalero Apache Nation. NAP supports and approaches tribal sovereignty through litigating and encouraging clients to use their tribal courts and assessing matters through tribal law. Most of NAP’s work is a variety of civil legal issues including family law, tribal housing, tribal employment, public benefits, consumer, and education law.  We also provide some criminal defense representation and represent respondent parents in child in need of services matters in Pueblo courts pursuant to the Pueblo’s codes.  Our work often involves travel throughout New Mexico.  NMLA offers and encourages an amazing work-life balance. Check out the benefits package here. Open until filled.   

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes

Tribal Project Manager. This position will be housed at the Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, and can be worked remotely. Significant grants and project management experience with Federal and state-funded initiatives, especially those involving tribal nations and/or communities of color. Experience in accounting/budgetary support, knowledge of federal grant submission databases, grant reporting requirements, and contract and sub-recipient management in required. Position will remain open until filled. Apply here.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Clean Energy Program | Earthjustice. Can be located in any of Earthjustice’s offices, with a preference for the position to be in one of our primary program offices – New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, or Los Angeles.  The Senior Attorney will reside in our Clean Energy Program, focusing on litigation, advocacy and strategy before state public utility commissions, administrative bodies, and in courts in support of an equitable transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. The work will include combatting fossil-fuel-fired generation, with a focus on emerging threats that could jeopardize progress toward a clean energy future. The deadline for applications is May 13, 2022.

Litigation Assistant, Northern Rockies Office. Bozeman OR Remote (US). Earthjustice seeks a full-time Litigation Assistant to join the Northern Rockies regional office, based in Bozeman, MT.  The successful applicant will provide litigative and administrative support to our growing team of six attorneys, a litigation assistant, and a legal practice manager.  This role may report to the Bozeman Office or be fully remote. Successful applicant must be able to travel to attend occasional team retreats. Apply hereby May 1, 2022.

Associate Attorney. Anchorage or Juneau, AK. The Alaska office of Earthjustice seeks an Associate Attorney to join our team working to protect the natural values and ecosystems of Alaska and the people who use and rely on them.  This role can be performed from our Juneau or Anchorage offices. Apply here by May 15, 2022.

Environmental Law Institute 

Lead, Technology & Innovation Lab Programs . Washington DC. As a part of ELI’s Research & Policy team, the Lead, Technology & Innovation Lab Programs would support ELI’s Innovation Lab and Technology and the Environment programs. You would be responsible for varied project and program assignments in collaboration with more senior research and policy staff including, but not limited to, project management, research tasks, writing, outreach, and support for fundraising activities. Applications due 5/20/2022. 

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. To apply: Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Please also fill out an employment application.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFQ, Education Outreach Coordinator. Victims of Crime Program, Humboldt County, CA. The Education Outreach Coordinator is a contract position that will assist the Program Director in collecting and cross-referencing all direct service information and mandatory performance measures related to the OVC award. In addition, assist the Victims of Crime program to provide secondary and tertiary prevention education to the greater public. For examples of this work, see the RFQ. Qualifications statement due by April 29th, 2022.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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. The Principal Attorney works 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. The Principal Attorney provides 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, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves 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; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains 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.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until May 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 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 Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, 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 filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (2 positions), 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 April 29, 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 May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will contact qualified applicants for an interview. This is a paid summer law clerk internship and working remotely is an option.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

Sonosky

Attorney. San Diego, CA. Seeking attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at www.sonosky.com. This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

Lippes Mathias LLP

Associate Attorney – Indian Law. Buffalo, NY. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Please see the description for more information.

Miller Nash LLP

Midlevel Transactional Indian Law Associate. Miller Nash’s lawyers are proud to provide legal counsel and guidance to tribal governments, organizations, and enterprises in many areas, including cannabis, gaming, tax, liquor, real estate, construction, intellectual property, labor and employment, data privacy, and other economic development matters. We are looking to expand our experienced Tribal team by adding an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience with, and a passion for, addressing the complex transactional needs of tribes and tribal enterprises, as well as non-tribal clients in transactions with tribes and tribal enterprises. For more information, please see the job description.

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