Arizona SCT Materials in Hwal’Bay Ba J Enterprises v. Jantzen

Here are the available briefs:





Oral argument video here.

Michigan Bar Journal Article on the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act

Norika L. Kida Betti and Cameron Ann Fraser have published “Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act at Seven Years” in the November 2019 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.

Washington Post on Brackeen v. Bernhardt [ICWA]


In the 40 years since Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act, the law has been criticized in legal challenges that have climbed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the ICWA, as the act is known, has always prevailed.

Now its constitutionality is being questioned again. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit agreed to rehear a lawsuit filed by a non-Native American couple in Texas claiming the ICWA discriminates on the basis of race and infringes on states’ rights.


Kathryn Fort, a Michigan State law professor and one of the nation’s foremost ICWA experts, told The Washington Post she thinks there are more important battles to wage on behalf of children.

“Given that a federal judge this week fined Texas $50,000 a day until they fix their broken child welfare system,” Fort said, “it seems beyond the pale for them to try to continue to strike down a law that is designed to help children and families in that very system heal and reunify.”

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Symposium — Panel on History of Property Dispossession

Moderator, Bernadette Atuahene, Beryl Satter, Louise Seamster, Michael Witgen, Mary Kathlene Sickel (symposium editor)

Nonprofit Quarterly Presents Webinar: Remaking the Economy in Indian Country

How does a community, in fact and not just in rhetoric, decolonize wealth?  This is a central question that panelists seek to address in the latest edition of NPQ’s continuing Remaking the Economy webinar series on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm EST.

Remaking the Economy Press Release.

Registration link.


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.

Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Advisor, Albuquerque, NM Main duty is advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Closing date of the application is November 15, 2019. Apply here and see the job 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. Please see the job description for more information.


Legislative Assistant, Washington, D.C. Reports to the V.P. of Policy and Legislation and provides administrative and legislative support to Policy and Legislation Lands, Wildlife & Oceans and Access to Justice Teams, and assists in the implementation of legislative and administrative strategies on environmental issue priorities for Earthjustice. For more information please see the job description.

Litigation Assistants, Washington, D.C. The Litigation Assistant provides administrative and litigation support services for nine active Clean Energy Program attorneys practicing in state and federal courts, in public service commissions, and in various administrative forums. This application has a rolling deadline. You can apply here or see the job description for more information.

Kadiak LLC

Tribal Courts Project Manager, BIA Tribal Courts, Anchorage, AK. The PM manages and coordinates all work, activities, issues, and other contractual obligations relating to this contract and will interface with the Government Contracting Officer (CO), the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and any Task Managers. Please see the job description for more information and visit the link to apply.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Chief Administrative Officer, Bethel, AK. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for all administrative operations, including fiscal functions. The CAO will also be responsible for large project implementation and will be a part of the management leadership team. See job announcement for more details. The Association of Village Council President is one of the Nation’s largest tribal consortiums with a service area the size of Washington State. See the position description for more information.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.  Fill out an application at: If you have any questions please call 830-773-2105.

Tribal Prosecutor, Keshena, WI. Under the general direction of the Tribal Chairman, the purpose of the position it to interview witnesses and prepare them for trials, continuing ongoing investigations, preparing criminal cases for trial, presenting criminal cases in trials, rendering legal advice and assistance to local law enforcement officials, and litigating cases before Tribal Court. Closing Date: 11/12/2019 at 11:59 p.m. Interested applicants may apply online and see the job description for more information.

Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation

RFQ, Associate Judge, Appellate Judge or Chief Judge. Soliciting letters of interest and qualifications. Any questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to  Closing Date November 18,2019. Please see the RFQ for more information.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tribal Advocate (Public Defender), La Conner, WA. The Tribal Advocate is a solo practitioner and represents indigent defendants in Swinomish Tribal Court.  Swinomish public defense aspires to restorative justice for each criminal defendant and pursues a better way of realizing public safety and community wholeness. Client-centered representation shall include representation for appellate, post-conviction, and probation matters associated with a criminal case. This application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. Application is open until filled. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Attorney, Banning, CA. Provide legal counsel on a range of issues as well as representation in tribal and state court regarding matters affecting the Morongo Tribal Government and its various departments, subject to the direction and oversight of the In-House General Counsel. This is an exempt position. For more information please see the description.

Student Opportunities

National Sea Grant Law Center

Intern, Oxford, Mississippi. This position seeks to provide a law student from a diverse background an opportunity to work in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law, with an emphasis on issues facing underrepresented or indigenous communities. This summer, the intern will work on a project related to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia. The closing date is January 15, 2020.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

2020 Diversity Summer Law Fellowship. The goal of the 8-week program is to pair law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with top criminal defense practitioners around the country. More information, including a list of criminal defense practitioners who will be hosting diversity fellows in 2020, and a fellowship application form and instructions, is available here.


See posts from November 1, 2019.






Michigan Journal of Law Reform 2019-2020 Symposium — “Dispossessing Detroit: How the Law Takes Property”


Law Reform Symposium

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 8 AM – 5 PM 

WHERE: Hutchins Hall (various locations) 

WHAT: The goals of this Symposium are to provide historical and political context for current issues of property dispossession and to consider how governments, private industry, and private citizens can together seek reform. We are excited to bring together voices from law, policy, city government, community organizations, and more to engage the audience on this critical topic! Whether your interests are in tax foreclosure, bankruptcy, or Detroit’s story of dispossession, we hope you will join us. 


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