Public Land & Resources Law Review’s Public Lands Law Conference on October 12-13

Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era
37th Biennial Public Lands Law Conference, October 12-13, 2017

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana’s Public Land & Resources Law Review will be hosting its 37th Biennial Public Land Law Conference, Bridging Divides: Energy, Environment, and Empowerment in a New Era, in beautiful Missoula, Montana, October 12-13, 2017 at the law school.  The conference’s goal is to bring relevant and differing advocacy positions together within the current evolving political and legal climate in hopes of bridging divides and finding common vision to manage energy and environmental resources. Areas of focus will include balancing energy development with fish and wildlife needs, preserving indigenous interests in energy development, and addressing energy development within land use planning. Registration information can be found at

On October 12, we will be taking a field trip, Old and New Legacies in the Upper Clark Fork Basin, to the Northwestern Energy Control Center in Butte, the microgrid tour in Deer Lodge, and Milltown State Park. Featured speakers will be at each site. Conference keynote speakers will be:

  • Daniel Jorjani: U.S. Department of Interior Principal Deputy Solicitor discussing Federal Lands: Current Policy Directions and Opportunities for Bridge Building. Room 201, Thursday at 5:00 PM.
  • Charles Wilkinson: Distinguished Professor University of Colorado School of Law discussing Collaborative Management of Public Lands and Natural Resources. Room 201, Friday at 12:00 PM.
  • Scott Slovic: Distinguished Professor University of Idaho discussing Language Matters: Environmental Controversy and the Quest for Common Ground. Room 201, Friday at 2:45 PM.

Conference panels will be discussing: Water, Wind, and WildlifeEnergy, Infrastructure, and Culture; and The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development.

Friday Job Announcements

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

Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Tribal Court Strategic Planning RFP. The consultant will engage with justice system partners in a data-informed planning process and will develop a written tribal court strategic plan that will guide the development of the Fond du Lac Tribal Court. To submit a proposal, send a proposal by e-mail to or by mail to Miyah Danielson, Executive Director for Tribal Programs, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. central time on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Tribal Court Personal Representative Legal Services RFP. Provide legal representation to personal representatives in tribal court probate proceedings

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Notice is hereby given that the OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE is accepting applications for the positions of:

Administrative Law Judge
Attorney General
Prosecutor (3 positions)
Chief Judge
Ethics Committee (4 positions) & Alternate (2 position)
General Manager – Casino

All positions open until filled. Please call Oglala Sioux Tribe Secretary, Donna Solomon at (605) 867-8468 for further information.

Native American Disability Law Center

Attorney, Farmington or Gallup, N.M. The Law Center provides legal services to Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo & Hopi reservations.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Governmental Affairs, Washington D.C. The person in this role should have experience with Capitol Hill, public health, government affairs, grants, and the legislative process as well as a work history with Native American issues and a strong work ethic. This opportunity would be best for someone who has congressional experience and a passion for the betterment of American Indian/Alaska Native healthcare.

Policy Associate, Washington D.C. The person in this role should have experience with Capitol Hill, public health, government affairs, and the federal legislative process as well as a work history with Native American issues and a strong work ethic.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Assistant Prosecutor. This position is for attorneys or advocates with entry to mid-level experience. This position will mainly handle criminal cases, but will involve some juvenile, child support, and child protection matters. Pay is dependent upon experience. Indian and Veteran preference applies. Call or email with any questions. You must turn in an application and all supporting documents by 5:00 p.m. on 25 August 2017 to be eligible for this position. Incomplete applications may be screened out. Telephone calls are not accepted in place of an employment application.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Senior Staff Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Must have at least five (5) years but preferably ten (10) years of successful experience as a licensed attorney and provide evidence of expertise in issues related to Tribal Government and Policy, Water and/or Natural Resources Law, and/or Tribal Economic Development, and/or Employment Law. Open Until Filled with First Review August 18, 2017.

University of South Dakota School of Law

Tenure-Track Position in Trial Advocacy. Will teach two three-credit sections of the Trial Techniques class most semesters, and in addition, will be responsible for coaching the trial team program. The trial team has a high rate of student participation.

Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Paralegal, Airway Heights, W.A. Assists the assigned attorney with legal issues and concerns involving Tribal Legal Office activities.

Other positions posted recently:

University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law – Natural Resources/Environmental law professor (8/16/17)

Prairie Island Indian Community – RFPs for Appellate Judge, Election Legal Services, and Associate Judge (8/14/17)

Nez Perce Tribe – Public Defender, Chief Judge

Last Friday Jobs Announcement: 8/4/17

Montana Law School Indian Law Teaching Job Posting

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, the only law school in the state, anticipates hiring one or more full-time, tenured or tenure-track professor(s) beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year to teach Natural Resources/Environmental law courses and direct our Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic and/or to teach Indian law related courses and potentially assist with supervising the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic.  The selected candidate may also have the opportunity to teach or assist with other courses related to the candidate’s practice area or expertise. We are committed to integrating theory with practice, making substantial practice experience in the areas to be taught particularly valuable. Situated in the recreational center of Western Montana, the law school has a vibrant faculty, a state-of-the-art facility, and a close connection with our students, the bench, and bar.  Missoula is home to a wide range of renowned writers, artists, musicians and outdoor enthusiasts, in addition to being a wonderful place to raise a family. We encourage applications from and nominations of women, Native Americans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.  For more information about the position and to apply, please visit  The chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, Professor Andrew King-Ries, can be reached at