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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Probation Officer. Dowagiac, MI. Under the general supervision of the Chief Judge, Court Administrator and Presiding Judge, perform supervision of adults and juveniles placed on probation by the Court. Work involves regularly meeting with probationers to ensure compliance to terms of probation, and maintaining records of probationers’ activities and status. Responsible for determining level of supervision necessary for individual probationers, providing support, referring clients to probation assistance programs, and conferring with law enforcement and court personnel in matters pertaining to violation of probation by clients. It is estimated that fifty percent (50%) of the position’s time will be performing Probation Officer duties, thirty percent (30%) will be performing Court Officer duties, and twenty percent (20%) will be performing Court Staff duties. Percentages may vary based upon probation caseload, development of probationary functions, and development of Court Officer functions. Closing Date: Friday, January 20, 2023.
Associate General Counsel. Dowagiac, MI. Under the direction of the General Counsel to the Pokagon Band, the Assoc. General Counsel provides legal services and representation to the Pokagon Band, its agencies and its enterprises in a broad variety of matters, including contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate matters, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, tribal jurisdiction, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare and legislation. Occasional travel within and outside Michigan will be required. Open until filled.
RFP – Assessment of Department of Finance. Dowagiac, MI. More information can be found within the linked PDF. Closing time for receipt: December 30th, 2022.
The Native American Heritage Commission
Chief Counsel, CEA Level B. Sacramento, CA. The Chief Counsel serves as the principal legal adviser to the Executive Secretary and the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) providing advice and counsel to ensure internal compliance with control agency laws, regulations, and policies. The Chief Counsel plans, directs, organizes, and manages NAHC’s Legal Department staff in enforcing state laws that protect Native American cultural resources on public and private lands; approves high-level policy decisions for the rule making process; responsible for overseeing administrative hearings required under CalNAGPRA and enacting policy and regulations implementing those administrative hearings; and oversees outside litigation counsel regarding any NAHC litigation matters. Closing Date:1/17/2023.
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Senior Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. This position serves in the Office of Tribal Attorney and provides a broad range of legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Tribal Chairperson, and various tribal departments and entities. Major responsibilities include: developing tribal policies and drafting ordinances, reviewing business contracts and facilitating economic development efforts, representing the Tribe in civil and administrative proceedings, and conducting negotiations with local, state, and federal agencies. At least four years of experience practicing Federal Indian Law or representing Tribal Governments is required. The position is open until filled.
RFP. Hoopa, CA. The Yurok Tribe Title IV-E Program is soliciting contractors to provide legal services regarding the child welfare process as the Minor/Non-Minor Attorney Services. Deadline: January 13, 2022.
Drummond Woodsum’s Tribal Nations Services Group
1L Summer Associate Program. Flagstaff, AZ. Drummond Woodsum’s summer program includes rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls from law schools from all over the United States. Summer associates do not work in isolation- receiving assignments from and sending completed work back to a Summer Associate Coordinator. Summer associates get a true sense for associate life at Drummond Woodsum. Summer associates meet with the assigning attorney at the beginning of each project to discuss what is expected and again at the completion of the assignment to receive feedback on their work. Summer associates are also invited to attend our monthly Firm Lunch meetings where various groups highlight what they’re working on, as well as smaller practice group meetings to get a better understanding of the type of work Drummond Woodsum takes on and how we approach such work. Closing date: January 27, 2023.
Environmental Law Institute
Senior Manager, Attorney Education. Washington, D.C. As a part of ELI’s Education team, the Senior Manager of Attorney Education’s primary objective is to help develop and deliver programs for members consistent with ELI’s mission, with a focus on developing ELI’s Annual Boot Camps and CLE events. Associated tasks involve tracking current events and legal policies relevant to environmental law and policy, as well as developing concepts and write-ups for trainings, master classes, programs, major conferences, and cosponsored conferences. Application Deadline: 1/6/2023.
Rothstein Donatelli, LLP
Associate Attorney. Santa Fe, NM & Tempe, AZ. The Indian law practice in Santa Fe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, water rights, land rights, civil litigation, and transactional matters. Tempe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, labor and employment law, and transactional matters. Rothstein Donatelli is committed to advancing the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. Open until filled.
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Development Director. Portland, OR. The development director for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) leads the overall fundraising and membership solicitation efforts including, but not limited to, individual gift solicitation, corporate solicitations, annual fund development, membership solicitations, corporate and foundation grants, tribal solicitations, fundraising event activities, and development communications. The development director works closely with key organizational partners including the management team, board of directors, and board of trustees in building a culture of philanthropy across the organization and NICWA’s stakeholders. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon office Tuesday-Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.
Member Relations Manager. Portland, OR. The member relations manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for the development and implementation of NICWA’s member engagement program and services to support a robust and active membership. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon, office Tuesday – Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.
Training Manager. Portland, OR. The training manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for ensuring that current, relevant, and accessible training curricula and information related to the health and well-being of Native children, families, and communities is made available to Native communities and tribal programs so they can provide effective services to Native children and families. The training manager is responsible for the planning and management of fee-for-service events, the NICWA annual conference, and our regional and virtual training institutes. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon office Tuesday-Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.
Events and Training Project Coordinator. Portland, OR. The primary purpose of the project coordinator for events and training at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is to provide support to the events and training team with tasks related to annual conference, community-based trainings, and regional training institutes. The project coordinator will respond to community members via email and phone and will help with data entry through a variety of software. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon, office Tuesday – Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.
Communications Specialist. Portland, OR. The communications specialist at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of an effective communications strategy to increase the visibility and impact of NICWA’s work dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. This position reports directly to the communications director and works closely with staff across the organization to assist with developing and shaping messages for a range of written products, social media, website content, and earned media efforts. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon, office Tuesday – Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.
Michigan Civil Service Commission
Departmental Specialist 13 – BPHASA Policy Specialist (Native American Health). Lansing, MI. Employees in this job function as professional specialists with responsibility for a departmental program or specialty area; or as an administrative assistant to an administrator or executive. Positions are (1) designated as specialists by the Appointing Authority; (2) accepted and classified by Civil Service; (3) require advanced knowledge in the field of work; (4) responsible for highly complex assignments; (5) the scope of responsibility is significant; and (6) the job function has considerable impact within the department. Typically, positions in this job do not supervise. Closing Date: 12/18/2022.
Native Law Group
2023 Summer Law Clerk. Louisville, CO or Washington DC. This is a 40 hour/week in-office clerkship. Completed 2L year by Summer 2023. Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date. Excellent research abilities. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Closing Date: December 20, 2022.
Attorney. Toppenish, WA. The employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender-Legal Aid Services Program and is responsible for providing quality professional legal representation and advice to tribal member clients in Tribal, Municipal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to tribal members in areas such as, criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Services include legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analyzes and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the courts as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. In addition the attorney will provide legal education law clinics for the public as assigned. Closing Date: January 3, 2023.
Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships. New York, NY. We are accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join the Community Partnerships Program in New York City. The associate attorney will join our work that prioritizes frontline communities who are burdened with the most pollution and environmental harms while being excluded from environmental benefits provided to other communities. We work with community leaders to challenge the environmental and social status quo, helping communities change the conditions in which they live. The ideal candidate will join our team by April 2023. Apply by: Jan 3 2023
Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships. Los Angeles, CA. We are accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join the Community Partnerships Program in Los Angeles. The associate attorney will add cross-organization capacity but will focus on matters handled by their home office. The ideal candidate will join our team by April 2023. Apply by: Jan 8 2023.
Litigation Paralegal. Washington DC Regional. This position provides paralegal and administrative support for the litigation and advocacy activities of the DC Regional office. The Litigation Paralegal will report to a Supervising Senior Attorney. Apply by: Jan 3 2023.
Executive Assistant, Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure and Health. New York, NY. The primary responsibilities of this role are to act as a seamless extension of the Managing Attorneys by providing effective executive support to each individually and by working collectively to provide program support to their teams. Apply by: Jan 3 2023.
Department of Attorney General – State of Michigan
A Communications Director. Lansing or Detroit, MI. his position is responsible for organizing and directing the priorities of subordinate employees, directing, and participating in the planning and coordination of internal and external public relations programs, and directing the dissemination of educational and promotional materials concerning the Attorney General’s Office. This position is responsible for overseeing the Department’s response to media inquiries, the drafting of Department press releases, AG press conferences and events and working to effectively use communication tools to further the Department of Attorney General’s policies and goals. Using considerable independent judgment, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of public relations strategies to help foster the Department’s outreach to the public. Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
Chief Legal Counsel (Attorney Administrator 20). Lansing or Detroit, MI. This position serves as a legal advisor/chief legal counsel for the Department of Attorney General, providing direction for all of its litigation, including challenges to the constitutionality of State laws and complex class-actions for which the plaintiffs seek large monetary damages. This specialized litigation may involve multiple-Division practice areas and may require department-wide resources. This position will provide direct advice and guidance to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General related to litigation issues. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
USDOL Employment and Training Administration
Chief for the Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP). Washington, DC. Led by the DINAP chief, administers the Indian and Native American Program under Section 166 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which provides funding to federally- and state-recognized tribes and tribal nonprofits to serve Native Americans. DINAP’s adult and youth programs develop academic and occupational skills, equip people with entrepreneurial skills, and promotes economic and social development of Native communities in accordance with their goals and values. The DINAP Chief also serves as the Designated Federal Official for the Native American Employment and Training Council, a Federal Advisory Council. The posting closes Friday, 12/23/2022.
West Coast Region of NOAA Fisheries
Tribal Liaison. Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; Boise, ID. Serve as the West Coast Region’s (WCR) point of contact for tribes on tribal matters; facilitate conversations between tribes and program staff as needed. Ensure tribes receive advance notification of NOAA Fisheries initiatives, decisions, and regulations that may affect tribal trust resources. Serve as the region’s technical expert on tribal history, treaties, sovereignty, self-governance, protocols, customs and traditions, and natural and cultural resources for WCR staff. Advise WCR staff, supervisors, managers, and leadership on tribal trust responsibilities. Provide training to increase awareness and understanding of tribal norms, customs, best business practices, and federal obligations for WCR staff, supervisors, managers, and regional leadership. Maintain the Tribal Relations websites and provide tribal consultation guidance and resources to WCR staff. Work to establish and maintain strong cross-cultural relationships with tribal councils, chairpersons, officials, and technical staff to help the agency accomplish its conservation and stewardship mission. Participate in formal tribal government-to-government meetings, and consensus building between NOAA and tribal entities. Represent NOAA to external parties and coordinate external messaging between and among NOAA staff and leadership; maintain relationships with Tribal Liaisons/Coordinators in other federal agencies; maintain a regional database of current tribal council representatives and department chairs; and participate in cross-divisional teams, as appropriate. Closing Date: 12/19/2022.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.
Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ. Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.
Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. This position is open until filled.
Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.
Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned. This position is open until filled.
Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.
Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. This position is open until filled.
Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF. This position is open until filled.
Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.
Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit. Prepares and/or assists with travel arrangements and required and related travel documents for Unit staff. Assists with administrative duties of other NNDOJ Units when assigned. Participates in general building maintenance in partnership with other NNDOJ Units. This position is open until December 01, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.
Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor
Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.
Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. Reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.
Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.
Investigator, Window Rock, AZ. Conducts thorough study of criminal complaints, police reports, conduct field investigations, collects evidence, and related documentation. Maintains daily log of activities/investigation progress. Conduct interviews of protentional and real witnesses and suspects, evaluates reliability and credibility; Completes field investigations on and off the reservation to locate suspects and witnesses, observe suspicious activity, trace financial transactions/records, and collect evidence. Conduct search and seizures, analyze forensic evidence, analyze financial documents, ability to recognize fraud/schemes and collect, classify, and enter into evidence findings. Have the ability to communicate verbally and in written form precisely. Prepare reports, legal pleadings criminal complaints, case chronologies, witness testimonies, and maintains statistics. Collects data, prepares sketches and/or diagrams of investigation crime scene, completes video taping, takes photographs, and recordings; recreate crime scenes, and preserve evidence. This position is open until December 20, 2022 by 5p.m.
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