Friday Job Announcements

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

Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Policy Advisor/Counsel, Office of the Vice Chairman, Senator Tom Udall, Washington D.C. Covers legislative portfolio including economic development, law enforcement, energy, tax, and related issues impacting Indian Country. Additional duties include developing and executing legislative initiatives; monitoring legislative developments; conducting oversight; working with stakeholders; preparing materials for meetings, briefings, and hearings; and coordinating closely with senior staff and the Vice Chairman.  This position requires excellent communication, strong research and writing skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.  Ideal candidate will have work experience in the legislative and/or executive branch, as well as extensive knowledge of, experience with, and/or contacts with Indian Country.  J.D. preferred but not required.  The Office is an equal employment opportunity employer and encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.  Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to SCIAresumes@indian.senate.gov.

U.S. Department of Justice

Task Force Member, Office on Violence Against Women, Washington D.C.  The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for tribal leaders to serve on a task force to advise us about research activities to help reduce violence against women in Indian country.  Task Force duties include:

  • Providing feedback on research and evaluation priorities, design strategies, protocol, and findings.
  • Assisting in disseminating results that influence policy and practice.
  • Drafting and reviewing reports and recommendations.

Members must be representatives of:

  • Tribal governments
  • National tribal domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit organizations
  • National tribal organizations

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Special Magistrate (RFQ), Onamia, M.N. Hears court cases specifically every Monday, except for designated holidays, beginning in January 2018 to September 2019. Cases heard are primarily family law, truancy, domestic abuse, harassment, criminal arraignments; however, there may be other case types added throughout the term of contract. Resumes are due by Friday, December 18, 2017 by the end of business.

Comanche Nation

Chief District Judge, Lawton, O.K. Conducts court proceedings and issues all orders and papers incident thereto, in order to administer justice in all matters within the jurisdiction of the Comanche Nation Court. Deadline for submission is December 19, 2017 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: shannonn@comanchenation.com. Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department.

Associate District Judge(2), Lawton, O.K. Handles, presides over and adjudicates all criminal, civil, juvenile, and traffic cases and litigation as assigned by the Chief District Judge within the jurisdiction of the Comanche Nation Court. Deadline for submission is December 19, 2017 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: shannonn@comanchenation.com. Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department.

Elk River Law Office, PLLP

Associate Attorney, Billings, M.T. The firm seeks an experienced associate attorney with three-years legal experience in a civil law firm including Federal Indian law.  Current and former judicial law clerks with experience in administration of civil cases are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be licensed to practice law in Montana, and must have strong research and writing skills. Competitive salary based upon experience. Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to: Georgette Boggio, P.O. Box 928, Billings, Montana 59103, or you can submit your information by e-mail to gboggio@elkriverlaw.com.  All applications are confidential.

Nevada Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Indian Law Project, Reno, N.V. Will be handling criminal defense cases in Tribal Courts in northern Nevada and will do some civil representation in Tribal Courts in northern Nevada. Our staff attorney’s salary begins at $42,154 and goes up based upon your experience. We provide medical, dental, and vision insurance and you may participate in the 403(b) TDA. A great deal of travel with some over-night stays is required in this position. If you are interested in the position, send a resume, writing sample, and list of three references to: Roberta O’Hara, Human Resources at rohara@nlslaw.net.

Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

Legal Counsel(RFP), Cedar City, U.T. The Tribe is seeking proposals for general and/or special Legal Counsel Services from one or more firms or individuals who can demonstrate proficient expertise in Tribal Governance, Economic Development, and Tribal Employment as needed.

Claremont Graduate University

Native American Fellowship, Claremont, C.A. CGU has recently received a grant from the US Department of Education that will allow twelve Native Americans (in two cohorts of six each) to receive a 100% tuition fellowship and a living stipend ($1400/month for 15 months) to support their earning of a k-12 teaching California teaching credential and master’s of education from Claremont Graduate University.  Given that the first cohort will start classes in May 2018, recruitment has already begun. Contact either Rachel Camacho, Rachel.Camacho2@cgu.edu, or DeLacy Ganley, DeLacy.Ganley@cgu.edu, if you are interested or have questions.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Attorney, Division of Commerce, Durant, O.K. Primarily responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. This will include service agreements, franchise agreements, organizational documents, marketing agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, construction contracts and other general business contracts. Manage an array of general contractual and legal matters. Offer sound legal advice and counsel to Sr. Legal Director and internal clients on strategies, actions and decisions related to all such transactions and legal matters.

Other jobs posted this week:

Indian Child Welfare Attorney(RFP)(2), Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (12/4/17)

Probate/Estate Planning Attorney(RFP)(2), Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (12/4/17)

Previous Friday Job Announcements12/1/17

Choctaw Nation Attempt to Intervene in Keepseagle Denied

Here are the intervention materials in Keepseagle v. Vilsack (D. D.C.):

647-1 Choctaw Nation Motion to Intervene

705-1 Great Plains Claimants Motion

716 Plaintiffs Response to Great Plains Claimants

717 Plaintiffs Response to Choctaw Nation

718 US Response to Choctaw Nation

719 US Response to Great Plains Claimants

728 DCT Intervention Order

United States Removes Oklahoma’s Water Rights Case to Federal Court

Here is the notice of removal and all the accompanying documents:

Fed Govt Removal Notice

And the news coverage.

 

Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations Sue Oklahoma over Water Rights Guaranteed by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek

Here is the complaint, Chickasaw Nation v. Fallin (W.D. Okla.):

Chickasaw & Choctaw Water Rights Complaint

And news articles in the NYTs here and here.

Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to Choctaw Tribal Court Indian Child Adoption Matter

Here are the materials in Alexander v. Salazar (E.D. Okla.):

DCT Order in Alexander

Tribal Court Judge Jurisdictional Brief

Alexander Jurisdictional Brief

Hammons’ Jurisdictional Brief

California Appellate Court Decides ICWA Expert Witness Case

Here is the opinion in In re M.B.

An excerpt:

Subsequently, the court conducted a hearing to select and implement a permanent plan of adoption. (Welf. & Inst.Code, § 366.26.) At the hearing, the juvenile court applied the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which requires the expert opinion of an Indian expert that continued custody of the child by the parent or Indian custodian would result in serious emotional or physical damage to the child. Both appeal the judgment. Father argues the judgment must be reversed because the Indian expert did not conduct an adequate investigation. Mother joins this challenge. We affirm.

No Jurisdiction in Suit against Feds over Choctaw Membership

Here is the opinion in Greene v. Skibine (E.D. Cal.) in which the federal court dismissed the complaint sua sponte — Greene v Skibine DCT Order

Greene has made many efforts to gain membership in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.