ILPC/TICA Call for Artists — 2018 Conference (Nov. 15-16, 2018) — Feb. 28, 2018 Deadline

Links: Previous art used, 2017 Call for Presentations

If anyone would be interested in providing art for the poster and promotional materials for the TICA-ILPC Conference (coming up October 26-27! We’re going to have CLEs!), we would love to hear about it.

We use a painting and we pay the artist for the use of the work.

We print large posters of the art with the conference text and give them as gifts to attendees and presenters. It is also helpful if we are able to receive a high res scan of the work.

The deadline is Thursday, February 28th, 2018.

Please email with suggestions.


Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Indian Law Resource Center

Executive Director, supervises staff in both the Helena, Montana, and Washington, D.C., offices. Additionally, the Executive Director works closely with and provides leadership and support to the Board of Directors and especially the Board Chair. The Executive Director is actively involved in fund raising with the support of the Development Director and the Board’s Fund Raising Committee. Send a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae via email to Melanie Dayton The position will be open until filled. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Sidley Summer 2018 Fellowship, Washington, D.C. The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues. The deadline for receipt of applications for summer 2018 is March 16, 2018.

Wisconsin Judicare’s Indian Law Office

Staff Attorney, Wausau, W.I. Key responsibilities: (1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Indian individuals and groups; (2) Educate and serve Native American Elders; (3) Provide backup services and education to Tribal Benefit Specialists; (4) Participate in tribal court development and community education projects; and (5) Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Judge, Civil Division, Trial Court, Okmulgee, O.K. Exercise jurisdiction over any person or subject matter on any basis consistent with the Constitution and law of the Nation and not prohibited by federal law, including over the territorial and political boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation which includes; Creek, McIntosh, Okfuskee/Seminole, Tulsa, Hughes/Seminole (Tukvpvtce), Muskogee, Okmulgee and Wagoner/Roger/Mayes Districts.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney, White Earth Reservation, M.N. Provides civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts and Administrative Forms on or near the White Earth Reservation.

Jill Grant & Associates LLC

Summer Law Clerk, Washington, D.C. Experience and/or demonstrated interest in environmental law is required.  Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a strong academic record, and have completed their first or second full year of law school. The position is full-time for 10-12 weeks at $1,000 per week, with the possibility of a part-time position continuing into the school year.  The Summer Law Clerk will gain practical environmental law experience in a small firm setting and work closely with our attorneys on matters for our clients. Jill Grant & Associates provides environmental counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal entities, and environmental organizations, and represents tribes on jurisdictional and administrative law issues.  We are an equal opportunity employer.  Native Americans are encouraged to apply. To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) three references, and (5) a current law school transcript by email to

Department of the Interior

Supervisory Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, Branch of Environment and Lands, Washington D.C.  Overseeing the Branch of Environment and Lands, incumbent will be the first line supervisor of attorneys assigned to the Branch. Closes 2/12/18.

Other jobs recently posted:

Senior Attorney, Muckleshoot Tribe, Seattle, W.A. (2/1/2018)

Previous Friday Job Announcements2018/01/26

Favorable Settlement in Native American Church of North American v. TSA

Here are the materials in the matter of Native American Church of North America et al v. TSA et al, 17-cv-00108 (W.D. Texas January 26, 2018):

UNM’s ICRA Symposium March 8-9, 2018

Here’s a link to the web page that we’ve established for people interested in registering for the upcoming UNM symposium titled “50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act: Protection and Denial of the Civil Rights of Native Americans.” The symposium, sponsored by the UNM Law and Indigenous Peoples Program and the Tribal Law Journal, will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, March 8 and all day Friday, March 9, 2018, at Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque.

Registration is free, and space may become limited, so please act soon! Hotel rooms at Isleta Casino and Resort are available at a discount rate of $93 until February 15. Please call the hotel reservation line at 877-475-3827 and use the discount code LAW0318.

We look forward to an invigorating, wide-ranging discussion of the experiences and struggles of Native people during the five decades since passage of the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968. We hope you will be able to join us!

John P. LaVelle
Professor of Law & Regents’ Lecturer
Director, Law and Indigenous Peoples Program
University of New Mexico School of Law

Federal Court Stays Nooksack RICO Case Pending DOI Election Investigation

Here is the order in the matter of Rabang et al v. Kelly et al, 17-cv-00088 (W.D. Wash.):

Doc. 140 – Order

At plaintiff’s request, the court has extended a stay of the proceedings until April 30, 2018. It is awaiting the BIA’s final determination regarding the validity of the Nooksack’s 2017 general election.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Chief Judge, Needles, C.A. Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Fort Mojave Tribal Court, and for the administrative operations of the Fort Mojave Tribal Court and supervises the Tribal Court and its employees, including case management and the timelines of decisions. Anyone interested would go to the website, go to careers, and scroll down to fill out an application, or call the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s Human Resources Department at 760-629-6147 and we can fax or e-mail the application.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Staff Attorney, Reno, N.V. Works under the direction and supervision of the Senior Staff Attorney to provide legal counsel and representation to the RSIC Tribal Chairman, Tribal Council and staff on legal and quasi-legal matters as directed by the Senior Staff Attorney. The entire application process including downloadable job application can be found here.

Department of Justice

AUSA, Criminal Division, District of Montana, Billings, M.T. Handles the prosecution of economic crime, public corruption, narcotic cases and Indian Country cases for the District of Montana.

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Tribal Attorney, Oakhurst, C.A. Serves as an in-house legal advisor, representative, and counselor. Job application and job description can be located at

Department of Commerce

Attorney-Advisor, NOAA, Silver Spring, M.D. Provides legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on protected resources actions, such as those developed pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Federal Power Act and other protected resources statutes. Closes February 15, 2018.

Yakama Nation

Attorney II, Office of Public Defender, Toppenish, W.A. Serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Applications may be made to the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department at the Yakama Nation website. Now open until February 5, 2018. Previously posted in #57.

Comanche Nation

Associate District Judge (RFP), Lawton, O.K. Deadline for submission is February 7, 2018 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department. Previously posted in #57.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Court Investigator (RFP), Juneau, A.K. The Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Court Investigator(s) for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) Court Investigators for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one-year Options for a maximum of four years. Previously posted in #50.

Other jobs recently posted:

AUSA, Criminal Division, Western District of Michigan (1/25/18).

Previous Friday Job Announcements2018/01/19

Federal Court Affirms Sault Ste. Marie Tribe’s Sovereign Immunity to Bankruptcy Proceeding

Here are the materials in the matter of Buchwald Capital Advisors, LLC v. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, 16-cv-13643 (E.D. Mich. January 23, 2018)(In re: Greektown Holdings, LLC, #08-53104, Bankr. E.D. Mich.):

Link: Case archive