Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information 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,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Opportunities for Students

Lewis & Clark Law School

Study Indian Law Remotely This Summer. Offering summer courses via remote learning for the first time during Summer 2021. Law students from any accredited law school will have the opportunity to learn from top Indian Law experts around the country via classes conducted through Zoom. Registration for summer classes begins in February and the add/drop period ends on May 31, 2021. Summer classes are available for academic credit to Lewis & Clark law students, visiting law students, and for auditing by attorneys and non-law students. Please see the description for more information.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation

Paid Fellowship, Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy, may be temporarily remote, Washington D.C. Seeking candidates for a 27-month paid professional fellowship. American Indian and Alaska Native tribal members are strongly encouraged to apply. FCNL’s Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy receives one-on-one training from an FCNL lobbyist with deep experience on Native American policy issues and participates fully in the organization on the Domestic Policy Team. As an FCNL employee, this position receives professional level salary and benefits. For more details and to apply, visit fcnl.org/congressional-advocate. Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2021.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Division of Intergovernmental Affairs Summer Intern, Odanah, WI or remotely. The internship will entail legal research and writing, collaboration with GLIFWC staff and tribal leadership in meetings on tribal off-reservation wildlife and fishery management issues and participation in cultural activities. We are also intentional about providing value to our interns through mentorship, tailoring projects to the professional interests of our interns and activities related to the intern’s career development. Applications will be received until March 22, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDST. Please see the description for more information.

Lochen Law Offices

Summer Associate, currently remote, Milwaukee, WI. The position is for law students who have successfully completed or are presently enrolled in Constitutional Law—Powers and Federal Indian law, and have a demonstrated interest and/or background in advocating on behalf of Indian tribes. 2Ls and 3Ls based anywhere in the U.S. are encouraged to submit. The closing date is March 31, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Indian Law Opportunities

National American Indian Court Judges Association

RFP, Presentation Proposals. NAICJA invites presentation proposals for the 52nd Annual Virtual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference to be held October 19-21, 2021. NAICJA’s Annual Conference offers innovative and timely tribal justice information through high quality presentations by national experts. Deadline to submit is Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 pm MST. Submission form here. Please see the announcement for more information.

Secretary of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser (General), Anchorage, AK.  Responsible for providing advice, legal services, litigation representation and support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior bureaus, primarily for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  As an Attorney-Adviser with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Alaska Regional Office, duties will primarily be dedicated to providing legal services to the BIA-Alaska Region. Accordingly, expertise in general Indian law, Alaska Native law, and contracting and compacting pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act is strongly preferred.  Please see the announcement for more information.  The closing date for this announcement on USAJobs is March 5, 2021.

University of Maine School of Law

(2) full-time Visiting Professor of Law, Portland, ME. Inviting applications for positions to teach Criminal Law or Property Law (including associated subjects such as Immigration, Natural Resources, and Federal Indian Law) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Members of minority groups, women, and others whose background would contribute to the diversity of the law school are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted to the University of Maine System Higher Touch portal here. You may email any questions to mainelawsearch@maine.edu. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Prosecutor, Tribal Prosecutor Office, Klamath, CA.  Main duties will be prosecuting tribal criminal matters and working with local counties on diversion programs as well as assist in the tribe’s MMIW project where appropriate.  Full job description is located on the job posting website along with the application. This position is open until filled.  Please see the description for more information.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Welch, MN. The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for representing the Community in various matters, including those involving: contracts, tribal governance and tribal agencies, employment issues/disputes, land and environment, and more. The Assistant General Counsel position also includes representation of the Community’s Family Services Department in child protection, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), adult guardianship and other matters in the Community’s Tribal Court and other courts as needed. Please see the position description for more information and to apply.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney – Assistant Prosecutor,  Tulalip, WA. Prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases in Tulalip Tribal court. Provide legal advice and support to the Tulalip Police Department. Draft and revise Tribal Codes for the Tribal lawmaking body. Conduct legal research concerning Tribal, Federal and State law. Application closes March 22, 2021. Contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov for more information and see the position description.

Attorney – Child Welfare, Tulalip, WA. Provides effective consultation and legal advice to Tribal Government, Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors, departments, programs and committees of Tribal government, appears in tribal court and superior court on behalf of Tulalip Tribes, and more. Application closes March 22, 2021. For more information contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov and see the position description.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Elwha Enterprises

Board Members, Elwha Enterprises, WA. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks 5-7 initial Board members for its newly formed Elwha Enterprises. Lower Elwha is located on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, just west of the city of Port Angeles. Current businesses include small Class II Casino, Food & Fuel Convenience Store, Smoke Shop, retail Cannabis Store, hotel in planning stages. Experience in tribal economic development law highly desired for at least some Board slots.  Please see the description for qualifications, contact info, and the application form. Please apply by March 9 for priority consideration.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Child Advocacy Center Coordinator

Part-Time Child Victim Advocate / Interviewer, Sitka, AK. Interview children at a child advocacy center and serve as a child and caregiver advocate (alternating between roles for cases). Application closes March 5, 2021. To apply, visit www.sitkatribe.org and please see the position description for more information.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

Tribal Attorney, Pendleton, OR. Assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources.  A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

PEEBLES KIDDER BERGIN & ROBINSON LLP

(2) Associates, Sacramento, CA. Seeking two associates for our Sacramento office with 3-9 years of experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions and economic development, litigation and dispute resolution.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 19, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Associate Tribal Judge, Peshawbestwon, MI. Responsible for the operation and management of the Tribal Court and serve as the Conservation Associate Judge for the Conservation Court in the absence of the Chief Tribal Judge. Open Until Filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be a Utah State Licensed Attorney or eligible and have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.  Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed application material. Please see the position description for more information.

Lummi Indian Business Council

Staff Attorney II, Bellingham, WA. Works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the supervision of the Legal Director. Duties may include representing the Nation primarily in state court proceedings involving Lummi Children and youth and other staff attorney duties as assigned.  Job performance of the Staff Attorney II is evaluated by the Legal Director. Click here to obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application and see the job description for more information. Applications are open until filled.

Earthjustice

Deuputy Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Denver, CO. Candidates should have at least ten years of litigation experience, as well as experience supporting the professional development of less senior attorneys through training and mentorship. The position will be located in Denver. Please see the position description for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Tohono O’odham, AZ. provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. Please see the position description for more information.

Colville Confederated Tribes

Administrative Law Judge, Nespelem, WA. Responsible for conducting administrative hearings and writing decisions for cases involving personnel (discipline/terminations) appeals and child support enforcement cases. Child support enforcement cases require that the Administrative Law Judge coordinate program activity with county, state and federal agencies on obtaining and exchanging factual information for utilization in hearing, reviews, and as appropriate signs order for the Tribes child support program. Open Until Filled with Weekly Reviews.

Environmental Law Institute

Director, Environmental Justice Initiative, Washington, DC (but temporary telework due to Covid-19). The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is looking for a seasoned legal professional to serve as Director of the Environmental Justice Initiative. We seek an experienced environmental justice (EJ) expert who can draw together ELI’s unique strengths and further our work devising legal, policy, and governance solutions to systemic racism in the United States. Applications close March 19, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

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Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance

 (3+) Judges for the National Native American Law Students Association’s writing competition. Each judge must have significant knowledge of Federal Indian Law (five or more years experience practicing in the area of Federal Indian Law and/or specializing in Federal Indian Law in academia) and be available to read and judge submissions from March 5th to March 15th, 2021. If you are interested, please send your resume or CV to ipjlcr@lawnet.ucla.edu. Judges will receive a special note of appreciation and recognition in the front matter of Volume 7 of the Journal (forthcoming 2021).

Michigan State University College of Law

Assistant Director of Academic Support, Academic Success Program, East Lansing, MI. More information about this fixed-term, Academic Specialist Advisor position can be found in the posting is on the MSU’s Career website.  Applications are due by Friday, March 5, 2021.

National American Indian Court Judges Association

RFP<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p><a href="https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/conference-coordinator-rfp-20211-1.pdf&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/conference-coordinator-rfp-20211-1.pdf</a>RFP, Conference Coordinator. The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) invites proposals for a Conference Coordinator for the National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Virtual Conference, October 20-21, 2021. The virtual conference will provide quality, culturally-appropriate topics highlighting American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations justice systems to more than 200 tribal judges, peacemakers and court personnel, with 20+ presenters, and 10+ vendors and exhibitors.</p> , Conference Coordinator. The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) invites proposals for a Conference Coordinator for the National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Virtual Conference, October 20-21, 2021. The virtual conference will provide quality, culturally-appropriate topics highlighting American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations justice systems to more than 200 tribal judges, peacemakers and court personnel, with 20+ presenters, and 10+ vendors and exhibitors.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Tribal Development Division Director, Fairbanks, AK. This position provides leadership and direction for the TCC Tribal Development Division, developing and implementing strategies in accordance with organizational plan; incumbent will plan, direct, coordinate, monitor, evaluate the day to day operations of the Tribal Development Division. Open until filled. Apply online and see the position description for more information.

Family and Workforce Services Division Director, Fairbanks, AK. This position will plan, direct, coordinate, monitor, evaluate the day-to-day operations of Client Development programs administered by Tanana Chiefs Conference. Open until filled. Apply online and see the position description for more information.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be a Utah State Licensed Attorney or eligible and have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.  Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed application material. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Isleta

Presenting Officer, Request for Letter of Interest, Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM. The Pueblo of Isleta is soliciting for a qualified contracted attorney to serve as a Presenting Officer for its Social Services, Truancy Departments, and Children’s Intervention Officer. The attorney must have experience in criminal and juvenile cases involving children and juvenile delinquents. Details are in the attached advertisement. Letter of Interest responses are due no later than Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00 p.m. MST.

National Congress of American Indians

Chief Executive Officer, Washington, DC. Founded in 1944, NCAI is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country.  NCAI’s CEO is responsible for administering and managing all strategic and operational aspects of the organization under the direction and supervision of the Executive Committee and collaborates with the Committee on creating a vision to support the long-term success of NCAI and the NCAI Fund. Closing date is Feb. 28, 2021. Please visit the website and see the job description for more information.

Policy Analyst, Washington D.C.  Support the policy and advocacy functions of NCAI with respect to human service issues areas. NCAI provides essential information and education on key policy initiatives, enhances coordination and consultation with tribal governments, and leads efforts to unite tribal advocates to promote progressive, proactive Indian policy. NCAI also manages several grants to enhance relationships between tribal governments and the federal, state, and local governments in order to better meet the needs of tribal citizens, and uphold the government-to-government principles that are essential to the autonomy of tribal governments. Position is open until February 12, 2021 or until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Court

Court Administrator, Trinidad, CA. Responsible for management and supervision of daily court operations and management, including assuming responsibility for the development, implementation and maintenance of case management systems, facilities management and security, strategic planning and fiscal activity, including budget development and administration and supervision of other financial matters of the Court. Application here and please see the position description for more information.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney – Litigation/Environmental, Tulalip, WA. Handles all phases of litigation in tribal, state and federal courts. Provides legal advice and support to Natural Resources, Environmental and Land Use Departments for the Tulalip Tribes. Drafts and revises Tribal Codes, and more. Applications close February 22, 2021. For more information contact Michelle Sheldon at michellesheldon@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation 

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Intern/Extern.  Traverse City, MI.  Provide assistance to attorneys on a broad range of cases.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney, the office is located within the Santa Ana Pueblo lands, however, due to COVID-19, NMLA has allowed accommodations for remote work temporarily. NAP attorneys handle cases and matters in several jurisdictions involving federal Indian law and tribal law issues, including representation of low-income individuals in Pueblo and tribal courts and other forums, which may include family law, consumer law, and criminal law matters. Please see the position description for more information and to apply. Deadline to apply is February 19, 2021, otherwise open until filled.

AmeriCorps Member: Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney. Practice Areas Children’s Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, and more. For more information and to apply, please see the position description. Deadline to apply is February 28th, 2021, however candidates are encouraged to apply sooner as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

House Committee on Natural Resources

Member Services Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Outreach & Engagement, the Member Services Coordinator plays a lead role in ensuring that the needs and priorities of the committee’s members are incorporated into its outreach and engagement activities, and actively cultivates opportunities to highlight and feature members and their interests. Please see the position description for more information.

Staff Assistant, Washington DC. The Democratic staff of the HNRC seeks an organized, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Staff Assistant (SA). Candidates should be passionate about issues within the Natural Resources Committee’s jurisdiction, possess basic knowledge of the Committee process, have excellent time management and multitasking skills, and display an active willingness to learn. Full job description and instructions on how to apply can be found here and the attached job description. Deadline to apply is Wednesday February 17, 2021.

ACLU Montana

Policy Director, Advocacy and Policy Department. This is an opportunity for a visionary professional to build on the success of the premier civil liberties and civil rights organization in Montana. Application reviews begin March 8, 2021. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Environmental Law Institute

Intern(s), research and publications departments, remote. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus include domestic and international policy and law such as: land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, and more. Positions are available throughout the academic year (minimum 15 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters) and during the summer (full-time). This position is for summer 2021 and will be fully remote. Compensation is not available. Applications for the summer internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST Friday, March 5, 2021. For more information, please visit ELI’s application system and visit www.eli.org.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Chicago, IL, New York, NY or Philadelphia, PA. The Coal Program at Earthjustice is now accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are working to end the U.S.’s dependence on coal-fired power, stop proposed gas-fired power plants, and advance a just and equitable clean energy transformation. As Earthjustice handles coal litigation around the country, the position may entail significant travel. Please see the position description for more information.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Seeking an associate with office with 1-3 years’ experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions, federal consumer protection law, and/or working with Indian tribes.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from February 5, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

Summer Associate, Winnebago, NE or Omaha, NE (Bellevue). Minimum 2nd year law student. The purpose of Big Fire’s Summer Associate Program is to provide law students with opportunities to develop, challenge and broaden their skills and scope of work.  We are committed to the professional development and advancement of our summer associates. Our summer associate program offers challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities to help you launch your career. Position closes 3/31/21.

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE (Bellevue). 5-10 years experience. Work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. Position closes 2/28/21.

Gaming and Compliance Attorney, Winnebago, NE or Omaha, NE (Bellevue). Minimum 5 years experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law. Position closes 3/31/21.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Legal Fellow. This fellowship is a one year position from September 2021 to September 2022. JD required. Applicants should apply with resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to hr@mncenter.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Paralegal, currently remote, Longview, WA. Perform a full range of duties within the legal department under the direction of the Lead Staff Attorney. Job duties include intake, preparing tax exemption forms, drafting fee to trust applications, processing subpoenas, conducting real estate due diligence, maintaining the filing system, correspondence, and other general office duties.  For a complete list of job duties, qualifications, and how to apply, please visit the Careers section on our website and see the position description. Open until filled.

The Navajo Nation Shopping Centers, Inc. (NNSCI)

RFP, Window Rock, AZ. NNSCI, a Navajo Nation owned corporation is soliciting bids for General Counsel Services.  NNSCI is a property management company that manages and operates ten (10) neighborhood shopping centers throughout the Navajo Nation. Navajo Nation Bar Association members and applicants in good standing with other state Bar Associations, will be considered.  Deadline is Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5 PM. Please see the request for more information.

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Attorney, San Francisco, CA. Seeks a junior or mid-level associate attorney with experience and interest in environmental and/or Native American matters – particularly, but not exclusively, matters arising under the National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Indian Reorganization Act, or Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.  When pandemic restrictions are lifted, you will have opportunities for travel and client meetings both within and beyond California. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

Coyote Valley Casino

Chief of Staff, Redwood Valley, CA. Plans and directs all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Tribal Council, CFO, and other executives; Organizes and prioritizes critical issues and required information for the executives to facilitate efficient decision making; Acts as a point of contact or gatekeeper between top management and tribal membership; and more. For more information, please see the position description. Apply here. Position is open until filled.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Tribal Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI. Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation. Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases. In order to be considered for this position you must apply at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page then click apply now. Please see the position description for more information.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed Tribal Application Form. Please see the position description for more information.

Wilton Rancheria

Self-Help Attorney, currently remote, Elk Grove, CA.  This is a new service and this position will include program development with assistance from the Wilton Rancheria Tribal Court leadership.  The self-help attorney will be expected to provide advice and assistance to tribal members on a variety of legal matters both within the Tribal Court and other forums including family law, social services, and government/administrative law. The self-help attorney must be able to commit sixteen (16) hours per month to the position.  The closing date for submission is February 26, 2021 at 5:00pst. Please see the position description for more information.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The Associate General Counsel (AGC) is the primary attorney responsible for reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts, subawards, and other agreements for AVCP departments and divisions; serves on AVCP’s negotiation team for federal and state compacts; and monitors compliance with contracts and other agreements. The AGC will also participate in legal advocacy initiatives typical of a tribal non-profit. Applications considered on a rolling basis. Please view the job announcement for more information. To apply, send cover letter and résumé to janderson@avcp.org and complete the online application for employment.

Yurok Tribal Court Reentry Program

Case Worker, Klamath, CA. Responsible for an ongoing case load of Reentry participants to include youth, adults, and/or families in the Yurok Tribal Court. The Reentry Case Worker will also work closely with the Reentry Program Attorney and Wellness Program staff to manage and providing programming. Open until filled. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Program Assistant, will be remote/virtual (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; ​Los Angeles, CA preferred). Responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties to assist the Tribal Youth Resource Center project, a project of the TLPI. Closing date is February 28, 2021. To apply Submit your application via email to Jessica Harjo, Operations Director, at Jessica@tlpi.org

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Court

Clerk of Court, The Shakopee Court and the Court Clerk’s Office, Prior Lake, MN. The Clerk’s duties include maintaining all of the Court’s files and the Court’s case-status database; filing all pleadings and papers that the Court receives; scheduling all Court proceedings and preparing and transmitting the requisite notices for those proceedings; and more. For more information please see the description. Deadline for Applications February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

The Native American Rights Fund

Communications Specialist, currently remote, Boulder, CO. Create strategic, informative, and compelling content such as web pages and blog articles, social media, infographics and fact sheets, email newsletters, videos, case descriptions, press releases, and print publications. Emphasis for this position will be on creative graphic design and digital outreach strategies and content. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from January 29, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Ute Tribal Court

Prosecutor, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Prosecutor is responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, civil, and other cases in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.  The applicant must be a Utah State Licensed Attorney or eligible and have a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.  Applicants should complete a Tribal Application Form at www.utetribe.com and then mail the completed Tribal Application Form, cover letter and resume to: Ute Indian Tribe, Attn: Human Resources, Re: Prosecutor, P.O. Box 190, Fort Duchesne, UT 84026. Please see the position description for more information.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Clean Energy, Denver, CO. The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice is seeking an Associate Attorney to focus on our clean energy work in Colorado, Arizona, and nearby states. The Associate Attorney will primarily focus on our office’s work to promptly and equitably transition the electric, transportation, and building sectors from fossil fuels to clean energy. This work will involve litigation and other advocacy before state public utilities commissions, state air agencies, the courts, and other state and federal agencies to advance clean energy and a healthy climate. Please see the position description for more information.

The Knudson School of Law at the University of South Dakota

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Vermillion, SD. The Associate Dean coordinates academic affairs and curricular matters, reporting directly to the Dean. The position coordinates planning, management, and assessment of the law school’s academic program. Application is open until filled. Please click here for the application and see the position description for more information.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Cass Lake, MN. Anishinabe Legal Services is looking to hire a licensed attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums.  This position will be open until filled.  Please see the hiring announcement for additional information. 

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff attorney, the office is located within the Santa Ana Pueblo lands, however, due to COVID-19, NMLA has allowed accommodations for remote work temporarily. NAP attorneys handle cases and matters in several jurisdictions involving federal Indian law and tribal law issues, including representation of low-income individuals in Pueblo and tribal courts and other forums, which may include family law, consumer law, and criminal law matters. NAP conducts outreach to tribal and Pueblo communities. Additionally, NAP attorneys sometimes handle poverty law issues involving consumer and family law matters in forums other than tribal courts. Please see the position description for more information and to apply. Deadline: February 19, 2021, otherwise open until filled.

AmeriCorps Member: Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney. Practice Areas Children’s Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Issues, LGBTQ, Litigation, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, Poverty, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Racial Justice Issues, Women’s Rights. For more information and to apply, please see the position description. Deadline: February 28th, 2021, however candidates are encouraged to apply sooner as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Staff attorney, Gallup office, in the NAP (Santa Ana) office, or remote. Handle Native American, domestic violence, and general poverty law work. New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) seeks a staff attorney to represent people in poverty law work predominantly in the northwest counties of New Mexico. NAP attorneys handle cases and matters in several jurisdictions involving federal Indian law and tribal law issues. For more information and to apply please see the position description. Deadline: February 19, 2021, otherwise open until filled.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Public Affairs & Outreach Coordinator, can be remote. In this position, you will develop, oversee and implement the Association’s public affairs, public education and social media campaigns, as well as provide outreach to Native Nations, other organizations and the public about our important work. Send your application or any questions to general@indian-affairs.org. The full position description and application instructions can be found on our website.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Two (2) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

See posts from January 22, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

Indian law and civil litigation attorney, Seattle, WA.  The ideal candidate will have 3-10 years of Indian law and litigation experience.  The position will be open until filled.  Please see the attached description and send application materials to hiring@mctlaw.com.

Grand Canyon Trust

Director, Flagstaff, AZ. The Grand Canyon director envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust’s work in the canyon region. This position interfaces heavily with Tribal partners and advocates for the rights of Tribes in the canyon region. The staff of the Grand Canyon program work with other staff at the Trust and other organizations to effectively advocate for management of public lands and resources. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Application review will begin on February 8, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. Apply here and for more information please see the job description.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Two (2) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

Ramsey County Social Services Department

Indian Child Welfare Manager, St. Paul, MN. We are committed to following the Indian Child Welfare Act as well as the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act. This position will work with American Indian partners in the community by including them in policy, protocol and decision-making in the child welfare system. This role is responsible for continuing to develop relationships with both in-state and out-of-state tribes with the purpose of engaging the tribes in decision-making. Other key duties include developing relationships with American Indian non-profit organizations in order to partner with the community on active efforts and best practices with American Indian families. Closing date is January 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. CT. Please see the position description for the application and more information.  

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, National Climate, Washington, DC. The position will focus primarily on litigation and advocacy to promote stronger national rules, programs and policies to combat climate change and its harmful effects on people and the planet. The staff attorney will work closely with our existing team of experienced litigators, scientists, policy advocates, and other dedicated staff in D.C. and other Earthjustice offices across the nation. Additionally, staff attorneys are expected to help foster the development of early career attorneys and other staff. Staff attorneys supervise other staff in connection with their work on particular projects and may be asked to serve as the formal supervisor for one or more early-career staff. 


Staff Attorney, Bozeman, MT. In the Northern Rockies, we are engaged in litigation focused on protecting and preserving the iconic wildlife species and wild lands of this incomparable region. The Northern Rockies office has played a leading and long-standing role as the last line of defense for the ecosystems encompassing Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, as well as the grizzly bears, wolves, bison and other species that depend upon the integrity of these spectacular areas. We regularly litigate federal and state court cases and administrative proceedings in an effort to defeat the major threats to the region’s ecological integrity. For more information about our office’s work, visit http://earthjustice.org/about/offices/northern-rockies.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Staff Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney, Nespelem, WA. Provides complex legal services with minimum supervision and handles significant legal matters for the ORA as needed, including delegation of Managing Attorney’s duties as needed.  This position will provide services assigned by the Managing Attorney based upon experience and expertise. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 29, 2021 PT. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Executive Director, Klamath, CA. The Yurok Tribal Chairperson delegates their Chief Executive Officer responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the Executive Director, who has the authority to carry out these responsibility s, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Council. The Executive Director also provides direction and guidance to the Yurok Council as it carries out its governance functions. Application is open until filled. Please visit www.yuroktribe.org to see full description and complete application.

The Burns Paiute Tribe

RFP, Prosecutor, Burns OR. Requesting proposals from qualified individuals interested in serving as the Tribe’s Prosecutor on a part-time, contractual basis for two year term beginning no later than January 10, 2021. Request a proposal packet from Tribal Council Secretary, Tracy Kennedy at BPTTribalCouncil@burnspaiute.onmicrosoft.com. Proposals must be submitted at the above address no later than 5:00 pm, February 10, 2021.

See posts from January 15, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    1. location (city, state),
    1. main duties,
    1. closing date,
    1. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

Litigation Attorney,  Omaha, NE. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. Open until filled. Send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to: careers@bigfirelaw.com. For more information, please see the position description.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship, Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Closing date has been updated and is open until filled. For more information, please see the position description.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Chief Tribal Judge, Omaha Tribal Court, Macy, NE. Duties include conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal and civil matters; trial and disposition of all criminal and civil matters; and more. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Three (3) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

ICWA Attorney, Seattle, WA. Representation of tribal government in child welfare proceedings, consultation on policy issues, engagement in tribal/state relations. Deadline to apply is January 22, 2021. For more information visit the website and see the position description.

Pueblo of Isleta

General Counsel, Isleta, NM. Leads corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives.  Provides tribal leadership with effective advice on strategies and implementation, manages the legal function and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel; and more. Application is open until filled. For more information visit the website and see the position description.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, New York City, NY (though will work remotely while these offices are closed due to COVID-19).  The work of the Program is at the heart of Earthjustice’s mission to defend the right of all people to live, work, and raise children in a healthy environment.  The attorney selected for this position will work closely with other professionals (attorneys, scientists, policy analysts, communications experts) seeking to protect families, communities, and populations—especially those most overburdened or susceptible to harm—from toxic chemicals in the workplace, in consumer products, in the built environment, and in the outside environment. We are seeking someone to start in April 2021. For more information please see the position description.

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Racial Justice Policy Counsel. The Policy Counsel should be an expert, familiar with racial justice movements, theory and concepts, capable of doing the difficult and sensitive work of connecting movements, scholars, policymakers and the public. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2021. See the position description for more information.

University of Manitoba

Dean, Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, Manitoba. As Manitoba’s only law school, the Faculty is integrally connected to members of the legal profession locally, provincially, nationally, and globally, offering students the opportunity to engage and contribute beyond the classroom. Appointment to begin July 2021. For more information please see the position description.

The ACLU of Montana

Summer 2021 Summer Legal Intern. We will begin reviewing applications February 1, 2021. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please see the position description for more information.

See posts from January 8, 2021.

Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2021 Summer Fellowship in criminal law, partly or entirely virtual. First and second year law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, in good academic standing, and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school are invited to apply. This fellowship provides a $500/week stipend over its eight weeks. Specific start and stop dates are flexible but typically start in late May or early June. More information, including application instructions, a downloadable application, and a sample of previous placement locations, is available at the link above.

The Burns Paiute Tribe

Tribal Court Prosecutor, Burns, OR. Requesting proposals from qualified individuals interested in serving as the Tribe’s Prosecutor on a part-time, contractual basis for two-year term beginning no later than January 11 ,2021. Request a proposal packet from Tribal Council Secretary, Tracy Kennedy at BPTTribalCouncil@burnspaiute.onmicrosoft.com or by calling 541-573-8011. Proposals must be submitted at the above address no later than 5:00 pm, January 10, 2021. Please see the RFP for more information.

Pueblo of Isleta

Associate General Counsel, Isleta, NM. Under the direction of 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. Position is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Tribal Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI.Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation on behalf of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.  Prosecute crimes under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Isabella Reservation.  Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  All staff in Prosecutor’s office must adhere to mandated reporting laws. In order to be considered for this position you must apply at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page then click apply now.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC,

Litigation Associate, Seattle, WA. The firm seeks an associate who is deeply committed to representing Indian interests, who is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State, and who has civil litigation or a judicial clerk experience, preferably for at least two to five years. Proven motion and civil rules practice, if not trial experience, and the ability to self-direct are critical. Please see the position description for more information.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is January 5, 2021.  Application Here.

 Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Attorney General. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. Please see the position description for more information.

Assistant Legislative Attorney. Under the direction of the Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation to the Legislative council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O’odham Nation; works with tribal, federal and state officials as well as national- and state-level tribal advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the position description for more information.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP, Electronic Data Court Case Management, Dowagiac, MI. Supply and Implement an Electronic Data Court Case Management System for the Pokagon Band Tribal Court System. Closing date is January 07, 2021, no later than 5:00 P.M. Telephone confirmation of receipt of the proposal may be made by calling the Project Manager at (269) 783-0505. Proposals must be emailed to the Project Manager, Tribal Court Administrator Stephen Rambeaux at stephen.rambeaux@pokagonband-nsn.gov.  For more information please see the position description, W9 Form, and National Sex Offender Registry Check.

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Three (3) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate
  3. Jr. Associate

The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140. See the description for more information. Qualifications here.

The Wabanaki Alliance

Executive Director, Maine. The Wabanaki Alliance is an inter-tribal political advocacy organization and their mission is to advance and advocate for policy on the state and federal level which will better the lives of all members of the tribes in Maine. The focus of the position will be participating in changing state statute regarding the Maine Indian Claims Settlement of 1980 during the 130th Maine legislative session. For more information see the position description.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship, Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. Each fellowship recipient will receive a paid, ten-week summer associate position, and after successful completion of the summer associate fellowship, will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Closing date: 1/6/2021. For more information, please see the position description.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Intern, Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Office of General Counsel attorneys, the intern may assist with a variety of matters, including legal research and writing for legal advisory opinions and other memoranda; reviewing tribal gaming ordinances, proposed management contracts, and other tribal submissions; and providing legal support in enforcement actions and appeals. The intern will be assigned at least one major research and writing project. The selected applicant will be expected to participate for a minimum of 10 weeks, 30 hours per week. The volunteer internship is unpaid and will be conducted virtually using video-conferencing and collaboration software platforms. Depending on school requirements, the internship may be converted to an externship for course credit. The announcement closes on January 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Strategic Growth Consulting Services, Dowagiac, MI. The Pokagon Development Authority is soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in providing Strategic Growth Services to assist the Board in achieving the objectives of the Code. Which include increasing and diversifying the Pokagon Band’s non-gaming economic development. Closing Date is set at 5:00p.m., EDT on February 5, 2021. Send Proposals to ed.williams@pokagonband-nsn.gov. Please see the position description for more information.

Yurok Tribe

Executive Director, Klamath, CA. Under guidance of the Yurok Tribal Council the incumbent is responsible for the effective and efficient administration of overall tribal operations, including guiding Tribally-owned corporations when specifically delegated, serves as the principal operating executive for implementation of the Tribal policies and legislative directives including the direct oversight of the department directors and/or Deputy Executive Directors as well as staff in the Administration Department. Visit www.yuroktribe.org for an application.

Yurok Tribal Court

Staff Attorney, Yurok Legal Access Center, Klamath, CA at the Yurok Justice Center.  Main duties include the assistance of filing paperwork in civil matters in tribal and state courts.  There will be a focus on matters involving elders for this position. Closing date: 1/28/2021. Applications can be found at: https://www.yuroktribe.org/job-opportunities.

Project Manager, To’ Kee Skuy Soo Ney-wo-chek’, the tribe’s MMIW project.  The position will be located in Klamath, CA with service area to include Humboldt County, Del Norte County, and Trinity county.  Coordination with law enforcement, families, survivors, and local service providers is a key component to this position. Closing Date: 1/22/2021. Applications can be found at: https://www.yuroktribe.org/job-opportunities.

The Puyallup Tribe

Associate Judge, Tacoma, WA. Serves as hearing judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court in accordance with the tribal Judicial Administrative Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be three (3) years from the date of appointment by the Tribal Council. A judge may be reappointed at the expiration of a term in the discretion of the Tribal Council. Please see the link for more information.

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

RFP. Soliciting proposals from qualified companies to provide training and technical assistance for audit preparation for Tribes in the AVCP region. This service will build the capacity of AVCP Tribes to successfully complete a Single Audit. For important dates to remember, please see the attachment. Proposals must be received by 4:00 P.M., A.S.T., 02/11/2021. Please see the request for proposal for more information.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Deputy Executive, Wellpinit, WA.  Supports the Executive Director (ED) in day-to-day operations, and at times acts on behalf of the ED in his/her absence. Assists to plan, organize, coordinate and manage programs, as well as facilitate and assist in development of departmental goals, objectives, and budgets in support of the ED and the Tribe. May directly or indirectly supervise Directors and Managers, and supports tribal programs to ensure timely, consistent and effective execution of departmental functions. Please see the description for more information.

See posts from December 11, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Queens University

David Sharpe Professorship of Indigenous Law, Kingston, ON, Canada. Research and Teaching in the areas of legal traditions, legal practices, or approaches to governance of one or more Indigenous peoples or cultures and state or international laws relating to the rights of Indigenous peoples. Closing date is February 1, 2021. Application process & contact details can be found here. More information about the position here. Please see the position description for further details.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFP. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation seeks attorney proposals designed to assist the CTUIR protect its interests as a member of the Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council and the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council. The successful candidate would enter into a contract agreement administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and begin services no later than January 2021. Apply here.  Umatilla is a tribal preference employer. Please see the position description for more information.

UCLA School of Law Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

UCLA Emmett/Frankel and Shapiro Fellowships in Environmental Law and Policy, Los Angeles, CA. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Applications should be received by Tuesday, January 26, 2021, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. For more information and how to apply please see the job description.

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

1L or 2L Diversity Fellowship (summer 2021 associate), Anchorage, Alaska. Summer associates can expect to work with Associates and Shareholders conducting research and drafting memoranda, pleadings, and legal updates for continuing education purposes. Schwabe also has opportunities to volunteer at the firm-sponsored pro bono clinic. For more information and to apply, please visit our website (https://www.schwabe.com/careers-associates); applications close at 11:59pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2021.

Lower Sioux Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Morton, Minnesota. Main duties include assisting the General Counsel by providing in-house legal services that are guided by the goals and objectives set by the Community Council. You may apply online at here or by submitting a resume and application (download here) to Karen.Swann@lowersioux.com. The position is open until filled.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Program Administrator/Coordinator, St. Paul, Minnesota. (60%) Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute Program Administrator, (40%) Moot Court Competition Coordinator. Mitchell Hamline School of Law is a leader in pedagogical innovation dedicated to expanding access to high-quality legal education. Some physical presence at the workplace (post-COVID) is required each month, but applicants residing outside of Minnesota with the ability to travel to the workplace will be considered. For more information see the job description, and apply here.   

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

The Tribal Attorney – Prosecutor, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Under the direction of the General Counsel, responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, landlord-tenant, and other cases in tribal court and handling Indian child welfare cases in state court; Advises Sault Tribe Law Enforcement, Anishnaabek Community and Family Services (ACFS), DeMawating Development and Sault Tribe Housing Authority; Attends Court, drafts filings, perform research and enforces Indian Child Welfare Act; and more. Open Until Filled. Apply online. See the job description for more information.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi 

Paralegal, Pine Creek Indian Reservation, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects and tasks undertaken by the Legal Department; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files for work assigned to the Legal Department; Composes memoranda, correspondence, and draft pleadings/documents pertaining to legal subject matters which may require considerable discretion and judgment; Draft legislation and policies for Tribal departments as directed; Conducts and analyzes results of legal research and applies to current issues/cases using traditional and computerized research techniques. Posting Ends 01/08/2021, 8:30 AM ET. Apply Though the NHBP Careers page. Please see the job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Associate Judge, Nespelem, WA. Exempt position will provide a broad range of judicial functions at the trial court level   for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Tribal Court. Preside over cases of Criminal, Civil, Juvenile and Judicial Review of Administrative Hearings as appointed by the Chief Judge. The person filling this position will be evaluated and mentored to potentially become Chief Judge in late 2022. Open Until Filled. Next Review Date: Friday, January 8, 2021. Apply online.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Washington, D.C. This firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian Tribes and their governmental entities and agencies. Qualified candidates should have 1-3 years’ experience in transactional, policy, and/or litigation work. Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh; sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com. Please see the position description for more information.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Fossil Fuels, Chicago, IL. Protect communities and our environment from an onslaught of new oil and gas development. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines). The Staff Attorney will focus on challenging upstream and new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development with an emphasis on the Ohio River Valley in Appalachia.  For more information please see the position description.

Yurok Tribal Court

Staff Attorney – Education, Klamath, CA. Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Director, Chief Judge, and Supervising Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will assist the Yurok Tribal Court in its legal programs offering assistance under the Youth Diversion program. The candidate will provide services directly to clients to assist with securing the proper services and supports necessary to help the client achieve in school. This may include special education placements, supports, and services. Open until Filled. Link to tribal job site here. Link to Yurok Tribe’s application here. Pleaswe see the position description for more information.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Sacramento, CA. Provide exceptional legal services in all areas of federal Indian law, including jurisdiction, taxes, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resources, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), among others.  Handle varied case load that may include representation of low-income individuals, state and federal court litigation, contract negotiation, advising tribal clients, and developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients.  Assist with or provide community education presentations.  Build and maintain relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the Sacramento office’s service area.  Work on special grant projects as needed. Open until filled. Link to application here. Please see the position description for more information.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is November 6, 2020.  Application Here.

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Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    1. position title,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Transactional Associate Attorney, San Diego, CA.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests, and a clerkship is also highly preferred. More detail about the firm is available at www.sonosky.com. To apply, candidates should send an application that includes a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a writing sample to Colin Hampson at champson@sonoskysd.com.  Or visit our website at http://www.sonosky.com/careers.html to apply.  This position is open until filled, but applicants should apply by January 15, 2020.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in California, or willing to become licensed.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Baraga, MI. This position is located at the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center, and is an in-house position. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Legal and/or Consulting firms need not apply.  For more information, please visit the website or contact personnel@kbic-nsn.gov. Application process is open until filled.

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Baraga, MI. This position is located at the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center, and is an in-house position. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Legal and/or Consulting firms need not apply.  For more information, please visit the website or contact personnel@kbic-nsn.gov. Application process is open until filled.

The Yurok Tribe

Law Clerk, spring, summer, and fall of 2021. Office of the Tribal Attorney. Past legal clerks have worked on a wide variety of projects including ordinance drafting, litigation support, legal research, and appeared on behalf of the Tribe in Yurok Tribal Court. This could be a virtual position. We are receiving applications on a rolling basis, but would appreciate having all applications by December 4, 2020. For more information and to apply, contact Alexandra N. Mojado at amojado@yuroktribe.nsn.us.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, Nebraska. Seeking candidates with 0-3 years of litigation experience to have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. Please send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to careers@bigfirelaw.com. Open until filled. See the job description for more information.

National American Indian Court Judges Association

RFP, Tribal Law Consultant, Boulder, Colorado. In order to increase and improve access to legal assistance in Indian Country, NAICJA is developing the Holistic Defense Pilot Project in conjunction with Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) grantees, past grantees, and tribes. NAICJA is seeking an experienced attorney to assist in the implementation of the Pilot Project. Closing Date: December 18, 2020. For more information see the description.

Program Evaluator, NAICJA’s training and technical assistance program is the National Tribal Justice Resource Center (NTJRC), located in Boulder, Colorado. In order to increase and improve access to legal assistance in Indian Country, NAICJA is developing the Holistic Defense Pilot Project in conjunction with Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance (TCCLA) grantees, past grantees, and tribes. NAICJA is seeking an experienced evaluator to assist in the implementation of the Pilot Project. Closing Date: December 18, 2020. For more information please see the description.

Lummi Tribal Court

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Bellingham, WA.  Works as the attorney within the Office of the
Reservation Attorney (ORA) as the domestic violence (DV) prosecutor.  The primary responsibility will  be  to  prosecute  DV  cases  and  coordinate  the  planning  and  implementation  of  the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) jurisdiction in Lummi Tribal Court. Application is open until filled. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to: https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/Website.php?PageID=381 or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov.

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