Maurisa Bell, NNALSA 3L of the Year


National NALSA 3L of the Year Award recipient, Maurisa Bell (right).

Maurisa Bell grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming. She is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and was also raised around her Northern Arapaho family. In 2015, she graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and completed the Pre-Law Summer Institute program during the summer of 2016. While in law school, Maurisa served as Vice President and Treasurer for the MSU-NALSA, an Area representative for National-NALSA, and volunteered as a student mentor for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.

She spent her summers in Washington, D.C. working for the Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice; the National Indian Gaming Commission; and Dentons, US LLP in their Native American Law and Policy practice group. She is a dedicated and driven leader who, in just a few weeks, will graduate from the Michigan State University College of Law.

Maurisa will work for Dentons upon graduation, pursuing her passion in helping tribes and tribal communities.

Congratulations, Maurisa!

Tenth Circuit Modifies Wyoming v. EPA Opinion, Denies En Banc Review

Here is the revised opinion.

En banc stage materials:

Eastern Shoshone Tribe En Banc Petition

Northern Arapaho Tribe En Banc Petition

NCAI Amicus Brief

Amicus Brief

State Response

Panel materials here.

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

Wisconsin Judicare Inc.

Staff Attorney, Wasau, WI. Wisconsin Judicare’s Indian Law Office has an opening beginning February 1st for an attorney to represent Native American individuals and groups on a variety of issues including criminal defense representation in tribal courts and Indian law litigation in tribal and state courts.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Tribal Attorney-Assistant Prosecutor. Responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, landlord-tenant, and Indian child welfare cases in state court. The Tribal Attorney – Assistant Prosecutor is also responsible for assisting and providing back-up coverage for the Tribal Attorney – ACFS on Indian Child Welfare matters in the state courts.

Havasupai Tribe

In-house General Counsel. The Havasupai Tribe, located in the Grand Canyon region of Arizona, is seeking a full-time in-house general counsel set up a tribal office in either Phoenix or Flagstaff.  The job requires frequent trips to Supai, Arizona.  All applicants must have at least 3 years experience working for tribal governments in areas other than gaming.  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a relevant writing sample and resume to:

Choctaw Nation

Executive Director of Legal & Compliance. Will report to the Senior Executive Officer of the Legal and Compliance Division. Responsible for the management of the CNO In-House Legal Department in its entirety. This position will coordinate with the Senior Executive Officer and outside counsel on all legal matters, will manage internal case management, and the delegation of assignments to In-House Associate Counsel and personnel.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Attorney General. Responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to the Eastern Shoshone Tribal government, its departments and enterprises; and represents the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in all matters at issue before federal, state and tribal courts. The Attorney General serves as the Director for the Office of Attorney General.

BIA Enjoined from Entering into Separate 638 Contracts with Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone

Here are the new materials in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. Lacounte (D. Mont.):








An excerpt:

Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction is GRANTED on the following terms: in accordance with the Gourneau Letter (Doc. 97-1), Defendants shall refrain from approving 638 contracts for multi-tribal, shared services without the approval, via tribal government resolution, of both the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

Prior pleadings here.

Updated Materials in Suit over N. Arapaho from Wind River Joint Business Council

Here are the new materials in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. Lacounte (D. Mont.):

17-1 NAT Motion for PI

26 Shoshone Business Council Motion to Dismiss

28 Tribal Court Parties Motion to Intervene

40 Shoshone Business Council Response to 17

44 DOI Response to 28

45 Shoshone Business Council Response to 28

49 NAT Reply in Support of 17

50 DCT Order Denying Motion to Intervene

51 NAT Response to 26

Complaint here.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe In-House Counsel Posting


Assistant Attorney General

Date Posted: 6/2/2015
Employer: Eastern Shoshone Tribe
Location: Ft. Washakie, WY
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary: DOE

The Eastern Shoshone Office of Attorney General is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Assistant Attorney General. The Assistant Attorney General provides legal advice, representation, assistance and support to the Eastern Shoshone tribal government, its departments and enterprises. The job location offers an excellent quality of life including access to incredible outdoor opportunities in the Wind River Mountain range.


  1. Current active state bar licensure in any state is required, and expectation is that within one (1) year of hire the applicant will obtain licensure in the state of Wyoming; and
  2. Must be licensed or have the ability to be licensed in the Eastern Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court within ninety (90) days of hire; and
  3. Must possess knowledge of tribal, state, and federal law, regulations, and administrative procedures; and
  4. Federal Indian law knowledge or experience required; proven record of ability to work directly with tribal governments preferred; and
  5. Must have at least four (4) years legal experience.

This position requires compliance with all Eastern Shoshone Tribe employee policies and regulations. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is a drug-free workplace. Indian preference applies. All qualified applicants will be considered.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and completed Eastern Shoshone Employment Application to Karen LaCroix, Human Resources Office, P.O. Box 538, Ft. Washakie, WY 82514. Call (307) 332-2005 for more information or to request an Eastern Shoshone Tribe Employment Application.

Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Northern Arapaho Tribe Tax Case for Failure to Join Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Here is today’s opinion in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. Harnsberger.

Briefs here.

Lower court materials here.

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


Encana Opening Brief

Lower court materials here.