Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body:

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

Environmental Law Institute

Administrative Associate, Research & Policy. Washington D.C. Help fulfill our mission of fostering innovative and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. Application Deadline: 10/21/2022.

Tohono O’odham Judicial Court

Judge. Sells, AZ. A judge of the Tohono O’odham Nation shall have the duties and powers of the office in accordance with Article VIII of the Constitution of the Tohono O’odham Nation, including but not limited to (1) Hearing and determining, when assigned by the chief judge or the deputy chief judge, any matter arising under the laws and Constitution of the Tohono O’odham Nation and entering an order or judgment in favor of a party and (2) Presiding over criminal cases, including jury or bench trials. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

National Congress of American Indians and NCAI Fund

General Counsel. Washington, DC. NCAI is a leader in policy surrounding issues that impact tribal governments and individual Indians. The organization provides essential information and education on key policy initiatives, enhances coordination and consultation with tribal governments, and leads efforts to unite tribal advocates to promote progressive, proactive Indian policy. This role includes providing legal counsel to the executive director, board of directors, and other senior management. This position is open until filled.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Program Manager (Senior BSI Project Manager). Remote. Serves as the expert staff authority, principal coordinator, and primary contact for the Boarding School Initiative (BSI) Management. While not a supervisor, provides general oversight of personnel assigned to support the project and coordinates functional leads on all project-related tasks and deliverables to meet timelines and ensure accuracy. Closing date: October 9, 2022.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Lead Attorney. Pendleton, OR. The position requires a mix of litigation, advising, negotiation, government-to-government consultation, legislative, and executive-level acuity and experience. The CTUIR is a self-governance tribe directly carrying out BIA and IHS functions pursuant to ISDEAA compacts. Open until filled.

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico

Assistant Federal Public Defender. Las Cruces, NM. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: managing an extensive caseload, developing litigation strategies, preparing pleadings, appearing in court at all stages of litigation, and meeting with clients, experts, witnesses, family members and others. Applicants must possess strong oral and written advocacy skills, have the ability to build and maintain meaningful attorney-client relationships, be team oriented but function independently in a large, busy office setting, and communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, the court and other agency personnel. Applications must be received by November 14, 2022.

Office of the Attorney General for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney. Choctaw, MS. Under the direction of the Tribe’s Attorney General, the Staff Attorney is responsible for providing general legal services to the tribal government. Please see position description for more information. This position closes 09/26/2022.

Yurok Tribe Office of the Tribal Attorney

Justice Policy Lead. Klamath, CA. Under the general supervision of the Prosecutor, the Justice Policy Lead will provide advocacy, legislative analysis, coalition-building and policy research around issues related to ending violence against Indigenous persons in Tribal communities, the ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons crisis, assertion of Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction, sovereignty issues related to Public Law 280 and/or the need to access systems to protect tribal sovereignty/members, and will serve as a liaison between the Office of the Tribal Prosecutor and elected member(s) of county, state or federal governmental agencies/bodies, advocacy organizations, and relevant departments of the Yurok Tribe. Applications closing October 21, 2022.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP – Healthcare Compliance Consultation. Remote. Closing time for receipt: October 7th, 2022.

Homer Law Chartered

Associate Attorney. Washington, DC. Legal research and writing; Assisting with administrative hearings; Drafting regulations, policies, and procedures; Assisting with development of fee-to-trust applications; Advising on matters of compliance with federal and tribal laws and regulations; Reviewing contracts related to economic development matters; Tracking developments in case law, proposed rulemaking, and administrative policy related to tribal governments and/or federal Indian law and policy; and Responding to proposed rulemakings via the formal commenting process. Closing Date: Until filled.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Fountain Hills, AZ. Presides over criminal, civil and juvenile cases. Performs duties require the individual to exercise considerable independent judgement in managing the docket, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conduct hearing and decide cases in a fair and impartial manner to the end of administering justice and maintaining the order of law. The Chief Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Court pursuant the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Constitution, laws, ordinances and regulations, and applicable federal laws. Closing date: October 3, 2022.

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Wind River Conservation Organizer. Ft. Washakie, WY. Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) seeks a Wind River Conservation Organizer to play a key role in major campaigns to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The GYE is a remarkable natural landscape: home to a complete array of native wildlife, the headwaters of the west, an important place in the history of conservation, and of deep importance to Native Americans who have made this place home since time immemorial. The Wind River Conservation Organizer will work to build local capacity and to conserve the lands, waters, and wildlife on and around the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Closing date open until filled, applicants will be reviewed beginning October 3, 2022.

Michigan State University College of Law

Professional Aide. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law seeks a temporary, full-time professional aide to work in the Dean’s Suite. This position will provide support for special projects related to our accrediting agency as well as special projects from the Dean’s Office. Deadline to apply is October 7, 2022.

Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law invites applications for full-time, entry-level, tenure-track faculty positions. Curricular needs include contracts and commercial law, family law, health care law and policy with an emphasis on inequities in public and private health care systems, race and the law, criminal law, trusts and estates, international law, and constitutional law. Open until filled.

Associate Professor – Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law invites applications from entry-level or lateral candidates for the inaugural 1855 Professorship in the Law of Democracy. This full-time, tenure-system position will focus on legal inequities in the democratic process. Open until filled.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law seeks entry-level and lateral candidates with research and teaching interests related to Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, or the International Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples who will also affiliate with the Law College’s Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Open until filled.

Specialist – Teacher-Fixed Term. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law Special Projects Coordinator will teach in the Global Food Law Program, develop new areas of curricular needs, recruit instructors and an advisory board, develop a web blog and social media outreach plan, assist Advancement with fund-raising efforts as needed, and oversee the application for a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

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

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

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

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

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

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body:

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

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Probation Officer/Specialty Court Coordinator. Harbor Springs, MI. The LTBB Tribal Court is looking for a person with a probation officer background who wants to do more than compliance, but who instead wants to help people change their lives for the better. The Specialty Court Coordinator does this by running the Tribal Court’s Specialty Court programs and probation program. Open until filled.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate-Tribal Court

Tribal Prosecutor. Agency Village, SD. It is the duty of the Prosecutor, among others, to administer justice, and catTies the responsibility that defendants are accorded procedural justice and that guilt is decided upon the basis of sufficient evidence as required by the Law and Order Code of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The Prosecutor is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of the Lake Traverse Reservation, prosecute all juvenile cases including but not limited to child abuse, neglect, dependency, unruly and delinquent cases. Open until filled.

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Eugene Kuntz Chair in Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources. Norman, OK. The Eugene Kuntz Chair is named after an OU professor who achieved legendary status in the field of oil and gas law. Funding for the Kuntz Chair is provided by gifts from former students, friends, and the family of Eugene Kuntz. OU, with support from the Kuntz Chair endowment, offers a competitive salary plus significant support for research and travel. Open until filled.

Menominee Indian Tribe

Assistant Tribal Attorney. Keshena, WI. The Assistant Tribal Attorney (ATA) shall work under and at the direction of the Director of Legal Division-Tribal Attorney (DLD-TA). The ATA will represent the interests of the Menominee Tribal Government, the Menominee Tribal Administration, the Menominee Tribal programs and other Menominee Tribal government/programmatic interests as directed by the DLD-TA. Closing date: October 28, 2022.

Children’s Code Prosecutor. Keshena, WI. Under the direction and supervision of the Legal Division Director, the purpose of the position is to manage the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s Chapter 278 Children’s Code caseload and provide senior level leadership in the development of Title IV-E program in relation to Tribal Government practices. Closing date: September 30, 2022.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

Tribal Government Attorney. Winnebago, NE.  Seeking candidates with at least 5 years of tribal government experience to join our Firm. The right candidate will provide guidance to Tribes and tribal entities on a variety of matters including agreements and contracts, advising on impact of pending legislation, drafting ordinances, advising on policies and procedures, guidance on land management, and provide in-person support as needed during Tribal Council, committee, and other meetings.  

Associate Attorney – Economic Development and Cannabis. Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with a minimum of 3 years of economic development and cannabis experience to join our Firm. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including entity formation, governance, tax exemption and compliance, formation of commercial agreements, loan documents, and development of programs to assist community economic opportunities. This position also includes navigating legal processes, regulations, and compliance within the cannabis industry.

Litigation Attorney. Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office (remote possible). 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.

Policy Attorney/Lobbyist. Washington D.C.  Seeking candidates with 3-5 years of policy and advocacy experience with tribal governments to join our Washington D.C. office.  The right candidate will have a significant history working with tribal communities, Capitol Hill, or regulatory agency experience and demonstrate excellent communications skills. This position is responsible to track and monitor key developments at the White House, in Congress and at federal agencies; attend and summarize Congressional hearings and press events; schedule and attend Congressional meetings and coordinate and prepare materials for those meetings. 

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribe

Chief Judge. Palm Springs, CA. Under direction of Tribal Council, the Chief Judge is responsible for presiding over and adjudicating a variety of judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI/Tribe), while protecting and enhancing the Tribe’s sovereignty. In addition, the Chief Judge is responsible for the overall development, management and success of the ACBCI Tribal Court. Closing date: 10/31/2022 or until filled.

Office of the Federal Defender – District of New Mexico

CJA Administrative Assistant. Las Cruces, NM. Works closely with the Courts, the Federal Public Defender and the Defender Services Office to improve the quality of representation and the efficient management of the CJA Panel. In this position, the assistant will work closely with the CJA Resource Counsel primarily in managing panel appointments and processing payment vouchers. Applications must be received by September 26, 2022.

Judicare Legal Aid

Staff attorney – Indian Law Office. Wausau, WI. Maintain caseload on behalf of Native American clients in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court or arising under federal or tribal law. Civil case areas include Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), custody/placement, guardian ad litem (GAL), divorce, and estate planning. Educate and serve Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law. Participate in tribal court development, code drafting, and community education projects. Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. Closing Date: Until Position is Filled.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

Summer Law Clerk. Oakland, CA. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced and fun environment. Applications due: November 4, 2022.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Sacramento, CA. Supervised by the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of federal Indian law. The Staff Attorney will assume a varied case load. Staff Attorney client development responsibilities include developing and maintaining effective relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the service territory, including all funding sources, and ensuring that the office pursues and secures meaningful opportunities to work with tribes, Indian organizations, and Indian individuals throughout the service territory. Open until filled.

Squaxin Island Tribe

Legal Director. Shelton/Olympia, WA. Provides day to day administration of the department including policy development, facilitation, and implementation of programs assigned to the department on an on-going or temporary basis. Open until filled.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney. Ignacio, CO. A strong command of Federal Indian law and understanding of tribal sovereignty in this position is essential, as is an ability to provide legal advice on a variety of topics in a fast-paced environment. This position requires a minimum of three years of full-time experience practicing law, including significant Indian law experience. The deadline for applications is 5:00 MDT on October 3, 2022.

Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel

Supervisory General Attorney. Any OGC location. Provide legal counsel on a broad range of tribal and Native American law issues across all mission areas for the Department. Coordinate with client agency leadership on tribal and Native American law issues. Work collaboratively with OGC regional and headquarters staff attorneys in seeking solutions to Native American legal issues. Coordinate with legal counsel for other federal agencies and executive leadership regarding tribal and Native American law issues involving USDA. Supervise staff attorneys engaged in legal work associated with Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service programs. Draft and review legal documents involving tribal and Native American programs. Assist with training others within the Department on Native American law issues. Assist with legislative drafting and review of legislative proposals. Closing date: September 21, 2022.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney – Climate & Energy. Washington D.C. or New York, NY. Earthjustice seeks an Associate Attorney to join our team focusing on advocacy and litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other federal agencies and in the courts to stop a buildout of new gas infrastructure projects. The position will be based preferably in our New York or Washington, D.C. offices, although applicants seeking to work in other locations where Earthjustice has an office will also be considered. Closing date: Sept 25, 2022.

Deputy Managing Attorney. Denver, CO. Join our team of lawyers and advocates working to eliminate the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power generation by 2030, decrease the impact of fossil-fueled power generation on the health and well-being of local communities, and to halt a growing rush to gas-fired generation and promote clean energy in its stead. Open until filled.

Michigan State University College of Law

Professional Aide. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law seeks a temporary, full-time professional aide to work in the Dean’s Suite. This position will provide support for special projects related to our accrediting agency as well as special projects from the Dean’s Office. Deadline to apply is October 7, 2022.

Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law invites applications for full-time, entry-level, tenure-track faculty positions. Curricular needs include contracts and commercial law, family law, health care law and policy with an emphasis on inequities in public and private health care systems, race and the law, criminal law, trusts and estates, international law, and constitutional law. Open until filled.

Associate Professor – Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law invites applications from entry-level or lateral candidates for the inaugural 1855 Professorship in the Law of Democracy. This full-time, tenure-system position will focus on legal inequities in the democratic process. Open until filled.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law seeks entry-level and lateral candidates with research and teaching interests related to Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, or the International Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples who will also affiliate with the Law College’s Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Open until filled.

Specialist – Teacher-Fixed Term. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law Special Projects Coordinator will teach in the Global Food Law Program, develop new areas of curricular needs, recruit instructors and an advisory board, develop a web blog and social media outreach plan, assist Advancement with fund-raising efforts as needed, and oversee the application for a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Open until filled.

Senior Director of Development/Development Officer III/S. East Lansing, MI. Michigan State University College of Law seeks an accomplished, strategically minded, results-oriented development professional to serve as Senior Director of Development. In partnership with a dynamic dean, the Senior Director will plan, implement, lead and provide strategic direction to a program that includes major gift fundraising, leadership annual giving and alumni engagement. Deadline to apply is September 22, 2022.

Office of the Attorney General for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney. Choctaw, MS. Under the direction of the Tribe’s Attorney General, the Staff Attorney is responsible for providing general legal services to the tribal government. Please see position description for more information. This position closes 09/26/2022.

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Staff Attorney. Webster, WI. Position is responsible to assist the Tribal Court with legal research, drafting of opinions, collaborating with the Office of General Counsel on projects, code writing/revision, and will assist with the daily Tribal Court operations. Closing date – Until filled.

Fort Berthold Housing Authority

RFP – Administrative Law Judge. New Town, ND. Preside over FBHA OEH eviction proceedings, issue subpoenas, review all pleadings submitted prior to the hearing, research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedential decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions, explain the procedures for the eviction hearing to the parties before beginning the proceeding, ensure that due process is afforded all parties, render a written decision within seven (7) working days of the hearing date, make a decision based solely on the evidence that is admitted in the case, maintain the confidentiality of all information and documents obtained in the course of proceedings, provide written recommendations for improvement of the functioning of the OEH Office to the FBHA Board of Commissioners. Open until filled.

Public Health Law Center

Executive Director. Saint Paul, MN. Will have a unique opportunity to advance the work of the Center. With a staff of 35, the Center is poised for a significant period of growth. While the Center is physically based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Executive Director will be able to perform their duties remotely within the continental United States. The next Executive Director will be joining a fiscally sound organization with reliable funding relationships and a deeply credible reputation across the field of public health law and policy. Open until filled.

University of Wisconsin – The Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center

Director. Madison, WI. The directorship can either be more academic (and tenured or tenure-track), or more teaching-focused (with an emphasis on professional training in U.S. Indian Law for law students). Please see the link for more information. Closing date: open till filled, with the last full consideration date of October 9, 2022.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

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

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

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

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

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

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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Squaxin Island Tribe

Legal Director. Shelton/Olympia WA. Provides day to day administration of the department including policy development, facilitation, and implementation of programs assigned to the department on an on-going or temporary basis. Closing Date: Open until filled.

Rosette, LLP

Litigation Paralegal. Tempe, AZ. Will be responsible for assisting attorneys in preparing court filings; reviewing, preparing, and editing legal documents, reports and presentations; and drafting legal and business correspondence. Closing date: open until filled.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Respondent Parents Counsel. Onamia, MN. Contracted attorney to provide legal representation predominantly by remote means for respondent parents/guardians/custodians participating in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Family Healing to Wellness Court. Services to be performed include informing prospective applicants of Wellness Court program benefits & requirements, preparing petitions for admission, and representing participants in team staffings and status hearings. Closing date for proposals is October 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP. Seeking proposals from Native American Digital Artists interested in creating Custom Pidro Card Illustrations/Graphics. Closing time for receipt: September 30th, 2022.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

In-House Counsel. Pine Ridge, SD. Will work for the OST Council, the OST Standing Committees (Executive, Youth Affairs, Law and Order, Finance, Health and Human Services, Education, Land, Economic Business and Development). Attorneys shall be seated at 2 of the 6 standing committees and will rotate between the Executive and Youth Affairs Committee. Closing Date: December 2, 2022.

RFP. Seeking proposals from qualified individuals and legal entities interested in providing Special Counsel Legal Services. Closing date: December 2, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MST.

Stockbridge-Munsee Community

Tribal Staff Attorney. Bowler, WI. This attorney will provide a wide range of legal services for the Community with an emphasis on contract drafting and review for tribal government departments and tribal business entities and legal research. This attorney will also work with Employment Law issues, and collections/garnishments with occasional court appearances as required.

Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the General Counsel (OGC)

GS-15 Supervisory General Attorney – Indian Law (Deputy Assistant General Counsel). Multiple OGC Office Locations TBD after selection. Provide legal counsel on a broad range of tribal and Native American law issues across all mission areas for the Department. Supervise staff attorneys engaged in legal work associated with Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service programs. Closing date: 9/21/2022.

The Evergreen State College

Master of Public Administration, Tribal Governance Concentration – Regular Faculty Member (Full-time). Olympia, WA. Teach courses primarily in the Evergreen MPA program’s tribal governance cohort, which include core courses in the MPA curriculum and teach concentration courses. The teaching load is one core course (6 credits) plus one concentration or elective course (4 credits) in each of the three quarters of the academic year. Closing Date: Review of completed applications begins 10/17/2022.

Federal Public Defender District of New Mexico

Assistant Computer Systems Administrator. Albuquerque, NM. Providing assistance to and receiving technical guidance from the Computer Systems Administrator (CSA); providing specialized and routine user support services including training, resolving hardware, software, peripheral equipment, and data communications systems problems; assisting with the installation, testing and user training on new and updated computer equipment and software; tracing and identifying sources of system failures and errors; security monitoring; perform systems maintenance activities; conducting audits and evaluation of automated systems and existing software applications; assisting staff attorneys and investigators with the preparation of matters for trial using PC-based automation applications, and other types of litigation support. Applications must be received by October 17, 2022.

Legal Assistant. Albuquerque, NM. Performs the functions of a Legal Assistant to Assistant Defenders utilizing advanced knowledge of legal terminology, Word and information processing software. Understands district and circuit court rules and protocols. Edits and proofreads initial drafts, transcribes dictation, performs cite checking and assembles copies with attachments for filing and mailing. Responsible for electronic filing of pleadings. Screens incoming mail and handles some routine matters as authorized. Prepares memoranda for signature by the Assistant Defender(s). Maintains calendars for the Assistant Defender(s), setting appointments as authorized. Organizes case files for Assistant Defender(s) and is responsible for other case management functions as assigned. Applications must be received by October 17, 2022.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Attorney. Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position will be providing telephonic advice to individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state and some litigation in the tribal courts located in Michigan. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

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

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

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

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). 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 and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contract disputes and procurement issues; and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial prep and other legal work; and performs related duties as required. Confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Assists in routine operations of Department of Justice.  This position is open until September 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

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

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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

In the email body: 

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

The Hopi Tribe

Deputy General Counsel. Kykotsmovi, AZ. Performs a variety of legal tasks as inhouse counsel for an Indian Tribe. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Deputy Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. To prosecute adult and juvenile suspects for violations of the Tribal Code.  Additionally, the Deputy prosecutor may handle tribal dependency matters. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Chief Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. The Prosecutor is the both the administrator of the office of Prosecutor as well as an active member of the prosecutorial team prosecuting suspects for violations of the tribal code. Additionally, the prosecutor handles juvenile and tribal dependency matters. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Ziontz Chestnut

Entry-level Associate Attorney Fall 2023. Seattle, WA. The duties include assisting our experienced attorneys on current legal matters including, but not limited to, legal research and writing, litigation, regulatory/administrative and transactional matters. Applications close September 30, 2022.

Grand Canyon Trust

Director of People and Organizational Culture – HR. AZ, UT, CO, or NM with preference for proximity to Flagstaff, AZ. Ability to travel at least once a month to Flagstaff. Leadership and Strategy (Approximately 15%). Organizational Culture and Employee Experience (Approximately 30%). Recruitment and Retention (Approximately 25%). Policies, Procedures, and Operations (Approximately 15%). Learning, Professional Development, and Performance (Approximately 10%). Additional/Other (5%). Closing Date: End of September – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Pueblo of Pojoaque

General Counsel. Santa Fe, NM. The Legal Department is the principle legal counsel of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Pueblo and all Pueblo owned entities as specified by the Tribal Council. Closing Date: Open until filled

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Senior Policy Analyst – Center for Indian Country Development. Minneapolis, MN. Lead public policy efforts that increase tribal economic mobility and advance the CICD’s objectives. Communicate with and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders throughout Indian Country, with national partners, and with key policymakers. Work with members of the CICD research and engagement teams and lead an Indian Country policy portfolio.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Legislative Financial Director – Tribal Council. Cherokee, NC. Provides oversight support to the Tribal Council related to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) financial and budgetary matters, as well as monitoring and reporting of the EBCI’s appropriation legislation. Performs other appropriation duties supporting the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Legislative Branch’s goals and objectives. Establishes and maintains a daily/monthly reporting mechanism to update the Tribal Council on all pertinent aspects involving financial accounts.  Monitors all funding requests and tracks general fund of the EBCI. Monitors the adherence to all boards, committees, and commissions and reports to the governing body of the EBCI.  Identifies any noncompliance and maintains a record of monthly/quarterly reports and meetings regarding financial contracts awarded to any person, firm or outside entity of the EBCI. Closing date: Application is open until filled.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney. Fulton, MI. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions. Prepares legal memoranda and conducts legal research as directed. Develops and implements policies and procedures. Works with Department Leaders to create policies/procedures and compose resolutions for Tribal Council. Research legal questions as requested or presented by the Tribal Council or other Tribal government entities. Represents NHBP in Tribal court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for the Tribal Council and other Tribal government entities. Maintains current, accurate and complete records as required by federal, state and all regulatory agencies. Closing Date: September 30, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

SVP Accounting. Highland, CA. Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Senior Vice President, Accounting is responsible for overseeing enterprise accounting activities and functions, including accounting, audits, internal financial controls, and effectively managing significant interactions and communications with other enterprise financial functions. This includes oversight of areas such as financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and fixed assets. This position will require ability to develop and lead the implementation of best-in-class processes and systems to achieve continuous improvement goals throughout the organization. This position is also responsible for establishing the overall direction and strategic initiatives for the accounting team. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Director Accounting & Finance, Casino. Highland, CA. The Director of Casino Accounting reports to the Vice President of Accounting & Finance and is responsible for revenue audit, collections, and general accounting functions within Casino Accounting. The Director of Accounting & Finance develops and maintains policies and procedures to ensure accurate recording, verifying, allocating and posting of revenue transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and established policies and procedures. The Director of Accounting & Finance helps to develop strategies for a multitude of accounting activities including revenue reconciliations, budgeting, financial statement preparation, audit preparation, and the oversight of the department’s compliance with Nation Indian Gaming Commission’s Minimum Internal Control Standard (NIGC’s MICS) and the San Manuel Gaming Commission Regulations (GCR) requirements. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Executive Program Manager – Legal. Highland, CA. Under the direction of the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer (CLCO), the Manager of Executive Programs is responsible for the professional support and administration of the CLCO’s executive project portfolio. The Manager of Executive Programs works with senior leadership to document the Legal, Enterprise Risk Management, Information Security and Enterprise Legal Compliance departments’ strategic initiatives and projects. This position performs continuous monitoring and reporting on initiative/project status, and contributes to communications with Tribal leadership, executives, project sponsors and team members. This position also provides exclusive project support to the CLCO while managing other administrative roles within the department. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

VP Associate General Counsel – Transactions. Highland, CA. The VP, Associate General Counsel –Transactions provides these services to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) and its affiliates within the areas of their responsibility, including overseeing strategic legal direction on major complex transactional activities of the SMBMI and its affiliates. The VP, Associate General Counsel –Transactions also oversees the delivery of strategic legal support to the SMBMI in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance, investments, corporate development, corporate governance, taxation, intellectual property, contracting and other procurement-related, activities, and information technology. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Legal Operations Manager. Highland, CA. Under the direction of Director, Legal Operations, the Legal Operations Manager plays a key role in identifying, designing, implementing and reinforcing the processes and systems that are critical to the Legal department. The Legal Operations Manager uses Lean for Law techniques to ensure that the department is efficient and provides stellar services to internal and external customers. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of new and existing legal service intake, legal technology systems, legal service provider/vendor management, e-billing and financial management, matter lifecycle management, legal data base management, litigation support, and data analytics and reporting. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Catawba Nation

Fall 2022 Legal Internship. Remote. Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. The application deadline is September 5, 2022.

Michigan State University

College of Law Director of Admissions. East Lansing, MI. The Director of Admissions and Financial Aid will play a key role in matriculating a highly talented, inclusive incoming class from across the nation. The Director will possess outstanding public speaking skills, knowledge of best practices for outreach, recruitment, marketing, communications, student financial support, equity, inclusion and yield activities, as well as strong data analysis and managerial skill. Applications close: September 11, 2022.

Specialist – Outreach-Continuing. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law Admissions Office seeks candidates to fill the Director of Pipeline Programming, Outreach and Education position. The Director will lead the development and implementation of pre-law and pipeline programming as part of the commitment to expanding access to legal education, growing the diversity of the legal profession and expanding legal services provided to Michigan’s diverse communities. The Director will have outstanding interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, curriculum development experience, expertise with pre-law and pipeline programming in legal education and the ability to work collaboratively with the Dean, faculty, senior staff, students, and external partners to coordinate their participation. Applications close: September 5, 2022.

Tenure Faculty Member. East Lansing, MI. Expertise in the Law of Democracy whose teaching, research, outreach, and public engagement addresses structural inequities that affect U.S. democratic process.

Tenure Faculty Member. East Lansing, MI. The holder of the Shaefer Chair will provide intellectual leadership and programmatic oversight for the law college matrimonial and family law programs, and will actively promote, facilitate, and participate in collaborative activities with other Michigan State colleges, schools, and departments including social work, family and child ecology, and communications and dispute resolution.

Research Writing and Advocacy Professor. East Lansing, MI. Will teach in the first-year legal writing and advocacy program. Writing professors typically teach two sections of legal writing each semester. However, professors may have the opportunity to teach other courses depending on interest and the law college’s needs. Writing professors participate fully in the law college. They attend faculty meetings and participate in faculty governance, may receive summer research stipends, attend conferences, and employ student evaluators and research assistants.

Tenure Faculty Member. East Lansing, MI. Indigenous Law and Policy Center (ILPC) and College of Law seek entry-level and lateral candidates for full-time, tenure system faculty positions with research and teaching interests related to federal Indian law, tribal law, or the international human rights of Indigenous peoples.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFB Attorney Legal Aid Services. Seeks bids from attorneys qualified and available to advise, and if needed represent eligible CTUIR member in private legal aid matters described in Attachment A. The CTUIR anticipates entering into multiple legal aid service contracts for direct legal services to tribal members between 126% and 210% of the federal poverty guidelines. The contracts would have no guaranteed minimum hours, but rather establish the compensation rate and reimbursement for allowable expenses in the event an attorney agrees to represent a referred client needing legal aid in eligible matters. Bids are accepted on a routine basis.

Rey-Bear McLaughlin, LLP

Of Counsel Attorney. Spokane, WA. The work will involve representation of Indian tribes and tribal enterprises regarding governmental, transactional, litigation, economic development, environmental, and natural resource matters. Prior federal Indian law experience, excellent academic and professional records, and an ability to travel are preferred. A commitment to advocacy for tribal sovereignty, strong analytic, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, and a license to practice law are required.

University of Wisconsin – The Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center

Director. Madison, WI. The directorship can either be more academic (and tenured or tenure-track), or more teaching-focused (with an emphasis on professional training in U.S. Indian Law for law students). Please see the link for more information. Closing date: open till filled, with the last full consideration date of October 9, 2022. 

Earthjustice

Spring 2023 Policy & Legislation Internship. Denver, CO. The Rocky Mountain Office is seeking an undergraduate student for one part- or full-time policy and legislation internship during spring 2023. This is a paid position. This is a remote role, but the successful candidate will ideally work in-person at the state capitol on occasion during significant stages of the legislative process. Closing date: September 25, 2022.

Spring 2023 Policy & Legislation Internship. Washington, D.C. Earthjustice’s Policy & Legislation team is seeking an undergraduate student in their junior or senior year for one part-time policy and legislation internship during spring 2023. This is a paid position. Closing date: September 25, 2022.

Spring 2023 Energy Market Data Analysis Internship. Remote. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) team of Earthjustice’s Clean Energy Program is seeking an undergraduate student for one part -time energy market data analysis internship during spring 2023. This is a paid position. Closing date: September 25, 2022.

Spring 2023 Legal Internship – Sustainable Food & Farming Program. Remote. Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program is accepting applications for one full- or part-time legal intern for spring 2023. We are seeking current 2Ls and 3Ls who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. This is a paid position. Closing date: September 25, 2022.

University of Idaho College of Law

Native American Law Clinic Faculty. Moscow, ID. The faculty member will directly coordinate with the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program Director to ensure broader programmatic support of the development and implementation of the clinic, as well as to share leadership roles in other NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. Responsible for teaching an additional course in a related subject, developing mentoring relationships with students, advising students on curricular and co-curricular activities, and developing a scholarly, outreach, and engagement agenda that will enrich the community. The faculty member will also represent the law school through attendance at scholarly and clinical teaching conferences, as well as through publication in national and/or international scholarly journals, which may include interdisciplinary placements. Priority will be given to applications received by September 15, 2022.

Office of the General Counsel – U.S. Department of Agriculture

Supervisory General Attorney. Any OGC Office. The incumbent serves as Deputy Assistant General Counsel that supervise and manage the Natural Resources and Environment Division under the direct supervision of the Associate General Counsel. The Natural Resources and Environment Division provides legal services to the headquarters offices of the USDA agencies administering programs assigned to the office. Closing date: September 21, 2022.

Attorney Advisor. Any OGC Office. The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned. Closing date: September 21, 2022.

Ute Mountain Ute Court of Indian Offenses

Prosecutor. Albuquerque, NM . The Prosecutor contributes to the mission of this office by assisting in the administration of judicial services within the Southwest Region’s Court of Indian Offenses. The Prosecutor serves as an agent of the U.S. Government and is the official to investigate and prosecute a variety of offenses in the Court. Additionally, the Prosecutor will have a substantial caseload of crimes occurring on property owned by or held in trust for the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe. Closing date: Open Until Filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

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

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

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

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). 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 and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contract disputes and procurement issues; and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial prep and other legal work; and performs related duties as required. Confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Assists in routine operations of Department of Justice.  This position is open until September 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

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

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Reviews major crimes cases investigated by the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not prosecuted in federal court. Determines whether to recommend to the Chief Prosecutor prosecutions within a relevant Navajo Nation District Court. Considers the weight of the evidence, the importance of the case, the necessity of uniform application of law throughout the Navajo Nation, and other considerations which bear on the advisability of initiating the filing of criminal charges. Prepares memorandum of fact and law where appropriate. Initiates filing of pleadings, petitions and motions with the appropriate Navajo Nation court, prepares and tries the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until September 6, 2022 by 5:00 pm.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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Quinnipiac University’s School of Law

Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty: School of Law. North Haven, CT. Quinnipiac University is looking for three entry-level tenure-track faculty members to start in the fall 2023 semester. Areas of curricular need are projected to include first-year courses in Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, and Property. Applications are open until filled.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Prosecutor. Fort McDowell, AZ. Efficiently/effectively manages the daily activities of the Office of the Prosecutor with professional level legal knowledge and skill in representing the Nation’s interests in legal research, motion practice, court and jury trials and appeals. Closing Date: September 2, 2022.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

2023 Associate Attorney. Washington, DC. Associate Attorney opportunity to work under the supervision of attorneys on Indian law matters. Application is open until filled.

Tulalip Tribal Court

Associate Judge. Tulalip, WA. Provide a full range of judicial services by hearing cases in the trial court. Hear scheduled cases at the Tulalip Tribal Court, using Tribes’ applicable codes and laws, adjudicating matters and entering decisions on the record. Assist the Chief Judge, Tribal Court Clerks and Court Director with effective maintenance of court records and improving court-filing procedures. Participate in trainings to improve skills applicable to the function of Judge. Abide by applicable Tribal Code governing Judicial Conduct and Authority. Applications close December 18, 2022.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Office of the General Counsel, Natural Resources Section

Internship/Externship. Remote. They are seeking a second- or third-year law student volunteer intern or extern for a virtual internship/externship. Must be interested in working with a team of legal professionals to advise agency staff and advance the vital mission of NOAA: to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources and understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment to meet the Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs. Applications close September 30, 2022.

Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature

Legislative Attorney. Black River Falls, WI. Works directly with the Nation’s Legislature to assist in drafting tribal laws and regulations, while also generally providing guidance and advice to the Legislature on issues of Ho-Chunk, Federal, and State law. Attorneys for the Nation’s Legislature may also be called upon to advocate for the Nation in judicial, administrative, or ​political settings. Application is open until filled.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC

Litigation Associate. Seattle, WA. The firm seeks lawyers who are deeply committed to representing Indigenous interests, who is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State; and who have civil litigation or a judicial clerk experience. Application is open until filled.

University of Idaho College of Law

Native American Law Clinic Faculty. Moscow, ID. The faculty member will directly coordinate with the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program Director to ensure broader programmatic support of the development and implementation of the clinic, as well as to share leadership roles in other NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. Responsible for teaching an additional course in a related subject, developing mentoring relationships with students, advising students on curricular and co-curricular activities, and developing a scholarly, outreach, and engagement agenda that will enrich the community. The faculty member will also represent the law school through attendance at scholarly and clinical teaching conferences, as well as through publication in national and/or international scholarly journals, which may include interdisciplinary placements. Priority will be given to applications received by September 15, 2022.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Assistant Public Defender. Parker, AZ. The Assistant Public Defender assists in the planning, administration, organization and operation of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Public Defender’s Office.  They perform research and prepare legal documents for the defender and the court. The Assistant Public Defender acts as legal counselor and informs clients about their legal rights. This position is Open Until Filled.

Paralegal. Parker, AZ. The Office of the Attorney General provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The paralegal is supervised by the Attorney General, but receives additional supervision from individual attorneys assigned to oversee and manage specific projects. The Paralegal displays the ability to work effectively with other departments, outside consultants and attorneys to ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner. The paralegal accepts and discharges responsibility and performs the legal work of the Tribes with fidelity and discretion. This position is Open Until Filled.

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

RFP – Hearing Officer. Parker, AZ. Looking for qualified attorneys or other legal professionals to serve a two-year appointment as a Hearing Officer for the Colorado River Indian Tribes to hear disputes related to licensing and Notices of Violation issued by the Tribal Gaming Agency. Services will be provided under a professional services agreement or letter of engagement on an as needed basis. There is no deadline for selection of an attorney/legal professional but those not selected from this RFP process will be so notified.

Red Cliff Tribal Court

Receptionist. Bayfield, Wisconsin. Primary responsibility is to greet visitors, answer telephone, route calls and take messages for all programs within the Court House which includes Tribal Attorney, Chief Judge, Associate Judge, Tribal Prosecutor, and the Clerk of Court. Maintain a clean and organized reception area. Open until filled.

Stockbridge-Munsee Community

Tribal Staff Attorney. Bowler, WI. This attorney will provide a wide range of legal services for the Community with an emphasis on contract drafting and review for tribal government departments and tribal business entities and legal research. This attorney will also work with Employment Law issues, and collections/garnishments with occasional court appearances as required.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Tribal Attorney. Peshawbestown, MI. Duties include: (1) providing advice and services related to regulatory and environmental law, tribal law, civil works planning, federal procurement law, non-contractual or contractual claims, personnel and discrimination law, litigation matters, general law and preventive law; (2) drafting resolutions, motions and ordinances for tribal law; (3) interpreting regulations, laws and policies; (4) identifying potential conflicts and issues, conducting necessary legal research, and recommending solutions; (5) reviewing, analyzing, and advising on contractual disputes, claims, appeals, and litigation, as directed by the General Counsel; and (6) serving as a trial attorney. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Indian Country Engagement Coordinator (Project Manager). Minneapolis, MN. Coordinates the external engagement of the Federal Reserve System’s Center for Indian Country Development, including work on a new CICD initiative to partner with tribes and the research community on collaborative data projects. Open until filled.

Intern, Center for Indian Country Development. Helene, MT. Researching and identifying key contacts in Indian Country for CICD. Supporting the planning and logistics for CICD outreach-sponsored meetings, events, and activities. Preparing presentations, graphics, and/or other media. Conducting literature reviews and other internet-based research. Contributing to or producing written memos, reports and analyses for publication on the Bank website and other venues. Conducting environmental scans to understand tribal interests and priorities to support the CICD data initiative. Supporting the CICD social media efforts. Open until filled.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Chief Financial Officer. Dowagiac, MI. Accomplish the Pokagon Band Department of Finance objectives by planning, organizing, and directing all work required to operate and maintain departmental and other Tribal enterprise activities and services. Ensure financial and accounting policies, functions, resources, and programs are maintained in accordance with established laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Government Accounting Standards. Open until filled.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel. Albuquerque, NM. The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will cover a variety of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo and its economic enterprises; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy; and serving as the primary legal contact for the Pueblo’s enterprises on contract matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. Open until filled.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Advisor. Sacramento, CA.  The incumbent of this position will provide legal counsel to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, on a wide range of Indian Law matters, including fee to trust, tribal government, land use authorizations, and contracting and grants.  The incumbent will also work closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to defend BIA decisions in judicial litigation, while directly handling administrative litigation before the Interior Board of Indian Appeals and other bodies. This job announcement closes on September 6, 2022.

Attorney Advisor. Tulsa, OK. This position is a BIA funded position that will only work on Indian Affairs Matters within the Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains BIA Regions.  Closing date 9/9/2022.

District of Montana

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Great Falls, MT. Duties include serving as the liaison between the USAO and our Tribal government and law enforcement partners. Arrange and facilitate meetings and communication between Tribal governments and the USA and senior management to collaborate on and address the issues and needs of our Tribal communities. Assist the Tribal governments as needed by providing information, training, and resources. Acting as the advisor to the USA on all Indian Country matters in the District of Montana.  Prosecution in Federal Court of Indian Country cases and serving as the Point of Contact for at least one tribe, training of tribal prosecutors, and attending Multiple Disciplinary Team and Sexual Assault Response Team meetings. This position is open until filled.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Chief Judge/Court Administrator. La Conner, WA. Responsible for adjudication or other disposition of criminal, civil and juvenile matters, and for the judicial and administrative oversight of the Swinomish Tribal Court. Closing date – September 6, 2022.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Lead Attorney. Pendleton, Oregon. This full-time in-house position manages the Office of Legal Counsel for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), providing centralized legal representation, strategy, and advising to the tribal government. The position requires a mix of litigation, advising, negotiation, government-to-government consultation, legislative, and executive-level acuity and experience. First reviews of cover letters and resumes is August 5, 2022. Open until filled.  

RFB for Legal Aid Services Attorney. NE Oregon (Eligible counties include Umatilla, Gilliam, Morrow, Wallowa and Union). Seeking bids for service rates from attorneys interested in referred clients from the CTUIR Legal Aid Program. Attorneys bids should identify any or all of matters in which they are interested, indicate availability for in person or remote advising, and availability for court representation. The attorney should be admitted to the jurisdiction applicable to the matter at hand. Bids are accepted on a routine basis.  Submit bids in PDF format to LegalCounsel@ctuir.org with the subject line: Bid – Legal Aid Services.

Alaska Legal Services

Domestic Violence Staff Attorney. Juneau, AK. Provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence to resolve family disputes and other civil matters. The attorney will appear in state and tribal court proceedings involving family law, housing, consumer protection, public benefits, and access to health care. The attorney may also help develop new alternative dispute resolution options appropriate for trauma survivors. The position is done in partnership with the Juneau local domestic violence shelter, AWARE.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation

Tribal Prosecutor. Pablo, MT. Representing Tribal interests associated with the Tribal Prosecutors office which are routinely litigated in Criminal, Child protection, adult protection, juvenile, mental health, and Fish and Game matters. Licensed to practice, able to be licensed in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court, or alternative dispute resolution forums. Closing date is Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.

Washburn University School of Law

Tenure-Track Professor of Law (SBNT Law Clinic). Topeka, KS. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment, teaching a full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook. They will teach part-time in the clinic and part-time in other doctrinal courses as assigned. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling scholarship expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment.

Tenure-Track Professor of Law (Legal Writing). Topeka, KS. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment, teaching a full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling scholarship expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor.

Tenure-Track Professor of Law (Criminal Defense Clinic). Topeka, KS. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling teaching expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment, teaching a full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook.  They will teach part-time in the clinic and part-time in other doctrinal courses as assigned. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling scholarship expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment. The appointed hire will be responsible for fulfilling service expectations associated with a tenured/tenure-track professor appointment.

Catawba Nation

Fall 2022 Legal Internship. Remote. Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. The application deadline is September 5, 2022.

Tlingit & Haida

Associate General Counsel. Juneau, AK, Anchorage, AK or Seattle, WA. Provide legal counsel and representation to the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, federal-state relations, tribal jurisdiction, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, employment, contracts, code drafting and compliance. Closing Date: 9/16/2022

Child Support Attorney. Juneau, AK, Anchorage, AK or Seattle, WA. The Child Support Attorney will provide legal services and representation to Tlingit & Haida in child support cases and related matters. The incumbent will work closely with the Tribal Child Support Unit (TCSU). Closing Date: 9/9/2022.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Legislative In-House Counsel. Manistee, MI. Provides legal advice, guidance, direction, and representation to the Tribal Council on a wide range of issues affecting the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Anishnabek Nation; in regard to preparation of legislative actions, written legal opinions, research, and general support to the Tribal Council. Closing September 5, 2022.

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

Principal Tribal Court Advocatev. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

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

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

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

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). 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 and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contract disputes and procurement issues; and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial prep and other legal work; and performs related duties as required. Confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Assists in routine operations of Department of Justice.  This position is open until September 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Principal Attorney (Chapter Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency.  Participate in negotiations regarding on legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until September 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

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

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Reviews major crimes cases investigated by the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not prosecuted in federal court. Determines whether to recommend to the Chief Prosecutor prosecutions within a relevant Navajo Nation District Court. Considers the weight of the evidence, the importance of the case, the necessity of uniform application of law throughout the Navajo Nation, and other considerations which bear on the advisability of initiating the filing of criminal charges. Prepares memorandum of fact and law where appropriate. Initiates filing of pleadings, petitions and motions with the appropriate Navajo Nation court, prepares and tries the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until September 6, 2022 by 5:00 pm.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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U.S. Attorney’s Office – Western District of Michigan

Assistant United States Attorney. Marquette, MI. The AUSA will handle criminal cases and will work with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute a variety of federal offenses. The AUSA will have a caseload of crimes occurring on property owned by, or held in trust for, Native American Tribes. The AUSA may also prosecute a variety of other offenses, including white-collar fraud, crimes involving firearms and explosives, and drug-trafficking offenses. Applications close August 31, 2022.

Squaxin Island Legal

Legal Director. Shelton/Olympia, WA. Supports organizational policies, procedures, and goals. Responsible for budgets including development, tracking, accuracy and compliance for the department. Responsible for following budget process including deadlines and adherence to schedule and direction from Tribal Council, Budget Committee, Tribal Administrator and Comptroller. Provide Travel reports, and annual reports for the department. Participate in Director’s meetings, public meetings and team assignments as requested. Communicate with employees regarding their performance, training opportunities and career development. The application will remain open until filled.

Ziontz Chestnut

Entry-level Associate Attorney Fall 2023. Seattle, WA. The duties include assisting our experienced attorneys on current legal matters including, but not limited to, legal research and writing, litigation, regulatory/administrative and transactional matters. Applications close September 30, 2022.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rodney B. Lewis Resident – American Indian Law and Policy. Washington, DC. The key responsibilities of the position include monitoring Congressional legislative activity, political activity, regulatory developments, industry trends and media that impact clients; attending and summarizing Congressional hearings; conduct extensive, time-sensitive research and package findings; research, draft and prepare presentations and reports on select legislative and regulatory issues; and assisting with client meetings, schedules, and projects, including tracking industry events and conferences. This position is open until filled.

Earth Justice

Summer 2023 Clerk Summer 2023. Chicago, IL. Earth Justice fights proposed mines and pipeline projects that threaten the fishing and hunting rights of tribal communities and endanger the region’s treasures, including the Great Lakes and the pristine Boundary Waters. They work with communities impacted by contaminated air, drinking water, waterways, and soil to fight for environmental justice and to develop safer and cleaner neighborhoods in which to live. They are developing work that will promote healthier, more sustainable agriculture and combat climate change. Applications close September 23, 2022.

Spring 2023 Science Externship. Remote. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is seeking an undergraduate student in their senior year or a graduate student for one part-time science externship during spring 2023. The student must be eligible to receive course credit through their school or fulfill a graduation requirement for this role. Applications close September 11, 2022.

Spring 2023 Legal Externship. Remote. Various Earthjustice teams are seeking 2L and 3Ls for part- and full-time Spring 2023 (January – May) legal externships. We are seeking those who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and who can receive course credit from their law school or fulfill a graduation requirement for their work with Earthjustice. Applications close September 11, 2022.

Hobbs Straus

2023 Summer Law Clerk. Washington DC. Summer internship opportunity to work under the supervision of attorneys on Indian law matters. Applications close September 30, 2022.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Anishinabe Legal Services is looking to hire an attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums.  This position will be open until filled. Applications close September 30, 2022.

Native American Rights Fund

Project Coordinator. Boulder, CO. The Project Coordinator fulfills a range of administrative and support duties for The Implementation Project. Open until filled with interviews beginning early September.

Summer 2023 Law Clerk. Anchorage, AK. Job duties include assisting NARF attorneys by conducting legal research, drafting legal memorandums, drafting case filings, citation verification, proofreading, assisting in case management, working on special legal projects, and any other legal tasks as requested. Applications close September 9, 2022.

Summer 2023 Law Clerk. Boulder, CO. Job duties include assisting NARF attorneys by conducting legal research, drafting legal memorandums, drafting case filings, citation verification, proofreading, assisting in case management, working on special legal projects, and any other legal tasks as requested. Applications close September 9, 2022.

Summer 2023 Law Clerk. Washington, D.C. Job duties include assisting NARF attorneys by conducting legal research, drafting legal memorandums, drafting case filings, citation verification, proofreading, assisting in case management, working on special legal projects, and any other legal tasks as requested. Applications close September 9, 2022.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Legal Assistant. Portland, OR. The legal assistant will file legal documents; maintain knowledge of electronic court filing procedures; create, edit, and compile large, complex, heavily formatted documents; prepare and proofread pleadings, correspondence, memoranda, and other legal documents; prepare attorney and client meeting materials; open new client matters; maintain client and general files; provide overflow and absence coverage assistance for other offices and attorneys; prepare expense reports, reconcile accounts, and enter attorney time; schedule hearings and other client and firm meetings; order supplies, answer phones, travel arrangements, CLE and Bar license compliance, check requests, client bills and other administrative tasks as assigned. Applications will close when position is filled.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Judicial Hearing Officer, Shiprock Judicial District. Shiprock, N.M. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. 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. This position is open until filled.

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. 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. 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.  This position is open until filled. 

Lippes Mathias LLP

Indian Law Associate Attorney. Buffalo, NY. The attorney will work with clients to design effective legal strategies, defend tribal rights and formulate innovative approaches to transactional issues. A few of our areas of focus include cannabis, gaming, Indian lands, sovereignty issues and taxation. Applications will close September 15, 2022.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Paralegal. Portland, Oregon.  Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm that specializes in Federal Indian Law, seeks an experienced Paralegal to work out of our Portland, OR office.  This position is open until filled. 

United States District Court – Western District of Washington

U.S. Magistrate Judge. Tacoma, WA. Conduct most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases. Issue search and seizure warrants. Conduct trials and sentencing hearings in misdemeanor cases. Preside over civil matters upon referral from a United States District Judge. Conduct settlement conferences. Preside over civil cases upon consent of the parties. Applications close September 15, 2022.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor/Assistant Tribal Attorney. Baraga, MI. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Application process is open until filled.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Tribal Government Attorney. Omaha, NE.  Work on cases in a variety of areas including representation in tribal governments in tribal, federal, and state courts, before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies, including drafting ordinances, regulations and policies, negotiation, and review of contracts, working on fee to trust matters, and addressing tribal law and order issues.

Finance and Business Transactional Attorney. Omaha, NE. Work on cases in a variety of areas including representation in tribal governments in tribal, federal, or state courts, before federal and state legislative bodies or regulatory agencies, financing, refinancing, small business acquisitions, and tax matters, including experience with tax credit financing.

Tribal Corporate Attorney. Omaha, NE. Work on projects in a variety of areas including representation in tribal governments, tribal corporations and tribal gaming entities in a variety of matters including employment law, construction law, contracts, real property transactions, taxation matters, and SBA government contracting matters.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Staff Attorney II – Commerce Legal. Durant, OK. Responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching, and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. Offer sound legal advice and counsel to Senior Director of Legal and internal clients on strategies, actions, and decisions related to all such transactions and legal matters. Applications will close September 7, 2022.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Deputy General Counsel. Temecula, CA. Provides legal opinions and assistance to the Tribal Council, all departments of the Pechanga Tribal Government, Gaming Commission and Pechanga Development Corporation; oversee work of outside counsel; and limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status. Provides a broad range of legal services in all aspects of American Indian law. This position is open until filled. 

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Programs Project Coordinator. Portland, OR. The project coordinator for programs at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for providing high-level administrative support to the program department and program staff as well as to the events and training team. Applications close September 2, 2022.

Tlingit & Haida

Child Welfare Attorney. Juneau, AK. The Child Welfare Attorney will provide civil legal representation to Tlingit & Haida on child welfare cases and issues. The incumbent’s primary responsibility is to advise the Tribal Family & Youth Services (TFYS) department staff regarding the application of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and other State and Federal legislation that impact Tribal families. Applications close August 22, 2022.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians

RFP. Seeking proposals from qualified individuals and legal entities interested in providing legal services to represent individuals seeking to participate in or admitted to the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Family Healing to Wellness Court, Noojimo’wiigamig Inaawanidiwag (Healing Journey). Closing date: August 22, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. (central).

Puyallup Tribe Of Indians

Tribal Court Judicial Law Clerk. Tacoma, WA. Under the general direction of the Chief Judge, this position is responsible for researching and analyzing intricate, complex and sensitive legal issues and questions for the Tribal Court Judges. Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Realty Specialist – Fee to Trust. Tacoma, WA. Primarily responsible for overseeing coordinating the Fee to trust process. Maintains file systems, works with title companies, land surveyors, environmental consultants to help prepare federal requirements for the timely processing of fee property to trust status. Works as part of a team to facilitate fee to trust conversions with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and related agencies involved in the Trust Process. Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Nevada Legal Services

Staff Attorney – Indian Law Project. Reno/Northern NV. The Indian Law Project provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments based upon the needs expressed by each community. Project attorneys assist tribal governments in ICWA matters as well as act as public defender in a number of tribal jurisdictions.  Attorneys also serve individual tribal members in a wide variety of legal matters Including eviction defense, estate planning, dependency representation and economic development activities. Applications close August 22, 2022.

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Tribal Court Staff Attorney. Webster, WI. Position is responsible to assist the Tribal Court with legal research, drafting of opinions, collaborating with the Office of General Counsel on projects, code writing/revision, and will assist with the daily Tribal Court operations. Closing date – Until filled.

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

Assistant Federal Defender. Bismarck, ND. Responsible for preparing briefs, motions, and petitions for rehearing or certiorari in the United States District Courts for the Districts of North Dakota and South Dakota and United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The applicant will present oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals and may handle post-conviction matters in the district court subject to the needs of the office. Provides research and writing assistance to other Assistant Defenders representing clients at the district court level. Applications close August 26, 2022.

Stanford University

Associate Director of Native American Studies. Stanford, CA. Help build student community within the major and minor, foster student engagement with its intellectual concerns, forge connections with scholars across the University as well as nationally and internationally, and build relationships with members of the community, including alumni. The AD’s time will be focused in several areas: approximately 65% spent teaching (4 courses per academic year); 20% devoted to program development; and 15% to academic administration, student advising, and general administration. Closing Date: August 22, 2022.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Counsel. Pine Ridge, SD. The In-House Legal Counsel to the Chief of Staff will perform all the duties as set forth in Ordinance 18-18 and is subject to the provisions set forth in Ordinance No. 18-18.  The In-House Legal Counsel to the Chief of Staff shall provide legal counsel to the Chief of Staff and shall represent the Tribe in legal proceedings, as assigned.  The position shall be directly responsible to and under the supervision of the Chief of Staff as set forth in Ordinance 18-18.  The position is a political appointment and served at-will, with a term limit of two years with the possibility of reappointment. Closing date is open until filled.

RFP. Seeking proposals from qualified individuals and legal entities interested in providing Special Counsel Legal Services. Closing date: December 2, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. MST.

Swinomish Tribal Court

Chief Judge/Court Administrator. LaConner, WA. The Chief Judge is the primary judicial officer for all civil and criminal proceedings. The judge sits on the tribe’s adult Healing to Wellness Court. As court administrator the judge leads tribal court operations and program development. The position will be open until filled.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney. Fulton, MI. Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues. Prepares legal memoranda and conducts legal research as directed. Develops and implements policies and procedures.  Represents NHBP in Tribal court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. Applications due August 24, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ. Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General. Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ. 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. Works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources. Provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ. Represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney, (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings. This position is open until filled.

Attorney, (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned. This position is open until filled.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist. Window Rock, AZ.  Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work. This position is open until filled.

Attorney, (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Performs professional legal work in research, trial prep and other legal work. Confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Assists in routine operations of Department of Justice.  This position is open until September 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Legal Secretary, (Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program). Tuba City, AZ. Provide general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls and directing to appropriate staff; logs incoming/outgoing mail and distributes accordingly; schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and appointments; and makes travel arrangements for assigned professional staff. Maintains all case files for the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program. Assist in logging in documents for review and following up with professional staff on timely completion or review. Attend relevant training, conference and meetings.  This position is open until August 22 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal assistance to the Division of Economic Development, Division of Community Development, the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office, and other entities of the Navajo Nation as needed. Represents the Navajo Nation on matters related to state and federal voting; and on matters related to the Navajo Nation’s gaming compacts. This position is open until August 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor, Ramah District. Ramah, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until August 26, 2022, by 5 pm.

Prosecutor. Chinle, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until August 25, 2022, by 5:00 pm.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ. Reviews major crimes cases investigated by the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not prosecuted in federal court. Determines whether to recommend to the Chief Prosecutor prosecutions within a relevant Navajo Nation District Court. Considers the weight of the evidence, the importance of the case, the necessity of uniform application of law throughout the Navajo Nation, and other considerations which bear on the advisability of initiating the filing of criminal charges. Prepares memorandum of fact and law where appropriate. Initiates filing of pleadings, petitions and motions with the appropriate Navajo Nation court, prepares and tries the case. This position is open until September 9, 2022 by 5:00 pm.

Senior Legal Secretary. Window Rock, AZ.  Provides legal office administrative support to prosecutorial office. Drafts legal correspondence and reports, develops and maintains legal case files; proofreads all legal documents for accuracy, completeness, and conformance; maintains and prepares for destruction legal documents with applicable policy and regulations; receives criminal complaints/police reports and juvenile referrals and processes them (via Justware) for prosecutor review and filing. Receives incoming motions and pleadings, generates subpoenas, affidavits, and notice for submission to the courts. Meets with prosecutors on case management support and assist in communicating with witness, defense council and victims for upcoming court hearing, Collects and compiles statistical information from Justware and related sources for special and quarterly reports and projects. Maintains court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring. This position is open until August 19, 2022, by 5:00 pm.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position is open until filled.

Deadline to Sign on to SCOTUS Tribal Amicus Brief, Haaland v. Brackeen

Deadline is August 15 at 12pm EASTERN. If you are SIGNING ON for a tribe, email dougherty@narf.org.

If you want to know if a tribe has signed on or need a copy of the brief, feel free to harass me at fort@msu.edu.

From NARF:

Tribes – show your support for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)! All federally recognized Tribes are invited to sign on to the Haaland v. Brackeen Tribal Amicus Brief in a show of unity and support for ICWA, Native children, and Native families.

There is no cost to join this brief and over 260 Tribes have already signed on. 

Tribal Nations interested in signing the brief must do so no later than next Monday, August 15, 2022. If your Tribe would like to add its name to the brief, please reach out to NARF Senior Staff Attorney Erin Dougherty Lynch at dougherty@narf.org as soon as possible.

Please note that if your Tribe signed on to a previous brief when this case was before the Fifth Circuit, you will NOT be automatically added to this Tribal Amicus Brief―NARF still needs is an affirmative statement that your Tribal Nation would like to join the brief.

Again, please email Erin Dougherty Lynch at dougherty@narf.org to sign on to the brief.  If you would like a copy of the brief or have questions about whether your Tribe has already signed on to the brief, please email fort@msu.edu.

UCLA Castro-Huerta Event Tomorrow

Castro-Huerta v. Oklahoma and the Attack on Tribal Sovereignty: Where Do We Go From Here?  Wednesday, July 6, 202210:00 am (PT)via ZoomRegister: HERE  The Supreme Court upended two hundred years of settled law regarding criminal jurisdiction in Indian country last week in Castro-Huerta v. Oklahoma. In an opinion stemming from the McGirt case, the astonishing decision asserted that there is a presumption of state criminal jurisdiction that must be preempted in Indian country, undermining tribal sovereignty and threatening safety and security for Indian people. Join us for this webinar as we hear from the nation’s leading legal practitioners and scholars about how this case came to be and what we might expect in the wake of its holding.

Turtle Talk Operations Announcement re. Friday Job Postings

Hi everyone,

At the moment we are slightly behind on Friday job postings due to a staff shortage. The ILPC will be hiring for a program coordinator in the very near future (keep your eyes out for that posting! The irony!). Please be patient and remember we are a very small behind the scenes team here at TT and the job postings have happily grown into a fairly large weekly task. Regular Friday postings will begin again on April 8.

Thanks,

Said very small TT admin team

Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

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Yakama Nation

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

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

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

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

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

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

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

Jill Grant & Associates, LLC

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

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

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

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

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

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

Catawba Nation Request for Proposals

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

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

Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid 

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

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

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

Native American Rights Fund

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

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

California Indian Legal Services

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

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

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

Office of the Secretary of the Interior, Indian Affairs

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

Tohono O’odham Nation Office of Attorney General

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

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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

Senior Attorney, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 07, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. This position is open until March 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor. Tohajiilee, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 22, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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