Claremont Graduate University American Indian Education Program

Claremont Native American Fellowship Program – School of Educational Studies

Applications being accepted now for a cohort starting in August 2022

Full funding & living support for Native Americans to earn their California K-12 teaching credential & MA in Education in as little as 12 months.

Post-graduation mentorship while CNA Fellow is meeting payback obligation by teaching in a school that serves a high population of Indian students.

Core online program works in conjunction with hands-on learning while CNA Fellow works in a school under guidance of a mentor teacher. Program can be completed from one’s home community.

See CNA Fellowship Program’s website or contact for more information.

Friday Job Annoucements

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 brief description of the job and a PDF job announcement to

View job postings from August 3, 2018.

Table Mountain Rancheria

In-House Legal Counsel, Friant, CA. Serve as legal advisor to the Tribal Council, tribal government departments and economic enterprises. Perform high level legal research and analysis in numerous areas of law and policy related to Federal Indian and California Law. Provide in-house support and legal advice on Tribal, State, Gaming and Federal laws and regulations. Please see the job description for more information.

Sacks Tierney, P.A.

Litigation Associate, Scottsdale AZ. Seeking a candidate with three to five years of experience. Knowledge of tribal law and water law is strongly preferred. Please direct questions and send resumes to Nicole at

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2019 Summer Clerkships and Fellowships, San Francisco, CA. Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is a boutique law firm specializing in government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law. Summer clerkships are open to students who will have completed their 2L year. The three-year fellowship is open to recent law school graduates. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a deadline of August 15 for the clerkship and Labor Day for the fellowship. Please see the job descriptions for more information.

WildEarth Guardians

(2) Staff Attorneys, Sante Fe, NM. WildEarth Guardians seeks two public interest-focused staff attorneys with a minimum of 5 years experience to join our legal team. Experience with at least some of the laws governing management, land use, and resource protection on public lands is essential. Applications should include, in a single pdf: cover letter; resume; one legal writing sample; and contact information for three professional references. The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis, with an ideal start date of no later that September 28. Please see the job description for more information.

Federal Communications Commission

Attorney Advisor (General), Washington, D.C. The position is in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Office of Native Affairs and Policy. Incumbent in this position: Serves as a senior attorney advisor to the Chief and Deputy Chief, on all policy matters. Provides expertise on Tribal issues and ensures that the Commission’s telecommunications regulatory policies with respect to federally-recognized American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, Hawaiian Home Lands, and other Native Communities are implemented and met. Application closes August 21, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Department of the Interior

(2) Attorney Adviser (General), Lakewood, CO. Specific duties will include providing a full array of legal services to the offices and programs of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR); Coordinating with colleagues and other offices in the Office of the Solicitor; and reviewing proposed legislation and testimony on proposed legislation related to the ONRR. Application closes August 16, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Department of Justice

(2) Trial Attorneys, Denver, CO. The Natural Resources Section seeks to hire and cultivate talented trial attorneys and provides its lawyers with frequent and meaningful court experience in a variety of jurisdictions on a broad range of issues. The ideal candidate should be comfortable in a “first-chair” role in multiple complex cases. The application closes September 4, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Trial Attorney, Washington, D.C. The Environment and Natural Resources Division, Indian Resources Section seeks applicants with a demonstrated record of complex case management, initiative and creativity, strong courtroom skills, outstanding legal writing, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. Experience in water rights litigation and knowledge and experience in Indian, administrative, and constitutional law are highly desirable. Application closes August 30, 2018. Please see the job description for more information and to apply.

(8) Trial Attorneys, Washington D.C. The Natural Resource Division seeks attorneys for cases involving the stewardship of our national parks, forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, and offshore resources; the Nation’s trust relationship with Native Americans and Tribes; vital federal programs ranging from nuclear materials management to military preparedness to energy policy and resource extraction; and original actions in the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve boundary and water allocation disputes. Applications close September 4, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Assistant United States Attorney, Phoenix, AZ. AUSAs represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division. Application closes August 16, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal), Portland, OR. The qualified applicant would be expected to (a) assist federal law enforcement agents in structuring and implementing criminal investigative plans and strategies; (b) actively participate in grand jury proceedings; and (c) litigate cases of moderate to high complexity from start to finish with limited supervision. Application closes August 20, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

(2) Assistant United States Attorney (Civil), Portland, OR. Seeking attorneys to fill an Assistant United States Attorney vacancy in the Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) unit. Application closes August 20, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal), Medford, OR. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of violent crime cases that may include drug crimes; firearms offenses; child exploitation crimes; human trafficking; organized crime; criminal immigration matters; and general crimes. Application closes August 20, 2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Honors Program Entry Level Attorneys, Washington D.C. This job is being filled at many locations nationwide. The Attorney General’s Honors Program is the Department of Justice recruitment program for entry-level attorneys, and attracts applications from law students graduating during the current academic year, and law school graduates serving in judicial clerkships, qualifying full-time fellowships, or attending full-time graduate law programs (LL.M.). Application closes September 4, 2018. Please see the description for more information.







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

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, A.Z. Provides legal advice to the Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closes Tuesday January 23, 2018.

Native American Rights Fund

Fellow, Anchorage, A.K. NARF is seeking a current third-year law student or recent law school graduate with a strong background in federal Indian law and public service for a two-year fellowship starting in September 2018. Please submit application letter, names and addresses of three references, writing sample, and law school transcript to Jill Rush at Deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018.

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. Previously posted in #53.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General (Civil). Provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The Office is a diverse and dynamic working environment. Previously posted in #42.

Bear Ears Tribal Commission

Commission Director, Four Corners Area. The Director will implement the Commission’s directives as it collaboratively identifies and helps to implement interim visitation, site protection, and interpretation strategies for the monument, and as it engages in the preparation of recommendations for the national monument management plan for Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. Previously posted in #49.

Previous Friday Job Announcements2018/01/12

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

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 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

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 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 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

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

Muscogee Creek Nation

Staff Attorney, Muscogee Nation Supreme Court

National Indian Gaming Commission

Technology Leaders Fellowship, Washington D.C. Closes Friday, December 21, 2016.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Associate General Counsel, Juneau, AK.

Indian Law Resource Center Accepting Applications for 2017 Fellowships

From the announcement:

The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization that provides legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law.

We offer fellowship and clerkship opportunities in both our Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C. offices. These fellowship and clerkship opportunities require a minimum eight week commitment and entail legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center. The Lewis and Sidley Fellowships both offer a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship. Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

Complete details available here: lewis-and-sidley-fellowships-2017