Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

EarthJustice

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

DNA – People’s Legal Services

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

The State Bar of Wisconsin

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

The Lummi Indian Business Council

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

Echaga Corporation

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

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

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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

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

Tule River Indian Housing Authority

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

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory grounds for local authority, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present cases in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Primary duties include responding to Requests for Legal Services submitted by Chapter Officials/Staff or Division of Community Development Staff by researching applicable laws and the drafting legal memoranda, meeting with Chapter Staff/Officials and Division Staff, travel to Chapters, drafting and reviewing contracts including construction contracts, drafting and reviewing other legal documents on behalf of the Chapters.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor

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

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

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

Water Rights Units 

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

 

See posts from June 26, 2020.

Washington SCT Restores Yakama Nation’s Challenge to Yakima County Land Use Decision that would Disturb Cemeteries

Here is the opinion in Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. Yakima County:

Opinion

National Indian Law Library Bulletin (7/1/2020)

Here:

We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at narf.org/nill/bulletins/

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin 
http://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/sct/2019-2020update.html
Petition for certiorari was filed in one case on 6/19/20:
United States v. Cooley (Jurisdiction)
Petition for certiorari was denied in one case on 6/29/20:
Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, et al. v. Bureau of Indian Affairs, et al. (Administrative Procedure Act)

Federal Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/federal/2020.html

  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. Yakima County (Criminal Jurisdiction)
  • New Holy v. Department of the Interior (Tribal Constitutions)
  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin (CARES Act)
  • Lorry van Chase v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (Freedom of Information Act)

State Courts Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/state/2020.html
Lavallie v. Jay (Jurisdiction; Personal Injury)
Hopi Tribe v. Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership (Attorney Fees)

U.S. Legislation – 116th Congress Bulletin 
https://narf.org/nill/bulletins/legislation/116_uslegislation.html

  • S.4059 – A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to States, political subdivisions of States, Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, community-based entities, and primary care and behavioral health organizations to address behavioral health needs caused by the public health emergency declared with respect to COVID-19.
  • S.4079 – A bill to authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land, and for other purposes.
  • S.4081 – A bill to provide a grant program for elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education to help offset costs associated with complying with guidelines, recommendations, and other public health communications issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a State, Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or locality related to mitigating the hazards presented by COVID-19.
  • S.4090 – A bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, and for other purposes.
  • S.4113 – A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide grants to States and Indian Tribes to deploy affordable, high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article) 
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/lawreviews/2020.html

  • Indian lives matter: Pandemics and inherent tribal powers.
  • Codifying the rights of nature.
  • Running for missing and murdered Native women.
  • Yurok Tribe fishing court.

News Bulletin
https://www.narf.org/nill/bulletins/news/currentnews.html 
This week, in brief:

  • ‘Wear your mask, do your part’: Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus
  • ‘End of an era’: American Indian Services closes after 49 years
  • Navajo Nation president says New Mexico still failing students
  • Tribes’ human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here’s how they get returned
  • Judge: Alaska corporations can get tribal virus relief money
  • Blackfeet propose permanent protections for Badger Two Medicine
  • Speaker Seth Damon signs Navajo Nation Diné Pride Week proclamation to recognize equality progress
  • Native women law students excluded from so-called “Women of Color in Law Schools” study
  • Knowing, rethinking a shared history

Arizona COA Holds Hopi Tribe Owes $300K in Attorney Fees to Arizona Snowbowl

Here is the opinion in Hopi Tribe v. Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership:

Unpublished Opinion

The case is on remand from the Arizona Supreme Court, which rejected the tribe’s public nuisance theories here.

Federal Court Dismisses Effort by Oglala Sioux Constitutional Reform Committee to Support Secretarial Election

Here are the materials in New Holy v. Dept. of the Interior (D.S.D.):

1 Complaint

9 Motion to Dismiss

21 DCT Order Staying Discovery

22 Opposition

26 Reply

28 DCT Order

Children’s Bureau Letter on Termination of Parental Rights During COVID

Childrens-Bureau-Letter-Termination-of-Parental-Rights-and-Adoption-Assistance

A decision to file a TPR petition should be made in light of the impediments that a parent might face as a result of the pandemic. An agency should evaluate carefully whether parents have had a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate that they have made the necessary efforts to reunify with their children before taking that step.

As such, I urge agencies to continue to consider the totality of each family’s circumstances prior to filing a TPR petition. During the pandemic and its aftermath, agencies also may want to consider instituting protocols that provide an extra layer of review prior to filing a TPR petition.