Friday Job Announcements

If you sent in a job announcement but do not see it here, then please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you for your understanding!

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Homer Law Chartered

Entry Level Attorney, Washington D.C. Homer Law Chartered is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with an immediate opening for a full-time, entry-level attorney. Our firm’s client base is comprised primarily of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, enterprises, and organizations with a focus on gaming, economic development, Indian lands, governance, and administrative law. The ideal candidate will have experience working in Indian Country and an understanding of issues that affect the tribal governments and/or a strong financial or accounting background. The successful candidate will be a member of the DC Bar or will be awaiting results from the July 2019 sitting of the DC Bar.

To apply, please provide the following materials via email at aedwards@homerlaw.com: A one-page resume, a one-page letter of interest, and a recent unedited writing sample. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary to be determined upon offer of position based on experience.

Tohono O’Odham Nation

Assistant Attorney General, Sells, A.Z. The Office of Attorney General represents the Tohono O’odham Nation in litigation and other legal matters. The Office is still accepting applications for Attorneys with at least 6 years of experience to fill an Assistant Attorney General position. Specific areas of need for the Office of Attorney General are healthcare law and contracts but we are open to those with other experience. Please see the announcement for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor, Dept: Pueblo Court / Prosecutor’s Office. Application open until filled.

Court Prosecutor, Dept: Pueblo Court / Prosecutor’s Office. Application open until filled.

Associate Judge, Dept: Pueblo Court. Closing date for application is August 1, 2019.

Public Defender , Dept: Pueblo Court. Closing date for application is August 23, 2019.

For more information and application instructions at visit the Pueblo of Laguna website or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

Attorney, Window Rock, A.Z. The Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel seeks an Attorney under the direction of the Chief Legislative Counsel. Duties include providing legal advice and legal representation to entities of the Legislative Branch, the Navajo Nation Council, its standing committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law.  Work with other attorneys of the Office under supervision of a Principal Attorney and the general direction of the Chief Legislative Counsel.  Knowledge of legal principles as well as Indian law, Navajo Nation laws, Navajo Nation Government and legislative processes in general required.   Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school possess a Juris Doctorate, and be willing to be State Bar licensed in either AZ, NM, or UT as well as the Navajo Nation Bar within one year of employment. Please see the announcement for more information.

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Guardian ad Litem, Hertel, W.I. Main duties for this position include representing the best interest of the child in St. Croix Tribal Court, investigating and determining the needs of children and youth petitioned into the court system, monitoring and reporting on the welfare of the child and communicate the child’s wishes to the court. Applications are open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Tribal In-House Attorney, Oakhurst, C.A. The tribal attorney serves as an in-house legal advisor, representative, and counselor. Ensures the adherence to applicable laws to protect and enhance tribal sovereignty, to avoid or prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation, and to protect the legal interests of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians (PRCI) tribal government. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Applications are open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Brooklyn Legal Services

Brooklyn Legal Services, in Brooklyn, N.Y. is hiring for the following positions:

Staff Attorney for Tenant Rights Coalition

Staff Attorney Foreclosure Unit

Director of Family/ Domestic Violence Unit

Paralegal Advocate

Please see the announcements for more information.

Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Adviser, Sacramento, C.A. The incumbent will support for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, which includes a Regional Office and four Agencies that serve 105 federally recognized Indian Tribes throughout California, or nearly one-fifth of 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States. The incumbent will handle a complex and heavy volume of work involving the entire range of Indian law matters. Areas of practice include, but are not limited to Indian law, administrative law, natural resources and public land law, environmental law, energy and mining law, water law, and contracts. Statutes that the incumbent must be familiar with include, but are not limited to, laws concerning Indians and Tribes, Administrative Procedure Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Freedom of Information Act, and Privacy Act. The incumbent must also be able to interpret and provide advice related to the various regulations implementing the above statutes. Applications close on September 12, 2019. Please see the website for more information.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Senior Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, C.A. A federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Hoopa, California, seeks an Attorney to fill the position of Senior Tribal Attorney. The successful candidate will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney under the supervision of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and Tribal Chairman. Provides a wide range of legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, including without limitation advice, negotiation, drafting, research,
lobbying, representation in litigation and administrative proceedings and
other duties as assigned by the Council.  CONTRACTUAL, SALARY: DOE.
POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Submit application, cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Human Resources Department
Hoopa Valley Tribe
P.O. Box 218
Hoopa, CA 95546

Or call 530-625-9200 Ext. 11 or 20

Email submission: liz@hoopainsurance.com.

Prairie Island Indian Community

RFP for Economic Development, Welch, M.N. The Prairie Island Indian Community is a federally-recognized Indian tribe (the “Tribe”), located in southeastern Minnesota along the banks of the Mississippi River, approximately 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Tribe is seeking proposals from qualified professionals to provide consultation related to economic development and diversification.  Applications close on September 14, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

2019-2020 Academic Extern, Banning, CA. Seeking 1-2 legal externs per semester to work with the Morongo Legal Department. Externs will have the opportunity to work on a diverse set of legal issues, including employment, taxation, ICWA, ordinance development, energy development, education, tribal court work, and more. Must be a current 2L-4L and be able to commit to 20-40 hours per week on-site. Position is unpaid and requires the extern to receive school credit. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring semesters.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Nespelem, W.A. are hiring for the following positions:

Deputy Prosecutor; Colville Tribal Court representing Criminal, MINOC, Range Impoundment, Natural Resources Enforcement and civil infraction hearings, Wellness court, and appellate cases before the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Managing Atty Public Defender; Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, representing Tribal Members in criminal matters.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Staff Attorney; CCT Legal Office providing legal services to Tribal Members.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Please visit and apply at colvilletribes.com.

See posts from Friday, August 23, 2019.

Friday Job Announcements

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 open Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the position and a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, A.K. The Association of Village Council Presidents is searching for an Associate General Counsel to conduct typical in-house counsel duties, provide legal advice to a wide range of social services departments, help ensure federal grant compliance, and research issues pertaining to tribal law. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Alaska or be able to become admitted to practice law in Alaska within one year of hire. Three years of experience in corporate, non-profit, or Native law preferred. Please see the announcement for more information.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Associate Judge, Parker, A.Z. The Colorado River Indian Tribes is seeking an Associate Judge. The Associate Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters within the jurisdiction of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Court pursuant to the CRIT Tribal Laws, Codes, Rules and regulations as assigned by Chief Judge. Applications close on November 30, 2018. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Swinomish Indian Tribe

Staff Attorney, Swinomish Village, W.A. The Office of Tribal Attorney advises and represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Federal, Swinomish and State courts. The Office of Tribal Attorney has seven attorneys and four legal assistants, and provides legal services covering a broad range of Tribal government, economic development, natural resource and Federal Indian law issues.  The Office’s practice includes legal advice, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish policy committees, departments and entities.  The Office’s work includes contract preparation and review; drafting ordinances; economic development activities; intergovernmental issues; treaty hunting and fishing rights and management; reservation lands governance and management; water rights; environmental protection; and Indian gaming, housing and utilities, among other areas.

Minimum Qualifications: Qualified applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school; preferably be currently licensed to practice in Washington, but consideration will be given to applicants able to become licensed to practice in Washington within six months of employment through reciprocity or passing the Washington Bar Exam; have or promptly obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license; have excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills; have strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills and an ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work environment; work well and bring flexibility to a fast-paced and dynamic work setting; enjoy and excel at creative problem-solving; have a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities and/or restorative justice; and a commitment to reside on or near the Reservation. Qualified applicants must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following subject-matter areas, with at least five years of experience as a practicing attorney: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; representing public or private entities; legal support of incubation or operation of Tribal or commercial enterprises, including gaming, hospitality or health services;; taxation; or Indian law; and ability to use a personal computer with Office and timekeeping software and document database. Salary negotiable depending upon experience. Compensation includes a medical, dental & vision health plan, 401(k) plan, generous leave and other fringe benefits.

Native American hiring preferences under Swinomish Tribal Code 14-01.120 will be in effect during the selection of candidates. Applicants must pass a background check and a drug test. To apply, submit the following: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Employment Application (you may request this application via email); Office of Tribal Attorney Application Addendum; cover letter including an explanation of the applicant’s interest in the position, along with a current resume, the names and contact information for at least 3 professional references, and two samples of the applicant’s own independent writing to: Wendy A. Otto, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, Washington 98257, (360) 466-1134, wotto@swinomish.nsn.us.

Last week’s postings: November 16, 2018.

Friday Job Announcements

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 PDF job announcement and a brief description of job to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Department of the Interior

Associate Solicitor for Water Resources, Washington, D.C. The Associate Solicitor has primary responsibility for managing the Division of Water Resources, which includes the Branch of Water and Power and the Branch of Indian Water Rights. Management of the Division includes working with the Solicitor and the Deputy Solicitor in formulating policies of the Solicitor’s Office with respect to organization, budget, personnel, and legal activities. Applications close on July 23, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

Legal Aid of Nebraska

Staff Attorney, Native American Program, Omaha, N.E. Legal Aid of Nebraska is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide direct legal assistance to low-income patients through the medical-legal partnership (MLP) program at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center in Omaha, NE, the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, the Ponca Hills Health and Wellness Center in Norfolk, NE, and other locations in and near Northeast and Eastern Nebraska.  Please see the website for more information.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians 

Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator,  Banning, C.A. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is seeking a Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator to facilitate planning, development and implementation for the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court program.  The JHTWC is designed to provide court intervention and early access to therapeutic and treatment services to youth that have entered into the criminal justice system and who may be dealing with issues involving alcohol and/or drug use.  In conjunction with Court staff, the Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator is responsible for forming, coordinating, and staffing a multi-disciplinary advisory team, drafting program policy and procedures to screen and determine eligibility of participants, and produce deliverables required by the grant and funder (Department of Justice) in a timely fashion. Please see the website for more information.

The University of California, San Francisco

Senior Complaint Resolution Officer, Office of Diversity and Outreach, San Francisco, C.A. The Senior Complaint Resolution Officer (Sr. CRO) will function as a member of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) and will serve as a campus subject matter expert on sexual harassment, sexual violence, and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)-related laws and requirements. The Sr. CRO responds to complaints of discrimination and harassment and discrimination pursuant to the University’s Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy (SVSH Policy) and the University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace Policy (Nondiscrimination Policy) and must possess the ability to exercise independent judgment, assess and negotiate complex, highly sensitive situations, maintain confidentiality, and maintain neutrality when handling matters. The Sr. CRO conducts intake interviews relating to allegations of violations of the SVSH Policy and/or the Nondiscrimination Policy, assesses documentary evidence and information provided during intake interviews, conducts alternative resolutions when appropriate, and conducts thorough and prompt formal investigations of complaints alleging violations of the SVSH Policy and/or the Nondiscrimination Policy. Please see the website for more information.

Complaint Resolution Officer, Office of Diversity and Outreach, San Francisco, C.A. The Complaint Resolution Officer (CRO) serves as a subject matter expert on sexual harassment and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)-related laws and responds to complaints of harassment and discrimination pursuant to the University’s Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy (SVSH Policy) and the University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace Policy (Nondiscrimination Policy).  The CRO is primarily responsible for conducting intake interviews relating to allegations of violations of the SVSH Policy and/or the Nondiscrimination Policy, assessing documentary evidence and information provided during intake interviews, conducting alternative resolutions when appropriate, and conducting thorough and prompt formal investigations of complaints alleging violations of the SVSH Policy and/or the Nondiscrimination Policy. Formal investigations include preparing notices of formal investigation; developing an investigative plan; conducting party and witness interviews; providing parties and witnesses with information about the investigatory process; analyzing documents and information and assessing credibility to determine whether policy violations have occurred, while ensuring that the investigation is neutral, prompt, and thorough; maintaining accurate and thorough investigatory files and reports; and appropriately working with other university offices as needed. Please see the website for more information.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Dowagiac, M.I. Under the direction of the Prosecutor/Presenting Officer and the administrative supervision of the General Counsel to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Assistant Prosecutor represents the Pokagon Band in criminal and child protection matters in the Pokagon Band Tribal Court, and represents the Pokagon Band in child protection matters in state courts. The Assistant Prosecutor performs the duties and responsibilities of the position in a manner that is consistent with applicable ethical standards and will ensure that enforcement of the laws of the Pokagon Band. Occasional travel within and outside Michigan and Indiana will be required. Please see the announcement announcement for more information.

Osage Nation

Staff Attorney, Pawhuska, O.K. The Osage Nation is seeking a Staff Attorney, who is a member of the Oklahoman Bar in good standing, to research laws, investigate facts, and prepare letters and documents necessary to assist the Office of the Attorney General in day-to-day activities and litigation. Please see the website for more information.

Dakota Plains Legal Services 

Deputy Director, Mission, S.D. DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Deputy Director position in our Mission, South Dakota, office. DPLS provides free legal services to low income and elderly clients located primarily in the western half of South Dakota and to Native American clients located throughout South Dakota and on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation which extends into North Dakota. Please see the announcement for more information.

Managing Attorney, Eagle Butte, S.D. DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Managing Attorney position in our Eagle Butte, South Dakota, branch office.  The Eagle Butte office serves Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Dewey, Haakon, Potter and Ziebach counties in South Dakota. Please see the announcement for more information.

Staff Attorney, Mission, S.D. DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Mission, South Dakota, office.  The Missionoffice serves the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and Gregory, Jones, Mellette, Todd and Tripp counties in South Dakota. Please see the announcement for more information.

Managing Attorney, Fort Thompson, S.D. DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Managing Attorney position in our Fort Thompson, South Dakota, branch office.  The Fort Thompson office serves the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations in South Dakota and Brule, Buffalo, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Stanley and Sully counties in South Dakota. Please see the announcement for more information.

Staff Attorney, Sisseton, S.D. DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Sisseton, South Dakota, office.  The Sissetonoffice serves the Lake Traverse, Flandreau and Yankton Indian Reservations in South Dakota and Grant, Roberts and Charles Mix counties in South Dakota, as well as Native Americans in the eastern half of South Dakota. Please see the job announcement for more information. 

Staff Attorney, Sioux Falls, S.D. DAKOTA PLAINS LEGAL SERVICES (DPLS), a non-profit legal services program, has an opening for a Staff Attorney position in our Sioux Falls, South Dakota, office.  The Sioux Falls office serves primarily Native Americans in the vicinity of Sioux Falls and in the eastern half of South Dakota.  This job requires at least two days of travel every week. Please see the job announcement for more information. 

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, A.Z. The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is seeking a Senior Assistant General Counsel to serve under the general oversight of the General Counsel and acts in the General Counsel’s absence with the authority of the General Counsel in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the Office of General Counsel; to provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises; and to represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Department of Justice 

Asssitant United States Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. The office is currently seeking applicants to fill one or more Assistant U.S. Attorney positions in the Civil Division. Assignment to the Civil Division may include responsibility for all phases of civil prosecution from providing guidance to law enforcement officers, initiating civil charges, conducting grand jury proceedings and trials, and handling appeals. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Applications close on July 12, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

Assistant United States Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. The office is currently seeking applicants to fill one or more Assistant U.S. Attorney positions in the Criminal Division. Assignment to the Criminal Division may include responsibility for all phases of criminal prosecution from providing guidance to law enforcement officers, initiating criminal charges, conducting grand jury proceedings and trials, handling appeals, or asset forfeiture matters. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Applications close on July 12, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

Assistant United States Attorney, Minneapolis/St. Paul, M.N. Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the District. Criminal Division AUSAs advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex criminal prosecutions. Applications close on July 5, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

Last week’s postings: June 22, 2018.

Friday Job Announcements

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

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (Repost)

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Baraga, M.I. The Keweeenaw Bay Indian Community is seeking an Assistant Tribal Attorney to assist the Prosecutor and perform general in-house duties as needed, along with other legal duties. Position is open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information and how to apply.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Bozeman, M.T. The Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice has an opening for an Associate Attorney to begin work no later than the summer of 2018. The associate attorney would joint Earthjustice’s team in:

  • protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks;
  • combating global warming by challenging coal mining and coal-fired power plants, encouraging development of renewable energy sources, and responding to a natural gas development boom in the region; and
  • supporting Earthjustice’s work on behalf of Native American interests and issues of Indian Law, including work to restore wild bison to tribal lands; to oppose oil and gas exploration on public national forest lands of extreme cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet people; and to halt a state proposal to open a massive new coal mine on lands significant to the Northern Cheyenne in southeast Montana.

For more information, please visit the website.

Seneca Gaming Authority

Chief Counsel, Niagra Falls, N.Y. Under limited supervision of the SGA Chairperson, responsible for directing, managing, and monitoring all legal services for SGA to ensure maximum protection of its legal rights and to maintain its operations within the limits prescribed by law. Provides strategic guidance, consultation, and support to senior management and the Commission on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in implementing the strategic mission, goals and objectives of SGA and all entities in accordance with applicable tribal, state, and federal gaming regulations. Maintains strict confidentiality of privileged information. Pay Negotiable with great benefits. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Executive Director, Arlington, W.A. The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians is seeking a skilled, seasoned and people-first administrator for the position of Executive Director. The position is located in Arlington, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Under the direction of the Stillaguamish Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for articulating the policies and strategic vision of the Board to the Tribe’s organizational components. The ED and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) have authority and responsibility to implement the legislative actions and annual budgets as approved and directed by the Board of Directors, and the ED will represent the Tribe with external partners and stakeholders in local, state and federal sectors. Position close date is May 23, 2018. The full job announcement can be found at this link: http://www.stillaguamish.com/ceo.asp

Yakama Nation

Attorney II, Office of the Public Defender, Toppenish, W.A. Since Retrocession with increased caseloads, Tribal Council has increased the staffing in our program.  We currently have two (2) full-time attorneys and a .6FTE part-time attorney position open.  Our attorneys are assigned to represent Tribal members in criminal, dependency, juvenile, and some civil matters in both Tribal Courts and outside jurisdictions.  Starting salary is $33.37 per hour with excellent benefits.  The Yakama Nation application process is on the website – and please contact Bevra Jacobson if you have questions the requirements for application.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Native American Program Director, Native American Program (NAPOLS), Portland, O.R. LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues. NAPOLS is currently staffed by a Program Director, two staff attorneys, and a paralegal.

Leger Law & Strategy, LLC

Associate Attorney, Santa Fe, N.M. Leger Law & Strategy, LLC, based in Santa Fe, seeks a full-time associate attorney.  Applicants must have excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and a clerkship or minimum of 2-3 years legal experience. Indian law experience is preferred, but will consider dynamic lawyers with transferable skills. Leger Law & Strategy provides general counsel* representation to Indian tribes and tribal businesses, and represents non-profit and other organizations on social justice issues. *(Transactional, litigation and governance matters). We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and a retirement plan.

To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) a law school transcript by email to sue@legerlawandstrategy.com. No telephone calls please.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Grant Coordinator, Durant, O.K. The Grant Coordinator interacts with program and administrative staff to provide guidance and support in the identification and development of grants and post-award grant management in order to enhance successful implementation and compliance. For more information, please visit the website.

Galanda Broadman

Administrative-Litigation Assistant. Galanda Broadman, PLLC, an Indian Country Law Firm with offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an administrative/litigation assistant to its growing tribal practice to its Seattle office.

Galanda Broadman is an American Indian owned firm dedicated to advancing tribal and tribal citizen legal rights, and Indian business interests.  The firm represents tribal governments, businesses and citizens in critical litigation, business and regulatory matters, especially in the areas of Indian Treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, land rights, cultural property protection, taxation, commerce, gaming, serious/catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, disenrollment defense, and indigenous human/civil rights.

The firm seeks a part-time law or pre-law student who is deeply interested in advocating for Indian interests, and who is bright, skilled, has excellent attention to detail, and is able to work on multiple projects simultaneously to completion. Tremendous work ethic and verbal, writing, and research skills are required.  Needed during morning hours, for a total of 10 to 20 hours per week. Please see the announcement for more information.

Pueblo of Sandia

Paralegal, Albuquerque, N.M. The Pueblo of Sandia offers an opportunity for an experienced, detail-oriented Paralegal to join the General Counsel Office. Prior experience with Tribal governments and Indian law is preferred. Under the general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, the successful candidate will perform a variety of paralegal duties to assist the In-House General Counsel in providing a diverse range of legal services to the Pueblo and its commercial enterprises. Please see Sandia Resort & Casino’s website for a detailed description of the job duties and qualifications @ sandiacasino.com/careers.

Other Postings: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians RFP for Contractual Core Routines Trainer/Consultant for duration of Adult Healing to Wellness Court Grant.

Last week’s post: May 4, 2018.

Friday Job Announcements

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

Department of Interior

Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Solicitor, Phoenix. A.Z. The Office of the Solicitor is seeking an Attorney-Adviser to provide legal counsel and representation for the Western Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, analyze complex legal issues and provide advice on a broad range of legal issues affecting bureaus within the department, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, handle all phases of administrative litigation, draft litigation reports and provide other legal support, and handle general law matters. This position pays $74,872 to $136,771 per year, and applications close on May 4, 2018.

Sonosky, Chambers

Summer Associate, Washington D.C. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development, among others. The firm’s practice includes representation of tribal interests in federal, tribal and state courts, and before Congress, state legislatures, and federal and state agencies. Sonosky, Chambers is recruiting 2L students for 2019 summer associate positions. Interested applicants should see the job announcement linked above for more information. Applications close on August 31, 2018.

Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

Associate General Counsel, Temecula, C.A. The Associate General Counsel will work in the Office of the General Counsel under the direct supervision of the General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.  The Associate General Counsel will work with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to provide legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government, its entities and enterprises; provide guidance and assistance to Tribal Government departments; and provide limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status. Please see the job announcement for more information and how to apply.

Water Protector Legal Collective

Strategic Planning, Mandan, N.D. The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is seeking proposals from professional qualified consultants to provide services to WPLC for the development of a three to five year strategic plan. All proposals should clearly define how they will work with WPLC to assist in a comprehensive, participatory planning process. Applications close on May 4, 2018. Please see the job announcement for more information and how to apply.

National Congress of American Indians

Project Attorney, Washington, D.C. The National Congress of American Indians has an opening for a Project Attorney in the Washington, DC office. The Project Attorney will have responsibility for day to day management of NCAI’s VAWA implementation technical assistance project. This project is focused on supporting tribes as they implement Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. The Project Attorney will work closely with senior NCAI staff assigned to the project, with an inter-tribal working group of tribal stakeholders, and with other project partners. Applications close on May 31, 2018. Please see the website for more information and how to apply.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Staff Attorney, Swinomish Village, W.A. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is seeking a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Qualified applicants must be licensed, or have the ability to become licensed within six months, to practice in Washington. We are seeking an energetic attorney, preferably with at least three years of experience, with excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills, strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, and an ability to work hard and thrive in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural environment; bring flexibility to a fast-paced and dynamic work setting; enjoy and excel at creative problem solving; have demonstrated a commitment to working with Native or other minority communities and/or restorative justice; and a commitment to reside on or near the Swinomish Reservation.

Qualified applicants must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; representing public or private entities; gaming regulation or operations; and Indian law, including protection of treaty rights, as well as expertise in several of the substantive fields of law listed above. Compensation DOE. For application and complete job description please provide your contact information to Wendy Otto, 11404 Moorage Way, LaConner, WA 98257; (fax) 360-466-5309; email wotto@swinomish.nsn.us. Applications will be accepted until suitable candidate is found. Native American hiring preferences under Swinomish Tribal Code 14-01.120 will be in effect during the selection of candidates. Applicants must pass a background check and a drug test.

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Anchorage, A.K. The Anchorage Office is seeking two (2) AUSAs to work in its Criminal Division. The successful candidate primarily will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. This will include prosecuting a wide range of cases such as firearms offenses, drug crimes, child exploitation and other violent crimes, fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes. In addition, the candidate may also be called upon to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of other criminal cases as needed to address the districts priorities. Assistant United States Attorneys work their cases from inception through appeal, and thus, in addition to district court work, the successful candidate will be responsible for drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments. This position pays $72,987 to $164,100 per year, and applications close on May 9, 2018. Please see the website for more information.

Last Week’s Post: April 20, 2018.

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Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Phoenix, A.Z. AUSAs have the opportunity to 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, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division. Applications close on April 25, 2018.

Klamath Tribes Judiciary

Chief Judge, Chiloquin, O.R. The Klamath Tribes Judiciary has as part-time, contract Chief Judge position open. Please see the job announcement for more information, or contact Danita Herrera, Judicial Branch Director, at (541) 783-3020, ext. 105, or at danita.herrera@klamathtribalcourts.com.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Staff Attorney-Law Clerk, Black River Falls, W.I. The Ho-Chunk nation is looking for a Staff Attorney to assist Tribal Court Judges and Supreme Court Justices with legal research and the drafting of opinions in a timely manner while facilitating public access to the Court through the provision of procedural legal information. Reports to the Sr. Staff Attorney.

Duties and responsibilities:

  1. Legal research and the drafting of memos for Trial Court Judges and Supreme Court Justices on questions of law.
  2. Research legal issues identified by the Sr. Staff Attorney, Chief Judge, Associate Judges, and Supreme Court.
  3. Compile case law and make it available to users of the court system.
  4. Field questions from court users and design court forms as needed.
  5. Responsible for editing monthly court bulletins and maintaining opinion summaries in the law library.
  6. Coordinate Law Day and maintain records necessary for CLE accreditation with State Bar of Wisconsin.
  7. Coordinate HCN Bar Admission for the HCN Supreme Court and occasionally assist in drafting and issuing various Court Rules.
  8. Must assist with Lay Advocate and Guardian ad litem Training.
  9. Responsible to work with minimal supervision and exercise their independent legal evaluation throughout the workday.
  10. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  1. Ability to work independently and exercise initiative.
  2. Familiarity with Ho-Chunk Nation laws, federal Indian Law, and tribal law.
  3. Ability to multi-task, prioritize tasks, and delegate responsibilities as appropriate to the demands of the Court.
  4. Ability to communicate clearly, orally and in writing, with a variety of persons such as tribal citizens, tribal officials, judicial officers, and attorneys.
  5. Must be professional, have outstanding telephone etiquette and a friendly, patient attitude when dealing with parties and the general public.
  6. Strong research and writing skills.
  7. Strong word processing and computer research skills.
  8. Fluency in Ho-Chunk desired but not required.
  9. Juris Doctorate degree.
  10. A member in good standing of a state bar.
  11. Preference given to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, then to members of other federally recognized tribes.

To Apply: Send resume, a cover letter, writing sample, and school transcripts to Schuyler.tilson@ho-chunk.com. This is a full-time position, with a salary of $62,400/year.

 

 

DNA-People’s Legal Services (Job Announcement Linked Here)

Finance Director, Window Rock, A.Z. The Director of Finance is a full-time position that provides overall financial management and analysis for DNA. The position will oversee and review all financial transactions; perform complex budgeting and accounting functions, conduct financial, statistical and analytical studies and projections; prepare financial reports for management, the board and others; oversee all DNA law offices budgets in the preparation for and execution of the annual audit, tax and other regulatory filings; periodically consult with the program team on financial reports of grantees; and ensure that DNA adheres to the best, most reliable and most transparent financial policies and procedures. The Finance Director will be located at the DNA Office in Window Rock, AZ. See the job announcement linked above for more information and how to apply.

Managing Attorney, Flagstaff, A.Z. The Managing Attorney is responsible for the management and oversight of the office to which they are assigned, including ensuring that the office meets or exceeds operational goals and objectives, providing necessary legal services for assigned cases and liaising with the office staff to ensure effective client service business operations. To provide supervision and case management assistance to other case handlers within the office to ensure the office is providing uniform, high quality advocacy for low-income clients in all forums, including the courts, administrative agencies, and community outreach initiatives. See the job announcement linked above for more information and how to apply.

Staff Attorney, Flagstaff, A.Z. The Staff Attorney represents clients in court or before government agencies, prepares and drafts legal documents on behalf of clients, advises clients on business and legal transactions, negotiates settlements for legal disputes, complies with all legal standards and regulations, and performs administrative and management functions related to the practice of law. Additionally, DNA-People’s Legal Services is also hiring a Public Defender Attorney in the Hopi Public Defender’s Office. See the job announcement linked above for more information and how to apply.

National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

Program Director, Tribal Justice Partnerships, Reno, N.V. The Tribal Justice Partnerships Program Director position requires a unique blend of knowledge, skills, and abilities. This position will work primarily with tribal courts, but can be tasked with other projects, as needed. The Program Director will be required to build a substantial knowledge base around private and public funded projects that focus on improving tribal court practices in family welfare and juvenile matters; implement the principles of collaboration among court, agencies, and community; develop content expertise on issues common across system-involved children and families (e.g., trauma, substance abuse, etc.); and have experience and knowledge in tribal court systems. This position will direct the tribal court team, as well as perform collaborative planning and decision-making with other projects across the organization. Please visit NCJFCJ’s website for more information and how to apply. Applications close on May 14, 2018.

Navajo Nation Washington Office

Government & Legislative Affairs Associate, Washington, D.C. The Navajo Nation is looking for a Government & Legislative Affairs Associate in its Washington Office. Minimum qualifications require a master’s degree in public policy, law, or a closely-related field and two (2) years of work experience in the legal or legislative field.  Some of the Associate’s duties include: conduct review, analysis and research on proposed and pending legislation and policy initiatives to ensure that legislation and initiatives do not adversely affect the Nation; draft budgetary and appropriations requests, legislative bills, policy proposals and position papers; prepares and provides detailed reports on activities of Congress to the Nation; advocate and communicates extensively with congressional representatives and federal agencies on the issues and positions of the Nation; analyze existing federal regulations to protect the interests of the Nation; analyze legislative, policy and budgetary initiatives developed by the federal government; provide reports to the Nation outlining the political and policy ramifications of these initiatives and provides strategic recommendation on how the Nation should address these initiatives. Please see the job announcement for more information. Applications close on May 2, 2018.

See also: ILPC Program Coordinator (posted April 16, 2018).

Last week’s post: April 13, 2018.

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

Little River Holdings (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians)

Little River Holdings LLC, a wholly owned enterprise of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, is accepting proposals from consultants to facilitate a development project.  If you have experience in some or all of the following areas and are interested in bidding, please contact us for a Request for Proposal Packet. Areas of expertise required are: Real Estate Development Planning, Financial Projections, Debt/Equity Projections, Grant Procurement, Securing of Investors/Lenders, Construction Monitoring, and Compliance and Asset Management. You can show interest and request the packet at tomstdennis@lrboi-nsn.gov or crystalnewman@lrboi-nsn.gov. Deadline for showing interest is April 1, 2018, and the deadline for submitting the proposal is April 30, 2018.

Pueblo of Isleta

Associate General Counsel, Isleta, N.M. Under the direction of General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel provides professional legal counsel in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, jurisdiction issues, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, tribal business enterprise, and employment issues. Works to protect tribal assets and preserve tribal sovereignty. The Pueblo is looking for someone who is a member of the New Mexico bar and has at least three years of relevant experience.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Summer Law Clerk, Office of Legal Counsel, Pendleton, O.R. The OLC is looking for a summer law clerk, who may work on up to two projects: (1) research concerning historic CTUIR specific cases; and/or (2) work with a project team research project concerning reservation boundaries. Clerk(s) will work on site with occasional remote locations for associated tasks. Applications close April 18, 2018.

Navajo Nation

Summer Law Clerk, Department of Justice, Window Rock, A.Z. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking energetic and motivated candidates for multiple funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice:

  • Natural
  • Tax and Finance,
  • Litigation,
  • Employment,
  • Human Services,
  • Government Services,
  • Economic Development,
  • Gaming,
  • Water Rights, and
  • Direct Legal Services for Navajo Relocate

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, should have at least taken Federal Indian Law, and should submit their cover letter, resume, transcript and a short (5-10 page) writing sample to Cherie Espinosa at cespinosa@nndoj.orgComplete application packets must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, April 20, 2018. Externally funded applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Crow Tribe of Indians

Legislative Attorney, Crow Agency, M.T. The Legislature is seeking an attorney to work alongside them in developing and implementing policy that protects and develops the Nation, its people and assets. The job requires both administrative experience and trial experience (to respond to challenges of new, or enforcement of existing, law).

Tohono O’odham Nation

Mining Attorney, Sells, A.Z. The Tohono O’odham Nation is in the preliminary stages of searching for a Mining Attorney on a contract basis. This is not an official request for proposals but we are scoping out the interest and will be sending bid packets to those interested. Please see the attached RFP for the scope of work. Any further questions can be directed to Joshua Rees, Deputy Attorney General at joshua.rees@tonation-nsn.gov

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Strategic Communications Manager, Portland, O.R. The National Indian Child Welfare Association to promote NICWA’s public image and visibility through a variety of communications media. They will support and work directly under the supervision of the executive director. The strategic communications manager has four key areas of responsibility. Applications close on April 4, 2018.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship, Washington, D.C. The Association on American Indian Affairs seeks a recent graduate of an undergraduate, graduate or law degree program to join AAIA for a year in the metro DC area for a paid internship to work on National policy on protecting cultural resources/heritage and Indian child and youth matters. Applications are due by April 23.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP

Attorney, Anchorage or Juneau, A.K. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP announces an attorney position opening in either our Anchorage, Alaska or Juneau, Alaska office.  The Sonosky Chambers firm specializes in representing Native American interests in a wide range of work involving tribal sovereignty and self-governance, complex litigation, appellate and Supreme Court work, legislative affairs, health care, and a wide range of additional matters.  Additional information about our firm is available at www.sonosky.com.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  We are ideally looking for an entry-level candidate with 0 to 2 years of experience, but all qualified applicants will be considered.  If you have any questions or would like to submit application materials, please send them to Office Manager Sue Tyree at sue@sonosky.net.  All applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but we encourage serious applicants to apply by April 15th.

Last week’s postings: March 9, 2018

Friday Job Announcements

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

Comanche Nation Tribal Court

Indigent Defense Attorney, Lawton, O.K. The Comanche Nation is requesting proposals for an Indigent Defense Attorney of the Comanche Nation Tribal Court. Full copies of the Request for Proposal can be obtained through the Comanche Nation website: www.comanchenation.com. Deadline for submission is February 16, 2018 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.

Yakama Nation

Lead Attorney Position, Office of Legal Counsel, Toppenish, W.A. The Yakama Nation is looking for a Lead Attorney to serve as the administrative manager of director of the Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel, including coordinating and supervising all attorneys and other staff within the Office, and serving as the Yakama Nation’s lead legal counsel. The Lead Attorney shall provide high-quality,  culturally competent legal services to the Tribal Council and all programs and departments in a timely manner. Please see the Yakama Nation’s job announcement and application. Application closes on February 27, 2018.

Attorney II, Public Defender Office, Toppenish, W.A. The Yakama Nation Public Defender Office is looking for an attorney to provide professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State, and Federal Court. The attorney is responsible for providing representation in a full range of legal services. The position pays $33.37/hr, and the position will remain open until filled. Please see the Yakama Nation’s application.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Family Law Attorney, Sitka, A.K.  The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is looking for a Family Law Attorney to provide holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the umbrella of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Legal Department. The attorney will work collaboratively with other team members, especially project partner Sitkans Against Family Violence, to ensure holistic services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children and provide culturally sensitive and relevant services. To apply submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and STA job application to Anne Davis anne.davis@sitkatribe-nsn.gov or by mail to 456 Katlian St., Sitka, AK 99835. For a complete job description and application visit www.sitkatribe.org. Open until filled, first review is Feb. 26. Salary $60-85k DOE.  Full-time benefited.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Ethics Officer, Atmore, A.L. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is seeking proposals for an Ethics Officer to assist its legal counsel in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities under the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Ethics Code. Proposals are due no later than 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

U.S. Department of Justice

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Pierre, S.D. The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for an AUSA for the District of South Dakota to prosecute federal criminal offenses and represent the interests of the United States in civil and criminal cases. The position is full-time and pays $61,218 to $160,122 per year. Applications close on February 16, 2018.

U.S. Department of Interior

Associate Solicitor for Water Resources, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, D.C. The Associate Solicitor has primary responsibility for managing the Division of Water Resources, which includes the Branch of Water and Power and the Branch of Indian Water Rights. Management of the Division includes working with the Solicitor and the Deputy Solicitor in formulating policies of the Solicitor’s Office with respect to organization, budget, personnel, and legal activities. The position pays $164,200 to $189,600 per year. Applications close on March 2, 2018.

Indian Law Resource Center (Update)

Sidley Fellowship , Washington, D.C. The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues. The deadline for receipt of applications for summer 2018 is March 16, 2018.

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