A.C.S. Panel — Founding Failures: Indian Country’s Sovereignty and Subordination (9/17 @ 2:30 eastern)

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September 17, 2021

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Eastern Time

Founding Failures: Indian Country’s Sovereignty and Subordination

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Since its founding, the United States government has created and then abrogated treaties with tribal nations, taken tribal land, and pushed policies aimed at stripping indigenous communities of their language and culture. On a day that we celebrate the ratification of our founding document, it is important to remember and better understand the extent to which the U.S. Constitution specifically addresses tribal sovereignty and the ways in which the U.S. government, often enabled by the federal judiciary, has too often blithely violated that sovereignty and harmed the citizens of tribal nations. 

Join ACS as we explore the unique impact our constitutional “founding failures” had for Native Americans, the ways in which that legacy differs from other marginalized populations excluded from the original constitutional bargain, and the lessons we can learn to move forward in redressing the harms the United States has committed against tribal nations and their people.

Welcome Remarks:

Russ Feingold, President, ACS

Feature Speakers:

Ambassador Keith Harper, Partner, Jenner & Block, Moderator

Chase Iron Eyes, Lead Counsel, Lakota People’s Law Project

Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Foundation Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Elizabeth Reese, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School

Addie Rolnick, San Manuel Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

The American Constitution Society is a State Bar of California approved provider. This event has been approved for 1.5 hours of California CLE credit. 

Please click here for the Reading MaterialsEvaluation FormRecord of Attendance, and Certificate of Attendance.

As the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, ACS is committed to ensuring that all aspects of our events are accessible and enjoyable for all. If you require any accommodations, please contact us at LCemails@acslaw.org.

Bryan Newland Officially Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2021/08/07/senate-confirms-michigans-newland-lead-indian-affairs-interior-dept/7964165002/

Bryan is a double MSU grad, former tribal judge, former tribal chair, and a good friend. We are so happy for him to see the official confirmation.

Friday Job Announcements

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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: 

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

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI):

Senior Manager of Educational Programs, Washington, D.C. The Senior Manager will: (1) Deliver high quality educational programming that serves the interests and needs of ELI’s membership. (2) Recruit new members of ELI’s various membership programs. (3) Facilitate all administrative and logistical aspects of the education events. (4) Reach out to constituents and represent the Institute publicly as needed to communicate and foster particular programs and projects. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply through ELI’s application portal here no later than Friday, August 6, 2021 and must include a cover letter, resume, 1 page writing sample, and a list of references. 

Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. The Staff Attorney will: (1) Perform extensive legal and policy research and analysis. (2) Develop written products on law and policy topics in a range of formats. (3) Facilitate and coordinate meetings and communications with partners and represent the Institute publicly as needed. (4) Occasionally direct ELI projects by performing, assigning, and supervising delegated project tasks, and adhering to project budgets. (5) Periodic travel to domestic and international destinations as projects required. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply through ELI’s application portal here no later than August 15, 2021 and must include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and a list of 3 references. 

Science Fellow for the Climate Judiciary Project, Washington, D.C. Science Fellows will: (1) Provide content research on climate science for curriculum. (2) Draft materials for publication and presentation on the intersections of climate science law and policy. (3) Help develop science content for the website. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply through ELI’s application portal here no later than Friday, July 16, 2021 and must include a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. 

Native American Rights Fund (NARF):

Summer 2022 Law Clerk. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices: Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Law Clerks will: (1) Work towards preservation of tribal existence. (2) Protect tribal natural resources. (3) Promote Native American human rights. (4) Hold governments accountable to Native Americans. (5) Develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can send applications to kcheng@narf.org by September 10, 2021. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, non-collaborative legal writing sample, law school transcript, one letter of recommendation, and three references.

Paralegal, Boulder, CO. Paralegals will: (1) Coordinate and manage all aspects of cases and matters, including all phases of the litigation process. (2) Provide litigation, administrative, and clerical support for multiple attorneys. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, submit by email a cover letter, complete resume, and three professional references to Ron Mack at: rmack@narf.org. Position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Boulder, CO (preferred) or Washington, D.C. The Staff Attorney will: (1) Have excellent research and writing skills to assume a water rights and litigation docket. (2) Have interest in federal Indian law, experience with, and knowledge of, Native American communities and culture; and experience with federal and/or state court litigation. Experience in water law is a plus. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, submit a cover letter, complete resume (including representative sample of litigation matters), three professional references, and a writing sample  to Ron Mack at: rmack@narf.org. Position is open until filled.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

AmeriCorps Attorney/Paralegal for Medical-Legal Partnership Program, Traverse City, MI. Attorneys will: (1) Offer trainings for health providers and legal assistance for low-income patients at partnering hospitals or health clinics serving tribes. (2) Provide direct legal help to low-income patients at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Health Services and Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Health Clinic. (3) Provide periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities. (4) Recruit and train new volunteers from local health partners. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here

Anishinabe Legal Services  

Staff Attorney, Cass Lake and White Earth, MN. Attorneys will: (1) Handle a wide variety of civil matters before State and Tribal Courts. (2) Be able to handle a large caseload of client matters throughout a wide geographic service area. Please see the position description for more details. Email a cover letter and resume to ALS Executive Director Cody Nelson at: cnelson@alslegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, AZ. Senior Assistant General Counsels will: (1) Serve as a senior legal advisor to the Tribal Council, tribal government departments, and economic enterprises. (2) Provide legal advice and analysis of tribal, State, and Federal laws and regulations. (3) Draft and revise the Tribal Constitution, Law and Order Code, other tribal laws, ordinances, and policies. (4) Represent the Nation in Tribal, State, and Federal court actions. Please see the job description for more information. Interested candidates should submit their application to recruiter@fmyn.org by August 3, 2021.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

Associate Attorney (Indian Gaming), Oakland, CA. Associate Attorneys will provide legal advice and counsel to tribal casinos and development boards. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send their resumes to hiring@jmandmplaw.com.

Oneida Nation

Family Court Judge, Oneida, WI. The Family Court Judge will: (1) Preside over the Oneida Nation’s family law and child welfare cases. (2) Oversee proper management of the Family Court’s calendar and business, including recruiting and training guardians ad litem. (3) Supervise the Clerks of Family Court. (4) Assist in developing the annual budget for the Family Court. For more information, please see the position description or apply here. The position is open until filled.

Michigan State University College of Law

Assistant Director of Academic Support, East Lansing, MI. The Administrative Director will: (1) Manage Academic Success Program bar exam programming by developing and implementing new bar exam preparation for students to help maximize bar passage. (2) Provide guidance to and oversee all ASP Peer Mentors. (3) Advise all law students on academic support and bar support matters. Please view the position description for more information and apply here. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least 3 references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the posting is open until filled.

Earthjustice

Managing Attorney, Anchorage or Juneau, AK. The Managing Attorney will: (1) Manage, develop, and implement regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans and programmatic and litigation priorities. (2) Drive efforts to build and maintain effective working relationships with clients and partners, as well as with the news media, government officials, and donors. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit your resume and expression of interest to: Chris Spagnola at cspagnola@thinkingahead.com and Jessica Martinez at jmartinez@thinkingahead.com

Managing Attorney at the Northern Rockies Office, Bozeman, MT. The Managing Attorney will: (1) Lead and oversee the work of the Northern Rockies Office. (2) Manage, develop, and implement regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans and programmatic and litigation priorities. (3) Drive efforts to build and maintain effective working relationships with clients and partners, as well as with the news media, government officials, and donors. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit your resume and expression of interest to: Chris Spagnola at cspagnola@thinkingahead.com and Jessica Martinez at jmartinez@thinkingahead.com.  

Fort Lewis College

Visiting Instructors of Political Science, Durango, CO. Visiting Instructors will: (1) Teach four undergraduate courses per semester. (2) Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. (3) Mentor political science students and supervise undergraduate research projects. Please see the position description for more information. Submit materials as one PDF file via email by July 25, 2021 to: VisitingInstructor-Search@fortlewis.edu. Position will remain open until filled.

Rosette LLP

Indian Law Attorney, Sacramento, CA. The Attorney will: (1) Protect the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage. (2) Provide support in areas of Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law, and environmental law. (3) Build and maintain strong client relationships. (4) Must be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and a writing sample via email to: Michelle LaPena at mlapena@rosettelaw.com by 07/31/2021.

The Wilderness Society (TWS)

Associate Attorney. Denver, CO or Washington, D.C. preferred; other TWS office locations considered. The Associate Attorney will: (1) Provide legal, policy, and land use planning support to work towards achieving net zero fossil fuel emissions from federal public lands. (2) Conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda to inform litigation strategies, policy development, and other Conservation Program efforts. (3) Track and monitor docket of cases where TWS is directly engaged or interested in following outcomes. (4) Co-manage TWS law clerk program, including recruitment, onboarding, supervision, project management, feedback, and mentoring. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by August 8th, 2021.

NABA-DC Virtual Brownbag Series – Open to ALL Students & Recent Grads Interested in Indian Law & Policy Careers in DC

Every summer, the Native American Bar Association – DC organizes events and programs for summer interns working in the field of Indian law and policy. As many internships have been cancelled or have gone virtual, NABA-DC is also making its summer programs VIRTUAL. The NABA-DC programs include the Brownbag Program and Mentorship Program. Through each program, interns will be able to virtually meet and engage with attorneys and policy staff currently working in DC on issues impacting Indian Country.

If you are interested in participating please sign-up here: https://forms.gle/aR8s2TZgRM3bQeZdA

Brownbag Program: The NABA-DC Brownbag Program is for interns working in the field of Indian law and policy. This summer, NABA-DC will host virtual Brownbag events with host offices such as government agencies, law firms, and non-profit organizations.  You will get a chance to directly engage with attorneys and policy advisors currently working in DC on issues impacting Indian Country.  You will learn about their own personal career paths and the issues they work on each day. If you have any questions about the NABA-DC Brownbag program, please contact nabadcbrownbag@gmail.com.

Mentorship Program: NABA-DC coordinates a mentorship program each summer to give interns working or interested in Indian law and policy a personal networking experience.  Interns are matched with professionals working in Washington D.C., with efforts made to find mentors who are working in the same fields the interns wish to enter, enriching the interns’ educational experience in D.C. and connecting practitioners with the next generation of Native leaders.  If you have any questions about the NABA-DC mentorship program, please contact nabadcmentorship@gmail.com.

RFP for Navajo Nation

Here. Due June 8.

Scope of Work: The selected contractor (attorney or law firm) will provide the following services to the Navajo Nation: Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorneys, as independent contractors, will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General in connection with Special Investigation and related litigation matters involving the legal interests of the Navajo Nation. Proposal should describe Attorneys expertise and work experience in the following areas:

• Special Investigation Work

• Civil and Criminal Litigation in Navajo Courts and Federal Court

• Evaluating Government Attorney Ethics Issues

NAICJA Thursday Webinar for Clerks

Tribal Court Clerks Webinar 52120

Webinar Title: Administering Justice in Tribal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rapid Response Webinar Series – Tribal Court Clerks

Date & Time: Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 1:00 pm-2:30 PM MST (90) minutes.

Webinar Narrative: The National American Indian Court Judges Association presents a webinar virtual panel & discussion with Tribal Court Clerks.

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9zq-p7-vRry5qCOSEV7Pzw

Panelists: Hon. Ramona Tsosie, Pro Tem Judge, Las Vegas Paiute of Las Vegas; Court Manager, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. Moderator: Nikki Borchardt Campbell, NAICJA Executive Director

Tribal Court Clerks Webinar 52120

NAICJA Webinar on DV and PPOs During COVID

  1. Domestic Violence and EPO WebinarDomestic Violence and EPO Webinar

Webinar Title: 
Administering Justice in Tribal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rapid Response Webinar Series – Domestic Violence Issues (including Emergency Protective Orders)

  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 1:00 pm-2:30 PM MST (90) minutes.
  • Webinar Narrative: The National American Indian Court Judges Association presents a webinar virtual panel & discussion on domestic violence issues and tribal court responses issuing emergency protective orders and court hearings. Join and listen to Judge Shannon Prescott, Judge Joseph Wiseman, and Ms. Dawn R. Stover, discuss handling of domestic violence cases and court orders.
  • Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tt06TP0nQsmP3khQlqwZqg
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  • Panelists: 
    Hon. Shannon Prescott, District Judge, Muscogee Creek Nation

Hon. Joseph Wiseman, Chief Justice, Round Valley Indian Tribes, Tule River Indian Tribe

Dawn R. Stover, Executive Director, Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence

  1. Moderator: Nikki Borchardt Campbell, NAICJA Executive Director