Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send 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. 

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Arizona State University

Tenure Track Position – Open Rank – American Indian Studies. Tempe, AZ. The American Indian Studies Program (AIS) in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position (open rank – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). The anticipated start date is August 2022. This is an academic year, benefits-eligible, tenure eligible position. For more information or to apply, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/95790.

Qualifications for the position include: Assistant, associate, or full professor level with a specialization or focus on Indigenous geographies. Areas of Specialty may be in any one or a combination of the following: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous methodologies, community and regional planning, design, architecture, environmental studies, sustainability, geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, cartography; placemaking, placekeeping, data sovereignty (GIS and mapping), TEK; Planning on Indigenous Lands, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Indigenous Design and Planning, Indigenized Mapping, Reclaiming Geospatial Data; Demography.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous research program; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in American Indian Studies; contribute to curriculum development and graduate advising; serve on school, college and university committees; and provide service to the school, professional associations and the community. The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

Questions concerning American Indian Studies and the position should be addressed to David Martínez at David.Martinez.3@asu.edu or (480) 727-9818.

Harvard University Native American Program

Executive Director Position. Cambridge, MA. Duties include: (1) Providing leadership in strategic planning, operational goal-setting, and program evaluation; (2) Managing annual budgeting process, proposal writing, grants management, and external relations; (3) Supervising and mentoring program staff; (4) Developing new initiatives, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and overseeing related activities; (5) Facilitating vibrant networking, collaboration, and consultation between and among students, faculty, and staff across campus; (6) Supporting innovative interfaculty and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects concerning NAI issues; (7) Initiating formal relationships between the program and Harvard schools and other administrative offices; (8) Serving as a campus resource for consultation on NAI issues and concerns; (9) Representing the program within the university and throughout the nation in visible consultations and meetings; (10) Liaising with NAI leaders throughout higher education and Indian Country to develop opportunities consistent with HUNAP’s mission. Please visit here to apply and view the position description for more information.

University of California, Los Angeles

2L & 3L Summer 2022 Law Clerk – Tribal Legal Development Clinic. Los Angeles, CA. Candidates are rising 2Ls or 3Ls. We seek to have the clerkship result in an excellent writing sample. Native law students are strongly encouraged to apply. The UCLA School of Law’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic connects law students directly with tribal leaders, officers, and attorneys, to provide legal development services to Indian tribes. The Clinic hosts non-litigation, tribally-driven projects that cover a wide cross-section of subjects. Students work in teams, consult regularly with a tribal liaison, and produce a work product under the supervision of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director. Summer Clinic law clerks are a paid, full-time position, either at the UCLA School of Law campus or remotely. The Clinic is designed to foster the next generation of tribal lawyers. Students are exposed to the complexities, historical contexts, and professional and ethical responsibilities of tribal lawyering. Whenever possible, Clinic law clerks travel to Indian country to meet with tribal clients to collaborate, deliver work products to governing bodies, and participate in relevant meetings and hearings. Clinic projects have included drafting statutes and other governing documents, researching and drafting appellate bench memorandums, building court infrastructure, and developing training materials. Prior projects have spanned the subject-matter spectrum and have included repatriation and cultural resource protection, family law, restorative justice, civil procedure, criminal procedure, non-profit development and more. The Clinic is a part of UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center, a national resource for the support of Native Nations. The Center successfully works to enhance Indian nations’ laws and governmental institutions while advancing cultural resource protection. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Heather Morphew at morphew@law.ucla.edu by December 15th, 2021.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters; (2) Representing the company in legal proceedings and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (3) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government; (4) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting agreements; and (5) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Representing the Legal Department and maintaining clear lines of communication to TCC President and Executive Board on a recurring basis; (2) Providing and overseeing legal representation to all levels of TCC Staff, Member Tribes and issues surrounding Member Tribes on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and tribal court proceedings; (3) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments, rendering legal opinions, providing management with legal guidance; (4) Serving as an expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and managing Legal Department; (5) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts including but not limited to reviewing advocacy documents, testimony, preparing for meetings and attending meetings on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; and (6) Serving as TCC’s point of contact for all communication between TCC and HHS’ Office of the General Counsel and is responsible for the management and processing of all FTCA / tort claims related activities. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

The Yakama Nation

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring confidentiality of records used by Yakama Nation; (2) Prosecuting criminal and civil matters before the Yakama Nation Tribal Courts; (3) Developing and improving the Yakama Tribal Criminal Justice System, including Tribal Code development and amendments; (4) Providing service regarding Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) matters; (5) Developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative working relationships with staff from other tribal and state agencies and with other tribal departmental program staff; and (6) Representing the Yakama Nation. Please see the position description for details. Interested applicants should apply here by December 1st, 2021.

Chief Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Supervising the Prosecuting Attorney office responsible for prosecuting both civil and criminal matters in the Yakama Nation Tribal Court; (2) Representing the Yakama Nation in civil actions involving child abuse/neglect in civil ICWA proceedings; (3) Drafting notices of intervention and/or petitions to transfer which represents the best interests of the child(ren) and the tribe as provided under tribal and federal law; (4) Advising the Tribal Police, NNWS and CPS in investigation, evaluating evidence, case preparation and preparation of legal pleadings; (5) Working with and referring cases as appropriate to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution or the County Prosecutor for state prosecution of non-Indian offenders; and (6) Presenting and explaining key policy issues regarding tribal justice and victimization through written and/or oral reports to key stakeholders that include the JSA, Tribal Administration, and/or Tribal Council/General Council. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should contact Tamara Saluskin, Deputy Director of the Yakama Nation Justice Services Department at: tamara_saluskin@yakama.com. Apply here.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Special Advisor on Tribal Engagement and Consultation Strategy. Washington, DC, temporarily remote. Duties include: (1) Critically reviewing the agency’s Tribal consultation practices; (2) Working collaboratively to develop recommendations aimed at improving the processes; (3) Executing implementation of recommendations across multiple agency offices; (4) Engaging with internal and external stakeholders on the Commission’s consultation practices; (5) Developing written communications and providing verbal briefings to senior agency officials summarizing efforts and next steps; and (6) Expanding the Commission’s outreach capabilities to Tribal Nations, including developing outreach materials. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are viewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit their resume to Robert.Thormeyer@ferc.gov or Sarah.Venuto@ferc.gov.

Judicial Hearing Officer. Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Justice. Duties include: (1) Presiding over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; (2) Performing related work as assigned; and (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. Please see the position description for more details. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court JudgeJudicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Principal Tribal Court AdvocateOffice of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing 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; (2) Working 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; and (3) Providing 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor – Office of the Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs; (2) Planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments. This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, Arizona. Duties include: (1) Finalizing prosecutor’s draft legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviewing for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) With prosecutor oversight, finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases in Justware using established procedures, completing case management, and closing of completed case files; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information, meeting regularly with team as required for renewals of program, and maintaining daily operations of district office. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ – White Collar Crime Unit. Duties include: (1) Under general supervision of Senior Investigator, maintaining office files; (2) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (3) Making travel and lodging arrangements; (4) Processing and distributing incoming and outgoing mail; (5) Taking and transcribing minutes of meetings; (6) Preparing work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents and related financial documents within established limits and procedures; (7) Maintaining court hearing dockets and court schedule tracks and maintaining records and status of processes used in department; and (8) Attending meetings, trainings and conferences as it relates to work, assisting in preparing, storing, and securing evidence, preparing legal documents, assisting with special projects and assignments. This position is open until December 9th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

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.  

Civil Liberties Defense Center

Line 3 Defense Legal Fellow. Minnesota. Two positions. Duties include: (1) Providing movement aligned, defendant-centered legal representation for the duration of a criminal case – from arraignment to trial, dismissal, and/or sentencing – for
up to 100 Water Protectors each; (2) Coordinating with our groups, the Pipeline Legal Action Network (PLAN), Line 3 spokes council, and Indigenous leadership; (3) Ensuring legal representation for defendants; (4) Ensuring all high-risk defendants (Indigenous people, LGTBQIA+, those facing felony charges) receive direct representation from a highly-skilled defense attorney; (5) Incorporating movement-aligned legal arguments (necessity defense, treaty law, cultural genocide) are incorporated into defense whenever feasible; and (6) Organizing and participating in defendant-led legal support structures and working groups to the extent feasible (PLAN and Line 3 Legal Spokes Council. The fellows will work together but one will directly report to the Executive Direct of CLDC and the other will report to the Legal Director of WPLC. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, legal sample, and three references to office@cldc.org by November 15th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Environmental Law Institute

Research Associate. Washington, D.C.. Each year, ELI hires college graduates to serve as Research Associates. These staff members work directly with the 15–20 lawyers and scientists in the Research and Policy Division on projects addressing environmental and natural resource protection, climate, public health, environmental justice, and pollution prevention. A typical workload combines research and administration. Please see the position description for more information, and apply here by January 21st, 2022.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Prosecutor. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Upholding the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Constitution and Tribal Code; (2) Representing the Tribe in criminal proceedings filed to protect the safety and wellbeing of the tribal community and the personal property and natural resources of the Mescalero Apache Tribe; and (3) Overseeing two Assistant Prosecutors and administrative staff. The position is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Myra Lapaz, Human Resources at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Ms. Lapaz or Nelva Cervantes, General Counsel to the Mescalero Apache Tribe at ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com

Chief Public Defender. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Upholding the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Constitution and Tribal Code; (2) Representing defendants in criminal proceedings before the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court; and (3) Overseeing an Assistant Public Defender and administrative staff. Please see the position description for more details. The position is open until filled. Please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Myra Lapaz, Human Resources at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Ms. Lapaz or Nelva Cervantes, General Counsel to the Mescalero Apache Tribe at ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com.   

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks a full-time Associate Tribal Attorney for its on-reservation Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”).  Duties include: (1) Handling most of the Tribe’s legal workload; and (2) Supervising outside counsel. This is a new position and will be the third Attorney in OTA.  Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work. Please see the position description for more information. Open until filled. Please apply by November 15th, 2021, to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. 

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk Position. Native Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

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.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

The Catawba Nation

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Deputy Tribal Administrator. Duties include: (1) Coordinating the workforce to meet and support the needs of Tribal members and the general public; (2) Managing on-site training needs for staff and leadership; (3) Overseeing implementation of Tribal Ordinances in government operations and throughout all tribal entities; (4) Writing RFPs to engage consultants needed for government projects; (5) Reviewing policies and procedures of departments and recommending changes as needed; (6) Managing special projects as delegated by the Executive Committee and Tribal Administrator; (7) Attending meetings and compiling reports for the Executive Committee and General Council. Please see the position description for more information.

Job Announcement

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

In the email body: 

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

____________________________________________________________________________

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

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; and (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. 

Sonosky Chambers

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.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

University of Idaho

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. The application will remain open until the position is 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.

Southern Ute Tribe

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Request for Proposals – Special Prosecutor. Ignacio, CO. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is requesting contract proposals from attorneys or law firms to serve as Special Prosecutor for the Tribe. For full RFP email jrivera@southernute-nsn.gov or call 970-563-2141. Proposals due October 8th at 5 pm MST.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

In-House Attorney. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing on-site legal advice to the Tribal Council and various Tribal government and commercial entities regarding a wide variety of matters, including gaming related matters; (2) Attending frequent meetings of the Tribal Council and periodic meetings of the Tribe’s General Membership; (3) Drafting Tribal Ordinances, policies and procedures; (4) Negotiating and documenting commercial transactions; (5) Drafting formational documents of Tribal commercial entities; (6) Negotiating, writing and reviewing various types of contracts, including leases, permits, purchase agreements, development agreements and intergovernmental agreements; (7) and coordinating and working with the Tribe’s outside General Counsel and special counsel. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can submit their resume and letter of interest by email to resumes@morongo-nsn.gov. Fill out an employment application here.

Tribal Court Clerk. Banning, CA. Under the direction of the Tribal Court Judge and the general direction of the Tribal Operations Administrator, the Tribal Court Clerk will perform varied duties including but not limited to preparing for and managing the functions of the Tribal Court and performing administrative duties related to the Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should contact the Tribal Administration and Enterprises Human Resources at 951-755-5184. The position is open until filled. 

Healing Wellness Court Coordinator. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Facilitating planning, development and implementation for the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court program; (2) Providing court intervention and early access to therapeutic and treatment services to youth that have entered into the criminal justice system and who may be dealing with issues involving alcohol and/or drug use; (3) In conjunction with Court staff, the Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator is responsible for forming, coordinating, and staffing a multi-disciplinary advisory team; (4) Drafting program policy and procedures to screen and determine eligibility of participants; and (5) Producing deliverables required by the grant and funder (Department of Justice) in a timely fashion. Interested candidates should contact the Tribal Administration and Enterprises Human Resources at 951-755-5184. The position is open until filled. 

Gun Lake Tribe

General Counsel. Shelbyville, MI. Duties include: (1) Providing legal counsel and legal representation to the Gun Lake Tribal Council and departments of the Gun Lake Tribal Government; (2) Advising governmental departments and subordinate entities regarding legal rights, practices and allocation of legal resources; (3) Overseeing the Gun Lake Tribe’s Legal Department, providing oversight, coordinating the activities of retained outside counsel and managing all contracting including monitoring legal costs and issues; and (4) Acting as the Chief Litigator for the Band. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants should register and apply here.

Foster Garvey PC

Indian Law Attorney. The position may be Associate, Principal, or Of Counsel, as appropriate. Seattle, WA (preferred), Spokane, WA, or Portland, OR. Remote work arrangements may be considered. Duties include: (1) Tribal treaty litigation; (2) Working with tribal clients on a broad range of tribal governance and economic development matters; (3) Developing experience in the attorney’s areas of particular interest; and (4) Representing tribes and tribal entities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, recent writing sample, and list of at least three professional references via the firm’s Careers Portal.

The Wilderness Society

Government Relations / Communications Specialist to the President. Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the efficient operations of TWS’ legislative advocacy work; (2) Ensuring effective coordination of the Government Relations team internally and across the organization; (3) Supporting priority campaigns by managing special projects; (4) Developing written advocacy materials, and directly engaging congressional offices; (5) Preparing the President for meetings with Members of Congress, the Administration, and other decision makers. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by October 17th.

Native American Rights Fund

Law Librarian. Boulder, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing general library services that support the mission of the National Indian Law Library (NILL); (2) Supporting the legal work of NARF and the Indian law information needs of the general public. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: Anne Lucke, Library Director, Native American Rights Fund, nill@narf.org. Open until filled with preference given to applications received by October 8th, 2021. See our website for full position description and qualifications: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

Alaska Fellow. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Working with NARF Staff Attorneys and NARF clients in all aspects of complex impact litigation before tribal, state, and federal courts, including factual and legal research, discovery, motion practice, trials, appeals, and amicus briefs; (2) Identifying and researching tribal sovereignty issues, and writing demand letters, legal memoranda, and advocacy letters; (3) Representing NARF and NARF clients before various community and stakeholder groups; (4) Representing NARF clients before federal and state agencies and in regulatory proceedings; (5) Building and leading coalitions with diverse stakeholders and working in partnership with other organizations. Position is for two years only and is not a guarantee of full-time NARF employment after the end of the fellowship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by October 13th, 2021.

Gila River Indian Community Office of General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Community in tribal, state and federal courts and administrative bodies; (2) Handling civil regulatory matters; (3) Advising community officials, departments and programs; (4) Assistance in drafting ordinances and resolutions; (5) Drafting and reviewing programmatic policies; and (5) Drafting and reviewing contracts, business agreements and intergovernmental agreements. This position is advertised as open until filled. Please see the position description for more information. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org.

Prospective Services Attorney. Protective Services Office, located at the Family Advocacy Center. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing support in various child welfare matters (including dependency, child in need of care, abuse/neglect and juvenile offender cases) and adult protection matters in the Community’s courts; (2) Representing the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts; and (3) Providing counsel and advice to the Community’s Tribal Social Services Department on substantive issues relating to child welfare. Please see the position description for more information. This position is advertised as open until filled. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org.

Kanji & Katzen PLLC

Summer 2022 Associate. Seattle, WA and Ann Arbor, MI. Seeking 2L students, but highly motivated 1Ls may apply as well. Applicants should possess a stellar academic and professional record, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to serving tribal nations. Prior coursework in Indian law or experience with tribal communities is also highly valued. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, references to Terri Walrod (twalrod@kanjikatzen.com) by October 1, 2021.

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Law and Justice Department

Prosecutor. Lapwai, ID. Duties to include: (1) Representing the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court; (2) Reviewing reports and charging cases; (3) Drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents; (4) Representing the Tribe in civil prosecutions and Minor-In-Need-Of-Care/ICWA proceedings that come before the Tribal Court; and (5) Supervising an Administrative Legal Assistant, Deputy Prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement Attorney. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should provide a legal writing sample with application, and resume listing at least three work-related references by October 11, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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Earthjustice

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Coal Program. A full or part-time legal externship for spring 2022. The legal extern may work remotely or at the Chicago, IL; New York, NY; or Philadelphia, PA office once offices reopen. Legal externships are unpaid and students must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship. Duties include: (1) Assisting in case investigation, legal research and discovery; and (2) Preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Please see the position description or visit here for more information. Interested applicants can apply here and should submit a resume, cover letter (see specifications), a writing sample, an unofficial law school transcript, and a list of references including at least one law professor or legal employer. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Oceans Program. A full or part-time legal externship for spring 2022. The legal extern may work remotely or at the Chicago, IL; New York, NY; or Philadelphia, PA office once offices reopen. Legal externships are unpaid and students must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship. Duties include: (1) Working with attorneys in the Oceans Program investigating matters related to federal litigation and domestic and international marine issues; (2) Assisting in the development of case strategy and legal theories; and (3) Under the supervision of an attorney, performing legal and factual research and preparing memoranda. Please see the position description or visit here for more information. Interested applicants can apply here and should submit a resume, unofficial law school transcript, a writing sample, and a list of references including at least one law professor or legal employer. Applications are due by October 17, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

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.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

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. 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. The 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.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

In-House Attorney. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing on-site legal advice to the Tribal Council and various Tribal government and commercial entities regarding a wide variety of matters, including gaming related matters; (2) Attending frequent meetings of the Tribal Council and periodic meetings of the Tribe’s General Membership; (3) Drafting Tribal Ordinances, policies and procedures; (4) Negotiating and documenting commercial transactions; (5) Drafting formational documents of Tribal commercial entities; (6) Negotiating, writing and reviewing various types of contracts, including leases, permits, purchase agreements, development agreements and intergovernmental agreements; (7) and coordinating and working with the Tribe’s outside General Counsel and special counsel. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can submit their resume and letter of interest by email to resumes@morongo-nsn.gov. Fill out an employment application here

The Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel. Albuquerque, NM. Under the general supervision of the In-house General Counsel. Duties include: (1) Providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo and its economic enterprises; (2) Performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy; and (3) Serving as the primary legal contact for the Pueblo’s enterprises on contract matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. Please see the position description for more information and visit Pueblo of Sandia Assistant General Counsel to apply.

Assistant General Counsel – Water, Environment & Natural Resources. Albuquerque, NM. Under the general supervision of the In-house General Counsel. Duties include: (1) Providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; (2) Performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and (3) Serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. Please see the position description for more information and visit Pueblo of Sandia Assistant General Counsel – Environment to apply.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”)

Staff Attorney. State of Washington. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s, to provide legal advice, consultations, and presentations; (4) Performs legal research, reviews contracts and other legal documents; drafts memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; and (5) As assigned, serves as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, a 5-7 page writing sample, law school transcripts, and list of at least three professional references to both the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department at https://yakama.isolvedhire.com/jobs/, with a courtesy electronic copy to OLC at jobs@yakamanation-olc.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney. Chandler, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to clients as well as represent clients; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.) to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business; (3) Communicating with opposing attorneys to expedite cases to closure; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials as needed and/or assigned; (6) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyze and review legal documents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, official/certified law school transcript, Arizona Bar Certificate of good standing, and a writing sample to HR@ROSETTELAW.COM. All correspondence can be addressed to the Hiring Committee. 

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. 

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – LGBTQ & HIV Project. Two positions available: LGBTQ & HIV Project staff attorney posting LGBT-19, LGBTQ & HIV Project staff attorney posting LGBT-20. New York, NY. We know that having more Indigenous voices represented in and leading our work will increase its quality and expand the scope of impact. While we are primarily looking for experienced litigators, we are also open to hearing from anyone interested in the positions. Duties include: (1) Litigation in federal and state courts, including pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and motion practice, handling hearings and trials, and arguing appeals; (2) Supervising law clerks; (3) Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress; and (4) Engaging in community outreach and public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and the public generally. Please see the position descriptions linked above for more information.

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. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental & Natural Resources Division, Indian Resources Section

Trial Attorney. Denver, CO or Washington, DC. Duties include: (1) Litigation on behalf of federal agencies when they are protecting the rights and resources of federally recognized Indian tribes and their members, (2) Defending against challenges to statutes and agency action designed to protect tribal interests and affirmative actions to protect tribal rights and natural resources. The rights at issue include water rights, the ability to acquire reservation land, hunting and fishing rights, and other natural resources. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants must apply online through USAJOBS. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents by 11:59 PM (EST) by October 6th, 2021 to receive consideration. Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter with brief statement of interest, law school transcript, writing sample, OF 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf and DD-214 , if applicable.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Project Director – Critical Race Studies Program (CRS). Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about the program here. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the creation of a publicly accessible, real-time tracking project that compiles and interactively presents information about new legislation and other formal policies suppressing anti-racist education, training, or research associated with CRT; (2) produce briefs and other materials synthesizing and analyzing research and data collected; and (3) Convening academics, litigators, and advocates to discuss and develop the legal theories being used to contest these initiatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by September 30th, 2021.

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager – Technical Assistance. New York, NY or remote. Duties include: (1) Developing a broad range of subject matter expertise around tribal justice projects and community justice projects, including but not limited to, healing to wellness courts and treatment courts, strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile Justice, corrections and reentry, tribal-state relationships, risk-need responsivity tools, and other problem-solving initiatives; (2) Assisting with grant proposals; (3) Giving presentations at national conferences and training events; (4) Helping lead the planning and coordination of roundtables and national training events; (5) Leading the writing of publications, including monographs, fact sheets, toolkits, and other products; and (6) Engaging in projects that support research development for tribal justice system. Please see the position description for more information. See the job posting here. Interested applicants should apply by October 8th, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

Good afternoon! Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date. See below for examples.
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing, M.I. Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) is a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through its local legal services offices, Legal Services of South Central Michigan and Farmworker Legal Services, as well several statewide advocacy programs: Michigan Poverty Law Program, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, and the Michigan Legal Help Program. MAP has a staff of about 100 people in offices in Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Monroe, and Ypsilanti. The staff attorney position is in the Lansing- Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) – office, serving Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee and Livingston Counties. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work, including housing law, consumer, public benefits and family law. Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan or be eligible to waive in or to take the next bar examination. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to underserved populations. For more information, please visit LSSCM’s website.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi 

Staff Attorney, Fulton, M.I. Under the direction of the Chief Legal Counsel and the Tribal Council, the Staff Attorney provides legal advice to the Tribal Council and various programs being operated under the authority of the Tribal Council. Represents the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in court actions in Tribal, State and Federal court proceedings. Reviews and prepares legal documents, advises client constituents within the Tribal government as to legal rights, and practices other phases of law by performing the following duties. Applications close on August 26, 2019. For more information, please see the job announcement.

Legal Intern, Fulton, M.I. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi is seeking a legal intern for the upcoming academic year to conduct legal research and writing for the legal department, prepare pleadings, and more. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications close on August 18, 2019.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney , Anchorage, Alaska. Associate attorneys perform a range of work in the Alaska office, in partnership with staff attorneys and litigation assistants, to investigate, develop, and prosecute administrative appeals and litigation including: factual investigation, legal research, case development, record review, client engagement and development, expert evidence and witness development, motions practice and brief writing, oral advocacy, and appellate advocacy. As associate attorneys gain experience, their case load may include cases for which they have primary responsibility under the supervision of a staff attorney, in addition to matters on which they work in a supporting role with staff attorneys. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, please see the job announcement or visit here.

Supervising Staff Attorney Chicago, Chicago, I.L. Earthjustice is seeking an experienced litigation attorney to join its Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, IL. This office serves as a focal point for work throughout the Midwest, potentially including work across the full array of Earthjustice’s program areas – Climate & Energy, Healthy Communities, Lands and Wildlife, and Sustainable Food and Farming. The Supervising Staff Attorney will independently develop, file, manage, and litigate cases from beginning to end, and will work with the Managing Attorney to develop strategic objectives, set priorities, build and maintain client and partner relationships, and assess resource needs. This person will also supervise the work of other staff assigned to the Midwest Regional program (potentially including Associate Attorneys, Fellows, Litigation Assistants, and litigation support staff). For more information about our Midwest Office, visit here. The Supervising Staff Attorney will play a leading role in their own docket of major environmental cases, collaborate on litigation with other Earthjustice attorneys and staff, and develop and maintain relationships with clients and partners (such as, other nonprofit organizations, environmental justice groups, community-based organizations, labor unions, and tribes). This person will also serve as a thought partner with the Managing Attorney and a Litigation Leader in the office. It is particularly important that the incumbent be a seasoned. Applications reviewed on a rolling deadline. Please see the announcement or website for more information.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney/Prosecutor, Ignacio, C.O. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director and Deputy Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for the effective, efficient, and fair prosecution of violations of the Tribal Code to include criminal, gaming, and wildlife cases. In addition, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, civil litigation, contract review, employment matters, and the consideration of social services cases. Applications close at 5pm MST on September 3, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Law Clerk, Tucson. A.Z. The Law Clerk assists in performing legal analysis, researching and preparing legal files and documents, and other legal services.  The Law Clerk maintains confidentially of all privileged information of the Office of the Attorney General. If interested please submit your application online at: https://www.pascuayaqui-nsn.gov/index.php/features/attorney-general or  submit an email to:  hr.recruitment@pascuayaqui-nsn.gov. For more information, please see the announcement.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Senior Legal Counsel, Mashantucket, C.T. Under the direction of the General Counsel, the incumbent assists in providing legal advice and services to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, including its departments, arms (including the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise), subdivisions, regulatory bodies, committees, entities and business enterprises (MPTN) concerning legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. Juris Doctorate required from an ABA-accredited/approved law school. At least seven (7) years of experience practicing law in a government, private or corporate setting with some experience or exposure to the field of federal Indian law. Must be admitted to practice law in a State or federal jurisdiction at time of appointment to position, preferably in the state and federal courts of Connecticut. Must be admitted to practice law in Connecticut and in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court within one year of appointment. Well-developed communication, interpersonal, negotiation, organizational and problem solving skills required. Demonstrated excellent ability to research and analyze (both orally and in written form) legal issues, concerns or problems is required. Excellent ability to communicate legal concepts and analysis to MPTN (including its elected officials, officers, employees and representatives), to patrons, vendors or any other person necessary to resolve a matter is required. Excellent ability to work cooperatively with other attorneys and paralegals and take direction from General Counsel and Associate General Counsel, as required. Please note that we have designated this position as a “key” position pursuant to the Tribal and Native American Preference Law. Please send resume to sferguson@foxwoods.com or apply at Foxwoods.com.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

AmeriCorps Attorney, Traverse City, M.I. Michigan Indian Legal Services seeks to hire an attorney (AmeriCorps) to work under a joint medical-legal partnership program with 2 or 3 tribal health clinics. Practice Areas include: Children’s Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Issues, LGBTQ, Litigation, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, Poverty, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Racial Justice Issues, Women’s Rights.  Open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Guardian ad Litem, Oakville, W.A. A Court appointed person trained to independently investigate and determine the needs of tribal children, youth and vulnerable adults who are subject to a court proceeding by either the Tribe’s social service program or family members.  Please see job announcement for more information. Applications close on August 16, 2019.

Criminal Public Defender, Oakville, W.A. The Public Defender is responsible for representing all persons alleged to have committed a violation of the Chehalis Tribe’s criminal code, its juvenile code or alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect pursuant to a tribal dependency proceeding. This representation shall extend from arraignment/initial hearing through appeal where appropriate. Please see job announcement for more information. Position open until filled.

Association of Village Council Presidents 

Associate GC Job Announcement, Bethel, A.K. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, C.O. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance.  NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska.  NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket.  NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is open until filled, with interviews beginning in August. Please see the announcement for more information.

Wisconsin Judicare

ILO Staff Attorney, Wausau, W.I. Wisconsin Judicare’s Indian Law Office has an immediate opening for a full-time attorney to represent Native American individuals and groups on a variety of issues in its Wausau, Wisconsin office.  Duties include:  1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Indian individuals and groups;  2) Educate and serve Native American Elders;  3) Provide backup services and education to Tribal Benefit Specialists;  4) Participate in tribal court development and community education projects; and 5) Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys.   Application period opens immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

NoVo Foundation

Program Associate, Kingston, N.Y. The Program Associate reports to the Foundation’s Senior Director and works closely with two Program Officers based remotely, in western Montana and Reno, NV. The PA provides administrative support to both Program Officers, assists with the Initiative’s grantmaking, and manages strategic projects. This role requires experience working in Indigenous communities, as well as passion for NoVo Foundation’s mission to foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation to one of collaboration and partnership. The position demands the flexibility and precision needed to support a fully remote team across multiple time zones. The PA will be based in one of NoVo’s offices, either Kingston, NY (preferably) or Brooklyn, NY. Regular travel to NoVo’s offices for meetings and other Foundation activities is expected. Please see the job announcement or website for more information. Applications close on August 30, 2019.

Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker

RFP for Utah Lobbying Services, U.T. The Navajo Nation Legislative Branch is seeking a Consultant for Governmental Lobbying Services to the Navajo Nation Council in relation to the 2020 and 2021 Utah Legislative Sessions. RFP-UT Lobbyist-7568. The Office of the Navajo Nation Speaker (OOS) will be accepting all proposals from qualified consultants. The Offeror is required to provide qualifications and other documents as part of their proposal.  Interested parties shall obtain more information from the Office of the Speaker. Due Date of RFP Proposals is Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM. This procurement process is a combined technical qualifications and cost-based selection. Send inquiries and questions to Lashawna Tso, MPA, Chief of Staff lrtso@navajo-nsn.gov |  928.871.7160.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Associate In-House Counsel, Pine Ridge, S.D. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is seeking an Associate In-House Counsel. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications close on August 30, 2019.

Pueblo of Laguna

Court Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under administrative supervision of the Governor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Judge, Laguna, N.M. Under general direction of the Presiding Judge, adjudicates cases, prepares decisions, and carries out other functions of the judicial processes. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information. Applications close on August 1, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under general administrative direction of the Court Prosecutor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating criminal laws, including status offenses the Pueblo of Laguna laws, codes, and/or ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.  Applications open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Michigan State University College of Law

Office Assistant, East Lansing, M.I. This position provides administrative support to the Office of Student Affairs and the Registrar’s Office. Performs a variety of tasks, including answering phones, directing and responding to department email inquiries, greeting and directing visitors, answering questions, assisting with events, data gathering/entry, and/or word processing tasks. Maintains various databases and student files. Assists the Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in compiling statistical data. Provides high quality service for internal and external customers.  Through teamwork collaborates with other employees to achieve goals and objectives. Applications close on August 13, 2019. Please visit the website for more information.

University of New Mexico School of Law

Professor, Albuquerque, N.M. The Clinical Law Program at the University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in its Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) beginning in Fall 2020. Academic rank and salary depend on experience and qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a J.D. or equivalent; 3-5 years of practice experience; and licensed to practice in any jurisdiction. Preferred qualifications include experience in clinical or legal teaching; experience connecting with tribal communities, individuals, and entities; training and experience in supervising; demonstrated or the promise of excellence in practicing federal Indian law or tribal law; academic scholarship; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, and working with broadly diverse communities.  Applications close on September 22, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Professor, Albuquerque, N.M. The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenured-track faculty position to teach in its Legal Analysis and Communication Program, starting in the Fall of 2020. Faculty in the program are responsible for teaching Elements of Legal Argumentation I & II, the law school’s required first-year legal writing sequence. ELA I & II focus on developing students’ skills in legal reading, research, analysis, and communication. The program’s faculty members typically teach two first-year sections of approximately 15-20 students each (or 30-40 students total). They also teach upper-level writing courses, and the successful candidate will be expected to help design and implement the program’s upper-level writing curriculum. At UNM, legal writing faculty serve on all law school committees (including serving as chairs of committees) and are eligible for summer research and teaching grants. The Legal Analysis and Communication Program is a director-led program that values close collaboration and quality teaching. Applications close on September 22, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Professor, Albuquerque, N.M. The Clinical Law Program at the University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in its Economic Justice Clinic (EJC) beginning Fall 2020. Academic rank and salary will depend on experience and qualifications. EJC works to reduce structural inequality and promote equitable economic development in low-income communities through direct representation of individuals and legal support for community-based organizing efforts in the areas of workers’ rights, housing, and grassroots entrepreneurship. This position involves teaching primarily in the clinical law program, with opportunities to teach elsewhere in the curriculum. Clinic faculty supervise students in all aspects of direct client representation and community-based projects, and teach clinical skills classes. For additional information, visit http://lawschool.unm.edu/clinic/sections/economic-justice-clinic.html.

Please see yesterday’s (August 8, 2019) Special Edition Job Announcements here.

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Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

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Prairie Island Indian Community

Guardian ad Litem, Welch, M.N. The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC), a federally recognized Indian tribe, is seeking proposals from: attorneys, and non-attorneys who have received appropriate training as guardians ad litem, for minor children in CHIPS and CHINS proceedings, in private custody disputes and/or for elderly or disabled persons in Tribal or State Courts of Minnesota. Proposals should be sent via email deb.english@piic.org. If you have questions related to this request or to submitting a proposal, please contact: Deb English, Clerk of Court for the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Court, at 651-3854161.

Native American Disability Law Center

Advocate, Farmington, N.M. The Native American Disability Law Center (Law Center) is looking for qualified applicants for an Advocate position. The Law Center is a private non-profit organization that provides legal services to Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo and Hopi reservations. The Law Center is committed to ensuring that Native Americans with disabilities have access to justice and are empowered and equal members of their communities. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Development Director, Farmington, N.M. The Native American Disability Law Center is looking for an energetic and creative Development Director. The Law Center provides legal services to Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo, Hopi, and San Juan Southern Paiute reservations. Our offices are located in Farmington and Gallup, New Mexico; however, we serve a broad area around the Four Corners Region of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Development Director will be responsible for submitting up to eight annual grant applications, ensuring that periodic grant reports are submitted as required, and developing additional governmental and private funding streams. Applicants must have a demonstrable interest in issues facing individuals with disabilities. Past experience with writing successful grant applications and developing private donations is a plus. Please specify any experience working with Native American communities.  Please see the job announcement for more details.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, Alaska. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.

Wisconsin Judicare

Indian Law Office Staff Attorney, Wasau, W.I. Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. is seeking a full-time staff attorney in its office located in Wausau, Wisconsin. WISCONSIN JUDICARE, INC. 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. Please find more information in the job announcement.

ACLU of South Dakota

Indigenous Justice Organizer, Rapid City, S.D. The ACLU of South Dakota seeks applicants for a full-time Indigenous Justice Organizer position, which will be located in its Rapid City, South Dakota office. The Indigenous Justice Organizer will work to implement a community outreach strategy to build scalable public education and advocacy programs, while incorporating organizing, coalition-building, leadership development, communication, and lobbying tactics. Please send cover letter and resume by email to HRJobsSD@aclu.org. Reference [ASD-91] in subject line. Please find more information on the website.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Financial Adviser, Dowagiac, M.I. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe (Band) with offices at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047.  The Band is seeking to engage an independent contractor with Registered Investment Adviser credentials to assist the Band in monitoring and evaluating the services provided by asset management and banking partners.  In addition assist in special projects that help the Band achieve its financial goals.  The firm/individual selected will not directly provide asset management services and/or banking services.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

In-House Attorney, Agency Village, S.D. Under the administrative direction of the Tribal Chairman, the In-House Attorney provides practical and wide-ranging legal advice to the Executives, Tribal Council, departments, agencies, boards and committees and represents the Tribe in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts and hearings. Apply here. Position open until filled. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Nevada Legal Services

Indian Law Attorney, Reno N.V. Nevada Legal Services has an opening for a staff attorney within our Indian Law Program.  Nevada Legal Services is a statewide non-profit that provides free legal assistance to low income Nevadans. The Indian Law Program is based out of our Reno office and serves the 27 Native American tribes and colonies within the State of Nevada.  This position will be based out of our Elko office in order to serve the surrounding communities in eastern Nevada. The Program provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments based upon the needs expressed by each community. In that capacity, the Program acts as public defender in a number of tribal jurisdictions and also serves as counsel to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada. The Program also conducts clinical programs for a variety of tribal courts.  Frequent travel throughout Nevada, including overnight stays, is required.
Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants should be licensed to practice in Nevada or in another state and eligible for admission pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 72.1.  Recent graduates awaiting results from the July bar examination will be considered, but continued employment will be contingent on passing the bar.
  • Experience with and knowledge of federal Indian law or tribal law preferred.
    Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team.
  • Ability to work with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Paid sick and vacation time
  • Paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Salary DOE 46k – 64k
  • Full-time (34 hours per week)

Application Procedure:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but no later than August 31, 2019.  Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:  Human Resources, e-mail to rohara@nlslaw.net. Please reference “Indian Law Program” in your email.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, C.O. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please job announcement for more information.

Division of Indian Affairs (Student Opportunity)

Extern, Washington D.C. The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, welcomes applications for the Spring 2020 internship program.  The Division of Indian Affairs provides legal counsel and representation to the Secretary of the Interior acting as federal trustee to American Indian tribes and their members. The division also provides legal advice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs concern­ing the administra­tion of Indian service programs. Please see the announcement for more details.

Quinault Indian Nation

Senior Assistant Attorney General Children and Elder Services, Taholah, W.A. This is an in-house counsel position responsible for providing the Quinault Nation’s children’s and elders’ programs with an array of legal services. In addition, the incumbent, as a staff attorney, works closely with the Quinault Family Services Department (QFS), the Quinault Child Support Services Program (CSSP), the Quinault Tribal Police Department (QPD) and other tribal departments to protect and enhance the welfare and safety of the tribal community. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court

Tribal Court Director, Shingle Springs, C.A. Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator and the Tribal Court Judge, the core responsibility of this position is the operational function of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court.  The Tribal Court Director is responsible for ensuring that all court operations, programs and services are operating effectively and efficiently.  The Tribal Court Director is responsible for managing court security, overseeing records management, and improving public access and information. The Tribal Court Director is responsible for the supervision of staff and consultants relating to operational functions, wellness court programs and legal assistance programs.  The Tribal Court Director’s duties include financial and budget oversight, strategic and operational planning, and information technology and communications management.  The Tribal Court Director is responsible for preparation of court budgets, and for identifying and applying for additional grant opportunities to ensure the long term success of the court system. The Director will serve as lead administrator working collaboratively with other key staff including the Judge, tribal attorney, clerk of court, probation officer, tribal services, tribal health, cultural department and tribal advocates. In addition, the Director will maintain and strengthen relationships and county court Judges and administrators. Position open until filled. Apply here.

California Native American Heritage Commission

Enforcement Attorney, Sacramento, C.A. The California Native American Heritage Commission is hiring an Enforcement Attorney to investigate and enforce all Native American cultural resources protection and access laws under the Commission’s authority. Located in West Sacramento, CA. Applications due August 2, 2019.

Pueblo of Laguna

Court Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under administrative supervision of the Governor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Judge, Laguna, N.M. Under general direction of the Presiding Judge, adjudicates cases, prepares decisions, and carries out other functions of the judicial processes. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information. Applications close on August 1, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under general administrative direction of the Court Prosecutor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating criminal laws, including status offenses the Pueblo of Laguna laws, codes, and/or ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.  Applications open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

See posts from Friday, July 19, 2019.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Guardian ad Litem, Oakville, W.A. A Court appointed person trained to independently investigate and determine the needs of tribal children, youth and vulnerable adults who are subject to a court proceeding by either the Tribe’s social service program or family members.  Please see job announcement for more information. Applications close on July 8, 2019.

Criminal Public Defender, Oakville, W.A. The Public Defender is responsible for representing all persons alleged to have committed a violation of the Chehalis Tribe’s criminal code, its juvenile code or alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect pursuant to a tribal dependency proceeding. This representation shall extend from arraignment/initial hearing through appeal where appropriate. Please see job announcement for more information. Applications close on July 8, 2019.

Quinault Indian Nation

Senior Assistant Attorney General for Children and Elder Services, Taholah, W.A. This is an in-house counsel position responsible for providing the Quinault Nation’s children’s an elders’ program with an array of legal services. In addition, the incumbent works closely with the Quinault Family Services Department (QFS), the Quinault Child Support Services Program (SCCP), the Quinault Tribal Police Department (QPD), and other tribal departments to protect and enhance the welfare and safety of the tribal community. Applications open until filled.

Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Chief Judge, Ft. Duchesne, U.T. The Chief Judge for the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation is a full-time position with a minimum 32 work week, with the understanding that the employee may be required to work extended hours, including weekends/holidays. The successful applicant must be dependable, reliable, responsible, and able to fulfill obligations in a judicial manner. This is a tribally-funded position. The Chief Judge oversees the administration of the Judicial Branch. Complete description can be found on website. Please mail a completed Tribal Application Form, cover letter, and resume to: Ute Indian Tribe, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 190, Ft. Duchesne, UT 84026. Applications open until filled.

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Court Clerk I, Hollywood, F.L. The Tribal Court of the Seminole Tribe of Florida looking to fill a full-time Court Clerk I position. The Court Clerk I is responsible for assisting the Clerk of Court in the administration and day-to-day operations of the Tribal Court of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The individual will assist the general public in properly navigating the judicial system, and will answer general inquiries regarding judicial procedures, court appearances and trial dates. The individual will also assist in maintaining the files of all cases filed with the Seminole Tribal Court and in the preparation and maintenance of dockets for court sessions, as well as in the preparation and dissemination of court documents including summons, notices and subpoenas. The individual will need to relocate to the South Florida/Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

High School Diploma or GED required. Associate’s Degree is preferred. Tribal preference applies. The position is opened until filled. For more information, please see the job description.

Court Clerk II, Hollywood, F.L. The Tribal Court of the Seminole Tribe of Florida looking to fill a full-time Court Clerk II position. This position is responsible for assisting the Clerk of Court in the administration and day-to-day operations of the Tribal Court and Tribal Appellate Court of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including the oversight of satellite court offices. The individual will assist in maintaining the files of all cases filed with the Seminole Tribal Court and the preparation and maintenance of dockets for court sessions. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the orientation and training of the Court Clerk I in the application of court policies, civil rules, appellate rules and court procedures. The individual will need to relocate to the South Florida/Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.  High School Diploma or GED required. Associate’s Degree is preferred. Tribal preference applies. The position is opened until filled. For more information, please see the job description.

Associate’s degree in Criminology, Business Administration, Public Administration or Paralegal is required. A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible clerical experience, (2) of which consist of direct experience working with legal documents in a court or legal setting, with experience utilizing court recording equipment and case management software is required. An equivalent combination of education/training and experience may be considered. Tribal preference applies. The position is opened until filled. For more information, please see the job description.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Court Services Administrative Assistant, San Diego, C.A. The Intertribal Court of Southern California invites applications from qualified individuals interested in a Court Services Administrative Assistant position. Under the supervision of the Lead Tribal Court Clerk, this position has secondary responsibility for all court clerical duties. To apply, submit a cover letter and résumé to Joann Dixon at jdixon@sciljc.org. This position closes on June 30, 2019.

Nevada Legal Services

Indian Law Staff Attorney, Reno, N.V. Nevada Legal Services has an opening for a staff attorney within our Indian Law Program.  Nevada Legal Services is a statewide non-profit that provides free legal assistance to low income Nevadans. The Indian Law Program is based out of our Reno office and serves the 27 Native American tribes and colonies within the State of Nevada.  This position will be based out of our Reno office or Elko office in order to serve the surrounding communities in eastern Nevada. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C.

Office Administrator/Legal Assistant, Seattle W.A. Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C. seeks an experienced and motivated candidate for an Office Administrator/Legal Assistant opening in Seattle, Washington who will assist in the operations of the firm, support attorneys with case work, and complete day-to-day bookkeeping tasks. The closing date to apply is July 5, 2019.

Lower Sioux Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel II, Morton, M.N. The Assistant General Counsel II will have primary responsibility for representing the Community’s Social Services Department in child protection, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), adult guardianship and other matters in the Community’s Tribal Court and other courts as needed. In addition to the work in Social Services, the Assistant General Counsel assists in other Legal Department matters including but not limited to the following: contracts, tribal governance, ordinance drafting and revision, and other duties as assigned by the General Counsel. Compensation commensurate with experience. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Judicial Law Clerk, Morton, M.N. With one-time funding from the Office of Justice Services, the LSIC is hiring a Judicial Law Clerk to assist with Tribal Court policies, procedures, forms and use the court case management software. This is temporary contract position, an average of 20 hours per week, at $40.00 an hour for 50 weeks. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Director of Human Resources, Mescalero, N.M. Oversees the operational, administrative and strategic management of the Tribe’s Human Resource Department. A full position description will be provided upon request. Submit letter of interest and resume to Diana White-Messing, Chief Financial Officer at dwhite-messing@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Applications open until filled.

Blackfeet Tribe

In-House Attorney, Browning, M.T. The Blackfeet Tribe is seeking a full time in-house attorney to represent the Tribe in administrative and civil litigation proceedings in federal, state and tribal forums. The staff attorney will primary be responsible for general litigation matters, employment relations, legislative advocacy, and assisting tribal programs.  It is preferred that an applicant have at least five (5) years experience in the practice of law.  The applicant must be licensed in the State of Montana and produce a Certificate of Good Standing with the Montana State Bar. The applicant should have demonstrated interest and knowledge of federal Indian Law, administrative law, and trial advocacy.  The position requires personal integrity and the ability to produce timely and accurate written work.  Salary will be negotiable.  Applicant must submit to a criminal background check and pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Please send a resume, three (3) references and a short writing sample to Blackfeet Legal Department, P. O. Box 849, Browning MT 5941, (406)338-7777 or email to blackfeetlegal@gmail.com. If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Blackfeet Legal Department at (406) 338-7777.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General-Criminal Prosecution, Parker, A.Z The Deputy Attorney General works with Tribal Council and all Tribal Departments and Enterprises, under the supervision of the Attorney General and will Work closely with tribal, federal and local law enforcement and other agencies to develop potential criminal cases for prosecution. Any other pertinent details such as links to application: Application is attached, however if it’s unable to be included in the posting, the application can be found at  http://crit-nsn.gov/crit_contents/notices/  and submitted to crithr@crit-nsn.gov. Applications close on July 15, 2019.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe

General Counsel, Sault Ste. Marie, M.I. The General Counsel works under the primary supervision and direction of the Tribal Board to provide legal advice and representation to the Board and to the various governmental programs, departments, and enterprises of the Tribe. The General Counsel also provides legal services to the Tribal government’s Executive Director for operational direction consistent with the laws, budgets and policy directives enacted by the Tribal Board of Directors. The position entails performing a broad range of legal work for all departments and divisions of the Tribal government, as well as, appearing in Courts of the Tribal Court, Michigan State Courts and federal courts on behalf of the Tribe as authorized and directed. Please see the job announcement for more information.

See posts from June 14, 2019.

If you have submitted a job posting that was not included in this announcement, please send the posting to indigenous@law.msu.edu in the format requested above. We ask this in response to the dozens of job announcements that are sent to Turtle Talk each week. Thanks!

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 a brief description of job to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

General Counsel, Watersmeet, M.I. Under the direction of the Tribal Council to the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (“LVD” or “Tribe”), the General Counsel provides legal services and representation to the Tribe, its agencies, and its enterprises in all areas of law.  Frequent travel is required. Please apply online at www.northernwaterscasino.com
and submit resume to hr@lvdcasino.com. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Prosecuting Attorney, Watersmeet, M.I. Under the administrative supervision of the Tribal Council of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (“LVD” or “Tribe”), the Prosecuting Attorney provides criminal and civil law enforcement services to the LVD community, presents child protection matters in LVD Tribal Court. The Prosecuting Attorney will perform the duties and responsibilities of the position in a manner that is consistent with applicable ethical standards and assuring that justice is upheld according to the laws of the Tribe. Occasional travel within and outside Michigan will be required. Please apply online at www.northernwaterscasino.com
and submit resume to hr@lvdcasino.com. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Snoqualmie Tribe

Staff Attorney, Snoqualmie, W.A. The Tribe seeks to add a third, full-time, salaried attorney to its in-house Legal Department, which currently consists of two attorneys and a paralegal.  Our ideal candidate for this position would be an attorney experienced in representing tribes in the areas of real estate law, environmental law, and/or health law, although other areas of expertise may be considered as well. Please see the website for more information.

Prosecutor, Snoqualmie, W.A. The Tribe also seeks proposals from individual attorneys and law firms interested in serving as the Tribe’s Prosecutor on a part-time, contractual basis, for a 3-year term.  The Prosecutor will handle criminal cases, Indian Child Welfare cases, and certain other civil matters in the Snoqualmie Tribal Court. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Chief Judge, Camp Verde, A.Z. The Yavapai-Apache Nation is seeking applicants for Chief Judge to preside over hearings in the Yavapai-Apache Tribal Court. Applications close on July 27, 2018. Please see the announcement for more information.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Staff Attorney, Longview, W.A. The Staff Attorney will work in the Cowlitz Legal Department and is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Constitution, Codes, and Ordinances. The Staff Attorney will be the Prosecutor for Cowlitz Tribal Court in criminal and civil actions for Tribal issues on the Cowlitz Indian Reservation areas including trust and non-trust Tribal lands and as a presenting officer in Tribal Court and State Court. The Staff Attorney will also Assist the General Counsel with issues and activities concerning Tribal legal rights, obligations, and privileges. The Staff Attorney report directly to the Tribe’s General Counsel.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Deputy Director, Portland, O.R. The deputy director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has overall responsibility for the management and control of all aspects of the operations department. Reporting to the executive director, the deputy director builds and maintains organizational infrastructure to support NICWA’s work and is charged with day-to-day management of finance, facilities, information technology, human resources, and events and training functions. S/he participates in the development and enforcement of organizational policies and procedures to maintain the positive health of the organization. Please see the announcement for more information.

Indian Resource Law Center

Assistant for Program and Administration, Washington, D.C. The Assistant for Program and Administration will coordinate communication with the Center’s main office in Helena, Montana, and will assist and support the Washington office director and attorneys in program work, including policy research and analysis, advocacy, organizing, and coalition building, and in office management, including calendaring, communications, database administration, fund raising, and event planning. Please see the announcement for more information.

The Hopi Tribe

Senior Associate Trial Judge, Kykotsmovi, A.Z. The Hopi Tribe is seeking a Senior Associate Trial Judge to preside over tribal court hearings and conduct other duties. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications can be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, faxed to (928) 734-6611, or e-mailed to HumanResources@hopi.nsn.us. Applications may also be mailed to: The Hopi Tribe, Human Resources, PO Box 123, Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039.

Deputy Executive Director, Kykotsmovi, A.Z. The Hopi Tribe is seeking a Deputy Executive Director to assist the Executive Director in Tribal Administration. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications can be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, faxed to (928) 734-6611, or e-mailed to HumanResources@hopi.nsn.us. Applications may also be mailed to: The Hopi Tribe, Human Resources, PO Box 123, Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039.

ACLU of Montana

Communications Director, Missoula, M.T. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Montana seeks a Communications Director to lead its Communications Department. This is an opportunity for a visionary professional to build on the success of the premier civil liberties and civil rights organization in Montana. Application review will start July 12, 2018. Please see the website  for more information.

Last week’s postings: June 29, 2018.

 

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 a brief description of job to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Spirit Lake Tribe

Prosecutor, Fort Totten, N.D. The Spirit Lake Nation is hiring a Prosecutor 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. The Prosecutor will be responsible for present and prosecuting all criminal complaints in tribal court, along with other duties as prescribed. A J.D. from an accredited degree and state bar membership are required. Please see the job announcement, or visit the website, for more information about the job and how to apply.

Zuni Pueblo

Attorney, Zuni, N.M. The Zuni Pueblo is seeking a part-time prosecutor with three years or more trial experience and qualifications sufficient to be admitted to practice before the Zuni Tribal Court in Zuni, New Mexico. Email letter of interest and resume to dfc@catchlaw.com.

New Mexico Court of Appeals Staff Attorney

THE NEW MEXICO COURT OF APPEALS is seeking applications for a full-time Associate Staff Attorney position. The position will be located in Albuquerque. Regardless of experien­ce, the beginning salary is limited to $66,000, plus generous fringe benefits. New Mexico Bar admission as well as three years of practice or post-law-school judicial clerkship experience is required. The position entails management of a heavy caseload of appeals covering all areas of law considered by the Court. Extensive legal re­search and writing is required; the work atmos­phere is congenial yet intellectually demanding. Interested applicants should submit a completed New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment, along with a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and short writing sample of no more than 5 pages to Paul Fyfe, Chief Staff Attorney, P.O. Box 2008, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. The materials may also be submitted by email to coapgf@nmcourts. gov. To obtain the application please call 827- 4875 or visit www.nmcourts.com and click on “Job Opportunities.” The New Mexico Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity employer.

DNA People’s Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Flagstaff, A.Z. and Farmington, N.M. DNA People’s Legal Services is seeking a Staff Attorney to represent clients in court or before government agencies, prepare and draft legal documents, advise clients on business and legal transactions, negotiate settlements for legal disputes, comply with all legal standards and regulations, perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law. J.D. and bar membership required. Starting salary is $37,500. Please see the announcement for more information.

Public Defender Managing Attorney, Keams Canyon, A.Z. DNA-PEOPLE’S LEGAL SERVICES (DNA), a non-profit legal services program, is accepting applications for a Public Defender Managing Attorney position in our Hopi Public Defenders office, Keams Canyon, Arizona. The Hopi Public Defenders office serves the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. J.D. and bar membership required. Please see the announcement for more information.

Finance Director, Window Rock, A.Z. The Director of Finance is a full-time position that provides overall financial management and analysis for DNA. The position will oversee annual budget of $4 Million and review all financial transactions; perform complex budgeting and accounting functions, conduct financial, statistical and analytical studies and projections; prepare financial reports for management, the board and others; oversee all DNA law offices budgets in the preparation for and execution of the annual audit, tax and other regulatory filings; periodically consult with the program team on financial reports of grantees; and ensure that DNA adheres to the best, most reliable and most transparent financial policies and procedures.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians (Employment Application)

Deputy Solicitor General, Onamia, M.N. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration; and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. A J.D. and bar membership are required. Please see the announcement for more details.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General, Onamia, M.N. The Senior Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration; and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. A J.D. and bar membership are required. Please see the announcement for more details.

Tonkawa Tribal Committee

Substance Abuse Program Director, Tonkawa, O.K. The Substance Abuse Program (SAP) Director is in charge of managing and operating the Substance Abuse Program with services including, but are not limited to, assessment, treatment planning, individual and group therapy for clients and their families, educational presentations, and therapeutic interventions. Please see the job announcement for more information.

MSPI Coordinator/Counselor, Tonkawa, O.K. The Meth and Suicide Prevention (MSPI) Director is in charge of managing and operating the MSPI Program, establishing and maintaining the Tribal MSPI Program, and provides methamphetamine and suicide prevention services to the youth and young adults. Please see the job announcement for more information.

MSPI Assistant, Tonkawa, O.K. The Meth and Suicide Prevention (MSPI) Assistant provides culturally sensitive services to Native Youth and young adults under the age of 25. The MSPI Assistant will support young people, work with them and their families, help them build healthy connections, and provide activities that will help prevent methamphetamine use and suicides. Subject to evening and weekend assignments. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Legal Assistant, Office of Attorney General, Sells, A.Z. The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring one (1) Legal Assistant.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  The Legal Assistant will assist attorneys in all aspects of tribal governance with an emphasis on Child Welfare cases. Salary is $35,004 to $43,715 DOE. Please see the announcement for more information.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

District Court Judge, Mashpee, M.A. This position is a per diem position.   A District Court Judge shall be appointed for a term of (5) five years.  A District Court Judge shall have the duty and power to conduct all court proceedings, and issue all orders and papers incident thereto, in order to administer justice in all matters within the jurisdiction of the Court. Please see the announcement for more information.

Last week’s postings: May 18, 2018.

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 a brief description of job to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Associate Judge, Nespelem, W.A. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is looking for an Associate Judge to preside over criminal, civil, juvenile, and administrative proceedings. Minimum requirements include a J.D. and previous judicial experience. The job pays approximately $37.26-$64.08 per hour, depending on experience. Please see the announcement for more information. Position open until filled.

Managing Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney, Nespelem, W.A. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is looking for a Managing Attorney to manage to assure the work of all attorneys in the ORA is quality work. The Managing Attorney will be responsible for holding all ORA attorneys to the highest ethical and professional standards. This job pays approximately $56.39-$74.33, depending on experience. Please see the announcement for more information. Position open until filled.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Assistant Legislative Attorney, Sells, A.Z. Under the direction of the Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation to the Legislative Council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O’ogham Nation; works with tribal, federal and state officials as well as national- and state-level tribal advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. This position pays $85,983-$144,415, depending on experience. Please see the job announcement for more information. Position open until filled.

Nez Perce Tribe

The Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (ERWM) program is recruiting for:  HANFORD PROJECT LEGAL POLICY ANALYST HR-18-107  Located at Lapwai, ID.  The ERWM programs’ role is to protect the Tribe’s treaty-reserved right at the Hanford Site in the state of Washington, regulate air quality on the Tribe’s Reservation in the state of Idaho, and oversee emergency response planning on the Reservation. The ideal candidate will be a team player; will have sound judgement, accompanied by excellent research, writing, and communications skills; the ability to analyze complex factual, legal, and policy issues; the ability to delve deeply into environmental strategies and projects related to the Tribe’s interests at the Hanford Site; and the ability to respond to a wide array of environmental issues that require prompt and accurate analysis.

The Tribe offers an attractive compensation package, including: medical and life insurance, a matching 401 (k) contribution, and a generous leave policy. The successful candidate will be working with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).  However, the Program will provide training and professional development opportunities for the successful candidate in these areas.  Experience working on behalf of Indian tribes or other governments is preferred.  Requires a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check with no criminal convictions, hold membership in good standing with a state bar, have a minimum of one (1) year of legal practice experience, and have a positive work history.   To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, 5-10 page writing sample, and three (3) letters of references along with your Nez Perce Tribe application to: HANFORD PROJECT LEGAL POLICY ANALYST HR-18-107, P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, ID 83540, by 4:30 pm 5/28/18 (208) 843-7332  Tribal preference applies. The Nez Perce Tribe is a drug free work environment, pre-employment drug testing required.   Must provide a current motor vehicle report from the state(s) where you have been licensed to drive within the last three (3) years. Class description available from the Tribe’s Human Resources Department.   INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKETS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  www.nezperce.org

Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition

Executive Director, Lincoln, N.E. The Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition is looking for an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the organization. Through effective collaboration with the Board of Directors, Nebraska Tribes and partners, the Executive Director is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a coordinated program plan; securing resources to support the plan; and growing the organization. With the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for NICWC’s operations and personnel. This position pays $60,000 a year. Please see the announcement for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation

Summer Law Clerk, Pendleton, O.R. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation is seeking a Summer Law Clerk for Summer 2018 to conduct legal research and writing work. This position pays $14-$21 per hour. Please see the job announcement for more details.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Attorney, W.I. The Ho-Chunk Nation is seeking a Tribal Attorney to perform a variety of legal work representing the Nation, including representing its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Attorney will prepare pleadings and attend hearings on behalf of the Nation. Please see the announcement for more information.

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Grand Rapids, M.I. The district is soliciting applications for a Criminal Division Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office. Candidates should be capable of handling the prosecution of all manner of federal crimes, including in particular drug, firearm and immigration offenses, as well as the pursuit of asset forfeiture claims. Western District of Michigan Criminal Division AUSAs are responsible for substantial legal research and writing at the trial and appellate levels as well as on collateral review. Position pays $61,217-$143,639. Applications close on June 4, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney, Minneapolis-St. Paul, M.N. Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the District. Criminal Division AUSAs advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex criminal prosecutions. Position pays $70,336-$164,100. Applications close on May 25, 2018.

Department of Interior

Supervisory Attorney-Adviser, Washington, D.C. The Division of Indian Affairs provides legal counsel and representation to the Secretary acting as federal trustee to American Indian tribes and their members. The division also provides legal advice to the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Indian Education concerning the administration of Indian services and programs. The Branch of Tribal Government Services handles legal issues relating to acknowledgement and federal recognition, education, jurisdiction, Native Hawaiian, international, hunting and fishing, Indian Child Welfare Act, Johnson O’Malley Act, tribal government disputes, tribal constitutions, tribal ordinances, and Section 17 Corporations.

The incumbent exercises a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over assigned employees. Supervision exercised includes planning and scheduling work; allocating personnel to projects; defining work assignments; providing instructions and guidance; reviewing, accepting, amending, or rejecting work performed, and evaluating assigned employees.

The incumbent reviews and prepares litigation reports, oversees discovery, drafts pleadings and reviews Department of Justice filings in judicial litigation on matters within assigned areas of responsibility arising out of the various programs and activities listed above for the above referenced agencies. In addition, the incumbent provides key advice to executive-level management officials within the bureaus and agencies at the national or regional level. Applications close on May 21, 2018.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Fort Yates, N.D. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is soliciting applications for employment, as an independent contract employee, for an Assistant Tribal Prosecutor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court. This is a full time position.  The number of hours, days of employment and compensation are all negotiable. The terms of employment will be determined by the agreement of the parties. The contract shall be compensated on an hourly basis. Employment beyond one year will be contingent upon funding. Please see the announcement for more information.

Last week’s postings: May 11, 2018

 

 

 

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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (Repost)

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Baraga, M.I. The Keweeenaw Bay Indian Community is seeking an Assistant Tribal Attorney to assist the Prosecutor and perform general in-house duties as needed, along with other legal duties. Position is open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information and how to apply.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Bozeman, M.T. The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice has an opening for an Associate Attorney to begin work no later than the summer of 2018. The associate attorney would joint Earthjustice’s team in:

  • protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks;
  • combating global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, encouraging development of renewable energy sources, and responding to a natural gas development boom in the region; and
  • supporting Earthjustice’s work on behalf of Native American interests and issues of Indian Law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.

For more information, please visit the website.

Seneca Gaming Authority

Chief Counsel, Niagra Falls, N.Y. Under limited supervision of the SGA Chairperson, responsible for directing, managing, and monitoring all legal services for SGA to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law. Provides strategic guidance, consultation, and support to senior management and the Commission on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in implementing the strategic mission, goals and objectives of SGA and all entities in accordance with applicable tribal, state, and federal gaming regulations. Maintains strict confidentiality of privileged information. Pay Negotiable with great benefits. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Executive Director, Arlington, W.A. The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians is seeking a skilled, seasoned and people-first administrator for the position of Executive Director. The position is located in Arlington, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Under the direction of the Stillaguamish Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for articulating the policies and strategic vision of the Board to the Tribe’s organizational components. The ED and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) have authority and responsibility to implement the legislative actions and annual budgets as approved and directed by the Board of Directors, and the ED will represent the Tribe with external partners and stakeholders in local, state and federal sectors. Position close date is May 23, 2018. The full job announcement can be found at this link: http://www.stillaguamish.com/ceo.asp

Yakama Nation

Attorney II, Office of the Public Defender, Toppenish, W.A. Since Retrocession with increased caseloads, Tribal Council has increased the staffing in our program.  We currently have two (2) full-time attorneys and a .6FTE part-time attorney position open.  Our attorneys are assigned to represent Tribal members in criminal, dependency, juvenile, and some civil matters in both Tribal Courts and outside jurisdictions.  Starting salary is $33.37 per hour with excellent benefits.  The Yakama Nation application process is on the website – and please contact Bevra Jacobson if you have questions the requirements for application.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Native American Program Director, Native American Program (NAPOLS), Portland, O.R. LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues. NAPOLS is currently staffed by a Program Director, two staff attorneys, and a paralegal.

Leger Law & Strategy, LLC

Associate Attorney, Santa Fe, N.M. Leger Law & Strategy, LLC, based in Santa Fe, seeks a full-time associate attorney.  Applicants must have excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and a clerkship or minimum of 2-3 years legal experience. Indian law experience is preferred, but will consider dynamic lawyers with transferable skills. Leger Law & Strategy provides general counsel* representation to Indian tribes and tribal businesses, and represents non-profit and other organizations on social justice issues. *(Transactional, litigation and governance matters). We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and a retirement plan.

To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) a law school transcript by email to sue@legerlawandstrategy.com. No telephone calls please.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Grant Coordinator, Durant, O.K. The Grant Coordinator interacts with program and administrative staff to provide guidance and support in the identification and development of grants and post-award grant management in order to enhance successful implementation and compliance. For more information, please visit the website.

Galanda Broadman

Administrative-Litigation Assistant. Galanda Broadman, PLLC, an Indian Country Law Firm with offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an administrative/litigation assistant to its growing tribal practice to its Seattle office.

Galanda Broadman is an American Indian owned firm dedicated to advancing tribal and tribal citizen legal rights, and Indian business interests.  The firm represents tribal governments, businesses and citizens in critical litigation, business and regulatory matters, especially in the areas of Indian Treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, land rights, cultural property protection, taxation, commerce, gaming, serious/catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, disenrollment defense, and indigenous human/civil rights.

The firm seeks a part-time law or pre-law student who is deeply interested in advocating for Indian interests, and who is bright, skilled, has excellent attention to detail, and is able to work on multiple projects simultaneously to completion. Tremendous work ethic and verbal, writing, and research skills are required.  Needed during morning hours, for a total of 10 to 20 hours per week. Please see the announcement for more information.

Pueblo of Sandia

Paralegal, Albuquerque, N.M. The Pueblo of Sandia offers an opportunity for an experienced, detail-oriented Paralegal to join the General Counsel Office. Prior experience with Tribal governments and Indian law is preferred. Under the general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, the successful candidate will perform a variety of paralegal duties to assist the In-House General Counsel in providing a diverse range of legal services to the Pueblo and its commercial enterprises. Please see Sandia Resort & Casino’s website for a detailed description of the job duties and qualifications @ sandiacasino.com/careers.

Other Postings: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians RFP for Contractual Core Routines Trainer/Consultant for duration of Adult Healing to Wellness Court Grant.

Last week’s post: May 4, 2018.