Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body:

A typed brief description of the position which includes

  • Position title
  • Location (city, state)
  • Main duties
  • Closing date
  • Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description

American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho

Legal Director. Boise, ID. The Legal Director is a thought leader who will work collaboratively to develop and manage impact litigation challenging laws and policies that impact vulnerable Idahoans. The Legal Director works with our policy, organizing, and communications staff in addition to our Executive Director and many other partners to develop a strategic, smart, and innovative docket and advance advocacy efforts. The Legal Director will work with the ACLU of Idaho Legal Panel and assist with recruiting and working successfully with cooperating attorneys. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023 but the position is open until filled.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Associate. Tempe, AZ. This is a 40 hour/week in-office position with remote work flexibility, as needed and approved upon hire.  Applicants must have completed 1L or 2L year by Summer 2023.  Excellent research abilities.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Indian law coursework and work experience is preferred but not required.  Closing Date: February 10, 2023.

Quinault Tribal Court

RFQ – Evaluation Services. Taholah, WA. Evaluator will work with Wellness Court staff to identify and review program progress. Evaluator will lead the organization in information gathering, assessment, review, and reporting. The end product will be a complete data driven report. Performance metrics must be included within agency reports. Closing Date: 2/15/23.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFB – CTUIR Legal Aid Program. Northeast OR. Attorneys bids should identify any or all of matters in which they are interested, indicate availability for in person or remote advising, and availability for court representation. The practice areas include benefits (social security, veterans, Medicare/Medicaid, assistance for food, general needs and tribal assistance), tribal child dependency, DV protection orders, unemployment compensation, housing, employment disputes, child custody and visitation, consumer rights, probate, civil rights, family law, personal injury, community education and torts.  The attorney should be admitted to the jurisdiction applicable to the matter at hand. Eligible clients for these services reside in NE Oregon in one of the following counties: Umatilla, Gilliam, Morrow, Wallowa or Union.

Maricopa County Superior Court

Judicial Vacancies. Maricopa County, AZ. The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Gov. Katie Hobbs, who will appoint the new judges. Closing date: 02/03/2023.

Pinal County Superior Court

Judicial Vacancies. Pinal County, AZ. Main duties: The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Katie Hobbs, who will appoint the new judges. Closing date: 02/09/2023.

American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Executive Director. Missoula, MT. The ACLU of MT seeks an Executive Director (ED) to be the next leader of the ACLU of MT with responsibility for managing the day-to-day activities and operations of the organization, leading fundraising efforts, motivating and coordinating the work of a professional staff in an open and collaborative workplace, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization. The ED will ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that its litigation, advocacy, fundraising, and communications programs are meeting the current and emergent needs and interests of its constituents. Closing date: May 10, 2023.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan

Attorney – Affirmative Civil Enforcement. Grand Rapids, MI. This attorney will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a variety of civil cases. These may include actions in which there have been false or fraudulent claims or false statements made to the United States, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, violations of federal civil rights or environmental laws, and other types of cases. The application deadline is January 20, 2023.

Attorney – Civil Defensive. Grand Rapids, MI. This attorney will join eight other civil AUSAs who handle a wide variety of defensive and affirmative litigation. Responsibilities may include any of the following types of cases: tort, employment, Administrative Procedure Act, Bivens, immigration, fraud, Controlled Substances Act, environmental, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and others. The application deadline is January 20, 2023.

Department of the Attorney General of Michigan

Word Processing Assistant – Corporate Oversight Division. Lansing, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-23-004. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Staff Attorney – Revenue and Tax Division. Lansing, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-22-018. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Staff Attorney – Licensing and Regulation Division. Lansing, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-22-050. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Info Tech Programmer/Analyst – Criminal Investigations Division. Detroit, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-23-006. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Nevada Legal Services

Legal Secretary. Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko and Yerington, NV. Perform outreach and communicate with community partners as needed. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with Native American community, tradition, and culture. Applicants must have an interest and passion for helping low-income Nevadans, tribal members, seniors and veterans. Capability to work with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities and clients with limited English proficiency. Closing date: Open until filled.

New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Mining and Minerals Division Director. Santa Fe, NM. The Mining and Minerals Division Director directs and oversees the Division’s statewide statutory and regulatory responsibilities with respect to mining and mineral extraction including assuring the responsible utilization, reclamation and safeguarding of New Mexico’s lands affected by mining and is a leader in responsible mine operation and reclamation, as well as supervising 33 current staff, both technical and administrative, within the Division’s programs. Additionally, the Director serves as New Mexico’s representative to the Interstate Mining Compact Commission and is the designee for the Cabinet Secretary on the Mine Safety Board. The position reports to the Cabinet Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources and is appointed by the Governor. This position is open until filled

Oil Conservation Division Director. Santa Fe, NM. The Oil Conservation Division Director directs and oversees the Division’s statewide statutory and regulatory responsibilities with respect to oil and gas production. The Division gathers oil and gas well production data, permits new oil, gas, and injection wells, enforces the Division’s rules, develops administrative orders to which operators are subject, enforces the State’s oil and gas statutes, ensures abandoned wells are properly plugged and that the land is responsibly restored once production activities are completed. The OCD’s goals are to promote balanced, consistent, fair, and transparent regulation of the oil and gas industry, to prevent the waste of oil and gas resources within the state, to protect the correlative rights of resource owners, to foster efficient development, and to protect human health and the environment. The Division Director supervises 87 full time equivalent employees, both technical and administrative, within the Division’s programs. Additionally, the Director serves as the Chair of the Oil Conservation Commission. The position reports to the Cabinet Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources and is appointed by the Governor. This position is open until filled.

Tribal Nations Service Group

1L Summer Associate Program. Portland, ME. Over the course of 10 weeks, summer associates gain experience with the practice of law at Drummond Woodsum and with our group of lawyers and staff by working on substantive client matters. Summer associates do not work in isolation- receiving assignments from and sending completed work back to a Summer Associate Coordinator.  Summer associates get a true sense for associate life at Drummond Woodsum.  Summer associates meet with the assigning attorney at the beginning of each project to discuss what is expected and again at the completion of the assignment to receive feedback on their work.  Summer associates are also invited to attend our monthly Firm Lunch meetings where various groups highlight what they’re working on, as well as smaller practice group meetings to get a better understanding of the type of work Drummond Woodsum takes on and how we approach such work. Application Closes: January 27, 2023.

1L Summer Associate Program. Flagstaff, AZ. Over the course of 10 weeks, summer associates gain experience with the practice of law at Drummond Woodsum and with our group of lawyers and staff by working on substantive client matters. Summer associates do not work in isolation- receiving assignments from and sending completed work back to a Summer Associate Coordinator.  Summer associates get a true sense for associate life at Drummond Woodsum.  Summer associates meet with the assigning attorney at the beginning of each project to discuss what is expected and again at the completion of the assignment to receive feedback on their work.  Summer associates are also invited to attend our monthly Firm Lunch meetings where various groups highlight what they’re working on, as well as smaller practice group meetings to get a better understanding of the type of work Drummond Woodsum takes on and how we approach such work. Application Closes: January 27, 2023.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel. Mount Pleasant, MI.  Under the supervision of General Counsel, represent the tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, excluding representation performed by the General Counsel. This position is open until filled.

Indigenous Justice Circle

Communications, Marketing, Design Intern. Remote work and/or Greater New York City Metro Area. The intern will work with a Native-female-non-profit leadership team in our New York City office on Communications, Marketing, and Design projects for the Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN) (www.imagen-network.org) project. IMAGEN combats MMIWG and strengthens the protection, safety, and resilience of girls in Native American communities by reclaiming neighborhood spaces in which to rekindle sacred matrilineal traditions through Girl Societies (group-based mentoring and leadership development). Renewable based on performance and project funding. Open until filled.

The Environmental Law Institute

Education Intern. Washington D.C. This internship is in environmental event planning and professional education. The Educational Programming Intern will conduct research, assist with planning and facilitating professional programming (conferences (including Western Boot Camp), seminars, webinars), write blog articles, assist with the preparation and day-of coordination of programs, perform some administrative tasks, among other responsibilities. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and while the main intern for this department, he or she will be part of a larger intern cohort. Lastly, the intern will conduct research on a topic of the intern’s choice and present research towards the end of the internship. Closing date: 1/23/2023.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Remote. Provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult in Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Open until filled.

Muckleshoot Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Auburn, WA. The Chief Judge will supervise, assign court calendars or cases, and evaluate Associate Judges, hear court cases at the Muckleshoot Tribal Court, using the Tribe’s applicable Codes and Ordinances, adjudicating matters and entering decisions on the record and/or in writing. Assist the Tribal Court staff with suggestions on how to improve the functions of the Tribal Court. Engage in tribal or community events on behalf of the Tribal Court with the goal of building relationships. Abide by all applicable Tribal codes in addition to WA State Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs). Closing date: Ongoing/when filled.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Native Law Staff Attorney. Fairbanks, AK. This position primarily involves representing tribal clients in proceedings related to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), as well as litigating other Native law and civil matters on behalf of TCC Tribes and tribal members. The attorney will be expected to manage a caseload of state court child in need of aid cases, in addition to other civil and Native law matters. The attorney will also have the opportunity to participate in strategic coordination with statewide teams, and participate in appellate and impact litigation. This position will remain open until filled.

Native Law Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK (negotiable within state). 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 matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. The AVCP ICWA attorney will serve clients in cases primarily heard in Anchorage, Alaska courts, serving clients in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but will also be expected to manage cases arising elsewhere in the state as needed. The AVCP ICWA attorney will be required to manage a caseload limited to 50 families’ state court child in need of aid cases. In addition, the AVCP ICWA attorney will also have the opportunity to participate in appellate and impact litigation. For this position, the attorney will be based in Anchorage, Alaska, though other locations in Alaska may be negotiable. This position will remain open until filled.

The Native American Heritage Commission

Chief Counsel, CEA Level B. Sacramento, CA. The Chief Counsel serves as the principal legal adviser to the Executive Secretary and the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) providing advice and counsel to ensure internal compliance with control agency laws, regulations, and policies. The Chief Counsel plans, directs, organizes, and manages NAHC’s Legal Department staff in enforcing state laws that protect Native American cultural resources on public and private lands; approves high-level policy decisions for the rule making process; responsible for overseeing administrative hearings required under CalNAGPRA and enacting policy and regulations implementing those administrative hearings; and oversees outside litigation counsel regarding any NAHC litigation matters. Closing Date: 1/27/2023.

Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel. Washington D.C. Provides legal advice and overall legal support to the Under Secretaries, agency administrators, and other senior officials who are responsible for the programs and activities of the Department. Manages the development and application of legal policies, and supervises a staff of attorneys who draft, review, and approve, for legal sufficiency regulations, legislation, cooperative agreements, memoranda of understanding, and other agreements. Prepares legal memoranda and opinions on questions of law; prepares litigation reports, pleadings, statements of fact, declarations, briefs, and other documents in connection with lawsuits filed by or against the United States. Works with the Department of Justice in the trial of cases in the Federal courts; and prepare and present cases before Administrative Law Judges, the Judicial Officer, and other hearing officers appointed for particular proceedings. Participates, as counsel for the Department, in conferences and meetings with leading representatives of industry, business, and agriculture, and interested and affected members of the public. Responsible for developing and recommending procedures for handling the work of the division; overseeing the training and development of the legal and support staff; assigning work and evaluating the performance of the legal and support staff. Closing date: 2/3/2023.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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 Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney 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 and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  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. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

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Job Announcements

Thank you for your patience with Friday Job Announcements as the ILPC undergoes staff changes! Below, find announcements from schools, organizations, firms, and the federal government (3/18/22-current).

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

In the email body: 

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    1. Position title 
    2. Location (city, state) 
    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
    5. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

Job Announcements from schools, organizations, firms, and the federal government


Schools and Organizations

University of Idaho College of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tribal Economics.  The primary requirement is that this person needs to have a Ph.D, preferably in a field related to economics.  Beyond that, the position is designed broadly. The initial appointment is one year with the possibility of extension. The position will support interdisciplinary research in Native American law, economics in Indian Country, and tribal economic development with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, community-based observing, and place-based approaches. Projects will include working directly with regional tribal communities to develop research that supports tribal economic development goals, provides College of Law students experiential learning opportunities, and significantly contributes to the scholarship in the Fellow’s fields. Candidates with research interests that overlap with the College’s other Native American Law research and teaching priorities (natural resources, water law, treaty rights, climate change, family law, violence against women) are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be part of the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program and will help to develop program goals and support program students. The candidate will directly coordinate with the NAL Program Director to lead and/or co-lead NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. This will entail working with, co-leading, and leading, college and university interdisciplinary teams to develop funding opportunities and enhance the co-production of knowledge in tribal economic development. See the description for more information and to apply.

The Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. College of Law

Professor. IPLP is seeking a faculty colleague to lead the IPLP into its next phase. In its 20th year, the IPLP is unique in our approach to legal education in the fields of federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and Indigenous peoples human rights. The IPLP hosts 7 full-time tenured faculty, 3 clinics, 6 degree programs, and nearly $2m in annual grants and contract funding. Students and alumni in the IPLP program are leaders in their communities, on campus, nationally and internationally.  Please visit the IPLP website for more information about the program.  The individual who is hired will take on the administrative role of running this global, multi-faceted program including recruiting students, developing educational programming, and seeking internal and external grant funding. The individual will also have the opportunity to teach in areas of interest and pursue their scholarly research agenda. Please feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Teresa Miguel-Stearns (tmiguelstearns@arizona.edu), for additional information.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Escondido Office. California Indian Legal Services is a statewide, tribally controlled, non-profit corporation that provides legal services to Indian tribes, Indian organizations and low income individual Indians on issues involving Federal Indian Law. CILS provides a variety of legal services including brief counsel and advice and extended representation on core legal issues affecting Native Americans and Indian tribes. CILS is involved in litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and also provides transactional services to tribes involving economic development and tribal infrastructure. Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Escondido Directing Attorney Mark Vezzola via e-mail at mvezzola@calindian.org.

Legal/Administrative Assistant. Eureka Field Office. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this is a full-time position devoted to enhancing attorney effectiveness by providing information-management support; administrative and clerical support in a legal office environment. The work is specialized and requires knowledge of the preparation and processing requirements of legal documents, legal terminology, civil procedures and discovery, sources of law and the court system. For more information, please see the position description.

Columbia Riverkeeper

Staff Attorney. Portland or Hood River, Oregon. Depending on experience and qualifications, it may be possible to work remotely in Oregon or Washington, but periodic travel to Portland or Hood River would be necessary. Work is currently remote due to the pandemic, with the option to work from the office if preferred. The Staff Attorney is responsible for working with Riverkeeper’s team of community organizers, communications specialists, and attorneys to develop and execute campaigns, including representing Riverkeeper in litigation, administrative proceedings, rulemaking committees, and state legislatures. See the position description for more information and to apply. Application Deadline: April 18, 2022. Consider applying early; the Hiring Team will review applications on a rolling basis. 

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

Chief Executive Officer. South Dakota. CHMF is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to honor and accomplish the mission and vision of the organization. The CEO will manage and lead all aspects of the organization, including day-to-day operations, public relations, financial management, and oversight and implementation of the Board-approved strategic plan. Specific responsibilities and qualifications are listed below. For best chance of consideration, please submit your application by April 22, 2022. Apply here and see the description for more information.

Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project

Supervising Attorney. Northern Michigan, this position will be fully remote. The Supervising Attorney will provide case supervision for the CVLAP attorneys housed at Legal Services of Northern Michigan and the CVLAP Tribal Attorney, and work closely with the Managing Attorney and other CVLAP Supervising Attorneys in coordinating the activities of the CVLAP program. Responsibilities will include managing a caseload representing survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse (33-50%), working with the Managing Attorney to train/supervise 3 to 6 CVLAP staff attorneys, meet grant requirements including reporting, and coordinate intake and case assignment, and other administrative tasks as required. Complete this application form. Send your resume and cover letter as attachment(s) with “CVLAP Supervising Attorney” in the subject line to jobs@lsscm.org(link sends e-mail). For more information, see the description.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney. Northern Rockies Office. Bozeman, MT, or Remote from  ID, MT, WY. Earthjustice is hiring an Associate Attorney to join our Fossil Fuels Program and fight. We use the power of the law to challenge the onslaught of new oil and gas infrastructure development that threatens climate, communities and our environment. This role will work cross-regionally with a focus on the Ohio River Valley, based in Chicago, Illinois. See the description for more information.

Supervisory Litigation Paralegal, Fossil Fuels Program. San Francisco | Chicago | New Orleans | Houston. Earthjustice is hiring a Supervisory Litigation Paralegal to join our Fossil Fuels Program. This role may be based from San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans or Houston. See the description for more information.

Litigation Assistant. New York City. Earthjustice seeks a full-time Litigation Assistant to join the Northeast regional office, based in New York City.  The successful applicant will provide both substantive and administrative support to our team of attorneys, who litigate in federal and state courts and conduct administrative advocacy to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment and to speed our transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy. See the description for more information. 

Policy Advocate, Northwest Regional. Seattle, WA or Remote from Western Washington State. We are looking to add a Policy Advocate to our team. The Northwest Policy Advocate will be responsible for developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies in Washington, focusing at first on clean energy and transportation issues through an equity lens. The Policy Advocate’s docket could eventually expand to include a broader array of environmental issues impacting the Pacific Northwest region. The Policy Advocate will be a member of Earthjustice’s Northwest Regional Office, based in Seattle. Travel to Olympia, WA will be expected, and hybrid/remote work from the Olympia area will be considered. Applicants should submit via Jobvite by April 17, 2022. We are looking to onboard this role between June and August 2022.

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health. This position will begin in September 2022 in New York, NY. Litigation Style Earthjustice seeks an Associate Attorney to join the Toxic Exposure & Health Program. Preference will be given to applicants who apply by April 18, 2022.

Environmental Law Institute

Development & Board Associate. As a part of ELI’s Development team, your primary objective will be to help raise funds and support the Board of Directors in order to contribute to ELI’s overall mission to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. ELI will accept applications for this position until 11:59 pm EST Friday, April 22, 2022. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the post may be filled prior to the closing deadline. Please see the description for more information.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

ARP Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Technical Assistance and Training Specialist, full-time (remote). This position will help strengthen NIWRC’s culturally-based COVID-19 technical assistance and resources for Native survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, three professional references, two writing samples, and two examples of training slide decks to Brenda Hill, Director of Technical Assistance and Training, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022. 

ARP Technical Assistance and Training Specialist, full-time (remote). This position will help ensure NIWRC’s technical assistance and resource development in response to COVID-19 is culturally, historically, and legally relevant and supports the immediate crisis needs of Native survivors of violence. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, three professional references, two writing samples, and two examples of training slide decks to Brenda Hill, Director of Technical Assistance and Training, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022.

Data Specialist, full-time (remote). This position will provide technology and data support for NIWRC’s internal team projects and maintain an external ARP focused databases of resources for grantees. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and a portfolio demonstrating previous work to Tang Cheam, IT Director, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022.

IT Assistant, full-time (remote). This position will help provide NIWRC with technical support, tech support for virtual and onsite trainings, and assist with information requests. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Tang Cheam, IT Director, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Associate Attorney (2 Positions). Fort Defiance, AZ. Provides legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law, such as contracts, proposals, leases, and employment. Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues, pleadings, motions, discovery and stipulations. Drafts, reviews, and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and other legal documents. Writes, develops and recommends company policy, and more. Position is Open Until Filled. Interested candidates can apply here.

Public Rights Project

2022 Affirmative Leaders Fellows. We are looking for attorneys working in state, local, and tribal governments that are interested in bolstering their office’s affirmative litigation practice. Fellows must be current employees of a state, local, or tribal government law office with an active bar membership in the jurisdiction where their office is located. At least part of their job description should include affirmative litigation. Applications are due on May 6.  Apply by April 15 for a discount on the program fee. you can find our application online. You can also nominate someone to apply here. 

Save the Pine Barrens 

Attorney: environmental, Native American Indian law. Remote and in person, travel required, Based in Plymouth, MA (minimum 2 days a week in the office as COVID allows).STPB is a volunteer-led non-profit working to protect land and water in Southeastern Massachusetts from industrial sand mining and utility scale energy projects causing deforestation and threatening the groundwater aquifer, rivers, wetlands, environmental justice communities and Indigenous culture. STPB is part of a regional network of groups working to raise awareness about the role of forests, wetlands, and water and biodiversity protection in climate change mitigation and the impacts on Indigenous rights and land sovereignty from sand mining and deforestation. See the position description for more information and to apply.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation

Advocacy Corps organizers. FCNL a nonpartisan organization that lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace and justice. This is a program that trains young adults ages 19-30 to work in their own communities to organize peers to lobby Congress to support and ultimately pass just policy. The 2022-23 Advocacy Corps cohort will work with the Native American Policy portfolio on passing the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act. They will urge Congress to formally investigate the historic trauma of the boarding school era and develop recommendations for the government to take further action on this for the first time. Applications are due April 12th. Apply here.


Firms

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Antitrust Associate. San Francisco, CA. Our diverse team of antitrust attorneys have successfully challenged cartels and monopolies in the pharmaceutical, high technology, electronic component, and medical industries on behalf of consumers, hospitals, local governments, and small businesses.  Associates have lead roles in cases, investigating cases, consulting closely with clients, taking and defending depositions, writing and arguing motions and appeals, working with experts, participating in trials and mediations. Resumes in confidence to: Lin Chan, Hiring Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, 275 Battery St., 29th Fl, SF, CA 4111.  Email: jobs@lchb.com. Please apply here or send resumes in confidence to the attention of Michelle Reardon, Recruiting Coordinator, at mreardon@lchb.com.

Miller Nash LLP

Midlevel Transactional Indian Law Associate. Miller Nash’s lawyers are proud to provide legal counsel and guidance to tribal governments, organizations, and enterprises in many areas, including cannabis, gaming, tax, liquor, real estate, construction, intellectual property, labor and employment, data privacy, and other economic development matters. We are looking to expand our experienced Tribal team by adding an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience with, and a passion for, addressing the complex transactional needs of tribes and tribal enterprises, as well as non-tribal clients in transactions with tribes and tribal enterprises. For more information, please see the job description.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. We are seeking an experienced attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at http://www.sonosky.com. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a writing sample to Susan Jones at susan@abqsonosky.com.  This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.


Federal Government

Department of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser. Albuquerque, NM. As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Southwest Regional Office, your specific duties will include: Primary focus of this position will be on Federal Indian law, Federal water law, and other issues for BIA Navajo, including land and environmental law issues, National Environmental Policy Act and permitting matters, contracting issues (primarily under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), leasing and right-of-way issues, trespass issues, forestry issues, and grazing issues, and more. For more information see the full description above and apply here.  Closing Date: 4-18-22.

Library of Congress

Specialist in Natural Resources Policy (Native American Issues). The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Resources, Science and Industry Division (RSI), seeks a Specialist in Natural Resources. The analyst will address natural resources policy with an emphasis on lands, natural resources, and energy and mineral issues in a tribal, American Indian, or Alaska Native context. Closing Date: April 21, 2022. For more information, see the description.

See previous post.

Job Announcements

New York University Arts and Sciences — Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Junior Faculty PositionNative American Studies. New York, NY. The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University invites applications for a junior ranked search in the field of Native American Studies. We especially welcome applications from scholars whose research relates to urban indigeneity, Critical Indigenous Theory, settler colonialism, literature, Indigenous resurgence and governance, Queer Studies, Indigenous pedagogies, environmental studies, and/or language revitalization. We encourage applications from scholars who work in collaboration with First Nations or Native American nations and whose research engages with Indigenous communities. Please see the position description for more information. The search committee will begin their review of applications on November 1st, 2021. Please apply here.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Staff AttorneySeattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Participating in ACLU-WA’s race equity work; (2) Investigating, filing, and litigating through trial civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts; (3) Maintaining an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys and a senior staff attorney, as well
as helping to supervise interns and fellows in the department; (4) Engaging in advocacy, coordinating with the various policy-focused attorneys and other staff in the office, providing legal analysis; (5) Representing the ACLU publicly, speaking to the media and others; and (6) Traveling, as well as some working on nights and weekends, may be necessary. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to “Hiring Team” at Jobs@acluwa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and the position for which you would like to be considered, Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until November 12th, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.acluwa.org/careers.

Director, Policy Advocacy Group. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Participating in ACLU-WA’s race equity work; (2) Ensuring that the policy work of the ACLU-WA is strategic, collaborative, consistent with ACLU policy, and undertaken in conformity with ACLU-WA race equity values and practices; (3) Supporting and supervising staff and developing long and short-term individual work plans and goals; (4) Recruiting and mentoring of PAG interns and volunteers; (5) Coordinating work and ensuring success of cross-departmental campaigns; and (6) Identifying priority issues, doing the primary research, and being the advocate or spokesperson as appropriate. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to “Hiring Team” at Jobs@acluwa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Director, Policy Advocacy Group. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will
be accepted until November 17, 2021, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers.

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Environmental Protection Policy Analyst II. Olympia, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing policy analysis, technical support and coordination on emerging habitat issues for Commission and member tribes; and (2) Advancing habitat protection and restoration objectives necessary to the protection of tribal treaty rights and resources. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Wendy Bowman, HR, wbowman@nwifc.org by November 12th, 2021.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Environmental Attorney. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and counsel on a wide range of environmental compliance, litigation and related matters; (2) Reporting to the Associate General Counsel for Environment, Safety and Health in the Laboratory’s Office of General Counsel (OGC); (3) Resolving complex environmental issues in creative and effective ways; and (4) Advocating for and/or negotiating legal positions on significant matters. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 1st, 2021, and submit a cover letter and writing sample along with application materials.

Earthjustice

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – International Program. San Francisco, CA. Duties include: (1) Wielding the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; (2) Preserving magnificent places and wildlife; (3) Advance clean energy; and (4) Combat climate change. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of application materials.

Managing Attorney. Northern Rockies, MT. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the office and providing leadership for their growing teams currently comprised of attorneys and professional staff; (2) Developing and implementing regional strategies that align with organization-wide strategic plans and programmatic and litigation priorities; and (3) Taking on cases with national scope or addressing programmatic priorities outside of the region. It is important to note that the organization is open to candidates who do not have a focus in Environmental law; Earthjustice is excited to consider attorneys who are familiar with Tribal Law or other impact litigation. Please see the position description for more information. Please email interest to jmartinez@thinkingahead.com.

Grand Canyon Trust Field Attorney. Colorado Plateau. Duties include: (1) Surveying the wild places you’re fighting for; (2) Navigating through tamarisk and government-agency offices, from Ogden to Kanab, and Flagstaff to Moab; (3) Learning from Native leaders; (4) Studying the plans and projects that may harm the places we advocate for; and (5) Writing comments on those proposals, to represent the Grand Canyon Trust in administrative proceedings, to drop pithy quotes for the papers, and to otherwise press our case for the Colorado Plateau. Please see the position description for more information. Please email interest to jmartinez@thinkingahead.com.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions; and (3) Representing the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Request for Qualifications — Policy Analyst. Humboldt County, CA. Duties include: (1) Determining program requirements and producing recommendations regarding policies, processes, and form development; (2) Drafting new or revised policies and procedures; and (3) Preparing and presenting reports and recommendations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit proposals to Lisa Rose Sanderson, Victims of Crime Program Director, Hoopacourt.advocatedirector@gmail.com by November 10th, 2021.

Request for Qualifications — Education Outreach Coordinator. Humboldt County, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing the public and service providers with information about the services offered to victims of crime; (2) In collaboration with Program Director, developing Victims of Crime Program multimedia strategic plan; (3) Developing and designing original content for outreach, social media, and communications; (4) Assisting program Civil Legal Assistant and Program Director in designing content for Tribal Court self-help kiosk for the public to access; (5) Building Victims of Crime content calendar; and (6) Implementing and promoting data collection instruments to community. Please see the description for more information. Interested candidates should submit proposals to Lisa Rose Sanderson, Victims of Crime Program Director, Hoopacourt.advocatedirector@gmail.com by November 10th, 2021.

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Tribe, its officers, and entities including in tribal, federal, and state courts, administrative tribunals, and before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies; (2) Drafting ordinances, regulations, and policies; and (3) Negotiating and reviewing intergovernmental agreements, contracts,
and commercial transactions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume, at least three professional references, and a legal writing sample to OTA’s Paralegal at anne.ronan@elwha.org by November 15th, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. Position open until filled. 

Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area (NBSCRA) Tribal Coalition — Native American Rights Fund

NBSCRA Manager. Alaska. Duties include: (1) Assisting the NBSCRA Tribal Advisory Council in the creation of the TAC’s processes and procedures; (2) Supporting and advancing the priorities of the TAC; and (3) Ensuring coordination between the TAC and federally recognized Tribes from the region, the Bering Sea Federal Task Force, and other governmental agencies or federal entities that have responsibilities in the region. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to dougherty@narf.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Table Mountain Rancheria

In-House Counsel. Friant, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services in all areas of Federal Indian Law; (2) Preparing, submitting and processing fee-to-trust applications on behalf of the Table Mountain Rancheria; (2) Researching and drafting contracts and tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and the Tribal Chairperson; and (4) Providing legal advice and guidance to the various tribal departments and entities of Table Mountain Rancheria. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Matt Stanley, Senior Director of Human Resources (mstanley@tmr.org) and Dan Casas, Senior Legal Counsel (dcasas@tmr.org). All questions should be directed to Matt Stanley at (559) 822-2813.

Hobb Straus

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.

Job Announcements

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Root & Rebound

Tribal Regions Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA, with travel across Northern California. Duties include: (1) Expanding direct legal services and growing partnerships with the Yurok Tribe and other indigenous communities in Northern California. (2) Conducting holistic legal intakes for a client’s reentry legal needs and developing an appropriate legal services plan. (3) Building partnerships and relationships with Indigenous community groups and organizations. (4) Pushing for policy reform on issues affecting Indigenous communities, including speaking with media or congressional representatives, or participating in communications campaigns. (5) Seeking and elevating potential new funding opportunities. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are preferred by August 29th, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Office HR Administrator. Boulder, CO. Duties include: (1) Managing the human resources functions and the day-to-day operations of the law office. (2) Personnel administration. (3) Legal support functions. (4) Providing administrative support for the Executive Director and the Litigation Management Committee. Please see the position description for more information. Submit applications here by September 1, 2021.

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions. (3) Representing the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

Earthjustice 

Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Leading advocacy campaigns to advance policies essential to protecting and restoring biodiversity, Including through outreach to administrative and legislative decision makers, close coordination with existing allies and partners, and development of new partnerships. (2) Train and mentor associate attorneys, including by building their skills in the course of administrative and, potentially, legal advocacy. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript. Contact job@earthjustive.org with any technical difficulties or questions. 

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships Program. Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. Please indicate in your cover letter which location you would like to be considered for. Duties include: (1) Prioritizing frontline communities who are burdened with the most pollution and environmental harms while being excluded from environmental benefits provided to other communities. (2) Focusing on issues involving waste mismanagement and toxic air pollution. (3) Gradually taking on more independent responsibility for their cases while working under the supervision of a Senior or Managing Attorney. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, one-page cover letter that addresses why you would like to serve as an associate attorney, writing sample no longer than 12 pages, law school transcript, and list of three professional or academic references. Please apply by September 13, 2021. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

Judges on the Warm Springs Court of Appeals. Three openings. Warm Springs, OR. Please view the position description and The Warm Springs Tribal Code provisions describing the Court of Appeals and the duties and qualifications of judges on the Court of Appeals for more information. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume no later than Friday, August 27, 2021, though the closing date may be extended.  

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief Judge. Temecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Appellate Justice. Temecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in hearing motions, reviewing briefs, hearing oral argument, conducting hearings and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (4) Draft and issue opinions and orders of the Appellate Court as necessary and appropriate. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Chief Appellate Justice. Temecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve appeals from the Pechanga Tribal Court. (4) Presiding at all hearings before the Appellate Court and disposing of cases. (5) Developing and implementing court policies and procedures, which shall be approved by the Tribal Council. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

University of Idaho College of Law

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by July 30, 2021. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

Full Time Faculty — Tax and Estate Planning, Moscow, ID. The Faculty will: (1) Teach the basic tax course, business tax (partnerships and corps), estate planning, and wills. (2) Be able to switch out estate planning for another course every other year (which could include Tribal Nations Economics & Law). On its face, this package does not include much in the Native American law arena. However, that very well could change over time and we have several extracurricular programs that could use expertise in tribal tax, estate planning, tribal economic development, etc.. More details regarding these programs are available by emailing Dylan Hedden-Nicely at dhedden@uidaho.edu

University of Minnesota Duluth

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor. Duluth, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Teaching, advising, research, and service. (2) Active commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering socially just, culturally responsive, and anti racist practices in higher education, social work or community settings. (3) Strong experience, knowledge base and commitment to American Indian and/or other Indigenous people and communities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here and search for job opening 342786. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an Indian law or leadership job, please send a PDF job announcement and/or the website where it is posted and a brief description of job to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

RFP Legal Services, Oakhurst, C.A. The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians is seeking proposals for legal services to represent the tribe in an investigation and potential litigation of claims, including claims based on fraud, misrepresentation, negligence and/or malfeasance. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications due by 5:00pm PST on July 18, 2018.

Department of Interior

Attorney-Adviser, Portland, O.R. The Department of Interior is seeking an Attorney-Adviser to provide legal advice and other legal services on matters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on matters including, but not limited to the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and wildlife law enforcement matters; water rights litigation, including Indian water rights; and other legal matters may include contracts management, torts, or employment law. This position requires strong research skills, and ability to effectively communicate in writing and orally. Please see the website for more information. Applications close on July 16, 2018.

Attorney-Adviser, Anchorage, A.K. The Department of Interior is seeking an Attorney-Adviser to serve as a trial attorney and legal advisor handling federal sector employment litigation, policy and counseling matters, including human resources, employment discrimination and labor relations issues; and advise senior Departmental and Bureau officials on federal employment litigation and policy, including Title 5 of the United States Code, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, labor relations pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act, and various executive orders and regulations pertaining to employment actions, including discrimination and labor relations as they relate to federal employment, and relevant civil rights statutes falling under the Department’s public civil rights programs. Please see the website for more details. Applications close on July 16, 2018.

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.

Staff Attorney, Indian Law Office, Wausau, W.I. Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. (WJ) is a non-profit law firm funded by the Legal Services Corporation, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, and other public and private sources. WJ provides civil legal services to low-income persons in the northern 33 counties of Wisconsin, as well as the 11 Federally-recognized Indian tribes. Wisconsin Judicare’s Indian Law Office has an opening for an attorney to represent Native American individuals and groups on a variety of issues. Please see the announcement for more information.

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

Executive Director, Smith River, C.A. The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is seeking an Executive Director to lead its Tribal Administration. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications and resumes can be emailed to sharper@tolowa.com. Applications and resumes may also be mailed to: Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, ATTN: Human Resources, 140 Rowdy Creek Road, Smith River, CA  95567. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Associate General Counsel, Northern California. The Yurok Tribe is seeking an Associate General Counsel. This is a full-time position with a salary rage of $60,904-$94,898. This position includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with sick time and vacation pay. To apply, please visit the website or call (707) 482-1350 for more information.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Court Attorney, Tribal Court, Onamia, M.N. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Tribal Court is seeking a Court Attorney. The Court Attorney is responsible for research and analyzing complex legal issues and questions raised in cases heard in District Court.  The position will also provide support in the context of drafting, preparing and maintaining legal documents for court cases.  The Court Attorney will serve in a confidential capacity and work with substantial independence; however, collaboration with the judicial body and court administration will be required.  The Court Attorney will supervise the law clerks, interns and externs. Applications close on July 25, 2018. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Minneapolis, M.N. The U.S.Attorney’s Office (USAO)-District of Minnesota is currently seeking highly qualified candidates for one or more Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions for the Civil Division of the USAO. AUSAs in the Civil Division handle a wide variety of civil cases, including civil health care and procurement fraud, civil rights enforcement, constitutional challenges to statutes and regulations, environmental defense and enforcement, financial litigation, asset forfeiture, and the defense of employment discrimination and tort claims. AUSAs in the Civil Division litigate in the United States District Court and in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Civil Division AUSAs write sophisticated pre-trial motions and appellate briefs as well as handle depositions and trials. They also oversee government investigations under the False Claims Act. Civil AUSAs are expected to work independently and in teams with other AUSAs and federal government agencies. Applications close on July 24, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

Spirit Lake Nation

Juvenile Intake Officer, Fort Totten, N.D. The Spirit Lake Tribe is seeking a Juvenile Intake Officer. This position involves public relation skills in working with troubled children and youth along with independent and substantial degree of discretion in making decisions to determine need for formal judicial involvement or diversity programs for juvenile delinquent offenders.  It also entails reviewing delinquency petitions and conducting informal adjustments and/or assisting the Juvenile Court Prosecutor in determining processing of juvenile cases.  The applicant must be able to work with little or no supervision at times.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Juvenile Prosecutor or Judge.  Works with average exposure to noise, but subject to frequent disruptions and moderate degree of stress.  Travels occasionally when necessary to do networking with other agencies.  Please see the job announcement and/or website for more information.

Prosecutor, Fort Totten, N.D. The Spirit Lake Tribe is seeking a Prosecutor. Some of the duties of the Prosecutor will be: to perform all phases of criminal prosecution of offenses committed in violation of the Spirit Lake Tribe Criminal Code within the jurisdiction of the Spirit Lake Tribe, to present and prosecute all criminal complaints in Tribal Court, and to work closely with law enforcement. Please see the job announcement and/or website for more information.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Clerkships, Various Locations. Each year, NARF conducts a nation-wide search for law students to participate in its Law Clerk Program. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices: Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington,D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications close on September 14, 2018.

Yakama Nation

Attorney II, Toppenish, W.A. The Yakama Nation is seeking two (2) attorneys. The employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender-Legal Aid Services Program and is responsible for providing quality professional legal representation and advice to tribal member clients in Tribal, Municipal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to tribal members in areas such as, criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Services include legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analyzes and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the courts as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. In addition the attorney will provide legal education law clinics for the public as assigned. The position pays $40.56/hour. Please see the application and announcement for more information.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Chief Judge, Wellpinit, W.A. The Spokane Tribe is seeking a law trained individual to serve as Chief Judge of the Spokane Tribal Court located at Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The Spokane Tribal Court is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Spokane, Washington and exercises jurisdiction over a broad range of civil and criminal matters. Please see the announcement fr more information. Applications close on August 10, 2018.

Last week’s posts: July 6, 2018.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator, Juneau, A.K. The tribal court is looking for a Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator to facilitate planning, development and implementation for the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court program through the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (T & H) Court system. The position pays $27.04-$34.48 per hour. Application deadline is March 30, 2018 at 4:30pm. Only accepting online applications. For questions contact Human Resources: humanresources@ccthita-nsn.gov or call 907/463-7707.

Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP

Commercial Transactions Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque firm focusing on federal Indian law representation is seeking an associate attorney with approximately 3 to 5 years’ training, experience and concentration in commercial transactions. Position requires substantial experience in commercial transactions, preferably in the areas of federal Indian law and tribal law. Applicants must be licensed in a state jurisdiction. Applicants must be motivated, hard-working, and passionate about serving Native American individuals, tribes, pueblos and their business enterprises. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample to Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP at lvera@indiancountrylaw.com.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship & Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation

General Counsel, Tucson, A.Z. The General Counsel has primary responsibility for all legal affairs of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, fulfilling traditional in-house counsel functions. The General Counsel reports directly to the Foundation Executive Director, and secondarily to the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The General Counsel provides legal services to the Board, the Executive Director, and all programs. Applications close April 16, 2018.

Kadiak, LLC

Project Administrator, Anchorage, A.K. Kadiak, LLC is looking for a Project Administrator to join its team in Anchorage, Alaska to work with project team in co-project management role to conduct Tribal Court Assessments for identified Alaska villages on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The team will conduct 15 tribal court assessments in Alaska each year. Kadiak offers competitive compensation an an extraordinary benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance, 401K with company matching, flexible spending accounts, paid holidays, three weeks paid time off, and more. This position requires frequent travel to rural Alaska communities.

National Judicial College

Program Attorney, Reno, N.V. The National Judicial College seeks an experienced Program Attorney responsible for researching, designing and implementing continuing judicial education programs. Under direction of the Academic Director the Program Attorney will:

  • Manage NJC’s Tribal Judicial Center including supervision of program manager.
  • Research, design and implement curricula for in-person and web-based continuing judicial education programs.
  • Identify and recruit judicial, medical, legal, and other professional faculty.
  • Develop faculty, provide feedback on performance and presentation style.
  • Edit faculty-provided material for accuracy and compliance with NJC standards.
  • Analyze enrollment trends and promote NJC products through a wide array of marketing tactics to increase judicial participation.
  • Lead manager/administrator team during all stages of course facilitation.
  • Handle all logistics for off-site courses including direct contact with host site staff.
  • Participate in grant concept papers and applications, including deliverable identification, budgeting time and expenditures, and project length. Ensures deliverables are met.
  • Develop yearly program budgets.
  • Assist in all areas of the Academic Department and special projects as required.
  • Continually uphold the NJC values of maintaining an absolute commitment to justice, delivering and inspiring excellence and innovation in our work, championing integrity, and demonstrating engaged leadership.
  • Depending on experience, position may be filled as a Senior Program Attorney or Tribal Program Attorney.

Navajo Nation (Previously posted on March 16, 2018)

Law Clerk-Intern, Window Rock, A.Z. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, transcript and a short (5-10 page) writing sample to Cherie Espinosa at cespinosa@nndoj.orgComplete application packets must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Last week’s postings: March 16, 2018