Friday Job Announcements

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

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

The Tohono O’odham Office

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

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

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

Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General

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

Lummi Nation

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

Pueblo of Sandia

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

Oneida Nation (WI)

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

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

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

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

ACLU of Washington

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

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

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

Federal Public Defender, District of New Mexico

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

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

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

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

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

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

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

Hufford and Horstman

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

See posts from April 2, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

The Tribal Caucus of the EPA Region 10

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

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation

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

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

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

Native American Rights Fund

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

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik – Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

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

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

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

The Tohono O’odham Office

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

Yurok Tribe

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

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

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

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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

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

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Chief Prosecutor

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

Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP

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

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

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

ACLU of Nebraska

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

Federal Public Defender

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

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

See posts from March 26, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Solicitor’s Office, Division of Indian Affairs, Branch of Environment and Lands

Attorney-Advisor, Washington, D.C. Incumbent reviews and prepares litigation reports, oversees discovery, drafts pleadings, and reviews all Department of Justice filings in judicial litigation on matters within assigned areas of responsibility arising out of the various programs and activities for Interior’s agencies. In addition, the incumbent advises top officials and program managers within the Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Trust Services. Closing date: 04/06/2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Staff Attorney, La Conner, WA. Qualified applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to working with Native or other minority communities and have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: contract drafting and negotiation; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; and representing public or private entities; as well as expertise in at least one of the following substantive fields of law:  Human Resources/Employment Law, Health Care, Real Estate, Tribal economic development or private sector commercial transactions, Social Services/Education, or Indian law. More information here and in the job description. Position open until filled.

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

RFP. Soliciting proposals from qualified companies to provide accounting services. 04/30/2021: Submission deadline.  RFP closes, no proposal accepted after this time. must be received by 4:00 P.M., A.S.T., 4/30/21. Please see the attached request for proposal.  

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Chief Tribal Judge, Omaha Tribal Court, Macy, NE. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging: (1) Conduct preliminary proceedings in criminal and civil matters; (2) Trial and disposition of all criminal and civil matters; and more. Application opens March 24, 2021 and is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Escondido, CA. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in all areas of Federal Indian law to provide assistance to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and individuals. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled.

Nevada Legal Services

Indian Law Staff Attorney, Reno, NV. The Indian Law Program (ILP) provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments. In that capacity, the ILP acts as public defender in a number of tribal jurisdictions and also serves as counsel to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada. The ILP also conducts clinical programs for a variety of tribal courts. Frequent travel throughout Nevada, including overnight stays, is required. Applications accepted through 4/15/21. More information here.

Grand Canyon Trust

Water Director, Colorado Plateau. With the conservation director and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust’s work on water. The position requires leadership, strategic and analytical thinking, strong relationship building skills, advocacy, and interpersonal skills. This position interfaces heavily with Tribal partners, federal agencies, state agencies, and non-governmental organization advocates in the region. Anticipated start date: May 1, 2021.Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Application review will begin on April 2, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

Law Student Opportunities

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation

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

UCLA School of Law Native Nations Law and Policy Center

Law Student Summer 2021 Research Assistant, Tribal Legal Development Clinic.The Center works to enhance Indian nations’ laws and governmental institutions while advancing cultural resource protection. Summer RAs work on issues relating to tribal legal infrastructure research projects. Anticipated subject matters will include family law, alternative dispute resolutions, international and human rights law, and cultural resource protection. Students will be asked to conduct legal research, draft white papers, draft proposed tribal, state, and national legislation, and develop legal models. Candidates should be 1Ls or 2Ls with a demonstrated interest in Indian Law. Please submit applications by email to Heather Morphew (morphew@law.ucla.edu) and include: (1) a cover letter discussing qualifications and interests, (2) a resume, and (3) a transcript of studies in law school. Applications should be received by 5pm PT on Friday, April 2, and will be considered on a rolling basis and thereafter until the positions are filled. Please see the website for more information.  

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Tempe, AZ.  Rothstein Donatelli Tempe office is seeking a 1L or 2L summer 2021 law clerk for its Indian law practice.  The law clerk will be given a variety of real work assignments for tribal clients and will learn what a career in a boutique Indian law firm entails. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, two references, law school transcript and writing sample (a sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary) to Manya Snyder at msnyder@rothsteinlaw.com.  The Application deadline is March 31, 2001. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from March 19, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

(2) Associate Justice. To be considered, interested candidates must submit a letter of intent to serve and three character references to the Judiciary Committee by close of business (COB) on Monday, March 22, 2021. For more information please see the announcement.

Yurok Tribe

Legal Fellow – Summer 2021 3L, Klamath, CA. Based on a grant made possible by California Changelawyers, Root & Rebound seeks a rising 3L for a paid, summer fellowship to serve the Yurok Tribe in Northern California. The ideal candidate will have an interest in public service, tribal justice, and a willingness to be physically located near or around Klamath, CA for the summer of 2021. The legal fellow will be trained in “reentry law”, a holistic model of legal practice embedded in the needs and goals of systems-impacted individuals. The fellow will provide direct legal services including record clearing, reduction of fines and fees, and challenging unconstitutional probation and parole terms. The fellow will also work closely with the Yurok Tribal court to support them with development of reentry programming, direct legal services, data sovereignty projects, and individual case management. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than April 2, 2021.Please see the description for more information.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Staff Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska. ANJC seeks a Staff Attorney to join our team: 1) representing Alaska Tribes in child welfare matters that implicate the Indian Child Welfare Act; 2) providing technical assistance and training to tribal justice systems; and 3) providing civil legal services to primarily Alaska Native/American Indian victims and survivors of crime. Hiring preference given to qualified Alaska Native / American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

The Native American Rights Funds (NARF)

Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation document. Closing date is April 9, 2021. For more information please see the announcement.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Tempe, AZ.  Rothstein Donatelli Tempe office is seeking a 1L or 2L summer 2021 law clerk for its Indian law practice.  The law clerk will be given a variety of real work assignments for tribal clients and will learn what a career in a boutique Indian law firm entails. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, two references, law school transcript and writing sample (a sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary) to Manya Snyder at msnyder@rothsteinlaw.com.  The Application deadline is March 31, 2001. Please see the position description for more information.


Olson, Bzdok & Howard

Litigation Associate Attorney, Frankfort, MI. Case load may include environmental law, Indian law, land use, real estate, municipal, and commercial litigation. Candidate should either be licensed in Michigan or willing to become licensed in Michigan. Both full-time and part-time applicants will be considered. Compensation and benefits are competitive in the Traverse City market area. More information on the firm can be found at envlaw.com. 

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Tribal Attorney, Mayetta, KS. The Tribal Attorney provides the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Council ant̄ the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation government with professional legal services in support of the goals of the Tribal Council and all of the Tribal departments. The Attorney is supervised and directed by the Tribal Council. Provides legal services for Tribal Council including drafting resolutions, correspondence, contracts, agreements, amendments to tribal codes, policy and procedure, legal memoranda, intergovernmental agreements, pleadings and documents; May conduct litigation in Tribal, State and/or Federal courts; and more. Position is open until filled. See the description for more information and apply online here.

Earthjustice

Litigation Assistant, Tribal Partnerships Program, Denver, CO. This position provides support for the litigation and advocacy activities of the Tribal Partnerships Program and for the administrative and operations needs of the team, which is spread out over different offices. Experience with Native American communities or tribes a plus. Depending on qualifications and experience, we plan to hire a Litigation Assistant or Senior Litigation Assistant. Please see the job description for more information.

Associate Attorney, Florida Regional Office, Miami, Tallahassee, or remote from Puerto Rico. The attorney selected for this position will focus on local enforcement, litigation and other legal advocacy driven by the concerns of communities and partners in Puerto Rico. The Associate will work on cases furthering our clean energy goals in Puerto Rico, as well as work related to clean air, clean water, toxic chemicals, pesticides and waste facilities, and zoning, among other issues of importance in Puerto Rico.  To learn more about the Florida Regional Office, click here. For more information please see the position description.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Washington, DC (temporary remote). Must be well-versed in all aspects of financial management ranging from accounting to broad investment and banking operations. The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader since the CFO will be a senior manager who will work with all departments of the organization on budgeting and financial management. The CFO will perform effective risk management and plan the organization’s financial strategy with the goal of protecting the organization’s revenues and profits to achieve full financial control and sustainable growth. Closing Date: 12/31/21. For more information, please see the job description.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office

FT Chief Civil Deputy, Civil Division, Tucson, AZ. Provide legal advice to the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, and other County departments and  elected officials; Responsible for the planning, assignment and supervision of all aspects of the work of the Civil Division with a large staff of attorneys, investigators, and support personnel; and more. Interested applicants may submit letters of interest and resumes to Chief Deputy County Attorney Tamara Mulembo, tamara.mulembo@pcao.pima.gov. For more information please see the job description.

Bureau of Land Management

Attorney-Adviser, Albuquerque, NM. Providing advice, general legal services, and litigation representation and support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior bureaus, primarily for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Closing date is March 26, 2021. Link to application: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/594676200

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

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


California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, California Indian Legal Services (CILS), Escondido, CA. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in all areas of Federal Indian law to provide assistance to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and individuals. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled.

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

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

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

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; Assist Attorneys prepares and presents civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

Office of the Prosecutor:

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. Assist with protective services for victims. Prepares victims for hearings.  This position is open until March 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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

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

http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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


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

See posts from March 12, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney, Fulton, MI. Responsibilities include Prosecution of crimes and civil infractions in the Tribal Court, which arise under the Tribe’s criminal and civil laws, including arraignments, motions, trials and appeals; Work closely with the Tribal Court Administrator and Tribal Judge(s) to improve the delivery of services within the Tribal Court and to assist the Court in case management and docket preparation; and more. For more information, please see the position description. Application deadline is March 29, 2021 at 9am EST.

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Administrative Manager, Albuquerque, NM. Support the AILC staff who oversees its grant-funded programs and activities, including but not limited to its very successful Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The position supports and facilitates the pre-award grant-preparation and submission, advises and assists on compliance issues, supervises an administrative assistant, and leads associated projects.  Closing date:  March 30, 2021. More information at ailc-inc.org.

U.S. Department of Justice

Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination & Compliance Section. Washington, DC. Providing legal counsel to federal civil rights offices; investigating complaints of discrimination, including conducting site visits and interviews; conducting legal and factual research; developing legal arguments and drafting memoranda on substantive legal and policy issues; and more. Application closes 3/25/21. Full details and application instructions are posted here: USAJOBS – Job Announcement and see the position description for more information.

Law, college/grad student internships, Fall 2021, US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination & Compliance Section, Washington, DC [remote option if office reopens]. Legal interns will assist with legal research and writing projects related to ongoing investigations, federal agency coordination, and technical assistance. Legal interns may have the opportunity to assist with investigations, including on-site witness interviews, conducting document reviews, writing document requests, and participating in negotiations. They may assist with training presentations for federal agencies and recipients. Application closes June 30, but hiring is done on rolling basis, with applications open on 3/1/21. Application procedure here. Other info on this position here.

Department of the Interior

Attorney-Advisor, Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region, Twin Cities Regional Office, Bloomington, MN your specific duties will include: Providing legal advice and services to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (and when called upon, any other Bureau of the Department of the Interior) pertaining to all relevant federal laws, regulations, and policies, including but not limited to the Endangered Species Act. Act. Duties may include advising the client on Endangered Species Act permitting actions and on occasion assisting the Department of Justice in judicial litigation. And more. For more information, please see the job description. Closing date: March 26, 2021.

The Tulalip Tribes

Parent Advocate Attorney, Tulalip, WA. Seeking practicing attorney with 3 years of litigation experience, and thorough knowledge of child welfare/dependency laws, Indian Child Welfare cases, civil litigation, and/or public defense. For more information, please see the job description. Application closes March 26th, 2021. If interested in the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to, by Email Address: Alicia Horne ahorne@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov & Mika Jira Mjira@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov, or by mail.

Associate Judge. Main responsibilities include to provide a full range of judicial services by hearing cases in the trial court regarding, but not limited to such issues as, criminal, civil, fishing, hunting, youth dependency, traffic, housing, and gaming. For more information, please see the position description.

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

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Rapid City, SD. Primary responsibilities include representing individuals accused of federal crimes in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The majority of the position’s caseload involves representing individuals accused of federal crimes under the Major Crimes Act and other federal statutes on Oglala Sioux Tribal lands. The position is open until filled with priority consideration for applications received prior to March 23, 2021. Position announcement and application instructions can be found at www.sdnd.fd.org/careers. Applications are encouraged until the announcement is removed from the site. Questions are welcome and should be directed to Jason_Tupman@fd.org.  Please see the position description for more information.

Association on American Affairs

Office Manager, remote. Excellent candidates will have experience delivering measurable, cost-effective results that make the organization’s vision a reality. The Office Manager will create and mantain efficient, effective, and creative systems to increase the productivity of the organization, and be committed to the Association’s mission to create a world where diverse Native American cultures and values are lived, protected and respected. This position is a full-time employment position. Send your application or any questions to general@indian-affairs.orgThe full position description and application instructions can be found on our website.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

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

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Judge, Hoopa, CA. Presides over and adjudicates a variety of civil and juvenile wellness cases as assigned by the Chief Judge; makes evidentiary rulings, reviews pleadings and issues orders, judgments, and decisions; and, performs legal, judicial, and administrative duties associated with an Associate Judge. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. An application can be obtained by visiting the website of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, or by contacting the Hoopa Valley Tribe Human Resources program at 530-625-9200 or emailing hr1@hoopainsurance.com.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Director of Litigation, Window Rock, AZ. As part of the DNA administrative team and working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation oversees all DNA litigation, advocacy, client education, intake, and outreach; and mentors, supervises, and works with all legal staff on major litigation and routine case work to ensure that DNA provides  high quality  legal services to DNA clients throughout DNA’s service area. The Director of Litigation also works with other DNA administrative staff to ensure compliance with all applicable professional and ethical standards. No closing date – open until filled. More information can be found at the website or see the position description.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Summer Associate – Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Minimum 2nd year law student.  The purpose of Big Fire’s Summer Associate Program is to provide law students with opportunities to develop, challenge and broaden their skills and scope of work.  We are committed to the professional development and advancement of our summer associates. Our summer associate program offers challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities to help you launch your career. Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

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

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

PEEBLES KIDDER BERGIN & ROBINSON LLP

(2) Associates, Sacramento, CA. Seeking two associates for our Sacramento office with 3-9 years of experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions and economic development, litigation and dispute resolution.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

ALCU

(2) Summer interns, Affiliate EDIB. The positions are paid, remote, and open to undergrad or graduate students. Interns will be involved in strategic conversations relevant to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging at a Nationwide scale. Interns will research and build cutting-edge projects relevant to EDIB to support a culture of learning and growth. Students apply here. Resource Here. Priority deadline is March 22, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

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

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

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

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; Assist Attorneys prepares and presents civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principle Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until March 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

Office of the Prosecutor:

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. Assist with protective services for victims. Prepares victims for hearings.  This position is open until March 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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

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

See posts from March 5, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Tulalip Tribes

Associate Judge, Tulalip, WA. Prepare and issue all necessary written orders, findings of fact, and conclusions of law, judgment orders, and opinions in a timely manner; Provide legal research and writing when necessary for the decision in a case in a timely manner; and more. Application closes March 14, 2021 4:00 pm PT. For more information, please see the position description.


Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager, NM, AZ, WY, MT, CO, UT, NV. WRA seeks an Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager to lead outreach and partnership efforts with Indigenous Nations, Indigenous communities, and Indigenous organizations in WRA’s seven state region. This new position will report to the Government Affairs Director and work closely with WRA’s program staff to identify and facilitate opportunities for collaboration with Indigenous peoples around strategies and policies that impact our earth and natural world. The Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager provides an excellent opportunity to help shape WRA’s growing partnership efforts with Indigenous peoples in the Intermountain West.

Water Policy Analyst, CO. WRA seeks a strategic and driven professional to develop and advocate for sustainable municipal water management policies and programs, and to provide technical expertise to build resilient and vibrant communities while protecting our rivers and lakes. As drought and growing population put the squeeze on water supplies, cities and towns across the West, whether urban, suburban or rural, need the tools and training to use water more efficiently so their communities thrive. The Water Policy Analyst will help shape responsible local to state wide water management policies and programs that ensure water security in the face of growing populations and climate change. Reporting to WRA’s other Water Policy Analyst, this position provides an exciting opportunity to join a non-profit dedicated to advancing sound and equitable conservation practices. 

Clean Energy Policy Analyst, AZ.  WRA is seeking a Clean Energy Policy Analyst or Senior Analyst to join our team in Arizona. This position will develop and advocate for policies and mechanisms that reduce the environmental impact of electricity production in the Interior West and more rapidly move the region toward a cleaner energy economy. The Analyst will report to the Clean Energy Program Deputy Director and will work closely with our Senior Staff Attorney and Government Affairs Manager in Arizona. This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape equitable state-level energy policy and build a clean energy future for the communities and economies we enjoy in the Interior West. 

Energy Markets Program Manager, AZ, NM, UT, NV, CO. Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks a highly motivated and experienced individual to manage its growing Regional Energy Markets Program. This program is focused on developing and advocating for policies and mechanisms that promote the continued growth of regional energy markets in the Western Interconnection in an effort to integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy generation, meet state clean energy standards, and achieve our organization’s decarbonization goals. The Energy Markets Program Manager will manage the Senior Energy Markets Policy Analyst (based in Salt Lake City, Utah) and will report to the Clean Energy Program Director (based in Boulder, Colorado). This position provides an exciting opportunity to shape both state and regional policy and build a clean, sustainable future for the region.  

Mescalero Apache Tribe  

Associate Judge, Mescalero, NM. Hear and determine all types of cases filed with the Tribal Court including, but not limited to, traffic, criminal, civil, juvenile/child welfare. Presiding over jury trials. Conducting legal research and issue orders and issue search and seizure warrants, arrest warrants, and order of protection, where appropriate. Please see minimum qualification and more information on the job announcement. 

The Pima County Attorney’s Office

Unclassified Attorney, Tucson, AZ. Prosecutes or defends a variety of criminal cases in Justice Court, Juvenile Court, Superior Court and Appellate Courts; Represents County departments, boards and commissions in civil litigation and administrative matters; Engages in negotiations for compromise and settlement of cases; and more. For more information, please see the position description.

National Congress of American Indians

Grants Manager, Washington, DC (temporary remote). Under the direction of the Vice President of Development, the Grants Manager’s essential function is to support the mission of the organization by providing grants management skills to oversee the full grant lifecycle, from application to close. The successful candidate should be proficient in grant program design and implementation, compliance and grant reporting. For more information, please see the position description.

The Pueblo of Isleta

RFL, Presenting Officer, Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM. Soliciting for a qualified contracted attorney to serve as a Presenting Officer for its Social Services, Truancy Departments, and Children’s Intervention Officer. The attorney must have experience in criminal and juvenile cases involving children and juvenile delinquents. All interested individuals can request a copy of the “Request for Letter of Interest” instructions. Details are in the attached advertisement. Letter of Interest responses are due no later than Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:00 p.m. MST.

Alward Fisher Rice Rowe & Graf

Associate Attorney, Traverse City, MI. Family Law practice. Application is open until filled. See requirements and responsibilities in the attached job description.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, OK.  Some Assistant Prosecutor positions with be assigned to ICW deprived cases and other positions will handle criminal prosecution. For more information see the website.

Public Defender Director, OK. For more information see the website.

Attorney, OK.  For more information see the website.

Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota

Assistant General Counsel, Morton, MN. The Assistant General Counsel will provide legal services and representation to the Community Council, the Community’s government administration, and its enterprises. Responsibilities include review and negotiation of contracts, drafting of legal codes and policies, promotion of the Community’s interests with state and federal officials, and appearances in tribal, state, and federal courts. Please contact karen.swann@lowersioux.com with questions, and see position description for more information and to apply.

Yurok Tribe

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

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, International Program, San Francisco, CA. The Associate Attorney will support and collaborate with our team of lawyers and scientists working to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. Please see the position description for more information.

For Love of Water

Legal Director, Traverse City, MI. The Legal Director will work closely with the entire FLOW staff to provide the organization and partners with legal analysis and research to support a wide range of Great Lakes campaigns.  Responsibilities include conducting legal research and preparing memoranda related to environmental law cases, reviewing proposed laws and regulations, drafting amicus briefs and other litigation documents, and more. For more information please see the position description.


Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General:

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

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

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; Assist Attorneys prepares and presents civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principle Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until March 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

Office of the Prosecutor:

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Ramah, NM.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 11, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Investigator, Window Rock, AZ.  Oversees and supervises the White Collar Crime Unit (WCCU) investigations and casework. Receives and reviews the intake of complaint, criminal and/or civil for assignment to investigator. Works with the investigator as required. Upon the acceptance of the case (criminal and civil), establish case management plan, begin gathering evidence and investigate the initial complaint, review records, documentation, police complaints/report, and discovery material. Searches criminal dockets/complaint(s) for possible related criminal cases, outlines the path of the investigation, identify concerned parties and conduct interview of witness(as) and others to obtain testimony(is) relevant to the case in writing or media from complainant, police, and concerned parties. Secure factual, media, and physical evidence, Works closely with local law enforcement to secure the necessary search warrants and subpoenas, and obtain assistance from law enforcement to secure/review evidence, and/or recover stolen property. Establish and work with financial institutions, vendors, media, and etc. to obtain evidence. Partner as needed with law enforcement to obtain evidence at a criminal scene, preserve the evidence and secure the evidence for trial. Analyze evidence and prepare for case review with prosecutor(s). Work with prosecutor(s) to present evidence in court. May be required to testify in court at the tribal, state and federal level. Maintain high levels of confidentiality and security within WCCU, May be required to work with a Special Prosecutor in specialized cases. Maintain a case management system, assist with cataloging, seizing, securing high profile cases, Prepare case reports, review report(s) from investigator to establish a final report, prepares status, close out, quarterly, and annual reports, Secure and implement use of electronic media to secure/obtain evidence, sketches/diagrams of crime scene, Oversee investigator activities and provide guidance and necessary.  This position is open until March 11, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Investigator, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision performs investigative functions on assigned cases from initial planning through finding facts, evidence, and reporting results in a clear and logical manner. Conducts thorough study of criminal complaints, police reports, conduct field investigations, collects evidence, and related documentation. Maintains daily log of activities/investigation progress. Conduct interviews of potential and real witnesses and suspects, evaluates reliability and credibility; Completes field investigations on and off the reservation to locate suspects and witnesses, observe suspicious activity, trace financial transactions/records, and collect evidence. Conduct search and seizures, analyze forensic evidence, analyze financial documents, ability to recognize fraud/schemes and collect, classify, and enter into evidence findings.  This position is open until March 11, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2020 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice: The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice: Natural Resources, Tax and Finance, Litigation, Employment, Human Services/Government Services, Economic Development, Water Rights, Chapter (local) government, and  Relocatee Benefits. Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application, which can be found at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Pendleton, OR. Assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

Lummi Nation

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Office of the Reservation Attorney, Bellingham, WA. Works under the direction of the Legal Director and represents the Lummi Nation in criminal and civil proceedings before tribal, federal, state, and local courts. The job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor is evaluated by the Legal Director. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-mail (Application Required)  For more information contact the HR front desk (360) 312-2023.  Submit LIBC application, application, cover letter, resume, short writing sample & reference letters no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date listed above.  If listing degrees or certifications include copies.  For more information please see the position description.

Black Mesa Trust

Black Mesa Trust Just and Equitable Transition Project Manager, Northern Arizona, largely remote. Main duty is representing Black Mesa Trust’s just transition projects at the state, tribal, and utility levels (see details in job post). Application is open until filled.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Law Clerk, Tempe, AZ.  The Tempe office of Rothstein Donatelli specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, civil litigation and transactional matters.  The Rothstein Donatelli Tempe office is seeking a 1L or 2L summer 2021 law clerk for its Indian law practice.  The law clerk will be given a variety of real work assignments for tribal clients and will learn what a career in a boutique Indian law firm entails.  You will be assigned an attorney mentor but you will be working with and receiving feedback from each of the four attorneys in our Tempe office.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, two references, law school transcript and writing sample (a sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary) to Manya Snyder at msnyder@rothsteinlaw.com.  The Application deadline is March 31, 2001. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 26, 2021.

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

Opportunities for Students

Lewis & Clark Law School

Study Indian Law Remotely This Summer. Offering summer courses via remote learning for the first time during Summer 2021. Law students from any accredited law school will have the opportunity to learn from top Indian Law experts around the country via classes conducted through Zoom. Registration for summer classes begins in February and the add/drop period ends on May 31, 2021. Summer classes are available for academic credit to Lewis & Clark law students, visiting law students, and for auditing by attorneys and non-law students. Please see the description for more information.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation

Paid Fellowship, Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy, may be temporarily remote, Washington D.C. Seeking candidates for a 27-month paid professional fellowship. American Indian and Alaska Native tribal members are strongly encouraged to apply. FCNL’s Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy receives one-on-one training from an FCNL lobbyist with deep experience on Native American policy issues and participates fully in the organization on the Domestic Policy Team. As an FCNL employee, this position receives professional level salary and benefits. For more details and to apply, visit fcnl.org/congressional-advocate. Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2021.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Division of Intergovernmental Affairs Summer Intern, Odanah, WI or remotely. The internship will entail legal research and writing, collaboration with GLIFWC staff and tribal leadership in meetings on tribal off-reservation wildlife and fishery management issues and participation in cultural activities. We are also intentional about providing value to our interns through mentorship, tailoring projects to the professional interests of our interns and activities related to the intern’s career development. Applications will be received until March 22, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDST. Please see the description for more information.

Lochen Law Offices

Summer Associate, currently remote, Milwaukee, WI. The position is for law students who have successfully completed or are presently enrolled in Constitutional Law—Powers and Federal Indian law, and have a demonstrated interest and/or background in advocating on behalf of Indian tribes. 2Ls and 3Ls based anywhere in the U.S. are encouraged to submit. The closing date is March 31, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Indian Law Opportunities

National American Indian Court Judges Association

RFP, Presentation Proposals. NAICJA invites presentation proposals for the 52nd Annual Virtual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference to be held October 19-21, 2021. NAICJA’s Annual Conference offers innovative and timely tribal justice information through high quality presentations by national experts. Deadline to submit is Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 pm MST. Submission form here. Please see the announcement for more information.

Secretary of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser (General), Anchorage, AK.  Responsible for providing advice, legal services, litigation representation and support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior bureaus, primarily for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  As an Attorney-Adviser with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Alaska Regional Office, duties will primarily be dedicated to providing legal services to the BIA-Alaska Region. Accordingly, expertise in general Indian law, Alaska Native law, and contracting and compacting pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act is strongly preferred.  Please see the announcement for more information.  The closing date for this announcement on USAJobs is March 5, 2021.

University of Maine School of Law

(2) full-time Visiting Professor of Law, Portland, ME. Inviting applications for positions to teach Criminal Law or Property Law (including associated subjects such as Immigration, Natural Resources, and Federal Indian Law) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Members of minority groups, women, and others whose background would contribute to the diversity of the law school are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted to the University of Maine System Higher Touch portal here. You may email any questions to mainelawsearch@maine.edu. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

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

Prairie Island Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Welch, MN. The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for representing the Community in various matters, including those involving: contracts, tribal governance and tribal agencies, employment issues/disputes, land and environment, and more. The Assistant General Counsel position also includes representation of the Community’s Family Services Department in child protection, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), adult guardianship and other matters in the Community’s Tribal Court and other courts as needed. Please see the position description for more information and to apply.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney – Assistant Prosecutor,  Tulalip, WA. Prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases in Tulalip Tribal court. Provide legal advice and support to the Tulalip Police Department. Draft and revise Tribal Codes for the Tribal lawmaking body. Conduct legal research concerning Tribal, Federal and State law. Application closes March 22, 2021. Contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov for more information and see the position description.

Attorney – Child Welfare, Tulalip, WA. Provides effective consultation and legal advice to Tribal Government, Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors, departments, programs and committees of Tribal government, appears in tribal court and superior court on behalf of Tulalip Tribes, and more. Application closes March 22, 2021. For more information contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov and see the position description.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Elwha Enterprises

Board Members, Elwha Enterprises, WA. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks 5-7 initial Board members for its newly formed Elwha Enterprises. Lower Elwha is located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, just west of the city of Port Angeles. Current businesses include small Class II Casino, Food & Fuel Convenience Store, Smoke Shop, retail Cannabis Store, hotel in planning stages. Experience in tribal economic development law highly desired for at least some Board slots.  Please see the description for qualifications, contact info, and the application form. Please apply by March 9 for priority consideration.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Child Advocacy Center Coordinator

Part-Time Child Victim Advocate / Interviewer, Sitka, AK. Interview children at a child advocacy center and serve as a child and caregiver advocate (alternating between roles for cases). Application closes March 5, 2021. To apply, visit www.sitkatribe.org and please see the position description for more information.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Pendleton, OR. Assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

PEEBLES KIDDER BERGIN & ROBINSON LLP

(2) Associates, Sacramento, CA. Seeking two associates for our Sacramento office with 3-9 years of experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions and economic development, litigation and dispute resolution.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 19, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Associate Tribal Judge, Peshawbestwon, MI. Responsible for the operation and management of the Tribal Court and serve as the Conservation Associate Judge for the Conservation Court in the absence of the Chief Tribal Judge. Open Until Filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be a Utah State Licensed Attorney or eligible and have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.  Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed application material. Please see the position description for more information.

Lummi Indian Business Council

Staff Attorney II, Bellingham, WA. Works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the supervision of the Legal Director. Duties may include representing the Nation primarily in state court proceedings involving Lummi Children and youth and other staff attorney duties as assigned.  Job performance of the Staff Attorney II is evaluated by the Legal Director. Click here to obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application and see the job description for more information. Applications are open until filled.

Earthjustice

Deuputy Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Denver, CO. Candidates should have at least ten years of litigation experience, as well as experience supporting the professional development of less senior attorneys through training and mentorship. The position will be located in Denver. Please see the position description for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Tohono O’odham, AZ. provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. Please see the position description for more information.

Colville Confederated Tribes

Administrative Law Judge, Nespelem, WA. Responsible for conducting administrative hearings and writing decisions for cases involving personnel (discipline/terminations) appeals and child support enforcement cases. Child support enforcement cases require that the Administrative Law Judge coordinate program activity with county, state and federal agencies on obtaining and exchanging factual information for utilization in hearing, reviews, and as appropriate signs order for the Tribes child support program. Open Until Filled with Weekly Reviews.

Environmental Law Institute

Director, Environmental Justice Initiative, Washington, DC (but temporary telework due to Covid-19). The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is looking for a seasoned legal professional to serve as Director of the Environmental Justice Initiative. We seek an experienced environmental justice (EJ) expert who can draw together ELI’s unique strengths and further our work devising legal, policy, and governance solutions to systemic racism in the United States. Applications close March 19, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

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Job Announcements

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

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

The Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance

 (3+) Judges for the National Native American Law Students Association’s writing competition. Each judge must have significant knowledge of Federal Indian Law (five or more years experience practicing in the area of Federal Indian Law and/or specializing in Federal Indian Law in academia) and be available to read and judge submissions from March 5th to March 15th, 2021. If you are interested, please send your resume or CV to ipjlcr@lawnet.ucla.edu. Judges will receive a special note of appreciation and recognition in the front matter of Volume 7 of the Journal (forthcoming 2021).

Michigan State University College of Law

Assistant Director of Academic Support, Academic Success Program, East Lansing, MI. More information about this fixed-term, Academic Specialist Advisor position can be found in the posting is on the MSU’s Career website.  Applications are due by Friday, March 5, 2021.

National American Indian Court Judges Association

RFP<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p><a href="https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/conference-coordinator-rfp-20211-1.pdf&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/conference-coordinator-rfp-20211-1.pdf</a>RFP, Conference Coordinator. The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) invites proposals for a Conference Coordinator for the National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Virtual Conference, October 20-21, 2021. The virtual conference will provide quality, culturally-appropriate topics highlighting American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations justice systems to more than 200 tribal judges, peacemakers and court personnel, with 20+ presenters, and 10+ vendors and exhibitors.</p> , Conference Coordinator. The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) invites proposals for a Conference Coordinator for the National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Virtual Conference, October 20-21, 2021. The virtual conference will provide quality, culturally-appropriate topics highlighting American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations justice systems to more than 200 tribal judges, peacemakers and court personnel, with 20+ presenters, and 10+ vendors and exhibitors.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Tribal Development Division Director, Fairbanks, AK. This position provides leadership and direction for the TCC Tribal Development Division, developing and implementing strategies in accordance with organizational plan; incumbent will plan, direct, coordinate, monitor, evaluate the day to day operations of the Tribal Development Division. Open until filled. Apply online and see the position description for more information.

Family and Workforce Services Division Director, Fairbanks, AK. This position will plan, direct, coordinate, monitor, evaluate the day-to-day operations of Client Development programs administered by Tanana Chiefs Conference. Open until filled. Apply online and see the position description for more information.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be a Utah State Licensed Attorney or eligible and have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.  Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed application material. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Isleta

Presenting Officer, Request for Letter of Interest, Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM. The Pueblo of Isleta is soliciting for a qualified contracted attorney to serve as a Presenting Officer for its Social Services, Truancy Departments, and Children’s Intervention Officer. The attorney must have experience in criminal and juvenile cases involving children and juvenile delinquents. Details are in the attached advertisement. Letter of Interest responses are due no later than Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00 p.m. MST.

National Congress of American Indians

Chief Executive Officer, Washington, DC. Founded in 1944, NCAI is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country.  NCAI’s CEO is responsible for administering and managing all strategic and operational aspects of the organization under the direction and supervision of the Executive Committee and collaborates with the Committee on creating a vision to support the long-term success of NCAI and the NCAI Fund. Closing date is Feb. 28, 2021. Please visit the website and see the job description for more information.

Policy Analyst, Washington D.C.  Support the policy and advocacy functions of NCAI with respect to human service issues areas. NCAI 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. NCAI also manages several grants to enhance relationships between tribal governments and the federal, state, and local governments in order to better meet the needs of tribal citizens, and uphold the government-to-government principles that are essential to the autonomy of tribal governments. Position is open until February 12, 2021 or until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Court

Court Administrator, Trinidad, CA. Responsible for management and supervision of daily court operations and management, including assuming responsibility for the development, implementation and maintenance of case management systems, facilities management and security, strategic planning and fiscal activity, including budget development and administration and supervision of other financial matters of the Court. Application here and please see the position description for more information.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney – Litigation/Environmental, Tulalip, WA. Handles all phases of litigation in tribal, state and federal courts. Provides legal advice and support to Natural Resources, Environmental and Land Use Departments for the Tulalip Tribes. Drafts and revises Tribal Codes, and more. Applications close February 22, 2021. For more information contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation 

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

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

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

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

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Intern/Extern.  Traverse City, MI.  Provide assistance to attorneys on a broad range of cases.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney, the office is located within the Santa Ana Pueblo lands, however, due to COVID-19, NMLA has allowed accommodations for remote work temporarily. NAP attorneys handle cases and matters in several jurisdictions involving federal Indian law and tribal law issues, including representation of low-income individuals in Pueblo and tribal courts and other forums, which may include family law, consumer law, and criminal law matters. Please see the position description for more information and to apply. Deadline to apply is February 19, 2021, otherwise open until filled.

AmeriCorps Member: Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney. Practice Areas Children’s Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, and more. For more information and to apply, please see the position description. Deadline to apply is February 28th, 2021, however candidates are encouraged to apply sooner as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

House Committee on Natural Resources

Member Services Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Outreach & Engagement, the Member Services Coordinator plays a lead role in ensuring that the needs and priorities of the committee’s members are incorporated into its outreach and engagement activities, and actively cultivates opportunities to highlight and feature members and their interests. Please see the position description for more information.

Staff Assistant, Washington DC. The Democratic staff of the HNRC seeks an organized, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Staff Assistant (SA). Candidates should be passionate about issues within the Natural Resources Committee’s jurisdiction, possess basic knowledge of the Committee process, have excellent time management and multitasking skills, and display an active willingness to learn. Full job description and instructions on how to apply can be found here and the attached job description. Deadline to apply is Wednesday February 17, 2021.

ACLU Montana

Policy Director, Advocacy and Policy Department. This is an opportunity for a visionary professional to build on the success of the premier civil liberties and civil rights organization in Montana. Application reviews begin March 8, 2021. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Environmental Law Institute

Intern(s), research and publications departments, remote. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus include domestic and international policy and law such as: land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, and more. Positions are available throughout the academic year (minimum 15 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters) and during the summer (full-time). This position is for summer 2021 and will be fully remote. Compensation is not available. Applications for the summer internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST Friday, March 5, 2021. For more information, please visit ELI’s application system and visit www.eli.org.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Chicago, IL, New York, NY or Philadelphia, PA. The Coal Program at Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are working to end the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power, stop proposed gas-fired power plants, and advance a just and equitable clean energy transformation. As Earthjustice handles coal litigation around the country, the position may entail significant travel. Please see the position description for more information.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Seeking an associate with office with 1-3 years’ experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions, federal consumer protection law, and/or working with Indian tribes.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 5, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

Summer Associate, Winnebago, NE or Omaha, NE (Bellevue). Minimum 2nd year law student. The purpose of Big Fire’s Summer Associate Program is to provide law students with opportunities to develop, challenge and broaden their skills and scope of work.  We are committed to the professional development and advancement of our summer associates. Our summer associate program offers challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities to help you launch your career. Position closes 3/31/21.

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE (Bellevue). 5-10 years experience. 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. Position closes 2/28/21.

Gaming and Compliance Attorney, Winnebago, NE or Omaha, NE (Bellevue). Minimum 5 years experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law. Position closes 3/31/21.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Legal Fellow. This fellowship is a one year position from September 2021 to September 2022. JD required. Applicants should apply with resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to hr@mncenter.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Paralegal, currently remote, Longview, WA. Perform a full range of duties within the legal department under the direction of the Lead Staff Attorney. Job duties include intake, preparing tax exemption forms, drafting fee to trust applications, processing subpoenas, conducting real estate due diligence, maintaining the filing system, correspondence, and other general office duties.  For a complete list of job duties, qualifications, and how to apply, please visit the Careers section on our website and see the position description. Open until filled.

The Navajo Nation Shopping Centers, Inc. (NNSCI)

RFP, Window Rock, AZ. NNSCI, a Navajo Nation owned corporation is soliciting bids for General Counsel Services.  NNSCI is a property management company that manages and operates ten (10) neighborhood shopping centers throughout the Navajo Nation. Navajo Nation Bar Association members and applicants in good standing with other state Bar Associations, will be considered.  Deadline is Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5 PM. Please see the request for more information.

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Attorney, San Francisco, CA. Seeks a junior or mid-level associate attorney with experience and interest in environmental and/or Native American matters – particularly, but not exclusively, matters arising under the National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Indian Reorganization Act, or Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.  When pandemic restrictions are lifted, you will have opportunities for travel and client meetings both within and beyond California. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

Coyote Valley Casino

Chief of Staff, Redwood Valley, CA. Plans and directs all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Tribal Council, CFO, and other executives; Organizes and prioritizes critical issues and required information for the executives to facilitate efficient decision making; Acts as a point of contact or gatekeeper between top management and tribal membership; and more. For more information, please see the position description. Apply here. Position is open until filled.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Tribal Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI. Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation. Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases. In order to be considered for this position you must apply at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page then click apply now. Please see the position description for more information.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed Tribal Application Form. Please see the position description for more information.

Wilton Rancheria

Self-Help Attorney, currently remote, Elk Grove, CA.  This is a new service and this position will include program development with assistance from the Wilton Rancheria Tribal Court leadership.  The self-help attorney will be expected to provide advice and assistance to tribal members on a variety of legal matters both within the Tribal Court and other forums including family law, social services, and government/administrative law. The self-help attorney must be able to commit sixteen (16) hours per month to the position.  The closing date for submission is February 26, 2021 at 5:00pst. Please see the position description for more information.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The Associate General Counsel (AGC) is the primary attorney responsible for reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts, subawards, and other agreements for AVCP departments and divisions; serves on AVCP’s negotiation team for federal and state compacts; and monitors compliance with contracts and other agreements. The AGC will also participate in legal advocacy initiatives typical of a tribal non-profit. Applications considered on a rolling basis. Please view the job announcement for more information. To apply, send cover letter and résumé to janderson@avcp.org and complete the online application for employment.

Yurok Tribal Court Reentry Program

Case Worker, Klamath, CA. Responsible for an ongoing case load of Reentry participants to include youth, adults, and/or families in the Yurok Tribal Court. The Reentry Case Worker will also work closely with the Reentry Program Attorney and Wellness Program staff to manage and providing programming. Open until filled. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Program Assistant, will be remote/virtual (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; ​Los Angeles, CA preferred). Responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties to assist the Tribal Youth Resource Center project, a project of the TLPI. Closing date is February 28, 2021. To apply Submit your application via email to Jessica Harjo, Operations Director, at Jessica@tlpi.org

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Court

Clerk of Court, The Shakopee Court and the Court Clerk’s Office, Prior Lake, MN. The Clerk’s duties include maintaining all of the Court’s files and the Court’s case-status database; filing all pleadings and papers that the Court receives; scheduling all Court proceedings and preparing and transmitting the requisite notices for those proceedings; and more. For more information please see the description. Deadline for Applications February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

The Native American Rights Fund

Communications Specialist, currently remote, Boulder, CO. Create strategic, informative, and compelling content such as web pages and blog articles, social media, infographics and fact sheets, email newsletters, videos, case descriptions, press releases, and print publications. Emphasis for this position will be on creative graphic design and digital outreach strategies and content. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from January 29, 2021.