California Indian Legal Services Now Hiring a Staff Attorney!

Staff Attorney, Escondido, C.A. Supervised by the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. Our fast-paced office provides legal services on issues of jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, tribal governance, employment and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  Please visit California Indian Legal Services’ website here.

Please check back tomorrow for our Special (Thursday) Edition of Friday Job Announcements!

Friday Job Announcements

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

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Escondido, C.A. Will assume a varied case load that may include: brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals; state and federal court litigation; contract negotiation; advising tribal clients; developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; making presentations; and ICWA related dependency cases.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Court Investigator/GAL (RFP), Juneau, A.K. Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the interests of minor children and a Court Investigator for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) GALs and/or Court Investigator for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one year Options for a maximum of four years.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Facilitator, 2018 Board of Trustees Retreat. The Executive Director is seeking cost quotes from vendors for facilitation services related to the Board of Trustees (BOT) strategic planning retreat. In November of odd years, the Board of Trustees is elected and takes office by early December for a 2-year term. The incoming BOT usually holds a 2-3 day retreat in its first few weeks in office to lay out their collective goals and
priorities for the coming two years. The 9-member board typically has had 2-4 new members with the balance being returning members from the previous term (although all nine positions are up for election). Due Friday, November 3, 2017.

Yurok Tribe

Summer 2018 Law Clerks, Klamath, C.A. The Law Clerk position is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek financial support through relevant public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships. If you intend to seek school credit if selected for this position, please briefly summarize the supervisor obligations in your cover letter. To apply to the Law Clerk position, please email the application materials to Legal Secretary, Shawna Bowen, at shbowen@yuroktribe.nsn.us by Monday November 13, 2017.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Staff Attorney, Manistee, M.I. Provide in-house legal services to the Tribe. The duties and obligations of the Tribal Staff Attorney are primarily governed by the Tribe’s Unified Legal Department Act of 2015.

Department of Justice

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, O.K. Serve in the Criminal Division prosecuting a wide range of violations of federal criminal law.

Previous Friday Job Announcements10/20/17

Friday Job Announcements

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

Klamath Tribes

Water Attorney(RFQ). The Tribes is accepting “Qualification Statements” from attorneys or law firms that are active members in good standing of the Oregon State Bar (or is willing to obtain admission into the Oregon State Bar at own expense) and have experience in Oregon water law and Indian Water Rights. The primary purpose is to provide legal advice and represent the Klamath Tribes on a number or critical natural resource and water-related issues ongoing in the Klamath Basin. RFQI’s will be accepted up to 4PM on October 10, 2017.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Prosecutor, Black River Falls, W.I. The position hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM. Pay depends on qualifications. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and transcripts if they are within 2-5 years of graduating law school. Applicants may visit the Ho-Chunk nation website to apply.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Managing Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Requires JD/LLM from ABA accredited law school, licensure and membership in good standing in any State Bar; must be licensed by the Washington State Bar Association within 2 years of hire. At least 10 years’ experience as an attorney required, with at least 5 years’ experience supervising legal office attorneys/staff. Requires experience/expertise in Indian Law, excellent legal research and writing skills, budgeting and organizational skills. Requires expertise and experience in Indian Law and tribal government operations. Must have at least a substantial working knowledge in applicable federal and state laws, regulations and rules related to tribal governmental operations. Must be familiar with the applicable laws, rules and regulations pertaining to tribal jurisdiction/sovereignty. Salary DOE; provides generous health and retirement benefits. Requires completed application, cover letter, resume listing at least three professional references and writing sample. Contact Human Resources at www.colvilletribes.com for application materials and more information. Open until filled. First round applications review Sept. 15, 2017.

Navajo Nation Washington Office

Government and Legislative Affairs Associate. Assists the Nation with protecting its interests by assisting on proposed and pending congressional legislation and policy initiatives. Visit the Navajo Nation website to apply. Open until filled.

DNA-People’s Legal Services

Medical Legal Partnership Attorney, Tuba City, A.Z.  In collaboration with hospitals and health systems, we provide free, comprehensive legal services to low-income children and their families in the medical home setting. Provide trainings, resources, and technical assistance to medical and social service providers on the full range of health care programs and services that benefit patients. Conduct systemic advocacy to improve access to health care and reduce barriers to support programs for low-income children and their families. This position reports to the Managing Attorney. The MLP program is a client referral program from doctors, who have been trained by the MLP
attorney to identify legal issues. Closes October 13, 2017.

Staff Attorney, Hopi Public Defender. Visit the DNA-People’s website to apply. Also closes October 13.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Portland, O.R. Qualifications for candidates include: (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) strong academic performance; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation. We are looking for candidates who have between 1-4 years of legal experience. Prior experience in the field of Indian law is strongly preferred. Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, Portland, OR, Oklahoma City, OK, Sacramento, CA and Anchorage, AK, specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for over 30 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending sovereign rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Tim Erdman at tim.erdman@hobbsstraus.com.

Berkey Williams LLP

Indian Law Fellowship, Berkeley, C.A. The one-year Fellowship offers a competitive salary, full benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in a firm focused exclusively on serving Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The Fellowship begins in September, 2018, with some flexibility depending upon the candidate’s schedule. Interested law school graduates or 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, ICWA/Administrative Assistant, at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 6, 2017.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Sacramento office. The Staff Attorney will assume a varied case load that may include: brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals; state and federal court litigation; contract negotiation; advising tribal clients; developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; making presentations; and ICWA related dependency cases. Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services, Re: Sacramento Staff Attorney, 117 J Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814. E-mail hiring@calindian.org. We will accept applications until the position is filled. All applicants will be notified when a final hiring decision is made.

Last Friday Job Announcements9/1/17

California Indian Legal Services’ 50th Anniversary Celebration

The event will be 9/22 in Sacramento. More information here. Congrats to CILS and thank you for all that you do!

I got my start as a law student interning there in the late ’90s and have great memories of my time there.

Friday Job Announcements

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

Department of the Interior

Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, Division of General Law, Employment and Labor Law Unit, Washington D.C. (Closes 9/26/16)

Department of Justice

Law Student Volunteers, The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan is currently recruiting 4 Student Volunteers for Winter/Spring 2017. This is a volunteer (unpaid) position and is intended to last for one semester in Detroit. Closes Monday, October 3, 2016.

Gila River Indian Community

Protective Services Attorney, Office of General Counsel. Closes 9/30/16

Supervising Protective Services Attorney, Office of General Counsel. Closes 9/30/16

California Indian Legal Services

Senior Staff Attorney, Eureka office.

Letter from NARF, ACLU, and California Indian Legal Services Regarding Wearing Eagle Feathers at Graduation

Regarding the controversy at Lemoore High School initially forbidding graduating students from wearing an eagle feather on their graduation cap (article here). Letter here.

Typically, an eagle feather is given only in times of great honor – for example, eagle feathers are given to mark great personal achievement. The gift of an eagle feather to a youth is a great honor and is typically given to recognize an important transition in his or her life. Many young people are given eagle feathers upon graduation from high school to signify achievement of this important educational journey and the honor the graduate brings to his or her family, community, and tribe.

Bryce is an enrolled member of the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe. His Indian heritage comes from his father, who passed away when Bryce was three years old. Bryce’s feathers were gifted to him by his family specifically for this important occasion – his graduation from high school.

Finally, in deciding how to press forward in this matter, we ask Lemoore Union High School District to remember that “in our society and in our culture high school graduation is one of life’s most significant occasions.” Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, 595, 112 S.Ct. 2649, 2659, 120 L.Ed.2d 467 (1992). “Graduation is a time for family and those closest to the student to celebrate success and express mutual wishes of gratitude and respect, all to the end of impressing upon the young person that role that it is his or her right and duty to assume in the community and all of its diverse parts.” Id. In light of the significance that the eagle feather has to Native American students, especially at graduation, we urge you to permit Native American students like Bryce Baga to express their religious and spiritual beliefs by wearing eagle feathers on their cap or gown.

First Native Judge Appointed to Riverside County Superior Court

Sunshine Sykes, a member of the Navajo Nation, was appointed to Riverside County Superior Court in California on Dec. 5 by Gov. Jerry Brown. More information is here. I used to work with her at California Indian Legal Services. Congratulations Judge Sykes!