Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. 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. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Yee Ha’ólníi Doo

Executive Director, remote. Yee Ha’ólníi Doo (which does business as the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund) seeks an energetic, visionary, and impactful Executive Director who will lead the organization in working to empower the Diné and Hopi people with the fortitude to overcome challenges like pandemics and climate change through traditional principles of self-reliance and interrelatedness.  The Executive Director must be able to work quickly and strategically to develop on-the-ground solutions to crises and challenges facing the Diné and Hopi people as they arise, and must also plan for long-term sustainable solutions to better position the Diné and Hopi people to respond to future challenges with increased resiliency.  The Executive Director must draw upon and put into practice Diné and Hopi cultural values and teachings in her or his work. The Executive Director will be the key management leader of Yee Ha’ólníi Doo. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programming and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. Closing Date: May 31, 2021 Visit navajohopisolidarity.org for complete job description. If you have questions, please call 1-833-956-1554. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references titled Executive Director to marci.nhfcr@gmail.com or by mail to Yee Ha’ólníi Doo, PO Box 3581, Flagstaff, AZ 86003. 

The Federal Public Defender

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Albuquerque, NM.  This position represents individuals charged with federal crimes.  We represent a large population of Native American and Latin American communities.  A law degree is required, and the successful applicant must be admitted to practice in good standing in the highest court of a state.  The closing date of the position is June 18, 2021.  All applicable information is in the attached job announcement.

White Mountain Apache Tribe

RFP. The White Mountain Apache Tribe is seeking proposal for a consultant grant writer to assist the Tribe in preparing applications and applying for grants from local, state, and federal agencies, and from the private sector, to develop and implement a Tribal capital improvement plan, assist identify and plan for community facilities, and address community infrastructure needs. The deadline for submissions hereunder is 5:00 P.M. Arizona time, on May 12, 2021. Proposals submitted after this time shall not be accepted. Please see the job description for more information.

Burns Paiute Tribe
Tribal Prosecutor, Burns, Oregon. A licensed attorney in good standing with a state bar association, have prior experience handling Indian Child Welfare cases, be familiar with Tribal laws and court procedures, and demonstrate awareness of the Tribe’s culture, values, and interest. Application is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Count of Cochise

Attorney I, II or III – Legal Defender’s Office, Bisbee, AZ. 

ATTORNEY I: Under general supervision provides professional legal services of moderate difficulty; performs other legal services as assigned. Initiates, engages, and defends litigation; performs legal research; reviews and prepares legal documents; ren­ders legal advice to clients; performs factual investigations.

ATTORNEY II: Under general supervision provides professional legal services of considerable difficulty; provides other legal services as assigned.  Initiates, engages, and defends litigation; performs legal research; reviews and prepares legal documents; ren­ders legal advice to clients; performs factual investigations. Supervises junior staff; handles appeals. 

PLEASE NOTE: Willing to consider Rule 39(C) Applicants.

Procopio

Federal Indian Law Associate (Midlevel), San Diego, CA, Scottsdale AZ. Working with Tribal governments and businesses drafting tribal ordinances, compact negotiation, employment matters, resolutions, contracts, fee-to-trust applications, intergovernmental agreements and involvement in developing tribal programs. Application is open until filled.  

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

Associate Tribal Attorney, Smith River, CA. Under the supervision from the General Counsel the ATA serves the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation in the administration of the legal affairs of the government, departments and enterprises. The Associate Tribal Attorney will complete professional assignments provides legal advice and representation to the Nation as directed by the General Counsel. Manages assigned caseload, ensures that applicable laws are followed, and that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced. Open Until Filled. Download application here. Please see the position description for more information.

Montana Budget & Policy Center

State-Tribal Policy Analyst, Missoula or Helena, MT (Location is flexible while we remain teleworking due to the pandemic. MBPC will consider candidates based elsewhere in Montana.) The Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC) seeks a full-time State-Tribal Policy Analyst to support our efforts to advance a policy agenda that works for tribal communities, primarily by performing research and analysis of state budget and policy decisions and conducting outreach to stakeholders in tribal communities. More details can be found in the job announcement. Open until filled. Application review will begin on May 17. 

Earthjustice

(2) Managing Attorneys in Seattle and Anchorage/Juneau, Northwest Office and Alaska Office. The Managing Attorneys will oversee their respective offices, and, will provide leadership for their growing teams currently comprised of attorneys and professional staff. They will develop and implement regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans and programmatic and litigation priorities. The attorneys at Earthjustice have regional cases and often take on cases with national scope or address programmatic priorities outside of the region. It would also be important to note that the organization is open to candidates who do not focus on Environmental law.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Office of the Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General, Hayward, WI. Serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. The Asst. AG provides legal advice and assistance to the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, tribal administrators, program and enterprise directors/managers, and boards/committees. Will prepare legal documents, including pleadings and legal opinions.  Serves as a Tribal Prosecutor for traffic citations, truancy, Child Welfare cases (tribal and ICWA), employment matters, conservation matters and other civil litigation.  Will provide legal representation in tribal, state, and federal courts of law. his position involves working on Indian Child Welfare matters in federal, state and tribal courts.  The AAG represents and advises council on legislative matters affecting the tribe in areas of child welfare, guardianships, etc.  The AAG provides legal services to tribal law enforcement and the LCO Public Safety Commission.  The AAG reviews and drafts contracts for legal sufficiency in related areas. The application can be found here: https://www.lcotribe.com/employment. Application deadline: May 20, 2021.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, near Pendleton, Oregon. Provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel. This Tribal Attorney position is assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources. Apply via http://ctuir.org/tribal-attorney-2 Umatilla is a tribal preference employer. For more information, please see the job description.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

RFP.  Provide judicial services for the Band’s tribal court.  The Band expects to select one individual to serve as the Band’s Chief Judge.  The Chief Judge position is the Band’s primary trial court judge.  The current Chief Judge is retiring. The Chief Judge provides general supervision for the court; presides on motions and requests of the parties; schedules and presides over conferences, evidentiary hearings and bench trials; conducts necessary legal or factual research; and renders legal opinions. The Band’s ordinances are available at http://www.fdlrez.com/government/fdlordinances.htm.  Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. central time on Friday, May 28, 2021. For more information, please see the position description.

Jill Grant & Associates, LLC

Associate Attorney. Washington, D.C. Seeking an associate attorney with at least three years of experience. Jill Grant & Associates provides environmental counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal entities, local governments, and environmental organizations, and represents tribes on jurisdictional and administrative law issues. Experience and/or demonstrated interest in environmental law is required. Prior law firm experience is beneficial. Flexible office arrangements and remote work will be considered. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans are encouraged to apply.  To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) a law school transcript by email to associateposition@jillgrantlaw.com.

Part-Time Attorney, Washington, D.C.. Seeking an experienced attorney looking to work part-time. Jill Grant & Associates provides environmental counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal entities, local governments, and environmental organizations, and represents tribes on jurisdictional and administrative law issues. Experience in environmental law is required. Prior law firm experience is beneficial. Flexible office arrangements and remote work will be considered. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans are encouraged to apply.  To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) a law school transcript by email to associateposition@jillgrantlaw.com.

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Legal Fellowship (12 month, paid), remote or Washington, D.C. Tribal and Federal Natural Resources Mitigation Law and Policy. For a recently graduated law student or very early career lawyer. American Indian and Alaska Native tribal members are strongly encouraged to apply. The fellow will work on various aspects of tribal natural resource law and federal policy opportunities under the Biden administration. The fellowship will focus on the Western U.S., with an emphasis on federal-level policy and the option to work on specific projects in partnership with individual tribes depending on the fellow’s interests. For more information, please see the job announcement.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General: 

Principal Attorney, 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. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General for the Litigation Unit, the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, advises and represents the Navajo Nation Government in all areas of civil law before Navajo Nation, federal, and state courts and administrative tribunals, with a specific emphasis on labor and employment law. Duties also include legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation. Also reviews proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work as required. Confers with, provides advice to, and prepares advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation.  Assist in routine operations of Department of Justice. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor:

Senior Prosecutor, Chinle, Arizona.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Ramah, NM.  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 filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Ramah, NM.  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 filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Tuba City, AZ.  Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. Assist with protective services for victims. Prepares victims for hearings. Maintain communication with victim, social workers/agents, law enforcement, and related services.  This position is open until May 14, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Department of Justice:

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions. NNDOJ provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application, which can be found at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

The Office of the Navajo Public Defender

  • Senior Attorney, State barred, 4+ years’ experience
  • Attorney, State barred
  • Senior Tribal Court Advocate, no state bar necessary but must be barred with the Navajo Nation Bar and must have three years’ experience in the Navajo Nation Courts.

3 positions. Locations are throughout the Navajo Nation (AZ, NM, UT). Details are contained in the attached PDF.  Please send the Navajo Nation Employment Application, Cover Letter, and Resume to kathleenbowman@navajo-nsn.gov (the Director of the Office of the Navajo Public Defender).

See posts from May 5, 2021.

Job Announcements

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

  1. 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. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Office of the Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General, Hayward, WI. Serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. The Asst. AG provides legal advice and assistance to the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, tribal administrators, program and enterprise directors/managers, and boards/committees. Will prepare legal documents, including pleadings and legal opinions.  Serves as a Tribal Prosecutor for traffic citations, truancy, Child Welfare cases (tribal and ICWA), employment matters, conservation matters and other civil litigation.  Will provide legal representation in tribal, state, and federal courts of law. his position involves working on Indian Child Welfare matters in federal, state and tribal courts.  The AAG represents and advises council on legislative matters affecting the tribe in areas of child welfare, guardianships, etc.  The AAG provides legal services to tribal law enforcement and the LCO Public Safety Commission.  The AAG reviews and drafts contracts for legal sufficiency in related areas. The application can be found here: https://www.lcotribe.com/employment. Application deadline: May 20, 2021.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, near Pendleton, Oregon. Provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel. This Tribal Attorney position is assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources. Apply via http://ctuir.org/tribal-attorney-2 Umatilla is a tribal preference employer. For more information, please see the job description.

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

Summer Law Clerk – Window Rock, AZ. The Office of Legislative Counsel seeks a determined and motivated 1L or 2L for a paid law clerk position The Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel provides legal service to the Navajo Nation Council and its Standing Committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law and policy. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript (unofficial) and a brief writing sample to Office of Legislative Counsel at olc@navajo-nsn.gov. Facsimiles will also be accepted at (928) 871-7576. If you have questions, please contact Chief Legislative Counsel, Dana Bobroff, at (928) 871-7166. The application deadline has been extended to May 5, 2021 at 5:00 MST.

Attorney. Work under the direction of the Chief Legislative Counsel. Duties include providing legal advice and legal representation to entities of the Legislative Branch, the Navajo Nation Council, its standing committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law and policy. Work with other attorneys of the Office under supervision of a Principal Attorney and the general direction of the Chief Legislative Counsel. Knowledge of legal principles, as well as Federal Indian law, Navajo Nation laws, Navajo Nation Government and legislative processes in general required. Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school with Juris Doctorate; and State Bar Licensed in either AZ, NM, or UT, as well as the Navajo Nation Bar, within one year of employment. For more information please, see the position description at www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov or to apply, applications are accepted via email (apply@dpm.navajo-nsn.gov). Position is open until filled.

Yee Ha’ólníi Doo

Executive Director, remote. Yee Ha’ólníi Doo (which does business as the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund) seeks an energetic, visionary, and impactful Executive Director who will lead the organization in working to empower the Diné and Hopi people with the fortitude to overcome challenges like pandemics and climate change through traditional principles of self-reliance and interrelatedness.  The Executive Director must be able to work quickly and strategically to develop on-the-ground solutions to crises and challenges facing the Diné and Hopi people as they arise, and must also plan for long-term sustainable solutions to better position the Diné and Hopi people to respond to future challenges with increased resiliency.  The Executive Director must draw upon and put into practice Diné and Hopi cultural values and teachings in her or his work. The Executive Director will be the key management leader of Yee Ha’ólníi Doo. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programming and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. Closing Date: May 31, 2021 Visit navajohopisolidarity.org for complete job description. If you have questions, please call 1-833-956-1554. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references titled Executive Director to marci.nhfcr@gmail.com or by mail to Yee Ha’ólníi Doo, PO Box 3581, Flagstaff, AZ 86003. 

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

RFP.  Provide judicial services for the Band’s tribal court.  The Band expects to select one individual to serve as the Band’s Chief Judge.  The Chief Judge position is the Band’s primary trial court judge.  The current Chief Judge is retiring. The Chief Judge provides general supervision for the court; presides on motions and requests of the parties; schedules and presides over conferences, evidentiary hearings and bench trials; conducts necessary legal or factual research; and renders legal opinions. The Band’s ordinances are available at http://www.fdlrez.com/government/fdlordinances.htm.  Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. central time on Friday, May 28, 2021. For more information, please see the position description.

Jill Grant & Associates, LLC

Associate Attorney. Washington, D.C. Seeking an associate attorney with at least three years of experience. Jill Grant & Associates provides environmental counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal entities, local governments, and environmental organizations, and represents tribes on jurisdictional and administrative law issues. Experience and/or demonstrated interest in environmental law is required. Prior law firm experience is beneficial. Flexible office arrangements and remote work will be considered. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans are encouraged to apply.  To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) a law school transcript by email to associateposition@jillgrantlaw.com.

Part-Time Attorney, Washington, D.C.. Seeking an experienced attorney looking to work part-time. Jill Grant & Associates provides environmental counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal entities, local governments, and environmental organizations, and represents tribes on jurisdictional and administrative law issues. Experience in environmental law is required. Prior law firm experience is beneficial. Flexible office arrangements and remote work will be considered. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans are encouraged to apply.  To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) a law school transcript by email to associateposition@jillgrantlaw.com.

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Legal Fellowship (12 month, paid), remote or Washington, D.C. Tribal and Federal Natural Resources Mitigation Law and Policy. For a recently graduated law student or very early career lawyer. American Indian and Alaska Native tribal members are strongly encouraged to apply. The fellow will work on various aspects of tribal natural resource law and federal policy opportunities under the Biden administration. The fellowship will focus on the Western U.S., with an emphasis on federal-level policy and the option to work on specific projects in partnership with individual tribes depending on the fellow’s interests. For more information, please see the job announcement.

See posts from April 23, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center at MSU College of Law – Come work with us!

Communications Coordinator, East Lansing, MI. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator assists the ILPC faculty and staff with 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, and more. External applications are due Tuesday, April 27. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.

Legal Counselor, East Lansing, MI. The ILPC offers one law graduate each year the chance to teach and work in a setting that is both academic and clinical in nature. The ILPC Legal Counselor may develop academic articles, research and write briefs, interact with students and legal professionals, and attend conferences centered on Indian law.  This is a Fixed-Term, Teaching Specialist position.  The deadline to submit application materials is Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  Please circulate this to anyone who may be interested.

Pueblo of Laguna

Summer Law Clerk, Dept: Public Defender/Government Affairs Office. Closing date for application submission is April 26, 2021. 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.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, MN. 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 above or on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website.

The Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General

Request for Proposals. Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorney(s) will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General related primarily to Water Rights and Tax & Finance matters. The Attorney(s) must have a sophisticated understanding of Navajo language, culture, history, politics, government, fundamental and codified law and jurisprudence, the Navajo Nation budgetary process, complex finance/taxation matters, and water rights. For more information please see the RFP. Due Friday, April 30, 2021 at 3 p.m. MDT.

Cochise County

Attorney I, II or III, Legal Defender’s Office, Bisbee, AZ. ATTORNEY I: Under general supervision provides professional legal services of moderate difficulty; performs other legal services as assigned. Initiates, engages, and defends litigation; performs legal research; reviews and prepares legal documents; ren­ders legal advice to clients; performs factual investigations. ATTORNEY II:  Supervises junior staff; handles appeals. ATTORNEY III:  Supervises junior staff; handles appeals. Supervises and reviews work of staff attorneys; performs organization and administrative duties. All applications are open until filled with first review of applications on May 15, 2021. Apply here and see the positions description for more information.

Prosecutor Job descpriotn

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Complete a Tribal Application Form which can be found on our website: www.UTETRIBE.com. Please see the position description for more information.

Justice for Families

Case Manager, Petoskey, MI. The Case Manager will attend trainings relevant to implement a safe exchange/supervised visitation program. Case Manager will develop policies and procedures to operate a supervised visitation/safe exchange program the complies with all grant requirements. The Case Manager will be responsible for providing transportation to victims, offenders and children when appropriate. Application is open until filled. Click here to apply and see the job description for more information.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Water Attorney, Ignacio, CO. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for representing the Tribe on water matters. Where time allows, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, litigation, contract review, and employment matters. This job is open until filled. To apply click here and see the job description for more information.

 The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Information & Referral Program Managing Attorney, Seattle, WA. ACLU-WA is seeking an Information and Referral Program Managing Attorney (IRP Managing Attorney) to manage the ACLU-WA’s information and referral service statewide.  The ACLU-WA receives approximately four thousand requests for legal assistance each year, through phone messages, mail and our online complaint form.  The Managing Attorney will be responsible for managing all aspects of the ACLU-WA’s response to these requests, including hiring, training, and supervising intake volunteers and interns; screening requests for assistance to provide a meaningful response to all complainants. Application deadline: May 17th, 2021.

California Indian Legal Services

Executive Director, California Indian Legal Services (CILS), Sacramento, CA. The Board of Trustees is seeking applications for the Executive Director position to lead CILS into a new era of its work to protect and advance Native American rights. All interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, two writing samples and three professional references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services, Re:  Executive Director Position, 609 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025.  E-mail hiring@calindian.org. For more information, please visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled. 

Staff Attorney,  CILS, Escondido, CA. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in all areas of Federal Indian law to provide assistance to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and individuals. E-mail letter of interest, resume and writing sample to: hiring@calindian.org. For more information, please visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled.

Rosette, LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Washington, D.C. Strong research and writing skills are required.  Remote working options for this position will be considered.  Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to:  Saba Bazzazieh, sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com.

Associate Attorney, Washington, D.C.  Qualified candidates should have 1-3 years’ experience in transactional, policy, and/or litigation work.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred but not required.  Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh; sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com.

Envorinmental Law and Policy Center

Paralegal, Chicago IL. Provide administrative, research, and technical assistance to approximately 9 attorneys in a fast-paced office. Specific duties include:  Preparation and editing of documents for filing, including: proofreading, cite checking, bluebooking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, assembling exhibit lists, etc.; Filing and service of paper and electronic filings; and more. The candidate will work in ELPC’s downtown Chicago office, but work remotely during COVID19. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, California Regional Office. For this position, the attorney will generally focus on litigation and other advocacy in our efforts to protect the invaluable natural resources of California; remove our dependence on fossil fuels, with a particular focus on oil and gas; and work with partners and frontline communities to ensure all have a right to clean air, clean water, and healthy lives and ecosystems, with a particular focus on pesticides and other chemical pollution. For more information please see the position description.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney, Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years’ experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law.  This position is a new, unique, and cutting-edge opportunity to work closely with a client on large scale, state-run gaming projects.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, 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. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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. Provide legal advice to the Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Services regarding jurisdictional issues and multijurisdictional orders from several states.  This position is open until April 27, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  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, Chinle, Arizona.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Judicial Branch:

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

See posts from April 16, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center at MSU College of Law

Communications Coordinator, East Lansing, MI. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator assists the ILPC faculty and staff with 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, and more. Internal MSU applications are due Tuesday, April 20, and external applications are due Tuesday, April 27. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.

National Congress of the American Indian

Major Gifts Officer, Washington, DC/ Remote. NCAI seeks a full-time Major Gifts Officer as it grows the Development Department to increase its impact in supporting the mission of NCAI and Native Americans and Alaska Natives across the country. The position is suited for someone based in the Washington D.C. area with the possibility for travel post-COVID-19. The Major Gifts Officer will work with the Vice President of Development to build programs that identify, grow, and nurture major gifts from Corporate and Foundation donors. The primary responsibility of this position is first steward relationships with current donors and second to identify and develop connections with prospective donors. Closing Date: 6/30/21. Please see the position description for more infroimation.

Omaha Tribal Court, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Associate Judge Part Time, Macy, NE. Anticipated that this position would handle all Juvenile Court matters. Applications close April 16, 2021. For more information please see the position description.

Tulalip Tribal Court 

Civil Legal Aid Attorney, Tulalip, WA. Seeking practicing attorney with at least 2 years of experience in either representing clients in civil cases, working in civil legal aid, and/or representing Indian tribal members in tribal courts. For more information, please see the job description. Application closes April 23rd, 2021.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Bismarck, ND. Primary responsibilities include representing individuals accused of federal crimes in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The position’s caseload involves representing many individuals accused of federal crimes under the Major Crimes Act and other federal statutes from crimes occurring on the Fort Berthold and Standing Rock Indian Reservations. Competitive salary and federal benefits. The position is open until filled. Position announcement and application instructions can be found at www.sdnd.fd.org/careers. Applications are encouraged until the announcement is removed from the site. Questions are welcome and should be directed to Jason_Tupman@fd.org.  

Flathead Reservation

Bail Disruptor, Pablo, MT. Direct bail assistance, client support, data entry and use and Partner engagement. Applications close Monday, April 26, 2021. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Legal Director, NM. The Legal Director will help to expand our litigation capacity and will help to leverage resources to make a significant impact in environmental justice work across the state of New Mexico.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10th. For more information please see the position description.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, NE Oregon, near Pendleton, Oregon. Provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel. A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Chief Financial Officer. Responsible and accountable for applying for tribal accounting policies, procedures and guidelines in preparing accurate and timely records, reports and financial statements for tribal programs and project funds, and more. Please see the positon description for more information and apply here.

Indian Child Welfare Act Director. The ICWA Director advocates in state court systems protecting the federal ICWA law for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. The Director will assist families by establishing strength based services to meet reunification plans and family needs. Please see the position description for more information and apply here.

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

Attorney Advisor, Washington, DC. The position is located in the Branch of Self-Governance and Economic Development and will provide legal advice and counsel on matters arising out of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ law enforcement program by writing legal opinions, handling administrative litigation, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice on judicial litigation. The position will also advise top officials and program managers within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services on legal matters related to the Bureau’s law enforcement program, including the impact and interpretation of pending and approved Federal or State legislation or regulations, recent judicial and administrative decisions relating to the Department’s activities, and during negotiations with other Federal agencies, States, and Tribes. Closing Date: April 26, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.


Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

Executive Director of Tribal Gaming Agency, Loleta, CA The Executive Director is responsible for the protection of the integrity of all gaming related activities of Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria by ensuring all policies and procedures, and gaming activities are in compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Minimum Internal Control Standards of the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Tribal-State Compact, the Tribal Gaming Ordinance, and Tribal Internal Control Standards.Open until filled. Visit the website www.brb-nsn.gov (go to the Careers page to apply) for more information.

Lummi Nation

Staff Attorney I, Bellingham, WA. The Staff Attorney I works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the supervision of the Legal Director.  Duties may include representing the Nation primarily in court proceedings involving Lummi children and youth, prosecution, and other staff attorney duties as assigned.  Job performance of the staff attorney is evaluated by the Legal Director. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-mail at libchr@lummi-nsn.gov.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Public Defender Director, Durant, OK. Lead the Office of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Public Defender.  The Office of Public Defender is responsible for defending all indigent clients in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases that are punishable by incarceration in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma District Court. Please see the position description for more information. Application is opened until filled.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court

Court Administrator, Akwesasne, NY. Under the direction of the Chief Judge, the Tribal Court Administrator is responsible for implementing the vision, mission, and strategic plan of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. The Court Administrator is also responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with providing an independent and separate judicial branch for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The Court Administrator ensures the Tribal Court follows the best practices of a trauma informed Court. Applicants must apply by no later than May 5, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

The Yurok Tribe

Associate General Counsel, Klamath, CA, or as determined (currently work from home).  Closing date is Thursday, April 29, 2021.  Under the general supervision of the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel will assist the Tribal Council and Tribal Departments in the legal matters related to the business of the Tribe. Duties include performing legal research and providing legal advice, reviewing and negotiating contracts, advising on employment matters, drafting legislation, and representing the Tribe in litigation. Application form and instructions can be found on this website:  HR Job Opportunities | Yurok Tribe.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy Solicitor General, Onamia, MN. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Senior Legal Counsel, Auburn, WA (Seattle/Tacoma area). The Senior Legal Counsel is responsible for advising and representing the Muckleshoot Tribe in a wide range of matters with an emphasis on social and human services issues as they affect Indian tribes and their members. Please see the posting for details. Open until filled.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik – Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Hazard Mitigation Consultant,  Dowagiac, MI. Pokagon Band seeks proposals from qualified entities or individuals (each a “Proposer”) relating to: (1) preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (“HMP”) that meets the requirements of applicable law, including the Standard Mitigation Plan Requirements that apply to all tribal mitigation plans submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), being 44 C.F.R. Part 201; and (2) obtaining FEMA approval of the HMP. Closing Date is set at 5:00p.m., EDT on April 30, 2021. Send Proposals to Michael.bradley@pokagonband-nsn.gov (1 Week Extension). Please see the RFP for more information.

Navajo Nation

Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, 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. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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. Provide legal advice to the Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Services regarding jurisdictional issues and multijurisdictional orders from several states.  This position is open until April 27, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions, Navajo Nation Department of Justice. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions. Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Office of Legislative Counsel:

Summer Law Clerk – Window Rock, AZ. The Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel provides legal service to the Navajo Nation Council and its Standing Committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law and policy. The Office of Legislative Counsel seeks a determined and motivated candidate for funded summer law clerk position. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript and a brief writing sample to Office of Legislative Counsel at olc@navajo-nsn.gov. The Application deadline is Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 MST.

Judicial Branch:

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

See posts from April 9, 2021.

CFP for ILPC/TICA Conference

Are you an in-house attorney addressing one of these issues?

-Self Governance

-Consultation Practices

-Amicus Briefs

-Insight from Current Judicial Clerks

-Traditional Knowledge in the Law

-ICWA

-Hot Topics

Each year, the Indigenous Law Conference has 8 panels plus a keynote speaker. Current TICA members interested in presenting on the above topics, with a focus on the tribal in-house practice of law, are invited to submit their individual presentation proposals. ILPC/TICA will form panels. Proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2021. The Conference will be hosted November 4-5, 2021 with pre-conference activities on November 3. For more information, click the buttons below.

Submission Form

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Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Tohono O’odham Office

Assistant Attorney General, Sells, AZ.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues. While the posting is for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty. While attorneys with expertise in all areas of Indian law will be considered, gaming experience is a plus. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/hbpi-employment-application.pdfTribal Administrator, Hopland, CA. Plan, organize, coordinate, and administer, through management staff, all Tribal functions and activities; provide policy guidance and coordinate the activities of department heads and staff support; foster cooperative working relationships with community groups, inter-governmental agencies, Tribal staff and Tribal membership. Please see the position description for more information and click here for the application.

Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General

RFP.  Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorneys, as independent contractors, will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General in connection with the implementation of Treasury, Small Business Administration (“SBA”), and other related programs and funding available under Covid Relief Act of 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including, but not limited to the State Small Business Credit Initiative. Please see the RFP for more information.

Lummi Nation

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Bellingham, WA. The Deputy Tribal Prosecutor works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the direction of the Legal Director and represents the Lummi Nation in criminal and civil proceedings before tribal courts. The Legal Director evaluates the job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel- Water Environment & Natural Resources, Sandia Pueblo, NM. The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will cover a wide range of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. 6/1/2021 or until position filled. Website Link to apply here: www.sandiacasino.com/careers.

Oneida Nation (WI)

Family Court Judge, Oneida, WI.  The Family Court Judge is responsible for presiding over family law and child welfare cases; oversees proper management of the Family Court’s calendar and business, including recruiting and training guardians ad litem; supervises the Clerks of Family Court; and assists in developing the annual budget for the Family Court.  The Family Court Judge must (1) have a juris doctor from an accredited law school, (2) have at least 5 years of experience practicing in the area of family law; and (3) be licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or gain admission to the State Bar of Wisconsin within one year of taking office.  For more information, please see the position description or apply at https://oneida-nsn.gov/divisions/hr-employment/job-employment/.  The position is open until filled.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney, Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years’ experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law.  This position is a new, unique, and cutting-edge opportunity to work closely with a client on large scale, state-run gaming projects.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

ACLU of Washington

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney, Seattle, WA. Seeking an experienced attorney for a staff attorney or senior staff attorney position to build, file, and litigate through trial complex civil actions in state and federal courts to protect and advance civil liberties for all Washingtonians. Application deadline: May 27, 2021. Please see the job description for more information.

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

Attorney-Advisor, Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis / St. Paul Metropolitan Area). Providing legal advice and counsel on Federal Indian Law to organizations within the Department of the Interior, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, by writing legal opinions, handling administrative litigation, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice on judicial litigation. Closing Date – Thursday, April 15, 2021. Please see the position description for more information or click here.

Federal Public Defender, District of New Mexico

CJA Panel Administrative Assistant, Las Cruces, NM.  The office represents individuals charged with federal crimes.  This position helps manage cases assigned to the CJA panel and assists panel attorneys in various procedural aspects involving the court.  We represent a large population of Native American and Latin American communities. The closing date of the position is May 17, 2021.  All applicable information is in the attached job announcement.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), Investment Committee (IC), and as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description for more information or to apply.

Senior Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General.  Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description for more information or to apply.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description for more information or to apply.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice:

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice: Natural Resources, Tax and Finance, Litigation, Employment, Human Services/Government Services, Economic Development, Water Rights, Chapter (local) government, Relocatee Benefits. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Hufford and Horstman

Attorney, Flagstaff, Arizona. Provide general representation to public school districts, tribally controlled grant schools, and charter schools. Applicants must be admitted to the Arizona Bar or capable of admission within six months, and admission to the Navajo Nation Bar Association is preferred. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Please see the job announcement for more information and application instructions.

See posts from April 2, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Tribal Caucus of the EPA Region 10

Legal Intern, Tribal Operation Committee, remote. Duties include drafting comment letters on behalf the Tribal Caucus, legal research, assisting in the development of a Tribal Conference, and presenting to the Tribal Caucus. Position is open until filled. Please provide a copy of a resume and cover letter (please address interest in environmental and Indian law) to rick@region10rtoc.net. Please see the position description for more information.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation

Legal Intern, summer 2021, Ethete, Wyoming. This position answers directly to the Northern Arapaho in-house counsel. All applicants must have completed their second year of law school with preference given to those that have completed a course in federal Indian law, Tribal law, or have completed a law school clinic program. The student intern will assist the in-house counsel with research, drafting, and other basic legal tasks. The intern will on occasion accompany the in-house counsel to meetings with Tribal Departments, attend Tribal Court cases and hearings, assist in drafting Tribal policies and procedures, and work with the in-house counsel on ICWA cases throughout the United States. The position will remain open until filled. See the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions. Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, CO (preferred) or Washington, D.C. Practicing attorney to manager a litigation docket in federal Indian law. Closing date is April 16, 2021. Minimum of 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney, experience in or knowledge of federal Indian law. Please see the position description for more information.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik – Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Judicial Appointment, Justice Center, Dowagiac, MI. This is a contract position with a three-year term for approximately 3 hours a month. This will be open until filled. See attached for application instructions.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, near Pendleton, Oregon. This Tribal Attorney position is assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996.  Apply via http://ctuir.org/tribal-attorney-2 and see the job description for more information. Umatilla is a tribal preference employer.

The Tohono O’odham Office

Attorney General, Sells, AZ.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues. While the posting is for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty. While attorneys with expertise in all areas of Indian law will be considered, gaming experience is a plus. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

Yurok Tribe

Prosecutor, Tribal Prosecutor Office, Klamath, CA.  Main duties will be prosecuting tribal criminal matters and working with local counties on diversion programs as well as assist in the tribe’s MMIW project where appropriate.  Full job description is on the job posting website along with the application. This position is open until filled.  Please see the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Duties include providing legal advice and legal representation to entities of the Legislative Branch, the Navajo Nation Council, its standing committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law and policy.  For more information please, see the position description at www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov or to apply, applications are accepted via email (apply@dpm.navajo-nsn.gov). Position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), Investment Committee (IC), and as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  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 (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General.  Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Chief Prosecutor

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs.  Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates and evaluates the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.  Responsible for adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP

Associate Attorney, Los Ranchos, NM. Seeking associate with 2+ years litigation experience preferably in the areas of federal Indian law and tribal law. For more information, please see the position description.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Client Relations, Portland, OR. We are adding a senior management team member to lead us in our DEI efforts both internally and as we partner with our clients. For more information about this opportunity and to apply, please visit our Job Board.

ACLU of Nebraska

Immigration Legal Fellow, Lincoln, NE. Seeking applicants with approximately 0-5 years of litigation experience, or experience as a judicial law clerk, for a two-year legal fellowship. The Legal Fellow will collaborate with other team members in administration, development, and communications from time to time. Our 11-person team is complemented by law clerks, interns, volunteer attorneys, and thousands of supporters statewide. 

Federal Public Defender

Investigator, District of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.  Our office represents individuals charged with federal crimes.  The investigator position helps research the facts of the case to aid in the defense of the accused.  We represent a large population of Native American and Latin American communities. The closing date of the position is May 17, 2021.  All applicable information is in the attached job announcement.

Social worker/mitigation specialist, Las Cruces office.  Our office represents individuals charged with federal crimes.  The social worker helps research the facts of the case to aid in the defense of the accused and find necessary services to help them.  We represent a large population of Native American and Latin American communities.  The closing date of the position is May 17, 2021.  All applicable information is in the attached job announcement.

See posts from March 26, 2021.

Call for Proposals: 18th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Are you an in-house attorney addressing one of these issues?

-Self Governance

-Consultation Practices

-Amicus Briefs

-Insight from Current Judicial Clerks

-Traditional Knowledge in the Law

-ICWA

-Hot Topics

Each year, the Indigenous Law Conference has 8 panels plus a keynote speaker. Current TICA members interested in presenting on the above topics, with a focus on the tribal in-house practice of law, are invited to submit their individual presentation proposals. ILPC/TICA will form panels. Proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2021. The Conference will be hosted November 4-5, 2021 with pre-conference activities on November 3. For more information, click the buttons below.