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

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Tribal Court Public Defender, Lower Brule, S.D. The chosen applicant will have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of any state (South Dakota licensure preferred). Must never have been convicted of a felony. Provides legal counsel and representation to adults accused of criminal offenses and juveniles accused of delinquent acts. Examines evidence and prepares and presents cases for the defense in criminal actions/delinquency actions.   Review police reports. Draft motions, legal memorandums, and other pleadings. Conducts client and witness interviews. File pretrial motions. Identifies appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients and assists with getting clients into treatment. Appear in court on a daily basis. Knowledge of federal Indian law, criminal law, criminal procedure, juvenile law and procedure; and drug court or alternative courts process and procedures. Ability to argue legal positions effectively and persuasively, recognize, formulate and implement viable case defense theories, investigations and litigation strategies. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, multi-task, prioritize assignments, and remain organized. Work effectively with others. Code writing (such as updating or amending tribal laws). Assist with grant writing. Be a contributing asset to the office and welcome the opportunity to promote justice on the reservation. Other duties as may be assigned by Chief Judge. Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience. Closing Date: Until filled. Applications shall be in writing, to include a professional resume, legal qualifications and any other submissions at the option of the applicant. Native American preference applies. Applications may be obtained from the LBST Personnel Office, Lower Brule, South Dakota (phone:  605-473-5561) or by contacting or Chief Judge Lorrie Miner at 605-473-5528.

Pueblo of Pojoaque

General Counsel, Santa Fe, N.M. Position open until filled. Email

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Tribal Court Support Attorney, Bethel, A.K. Provide legal advice and representation to YK Delta tribal governments to enhance and develop tribal justice systems handling matters related to child protection and community and family safety.

ICWA Staff Attorney, Bethel, A.K. This position primarily involves representation of tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act, and may also involve litigating other Native law matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

SDVCJ Project Coordinator, Peshawbestown, M.I. Open until filled. GTB Application.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFP Will & Estate Planning Attorney Services, Pendleton, O.R. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 24, 2017.

Cherokee National Historical Society

Executive Director, Park Hill, O.K. Primary responsibility for leading the organization’s strategic planning and fundraising efforts, managing the day-to-day operations and directing the work of a professional staff, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization

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

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Probation Officer, Dowagiac, MI. Full-time

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Flandreau, SD. All applicants must apply by March 10, 2017 by 5:00 P.M. (CST), and late applications will not be considered. For the complete application instructions and a full job announcement, please contact Seth Pearman, Tribal Attorney at (605) 573-4206 or

Association of Village Council Presidents

Tribal Justice Director, Bethel, AK. Full-time

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Tribal Court Clerk, Darrington, WA. To apply: employment application

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Staff Attorney, Awkwesasne, NY. Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Status Card or letter) by email to or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 412 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

AVCP Names First Chief Executive Officer

Link: For the first time, a woman leads this big Alaska Native organization. Her grandfather was a founder by Lisa Demer from Alaska Dispatch News

At its annual convention on Saturday, the Association of Village Council Presidents in Alaska announced Vivian Johnson Korthuis as its first Chief Executive Officer after Tribal delegates decided to reorganize AVCP’s leadership structure.  The CEO replaces the President of the non-profit with firing authority vested with an executive board that now has 3-year term limits.  AVCP’s last President resigned in May amid growing concern over financial accountability within the organization.


AVCP is one of the region’s most significant institutions, with a $52 million budget and some 400 employees – about half in villages — running programs in areas that include Head Start, tribal welfare and public safety.

Into the top job steps Korthuis, 52. She grew up in small rural villages and became an Ivy League graduate. She has worked for AVCP for 14 years, most recently as the organization’s vice president of programs, and before that was a leader at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp.

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


ICWA Director

Responsible for the overall operations of the ICWA department and personnel. Supervision of the ICWA Program involving case management oversight entered into on behalf of the compacted villages in the AVCP region.

Required – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a Human Services field of study or in a related field with a Master’s degree preferred. Work experience and training which provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position can be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Three (3) years of successful experience as a Program Manager, including staff supervision, management networking, communications and staff development, grant writing and reporting and fiscal management.

Tribal Court Development Coordinator

Provides direct services to the villages in enhancing or creation of tribal courts under the directive of the center Director, including tribal court program planning, program reporting, assistance with training and technical assistance, tribal court reporting software troubleshooting and training of the software to tribal court staff. This position will research and draft policy and legal documents for the tribal court use, will assist member tribes and work directly with the Assigned Court Assessment Team under the guidance of the federal partners. Other duties include providing clerical and office support for the Tribal Justice Center (TJC). The Tribal Court Development Coordinator will work with the Director to seek funding sources for the tribal courts in conjunction with the tribes.

High school diploma or GED is required. A Bachelor’s or an Associate’s degree from an accredited university is preferred. A minimum of two to three (2-3) years of progressive experience in working with tribes is required.

To apply:


Tribal Prosecutor

Nature of Practice: The Tribal Prosecutor represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Tribal Court in criminal prosecutions, Wellness Court hearings, exclusion proceedings and civil code violations. The Prosecutor reports to and is supervised by the Director of the Office of Tribal Attorney. The Prosecutor also drafts ordinances and may provide advice and recommendations to the Police Department and other departments of the Tribe, as well as the Swinomish Indian Senate and its Committees, on legal policy issues. The work involves a creative, holistic, and interdisciplinary approach developed in conjunction with other Tribal departments to achieve restorative justice. The Prosecutor is supported by a legal assistant in the Office of Tribal Attorney. The Office of Prosecuting Attorney is paperless– all files are maintained electronically.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidate must have graduated from an accredited law school; be licensed to practice in Washington State or have the ability to become licensed through reciprocity, or be eligible for and register for the next scheduled Washington Bar Exam; have excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills; have sufficient experience to independently run a prosecutor’s office; have strong interpersonal communication skills; have negotiation and litigation experience; have an ability and desire to thrive in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work environment; have experience engaging in creative problem-solving and a dedication to problem-solving approaches; have a commitment to restorative justice; be willing to work in a team setting, including with defense counsel; and view the prosecutorial role as a minister of justice rather than simply an advocate. Experience in a therapeutic court and/or tribal court preferred. Strong preference for an attorney with experience in criminal and Indian law, a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities, and/or experience as a supervisor. Willingness and ability to independently work in a paperless office strongly preferred. Native American hiring preference will be in effect during the selection of candidates.

Location: Tribal offices are located in the Swinomish Village on the beautiful Swinomish Indian Reservation at the southeastern end of Fidalgo Island in rural Skagit County, Washington, across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner, W A. The Tribal offices are located 90 minutes north of Seattle, and 90 minutes south of Vancouver, Canada.

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience. The position is full-time. Compensation includes medical, dental & vision, 401 (k) retirement plan, and other fringe benefits.

Application: The Tribe would like to hire an attorney for this position as soon as possible, with initial review of applications on September 13, 2016. Please submit the following: Swinomish employment application (available at or via email), cover letter expressing the reasons for interest in the position and salary requirements; current resume, writing sample and the names of at least three professional references to:

Elizabeth Miller, Paralegal
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
11404 Moorage Way
La Conner, Washington 98257
Tel: (360) 466-7369
Fax: (360) 466-5309


2017 Summer Law Clerk

Download(PDF): Application Packet


Project Manager/Senior Project Manager

Download(PDF): Job Posting

ICWA Director Vacancy with Association of Village Council Presidents

Link to job site here.

The ICWA Director is responsible for the overall operations of the ICWA department and personnel. It includes supervision of the ICWA Program involving case management oversight entered into on behalf of the compacted villages in the AVCP region.

Association of Village Council Presidents Seeks General Counsel

General Counsel

The Association of Village Council Presidents, a non profit organization in Bethel, AK is currently recruiting for General Counsel Attorney.

  • Competitive Salary
  • Excellent Benefits
  • 12 Paid Holidays and 18 days personal leave in the first year
  • Employer paid Health Care for you
  • Retirement Plan with employer contribution after 90 days of service

Summary: The General Counsel will act as the chief legal officer for the AVCP and will report directly to the AVCP President. This position will be accountable for managing both in-house and outside legal counsel; oversee the activities of the Tribal Justice Department; oversee the legal issues of the organization, including litigation; participate in legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives both statewide and nationally; provide advocacy representation and assistance to AVCP’s member Tribes on issues such as tribal sovereignty, self-governance, natural resource law, including subsistence rights under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; provide advice on tribal justice matters, and protection of civil right s and liberties. This position interacts frequently with the Board of Directors, advising on corporate government matters.

Contact AVCP’s Human Resources Department at 800-478-3521 for an application, to submit your resume or more information. Review our job description at

Per Public Law 93-638 (Indian Self Determination & Education Assistance Act) qualified Alaskan Natives/ American Indians are given preference but candidates from all backgrounds are welcome to apply.