Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to

  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.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

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 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 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 This position is open until filled.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit This position is open until filled.

Department of the Interior

Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, Albuquerque, NM. Main duties include advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Application closing date is November 15, 2019. Please apply here and see the position description for more information.

Pokegnek Bodewadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)

Executive Director, New Buffalo, MI. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Gaming Commission under the supervision of the Commission and provides administrative support to the Gaming Commission. Position will be filled by 1/1/20. See attached description for responsibilities.

California Indian Legal Services (CILS)

Staff Attorney and Intake Advocate, Sacramento, CA. Work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. For more information please see the job descriptions.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFQ, Stevenson, WA, approximately an hour from Portland. The Umatilla Tribes seek quotes for approximately 4 days of facilitating priority setting retreat for the Board of Trustees 2020-2021 term. The facilitator will be coordinate with staff in preparation of the event.  Quotes are due December 2, 2019.

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

RFP. Provide public defense services for indigent criminal defendants for a term of one year commencing on approval of a professional services agreement.  The term will include an option to extend the contract with the mutual agreement for parties for an additional two-year period.   This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks responses from both private law firms and public agencies. Attached is the PDF RFP. Closing date is November 29, 2019.

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Americans

Executive Director, Albuquerque, NM. Lead the organization in building and strengthening social, political, and economic environments in which violence against Native American women no longer exists. Apply here if you have questions about the position please contact, Olivia Roanhorse at: See the position description for more information. The position closes on December 20th, 2019.

Associate Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. Provision of business law services to tribal entities, including developing, amending, advocating, negotiating and/or implementing: governing documents, codes and amendments to support self-governance and economic development; employee handbooks and policies and procedures; intergovernmental agreements; and business documents. Open until filled. For more information please see the position description.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Senior Staff Attorney, The Office of the Reservation Attorney, Nespelem, WA. Strong research and writing skills are required. Candidates with litigation experience and experience working with Indian Tribes are preferred. For more information please see the position description.

The Swinomish Tribal Court

Bailiff/Administrative Court Clerk, La Conner, WA. The bailiff prevents potentially life-threatening activities directed toward judges, court personnel, jurors, witnesses, defendants, prisoners and the general public; maintains order in the courtrooms. The administrative clerk performs specialized law enforcement and other criminal justice records data entry, maintenance, verification and retrieval into tribal, state and federal data bases. This will be open until filled. Apply here and see the job announcement for more information.

Michigan State University College of Law

Secretary II, The Admissions and Financial Aid Office, East Lansing, MI.  This is a new type of position for the Law College.  The deadline to apply is November 26, 2019.  More information can be found here.

Executive Secretary II, The Dean’s Suite, East Lansing, MI.  The deadline to apply is November 26, 2019.  More information can be found here.


Deputy Managing Attorney, NYC or Philadelphia. Join our team of lawyers and advocates who are working to end the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power, stop the growing rush to replace coal with new gas plants rather than clean energy, and ensure that the toxic legacy of coal ash pollution is cleaned up.  Work with the Coal Program’s Managing Attorney and other Deputy to ensure effective management of a growing team of lawyers and professional staff, and litigate cases relevant to the Coal Program’s goals in federal courts, state public utility commissions, and other forums.  For more information please see the position description.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney, Tribal Government, Fulton, MI. Attend meetings; Provides timely legal advice/counsel; Prepares legal memoranda and conducts legal research as directed;  Develops and implements policies and procedures; and more. Application closes December 2, 2019 at 8:30am. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

Gila River Indian Community

Defense Attorney II (Public Defender), Sacaton, AZ. The Defense Services Office seeks an experienced, dedicated attorney to represent Tribal members in misdemeanor and felony cases. The ideal candidate is comfortable with representing clients at all stages of the criminal process, including jury trials and appellate matters. Competitive pay and benefits. This position is open until filled. Please apply here, or see the position description for more information. Applicants with additional questions should contact Defense Services at (520) 562-5700.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Associate Counsel, Pine Ridge, SD. Work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, the Executive Committee and with the Health and Human Services and Education Standing Committees. Counsel must attend weekly meetings with Committees and attend Tribal Council meetings as assigned. For more information please see the position description.


See posts from Nov 8, 2019.

Federal Circuit Decides Baley v. United States [Indian reserved water rights to Klamath River water predate farmers]

Here is the opinion.

Here are the briefs:











National Indian Law Library Bulletin (11/13/2019)


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

U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
Petition for certiorari was filed in this case on 4/4/19: 
Terry v. Oklahoma (Reservation Boundaries)

Federal Courts Bulletin
Seneca Nation of Indians v. State of New York (Indian Gaming) 

U.S. Legislation – 116th Congress Bulletin

  • S.2808 – A bill to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)

  • Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act at seven years.

News Bulletin 
This week, in brief:

  • Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
  • Crow Creek second tribe to adopt LGBT hate crime laws
  • Voters reject ballot measure in Utah opposed by Navajos
  • What western states can learn from Native American wildfire management strategies
  • Thousands of Alaska Native veterans now eligible for land allotments, but hurdles remain
  • Fifth Circuit to rehear Indian Child Welfare Act challenge
  • Historic recordings of Maine’s Passamaquoddy Tribe restored more than a century later

Federal Court Enjoins Lummi Tribe’s Proposed Winter Crab Fishing

Here are the materials in United States v. Washington (W.D. Wash.), subproceeding no. 19-01:









Tribal Court Administrator Training

The Tribal Justice Project (TJP) at UC Davis School of Law seeks to enhance the capacity and sovereignty of tribes in California by providing appropriate training for tribal judges and court personnel.

TJP is presenting a Tribal Court Administrator Training on January 23-24, 2020 at UC Davis School of Law. All tribal court administrators or those seeking to begin a new career as a court administrator are welcome to attend.

Tribal Court Administrator Training Announcement and Tentative Agenda.

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Knighton v. Cedarville Rancheria

Here is the order list.

Cert stage materials here.

Lower court materials here.

Federal Court Rejects Seneca Challenge to Arbitrators’ Decision

Here are the materials in Seneca Nation of Indians v. State of New York (W.D. N.Y.):





Prior post, including petition and arbitrators’ opinions, here.

NNALSA Petition For Diverse, Inclusive, and Supportive Law Schools

National Native American Law Students Association (“National NALSA”) is disheartened by the slow progression of law schools in becoming institutions which are inclusive, understanding, and supportive of their Native students. [1] National NALSA is an organization which strives to support Native law students, Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. As such, National NALSA is requesting that law schools take steps to rectify this situation to foster an environment that is supportive of Native students and promotes diversity within law schools generally. National NALSA sees issues within three main categories: (1) recruitment, (2) academics, and (3) cultural awareness.

Petition here.