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

Regional Native Public Defense Corporation

Public Defender, White Earth Reservation, M.N. Candidates with criminal defense experience and knowledge of Indian law are preferred, but all are welcome to apply. Candidates must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota. RNPDC seeks justice and fair treatment for Native Americans facing criminal charges in and around the White Earth and Leech Lake reservations in Northern Minnesota. We act to respond to historical mistreatment and the racial disparities prevalent for Native people in the criminal justice system today. Salary depends on qualifications. Health & dental insurance, annual Minnesota attorney registration fee and malpractice insurance are provided by the firm at no cost to the employee. To apply, email or mail a cover letter, references and resume to:

James Hughes
Executive Director
Regional Native Public Defense Corp.
P.O. Box 487
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Fort Belknap Indian Community

Associate Judge, Child Welfare, Harlem, M.T. Serves as hearing judge for the Fort Belknap Indian Community tribal court, in accordance with the Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal Law and Order Code and under the general supervision of the Chief Judge. Submit complete application and resume.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, C.A. Responsible for the management of the non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to Position is open until filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

2018 Summer Legal Intern, Manistee, M.I. Assists the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Unified Legal Department provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. The position is paid at a rate of $15.00-$17.50 per hour, depending on experience. The position is temporary part-time and will last eight to twelve weeks. Applications must be received by March 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council

Tribal Court Positions, Fort Washakie, W.Y.  The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes for the Wind River Reservation located in Wyoming are re-establishing the Wind River Tribal Court.

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence 

Training Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie, M.I. Determines, develops, coordinates, and administers culturally sensitive anti-violence education services for Native American individuals and groups within the State of Michigan.  Responsible for implementing specific Uniting Three Fires Against Violence (UTFAV) funded grant activities and projects, as defined by the specific goals and objectives.

Department of the Interior

Regional Solicitor, Northeast Region, Bloomington, M.N. Represents and acts for the Solicitor as the chief legal officer for the Department of the Interior for legal matters covered in the Northeast Region. Closes 12/18/2017.

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/10/2017

Opening Brief in Encana Oil & Gas v. St. Clair (Wind River Tribal Court Jurisdiction)


Encana Opening Brief

Lower court materials here.

Federal Court Finds Encana Failed to Exhaust Tribal Court Remedies, and Dismisses Challenge to Wind River Tribal Court Jurisdiction

Here are the materials in Encana Oil & Gas v. St. Clair (D. Wyo.):

70 Order Denying PI

71 Order Granting Motions to Dismiss

The briefs and other materials are posted here.

Materials in Encana Oil & Gas v. St. Clair (Wind River Tribal Court Jurisdiction Case) — UPDATED

This appears to be an effort to avoid a tribal court trial in the wrongful death action brought by an oil worker at the Wind River Reservation (news coverage here).

Update: Last week’s hearing transcript here: encana-v-st-clair-transcript-of-march-2-pi-hearing REV (H/T)

Encana Complaint

Exhibit A – Tribal Court Orders

Exhibit B — Tribal Appellate Court Order

Exhibit C — tribal court complaint

Exhibit E — Encana Jurisdictional Submissions

Exhibit F — DHS Jurisdictional Submissions

Exhibit K — Wind River TERO

Exhibit M — Northern Arapaho Motion to Intervene

Exhibit N — Eastern Shoshone Motion to Intervene

Exhibit P — Order Allowing Intervention

Exhibit Q1 — Compilation of Tribal Court Pleadings

Exhibit Q2

Exhibit Q3

Exhibit Q4

Exhibit Q5

Exhibit Q6

DCT Order Granting Estate Motion to Intervene

Encana Motion for PI

Defendant Opposition to Motion for PI

Encana Reply in Support of PI Motion

Defendant Motion to Dismiss

Encana Opposition to Def Motion to Dismiss