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
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

 

EarthJustice

Associate Attorney, The Sustainable Food and Farming Program, Healthy Communities Department, New York, NY. Conducts legal advocacy and litigation. Engages in litigation and advocacy to improve our nation’s food system, from crop selection and farming practices to food processing and sustainability.  Working in partnership with communities, advocacy groups, scientists, and others, we fight for safe and healthy food, climate-friendly farming, reduced reliance on dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and animal farms—not animal factories.  We take on cases with regional and national scope. For more information please see the job description.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Attorney (Tribal Court Licensed), Arizona and New Mexico. DNA is a nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people who otherwise could not afford to hire an attorney. Be familiar with and follow all DNA and funder policies, and all applicable state, federal, and local regulations. Participate in community outreach, training programs, and client education events. DNA legal staff practice in tribal, state, federal, and administrative courts. This position is open until filled. Visit the website and see the job description for more information. Preference is given to qualified Navajo and other Native American applicants.

The State Bar of Wisconsin

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Madison, WI.  Work with our membership to develop and implement programs, practices and methods that promote diversity and inclusion among Sate Bar officers, board and committee members, law school students, and volunteers.  This position also works with law school students, onboarding them into the Association and managing programs such as the Diversity Clerkship Program, providing opportunities for diverse students to build relationships and gain experience working with our participating employers. To apply, visit www.wisbar.org/careers to upload your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations.  Applications will be accepted through July 15. For more information please see the position description.

The Lummi Indian Business Council

VAWA Deputy Tribal Prosecutor, Bellingham, WA.To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to  the website or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. Please see the job description for more information.

Echaga Corporation

RFP for Legal Services, Pine Ridge, SD. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. RFP closes July 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. For more information please see the request. Please submit materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Through July 8, 2020. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Center for Indian Country Economist, Minneapolis, MN. The posting has no fixed closing date. The primary duties include contributing research and analysis on policy topics relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native reservations and communities; developing and coordinating CICD’s research affiliate network, and contributing to CICD and Bank initiatives.

Center for Indian Country Research Assistant, Minneapolis, MN. The posting has no fixed closing date. The primary duties include supporting CICD research and initiatives with quantitative analysis in R and/or Stata.

Tule River Indian Housing Authority

Executive Director, Tule River Reservation, near Porterville, CA.  Position is open until filled. Under the supervision of the Board of Commissioners, the Executive Director will administer the housing program, which performs maintenance and modernization of its 70 Low Rent Housing units for tribal members.  40 new units are currently under construction.  Candidate must be experienced with IHBG and other housing funding sources.  For a detailed job description, list of generous employee benefits, and the job application form, please email susan.janoko@tulerivertribe-nsn.gov.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory grounds for local authority, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present cases in courts; 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.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Primary duties include responding to Requests for Legal Services submitted by Chapter Officials/Staff or Division of Community Development Staff by researching applicable laws and the drafting legal memoranda, meeting with Chapter Staff/Officials and Division Staff, travel to Chapters, drafting and reviewing contracts including construction contracts, drafting and reviewing other legal documents on behalf of the Chapters.  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

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.

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  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.  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, Shiprock, NM.  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.  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.

Water Rights Units 

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ.  The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Water Rights Unit is the lead water rights attorney for the Navajo Nation, representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The AAG directs and supervises the work of all attorneys within the Unit and contract attorneys representing the Navajo Nation on water rights matters.  The AAG reports to the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and 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.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

 

See posts from June 26, 2020.

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
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Echaga Corporation

RFP for Legal Services, Pine Ridge, SD. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. RFP closes July 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. For more information please see the request. Please submit materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Through July 8, 2020. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

InterTribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, CA. For duties please see attached job description. Position will remain open until filled.

Environmental Law Institute

Fall Research and Publications Intern (August-December), Washington, D.C. and remotely. Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff. Applications are rolling and close July 19, 2020 at 11:59 EST. You can apply here and see the attached position description for more information.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy Solicitor General, The Office of the Solicitor General, Onamia, MN. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration, and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. Open until filled.  Please see the job description at millelacsband.com/jobs for more information and to download an application.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife i

Attorney I, Office of the General Counsel, Sacramento, CA. The Department is the state trustee agency for fish and wildlife, managing these resources for their ecological and public use values. This Attorney I position is appropriate for newer attorneys interested in state service and a collaborative office environment. The position will work closely with CDFW’s team of environmental scientists implementing the Water Storage Investment Program adopted by the voters as part of Proposition 1 in 2014. This will include negotiation of contract and grant terms, research regarding contracting and granting legal requirements, legal review to ensure that Water Storage Investment Program projects meet regulatory requirements, and preparation of other contract and grant-related legal documents. The application deadline is July 19, 2020. Additional information is available here. Interested applicants are welcome to contact the Department’s Tribal Liaison and Assistant Chief Counsel Nathan Voegeli at nathan.voegeli@wildlife.ca.gov.

Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians

Appellate Court Judge, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court of Appeals, Sault, Michigan. Judges at the appellate court level hear appeals primarily focused on a variety of civil matters and criminal matters.  Applications due by July 10, 2020. Application can be found here.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Attorney, Office of Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. AThe Associate Tribal Attorney will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Closing date July 16, 2020. See the attached description for more information. Link to employment application here.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Northwest. The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest.  Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the Salish Sea and the communities that depend on them, stop coal-fired power plants, prevent the Pacific Northwest from becoming a fossil fuel fossil fuel export hub, and protect farmworkers and communities from toxic pesticides, among other things.  We are building out southern resident orca recovery work and partnerships with environmental justice communities in Seattle and Portland.  We frequently work in close partnership with Native American Tribes and fence-line communities.  The new Staff Attorney would spend a significant portion of his or her time partnering with environmental justice communities, along with other Northwest attorneys.

Staff Attorney, AK. The Alaska office works to protect Alaska’s public lands and waters, fish and wildlife, air and water quality, and public health from threats posed by oil and gas development, old growth logging, minerals and coal mining, industrial-scale ocean trawling, and other activities. We represent conservation groups, Alaska Native tribal and nonprofit organizations, community groups, fishing organizations, and others in litigation and other advocacy before federal and state agencies and in the courts.  With offices in Juneau and Anchorage, we work on issues throughout the state.  Our current priorities include protecting America’s Arctic from oil and gas development, roadless area and old growth forest protection on the Tongass National Forest, and opposition to several proposed large-scale mines in western and southeast Alaska and on transboundary rivers in Canada.  For more information about the Alaska office, please visit here.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Isabella County, MI. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the Tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, as directed by General Counsel. The Senior Associate General Counsel will supervise and coordinate the work of the all Associate General Counsel positions. Please visit the link for more information and to apply.

Native American Rights Fund

Communications Director, Boulder, CO. NARF is looking for an experienced, multi-talented Communications professional to be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of its Communications Department as well as leading outreach to both media and supporters.  A solid understanding of the historical relationships between states, the United States, and tribes is preferred. Open until filled with interviews starting in July. Please visit the website and see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel, Water Environment & Natural Resources, Sandia Pueblo, NM. 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.  Application closes 9/20/2020 or when position is filled. Visit the website or see the job description for more information.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC. Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a non-attorney Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Western Environmental Law Center (WELC)

Staff Attorney, Taos, NM or Santa Fe, NM.  This position will advance an expansive package of legal strategies to facilitate a just, equitable, and managed transition away from oil and gas to address the climate crisis and foster ecological and community resilience. While centered on securing state-level reforms in New Mexico, this position will also contribute to WELC’s ambitious federal-level strategies, in particular relative to federal public lands. This full-time position will be located in New Mexico, ideally Taos or Santa Fe, with an optimal start date of September 8, 2020. Please see the full job description PDF accessible from this posting and on the WELC website for details. To apply, please send requested application materials to jobs@westernlaw.org by July 17, 2020.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Staff Attorney, Durant, OK. Primarily responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching, and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. For more information please see the position description. Click here to apply.

 

If you have submitted a job announcement that is not posted here, please feel welcome to resend the post to indigenous@law.msu.edu. See posts from June 12, 2020.

ABA: “Being a Native Lawyer: Obstacles and Opportunities” 

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is hosting an upcoming CLE on “Being a Native Lawyer: Obstacles and Opportunities” on June 24 at 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PT.

Join the expert panel of Native American attorneys as they discuss barriers and opportunities facing Native American lawyers, including their organizations’ efforts and their own personal experiences. Featuring law school dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, former NNABA president and writer of a groundbreaking report on Native attorneys, Mary Smith, head of Native American Pipeline to Law Program, Kate Rosier, and recent law school grad and NNALSA officer Julia Griffin.

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
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

 

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 

Associate Chief Judge, Fort Yates, ND. Preside over cases in the Children’s, Civil and Criminal Court as assigned by the Chief Judge.  Responsible for drafting opinions, ruling on evidentiary issues and discharging the duties of a Judge.  The position is open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume, proof of Bar membership  to Dellis Agard, SRST Court Administrator at dagard@standingrock.org.

Chief Prosecutor, Fort Yates, ND. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all criminal proceedings in the criminal court or the Children’s Court, Traffic Court.  The Chief Prosecutor will also represent the Tribe or Individuals petitioning for Involuntary Commitments.  Limited representation in Abuse and Neglect proceedings in Children’s Court.  The Chief Prosecutor reports to the SRST Judicial Committee.  The term of office and salary are negotiable. The position is open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume, proof of Bar membership to Dellis Agard, SRST Court Administrator at dagard@standingrock.org.

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Fort Yates, ND. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all criminal proceedings in the criminal court or the Children’s Court, Traffic Court.  The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor will also represent the Tribe or Individuals petitioning for Involuntary Commitments.  Limited representation in Abuse and Neglect proceedings in Children’s Court.  The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor reports to the Chief Prosecutor.  The term of office and salary are negotiable.  The position is open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume, proof of Bar membership  to Dellis Agard, SRST Court Administrator at dagard@standingrock.org.

Native American Rights Fund

Post Graduation Fellowships, Boulder, Colorado; Anchorage, Alaska; and Washington, D.C. Law students beginning their third year, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships are invited to apply for sponsorship for a post graduate fellowship in any of its three offices. Applications are due Monday, June 29, 2020.

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB)

Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.  Support tracking and responding to federal health policies and regulations as they impact Indian Country.  The Policy Analyst will have both internal and external facing responsibilities grounded in serving the nation’s Tribes to advance the mission of NIHB through excellence in regulatory tracking, policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research, and related projects.  The position is open until filled and based out of our office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, just steps from the Eastern Market Metro stop. For more information and to apply, please see the job description.

Managing Attorney, Flagstaff, AZ. Under the supervision of a Senior Attorney, the Managing attorney leads an office or unit to ensure that clients receive the full range of high-quality legal services; engages with client and community groups, local stake holders, bar associations, and governmental associations to: identify, assess, and meet client and community legal needs; participate in community outreach, training programs, and client education events; and more. This position is open until filled. See the position description or website for more information.

Staff Attorney, Arizona and New Mexico. Provide the full range of high-quality legal services to DNA clients; participate in community outreach, training programs, and client education events; participate in remote, local, or online intake; and more. This position is open until filled. See the position or website for more information.

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Managing Attorney, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. The Native American Program provides free legal services to eligible low-income Native Americans living on or near 19 Pueblos and the Mescalero Apache tribe in New Mexico. The Managing Attorney will supervise attorneys, paralegals and other staff and volunteers, handle administrative duties, and work in close collaboration with other members of NMLA’s management team. The Managing Attorney also will handle cases as sole counsel or co-counsel. The Managing Attorney will be active in local bar and community activities, and will participate in community education  and outreach to eligible clients. Application closes June 30, 2020. Send a resume and letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org. See the position description for more information.

Wind River Tribal Court

Chief Judge, Fort Washakie, WY. The Chief Judge of the Tribal Court has a high degree of personal responsibility for sound, independent judgement and for decisions concerning the total scope of the Tribal Court Program. Serves as the Chief Judge for the Court established and recognized by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes in accordance with Law and Order Code.  The Chief Judge serves by appointment of the Wind Inter-Tribal Council for a term not exceeding four (4) years, as set forth in the Law and Order Code. Contact holly@writc.org or call 307-335-2046 to obtain an application from the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council Human Resource Office. This position is open until filled.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC. Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a non-attorney Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the position description for more information and how to apply.

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN. The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

See posts from June 11, 2020.

Bay Mills Indian Community and OJS Present Virtual VAWA and ICWA Training: August 5-7, 2020

_Noonjimo’iwewin_ A VAWA and ICWA Training

The Bay Mills Indian Community (Gnoozhekaaning) will host Noojimo’iwewin: A Virtual VAWA and ICWA Training, August 5-7, 2020. Streamed digitally via Zoom, the conference invites law enforcement officials, attorneys, and social work advocates from all communities to look forward from domestic violence. This training is tuition free. Register here.

Press release, Noojimo’iwewin: VAWA and ICWA Training 2020

PDF save the date, Noojimo’iwewin: VAWA and ICWA Training

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
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

 

New Mexico Legal Aid 

Managing Attorney, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. The Native American Program provides free legal services to eligible low-income Native Americans living on or near 19 Pueblos and the Mescalero Apache tribe in New Mexico. The candidate should have experience in supervising legal advocacy in Federal, State and Tribal Court.  The Managing Attorney will supervise attorneys, paralegals and other staff and volunteers, handle administrative duties, and work in close collaboration with other members of NMLA’s management team. The Managing Attorney also will handle cases as sole counsel or co-counsel. Application closes June 30, 2020. Send a resume and letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org.

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN.  The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

 

See posts from May 29, 2020.