Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    • Position title 
    • Location (city, state) 
    • Main duties 
    • Closing date 
    • Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

Full Time Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Main duties include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revision contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Experienced Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Experienced Attorney (5 or more years) in litigation, transactional, water, natural resources or Indian law matters. Duties may include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revising contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

2023 Summer Associate. Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK.Under the supervision of an attorney, the summer associate performs duties such as cite checking, editing attorney work, conducting legal research, and drafting memoranda.  Summer associates may also have the opportunity to attend and take notes on government briefings and hearings on tribal issues. Closing date: June 30, 2022. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Tribal Wellness Court Specialist. Remote/Telework. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing training, technical assistance, resource development and other services to enhance tribal justice systems across the nation. The full time Tribal Wellness Court Specialist position is responsible for a range of duties that work toward implementing and enhancing effective and competent training and technical assistance for American Indians and Alaska Native Tribes and their respective justice systems. For more information please see the position description.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP. Seeking proposals from qualified individuals and legal entities interested in providing consultation for the development of the Pokagon Band jury system. Closing time for receipt: June 30th, 2022. See the RFP for more information.

UCLA Law

Critical Race Studies Program (CRS) Forward Post-Graduate Fellow. Under a one-year contract, with the possibility of extension, the CRT Forward Post-Graduate Fellow will support and advance CRT Forward, a new initiative the program has launched to address the current attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) and anti-racist education, training, and research. Priority will be given to applications received by June 13th. The application will close June 25th.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director. UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA. Closing Date: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). This non-litigation Clinic assists Native Nations, mainly in California but also nationwide, in enhancing their governmental and legal systems through the development of tribal constitutions, codes, regulations, rules, policies, protocols and justice systems. The Director will design and develop a curriculum for the Clinic. The Director will teach the Clinic throughout the Fall and Spring semesters and will also supervise students who are working on Clinic projects during the summer months. The Director will manage the Clinic budget, hire and supervise support staff and summer students, produce reports for and maintain relations with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and fundraise for the Clinic. Apply here.

Richard M. Milanovich Fellowship in Law 2022-23. UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA.

Closing Date: Friday, Jul 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). UCLA School of Law’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center seeks applicants for the position of the Richard M. Milanovich Fellow for a 1-2 year term, beginning approximately August 1, 2022. This full-time position offers the opportunity to work in academic and practice contexts with Native Nations faculty, students, and community members on projects in furtherance of the mission of the Native Nations Law and Policy Center. The position is well-suited for a recent law school graduate with interest in federal Indian law, tribal law, and/or international Indigenous human rights, who is ultimately planning a career in academia or policy. The fellowship is set to run for one year, but a second year of the fellowship may be available depending on funding and assuming satisfactory performance in the first year. The position is a non-tenure track, full-time, limited-term appointment. The salary is $75,000, with a competitive benefits package, and some research and travel support. Apply here

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seeking Associate for criminal law practice to represent, in federal, state, and tribal courts, individuals accused of offenses including capital offenses, terrorism offenses, complex white-collar offenses, governmental fraud, homicide and other violent offenses, sex offenses, federal drugs and weapons offenses, human trafficking, child pornography, DUI, and domestic violence, and to represent business entities facing criminal investigations and charges at the federal and state levels. More information about the firm is available at www.rothsteinlaw.com.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

In-House Attorney. Fort Yates, ND. Shall provide legal assistance and representation to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Apply: www.standingrock.org. Closing Date: June 20, 2022.

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Attorney II. Remote within Portland Oregon or Seattle Washington Metro Area. The Cowlitz Legal Department consists of 4 attorneys and one paralegal supporting the activities of the Cowlitz Tribal Government. Attorney II reports directly to the Tribal Attorney who, in turn, reports directly to the 22-member Cowlitz Tribal Council. Attorney II is an independent role. The incumbent will be responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Constitution, Codes, and Ordinances and making high-quality presentations to the Cowlitz Tribal Council. Attorney will be a presenting officer in Tribal Court and State Court.  Attorney will also Assist the Tribal Attorney with issues and activities concerning Tribal legal rights, obligations, and privileges. Closing date: July 3, 2022 or until filled. Apply here or send resume and cover letter to recruitment@cowlitz.org.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Part-time Staff Attorney, Traverse City, MI. Providing legal advice to income-eligible members of the Native Communities with legal issues in Michigan.  Open until filled.   

The California Indian Law Association (CILA)

2022 California Legal Journal Submissions. The deadline for submission is June 24, 2022. Ideal submissions are 600-1200 words and focus on the 2022 California Indian Law Conference theme “Post Self-Determination: A New Era of Indian Law” though all articles will be considered. Please contact us at calindianlaw@gmail.com with any questions.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Two (2) Associate Tribal Attorneys. Cass Lake, Minnesota. The Associate Tribal Attorneys assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions.  The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court.  The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office; Closing date for application submission – June 15, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Gun Lake Tribe

Paralegal. Shelbyville, Michigan. Open until filled. Duties and responsibilities include: Meets with attorneys, clients, and other professionals to discuss assigned cases or projects; Drafts legal documents including routine pleadings and motions, affidavits and interrogatories; files motions and pleadings according to judicial procedures; and more. You are required to register and apply through our online employment portal to be considered for this position. If you require assistance or to apply in person, please call 269.397.1780, to schedule an appointment.

SEARHC – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Associate General Counsel. Juneau, AK. Open until filled. Find more information here.

USDA

GS-11 Attorney Advisor (General). Washington D.C. Closing date June 24, 2022. The announcement can be accessed here.

The City of Boston

The Supporting Indigenous Communities Fellow will help Boston to deliver on promises of support and provide meaningful channels of representation for Indigenous people and communities. This role will sit between the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet. This is a full time position with a Boston residency requirement For more information on the City’s effort thus far visit: boston.gov/indigenous-efforts. The application can be found [here].

WI Judicare, Inc.

Full-time staff attorney, Indian Law Office. Wausau, WI. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply.

Lippes Mathias LLP

Associate Attorney – Indian Law. Buffalo, NY. Closing date: July 1.

The Hopi Tribe

In-house counsel, Deputy General Counsel, supervised by the tribe’s General Counsel.  The position handles a variety of legal matters for the Hopi Tribe and may include some litigation.  It is therefore important that the applicant be a member of a state bar (preferably Arizona) or able to become a member within a year of accepting the job.  The applicant will also be expected to become a member of the Hopi tribal bar.  The job interacts with the tribal programs, department, officials, and Council.  The office of the General Counsel is located on the Hopi Reservation in the Hopi village of Kykotsmovi (about 90 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona).  Salary is negotiable – factors affecting salary include, but are not limited to, the applicant’s level of experience.

Chief Prosecutor.  The position is both administrative and legal as the Chief Prosecutor manages the Tribe’s Office of the Prosecutor and maintains a caseload of criminal prosecutions.  The Prosecutor’s Office handles both the tribe’s criminal prosecutions as well as children’s cases arising on the reservation (or transferred pursuant to the ICWA) before the Hopi Tribal Courts.  The office is located in Keams Canyon, Arizona, on the Hopi Reservation.  Applications, resumes, and references should be directed to the Hopi Tribe’s Human Resources Department.  An email link to the Department is here.

Northwest Justice Project

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Western Washington | Seattle, WA. NJP is contracting with Office of Civil Legal for COVID Pandemic legal aid funding to expand its capacity to address the civil legal needs directly and indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The attorney will provide legal assistance to Native Americans, with an emphasis on serving Native Americans in Western Washington. This attorney will be part of NJP’s Native American Unit (NAU). The NAU is a specialized unit that advocates for the rights of Native American individuals and communities, on and off-reservation. This is a regular, full-time position covered by NJP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please apply here.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit).  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.  Provide trainings to clients on relevant federal, state, and Navajo laws regulations, policies and procedures. Attend trainings, continuing legal education courses, and federal-tribal consultations and meetings in order to develop and maintain legal expertise on ARPA and FRF matters.  This position is open until June 21, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    • Position title 
    • Location (city, state) 
    • Main duties 
    • Closing date 
    • Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description.

Tribal Law & Policy Institute

Program Assistant. Remote (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA preferred – applicants from other locations will be considered). The Program Assistant is a full-time position responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties. Open until position is filled. Please see the description for more information.

The Tohono O’odham Legislative Attorney’s Office

Assistant Legislative Attorney, Level II, III, IV.  Contact Name and Email:  Alivia Lewis, Office Manager, Alivia.Lewis@tonation-nsn.gov or Katrina.Leon@tonation-nsn.gov. Job Announcement, Job Description, and Job Application can be found here.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

Children and Family Services Attorney/General Counsel. Enhances the quality of life of Port Gamble SKlallam children and families as legal counsel to the Children & Family Services Department, under the direct supervision of the Tribal Attorney, and in cooperation with other Children and Family Services staff. This position also serves as general in-house legal counsel as needed. This position also serves as general in-house legal counsel as needed. For more information on the tribes legal department, please go here. Position will be employed and job performed in Kingston, WA on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation. This position is closing on June 2nd, 2022. Please visit the site for full job description and application.

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Tribal Court Staff Attorney.  Webster, WI. Position is responsible to assist the Tribal Court with legal research, drafting of opinions, collaborating with the Office of General Counsel on projects, code writing/revision, and will assist with the daily Tribal Court operations. Open until filled. Application here. See the position description for more information.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General. Parker, AZ. Open Until Filled. The Office of the Attorney General provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The Deputy Attorney General works with all Tribal Departments, under the supervision of the Attorney General, to act as general counsel for and on behalf of the Tribes. See the position description for more information.

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

RFP. Legal assistance to the tribe in the review and drafting of governing documents. Please see the RFP attached for further details.

Squaxin Island Tribe

Associate Attorney with Natural Resources Emphasis. Kamilche, Washington (Shelton and Greater Olympia area). The primary focus of this position will be on natural resource matters.  The Department’s need is for an attorney well-experienced in natural resource matters and Indian law.  While the emphasis will be on natural resource matters, the work will include all matters presented to the Department. The attorneys share assignments and interact often.  Responsibilities include providing guidance as to strategy and tone in interactions related to natural resource matters, including state, federal, other tribal, and local governments, and non-governmental interests. Closing date: May 31, 2022. See the position description for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan

Associate General Counsel. Mount Pleasant, MI.  This position is open until filled. Under the supervision of Senior Associate General Counsel, provide general legal services to the tribe and its enterprises in a broad variety of matters including: contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate transactions, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, jurisdiction disputes, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare, and drafting legislation consistent with representation provided by the General Counsel. All of our open positions are on our website at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now.

Gila River Indian Community

Court Clerk (5 Positions). Judicial Department. The Court Clerk provides administrative and technical support to the courts by receiving, preparing and processing documents; maintaining databases and files/records; receiving and recording payments. This position interacts, assists the public, maintains a caseload, and coordinates with the Judge on scheduling and courtroom management. For more functions and information, please see the job description. DEADLINE: Attach any required documents, i.e., Transcripts, Certificates, diploma and Motor Vehicle Record, to your online application by midnight on the closing date. Late Applications or documents will not be considered. Closing Date: 06/03/2022.

Pueblo of Isleta

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Isleta Pueblo, NM. Open Until Filled. Presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating civil and/or criminal laws. Serves as presenting officer in persons at risk cases. Represents the Pueblo of Isleta as plaintiff in actions based on violations of the POI laws, ordinance, resolutions and other legal directives as they apply. Utilizes a plea bargaining process that will protect the interests of both the pueblo and the victims of crime.  Ensures a balanced criminal justice system.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office; Closing date for application submission – June 15, 2022. For more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Tribal Cannabis Policy and Regulatory Manager. Mashantucket, Connecticut. Main duties and requirements: Under the direction of MPTN’s Office of Legal Counsel, MPTN Tribal Council and MPTN’s Tribal Council’s Cannabis Sub-Team, the incumbent shall assist in the tribe’s development of a cannabis regulatory body and work on related matters, including but not limited to the implementation of policy and regulations for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation regarding the cultivation, processing, testing, packaging, sale, possession, and consumption of cannabis on land held-in-trust for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Following the creation of a cannabis regulatory body under tribal law, the incumbent shall be responsible for assisting the regulatory body in its day-to-day regulatory oversight of cannabis activities on tribal lands. Bachelor’s degree in management or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of compliance or regulatory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience must include working in a government, private or corporate setting with experience in the field of federal Indian law or federal or state cannabis-related laws, policies and regulations as well as project management experience. Closing date: June 10, 2022. Apply here.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Associate Attorney (2 Positions). Fort Defiance, AZ. Duties include: Provides legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law, such as contracts, proposals, leases, and employment; Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues, pleadings, motions, discovery and stipulations; and more. Position is Open Until Filled. Interested candidates can apply here.

Tlingit & Haida

Two (2) Associate General Counsel. Juneau, AK. Provide legal counsel and representation in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, federal-state relations, tribal jurisdiction, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, employment, contracts, code drafting and compliance. Closing Date: 6/13/2022. Application here.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Three (3) attorneys: one domestic violence, one elder and one general staff attorney. Battle Creek, MI. The general staff attorney position will primarily handle expungements as well as some driver’s license restoration and housing. For more information see each position’s description.

Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid

Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Attorney. Tulalip, Washington. Main Duties: The Victim Advocate Attorney provides civil legal assistance and representation to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence victims in cases relating to their victimization. Open until position is filled. Please see the position description for more information

New Mexico Legal Aid

Native American Program Staff Attorney. Santa Ana / Bernalillo New Mexico. Application is open until filled. Send [1] a current resume and [2] a letter of interest explaining your experience in this field and why you want to work with NAP to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org. Please put “NAP Staff Attorney Application” in the subject line.

Nevada Legal Services

Two (2) Indian Law Project Staff Attorneys. The positions will be in Reno or Yerington Nevada.  Please see the position description for more information.  

Western Resource Advocates

Clean Energy Program Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. The position can work remotely from the Carson City, Reno, or Las Vegas metropolitan areas; work from WRA’s Carson City office; or a hybrid remote and in-office option. Working remotely from Las Vegas may require more frequent travel. Will be responsible for developing and advancing equitable legislative, administrative, and local policy solutions that move the region toward a clean energy economy and address climate change in Nevada. The primary duties of this position include representing WRA as an attorney and policy advocate in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and other Nevada regulatory agencies, courts, legislative bodies, and other forums; providing counsel and strategic advice regarding state and federal energy regulation, climate policy, and administrative law; and preparing discovery, pleadings, oral argument, cross-examination, and testimony for adversarial proceedings.

Drummond Woodsum

Two 2Ls for 2023 summer program. Over the course of 10 weeks, summer associates gain experience with the practice of law at Drummond Woodsum and with our group of lawyers and staff by working on substantive client matters from all areas of the firm’s practice. We’re a full-service law firm with more than 100 attorneys and consultants providing a wide range of services in virtually every areas of the law. Our practice areas include School Law, Municipal & Land Use, Tribal Nations Law, Litigation, and Business Services, among others. Our office is in Portland, Maine. Please apply with your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a copy of your transcript on or before June 30th.

The Whitener Group

Executive Assistant. Olympia, WA. The Executive Assistant (EA) is a strategic partner who serves the growing family- and tribally owned business, The Whitener Group. A large portion of TWG work over the next 5-years involves conducting tribal court assessments in Alaska. The EA’s resourcefulness and decisiveness are assets to the entire team of owners and national consultants. With a sense of humor and abandonment of niceties, the ideal EA has emotional intelligence that matches ruthless prioritization. Skillful anticipation of needs keeps the EA prepared for the speed of incoming and outgoing contracts, proposals, plans, and policies. Closing Date June 10, 2022 at 2:21 pm PT. For more information and to apply, see the job description.

Environmental Protection Agency

Attorney-Advisor. Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Superfund Branch. At the entry level of this position, you will: Provide legal advice, perform legal research, prepare legal documentation, and provide policy recommendations; Participate in litigation activities; Draft Agency determinations, proposed regulations, and Federal Register notices; Perform negotiation and informal dispute resolution. For more information, please see the job description.

Kazhe Law Group

Full-Time Associate.  Sacramento, CA. A boutique law firm seeks an associate with 2+ years of combined legal experience. The firm is looking for an experienced, detail oriented, and proactive attorney to work with senior attorneys. The candidate must be licensed in California and have excellent research, writing and advocacy skills, be efficient, and possess a positive attitude. This attorney will assist with handling a variety of issues both transactional and litigation and should work well both autonomously and in a team environment. Experience in federal Indian law, government, environmental and/or health law is a positive.  Please email a letter of interest and resume to admin@kazhelaw.com attention Christina Kazhe. Open until July 1, 2022. Information about the firm is available at kazhelaw.com.  

The Wilderness Society

Government Relations Sr. Representative/Sr. Manager, Equitable Access. Washington, DC. Closing Date: June 12th. The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join our Government Relations team in Washington, DC to develop and implement strategies and tactics to advance federal policies that support equitable access to nature and its benefits in close collaboration with external partners, including advancing legislation and Executive Branch policies to expand parks and public lands in nature-deprived communities and supporting other community-led conservation efforts that advance just outcomes with a focus on supporting historically marginalized communities – including both rural and urban communities.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Congressional Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, the position will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system.  Opened until filled.

Federal Relations Associate. Will have both internal and external facing responsibilities 
grounded in serving Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discreet research projects, and related projects in the healthcare and public health fields. Associate will regularly engage with key agencies on issues related to statutes and regulations that impact UIOs. Opened until filled.

Department of the Interior

Administrative Judge on the Interior Board of Indian Appeals (IBIA). Arlington, VA (Washington DC Metro Area). The successful candidate must be a licensed attorney in good standing. All applications must be made through USAJOBS. The position closes on June 21.

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate Attorney. Santa Fe, NM & Tempe, AZ. The Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tempe, Arizona offices are each seeking a litigation associate for their Indian law practice. 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.

ACLU of Washington

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney. Seattle, WA. Application Deadline: June 19, 2022. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking 1-2 experienced attorneys to build, file, and litigate through trial complex civil actions in state and federal courts to protect and advance civil liberties for all Washingtonians—work that is important now more than ever. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume on our online job portal.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorneys:

Associate Attorney, Alaska

Anchorage, AK  or  Juneau, AK

Associate Attorney, Clean Energy

Philadelphia, PA  or  San Francisco, CA  or  Washington, DC

Associate Attorney, Gulf Regional Office

Houston, TX

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health

New York, NY

Seasoned Litigators:

Senior Attorney, Clean Energy (Emerging Climate Threats)

Los Angeles, CA  or  New York, NY  or  Philadelphia, PA  or  Washington, DC

Senior Attorney, International Energy Transition

San Francisco, CA  or  Washington, DC

Senior Attorney, Northern Rockies Regional

Bozeman, MT

Senior Attorney, Oceans

Seattle, WA  or  Remote

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

Associate attorney – San Francisco Bay Area. The firm represents American Indian tribes and tribal casinos on a wide range of legal matters. We are looking for an attorney who has five or more years experience representing tribes and tribal entities. The firm’s five partners and four associates have nearly 200 years of collective experience representing California Indian tribes and tribal enterprises. We believe in collegiality, mutual respect and maintaining a level of staffing that allows the firm to promptly respond to our tribal clients who utilize us as general counsel for their governmental and commercial entities while at the same time allowing us to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Duties and Responsibilities include all the duties that typically are required of experienced tribal counsel. Interested candidates should send their resumes to: hiring@jmandmplaw.com. Position open until filled. See the description for more information.

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico

Assistant Federal Public Defender. Las Cruces office. The federal defender organization operates under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A, to provide criminal defense and related help in federal courts. More than one position may be filled from this posting. See the description for more information.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until June 9, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, 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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until June 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC)

Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist. Fairbanks, Anchorage or Juneau, AK. Position is until filled. AKNWRC seeks an organized, detail oriented and dedicated individual to fill the position of Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist.  Applicants must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Alaska State Bar, or become licensed within one year of the position, and have experience working with Tribal Communities and work in public advocacy is required.  It is preferred for the applicant to have experience with domestic violence or harassment protection orders in state or tribal forums.  This person will report to the Law and Policy Director. See the position description for more information.

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2Ls and 3L summer and term clerkships, and recent graduates for our three-year fellowship program. The firm hires five 2Ls each year as full-time summer clerks. Applications for Summer 2023 clerkships will be considered on a rolling basis beginning in mid-July; the application deadline is September 5, 2022. The firm also hires 2Ls and 3Ls as law clerks during the academic year, with a minimum of 15 hours of work per week; though we have returned to our San Francisco offices, remote clerkships are possible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for work during the spring and fall semesters. Finally, the firm also offers a three-year fellowship for highly qualified recent law school graduates. Fellows function as the junior associates of the firm. Applications must be submitted by September 5, 2022 for fellowships beginning in Fall 2023. Please see the position descriptions for more information and to apply.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Oceans Program. Seattle, WA or Remote (US). Earthjustice is hiring a Senior Attorney to join the Oceans Program in Seattle, WA or remote. Apply By 5/23/22. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC

Paralegal Litigation Assistant. An Indigenous rights firm with nine lawyers and offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an experienced paralegal/litigation assistant to our growing civil rights practice in Seattle. The firm seeks an individual with solid litigation and case management experience and proven abilities under pressure, and who exhibits the following attributes: attention to detail; solid writing and organization; tech savvy; critical, proactive and creative thinking; strong work ethic; and sound ethics and morals.  The position will also support office managerial and administrative efforts. Closes: June 1, 2022 or When Filled.

Pueblo of Isleta

Paralegal. Isleta Pueblo, NM. Supports General Counsel Office with tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting, reviewing, and managing of legal documents.  Responsible for communicating with clients, preparing for hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.  Performs specialized administrative services, including but not limited to case management and budget oversight. Position Closes-05/27/2022. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, AZ. Under the direction of the General Counsel, Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closing date is May 19, 2022. To view full job description see above and  applications are available at www.fmyn.org

Public Health Law Center (affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney. Saint Paul, MN. The Public Health Law Center (or, The Center), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is seeking a Staff Attorney who has a passion for working for the social good and who shares our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. The Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney will support our Health Eating and Active Living Programs. To apply for the Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney (Health Eating and Active Living Programs) position, click here. Application review will begin on May 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Interested applicants can apply here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

2023 Summer Associate. Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK.Under the supervision of an attorney, the summer associate performs duties such as cite checking, editing attorney work, conducting legal research, and drafting memoranda.  Summer associates may also have the opportunity to attend and take notes on government briefings and hearings on tribal issues. Closing date: June 30, 2022. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Experienced Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Experienced Attorney (5 or more years) in litigation, transactional, water, natural resources or Indian law matters. Duties may include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revising contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Main duties include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revision contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Contract & remote. Protective Services Attorney will provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult In Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Department: Prosecutor’s Office. Reports to: General Counsel. Overtime: Exempt. Salary: DOE. To apply please contact Cristina Collett Jensen at (830) 421-5389 or via Email: cristina.collett@ktttribe.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Department of Regional Counsel

Attorney Adviser. Dallas, TX. A 2-year full-time fellowship focusing on air counseling and grants. Applications close May 20, 2022. See the position description for more information.

Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Infrastructure and Economic Development Coordinator.  Washington, DC. 1) Assists with development of policies, standards, procedures, and directives related to program functions and requirements, to include initiating and directing research projects necessary to resolve complex or technical issues; 2) Coordinates work activities, assignments, and projects with managers internal to the  Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) and across the Federal programs implementing infrastructure projects and economic development to ensure their understanding and the effective completion of initiatives and requirements; 3) As the OIED Interagency Coordinator, the incumbent works closely with the Indian Affairs bureaus and offices to guide and coordinate Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) implementation and related economic development strategies and policy initiatives; 4) Initiates report’s, position papers and memoranda regarding proposed policy and program changes affecting Indian Affairs interagency programs related to BIL implementation, including interdepartmental matters, proposed regulations and policies, legislative proposals, and stakeholder initiatives; 5) Contributes to the management and coordination of projects for the OIED Director by researching, writing/editing, collaborating on, and performing the initial review of time-sensitive information, correspondence, papers, policy, and briefing materials in response to taskings and action items from internal and external sources.  Closing Date: 05/12/2022.  Additional details: https://go.usa.gov/xuvvX.

Legal Services of South-Central Michigan

Staff Attorney. Lansing, MI. This position is part of the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project (CVLAP), a partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Legal Services of Northern Michigan, and Lakeshore Legal Aid to provide outreach and a wide range of legal representation and advocacy to victims of crime, primarily domestic violence and elder abuse survivors, under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). CVLAP is a statewide program with attorneys throughout Michigan.

Native American Rights Fund

Two (2) Staff Attorney Positions. Boulder, Colorado Office or Washington, D.C. Office. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. Open until filled, with interviews beginning late May. See the position description for more information.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Tribal Prosecutor. Reno, NV. Closing date: Open until filled. Performs a variety of professional legal work; develops, prepares and presents cases requiring court and/or administrative tribunal appearances; trial and/or administrative tribunal and/or appellate work; represents the Colony in criminal or enforcement proceedings; and performs related work as required. Ensures the proper maintenance of prosecution records and compliance with Tribal, State, and National regulations and guidelines. Additionally, ensures all prosecution records comply with the guidelines regarding confidentiality and security of sensitive documents. Other duties as assigned. For more information, please see the job description.  Applications can be found online at https://www.rsic.org/   Submit completed applications to bsmithpeger@rsic.org and esanchez@rsic.org.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney – Full Time Exempt. Tribal Government. Fulton, MI. Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings as requested. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues. For a full description please see the position. Posting Ends 06/02/2022 at 9:30 AM ET. Apply through the NHBP Careers page.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs

Attorney-Adviser. Washington, D.C.  The attorney will provide legal counsel to the Bureau of Indian Education, including on all elements of federal Indian law, federal education law, and administrative law (funding, rulemaking, etc.).  The position closes on May 23, 2022.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor; Dept: Pueblo Courts / Prosecutor’s Office; Closing date for application submission – May 23, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654. See the position description for more information.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Congressional Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, the Director of Congressional Relations will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system.

Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst has both internal and external facing responsibilities grounded in serving Urban Indian Organizations (health care providers to American Indians and Alaska Natives in urban areas) to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discrete research projects and related programs.

Tribal Law & Policy Institute

Tribal Wellness Court Specialist. Remote/Telework. Develop customized technical assistance plans to meet the specific needs of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts; Provide expert onsite and offsite assistance to tribal justice systems, including but not limited to Healing to Wellness Courts seeking to plan, implement, or enhance their programs; Plan, implement, and oversee peer-to-peer tribal healing to wellness court mentor court program; Plans and presents educational workshops for Tribal nations and organizations on issues pertaining to tribal justice. See job announcement for a full list of duties. Closing date: May 31, 2022 or until filled.

Program Assistant. Remote (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA preferred – applicants from other locations will be considered). The Program Assistant is a full-time position responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties. Open until position is filled. See the position description for more information.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until June 9, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 26, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (White Collar Crime Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government in the area of White Collar Crime prosecution; and assist as needed, in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases and in the litigation of child neglect, dependencies, juvenile criminal and civil cases, and related juvenile matters as needed. Attend arraignments (as required), trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing and disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with investigators, law enforcement, and related governmental agencies specializing in white collar crime and most other serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. Provides supervision to the White Collar Crime Unit and ensures the continued daily operation and management of the unit.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 24, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, 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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until June 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

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Job Announcements

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

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. Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description.

Come work with us! Indigenous Law and Policy Center and Michigan State University College of Law: Communications Coordinator

A description of the position is below, and the MSU HR link is here. The deadline for applying is May 3, 2022.

Position Summary

The College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center (ILPC) welcomes candidates who have a passion for working in indigenous rights advocacy; experience working with indigenous peoples and diverse groups of people; strong communication and organizational skills; and exhibit a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work in a self-directed environment or in a group setting.  The Indigenous Law & Policy Center Communications Coordinator supports the ILPC by assisting with developing website content, electronic newsletters, visual aids, social media posts, and other organizational communications aligned with the ILPC’s needs and strategic initiatives. The Communications Coordinator also maintains the ILPC office and assists ILPC faculty and staff in coordinating events, conferences, and student programming. The ILPC welcomes candidates who (1) have a passion for working in indigenous rights advocacy; (2) have experience working with indigenous peoples and diverse groups of people; (3) have strong communication and organizational skills; and (4) exhibit a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work in both a self-directed environment and in a group setting.

The ILPC currently includes a Director, Associate Director, Clinic Director, and Legal Counselor. The Center works very closely together to recruit students; provide services to students, clinical clients, and tribal governments; provide teaching and learning opportunities related to Indigenous law; produce original research and scholarship on Indigenous law; and host events at the law school.

The Communications Coordinator reports to the Director and Associate Director of the ILPC and assists the ILPC team in providing administrative support. In collaboration with the College of Law Director of Events and the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Communications Coordinator:

• Assists the ILPC faculty and staff with planning and coordinating all ILPC events.
• Coordinates lunches, speaking events, and ILPC visits for students interested in Indian Law.
• Plans and organizes the annual ILPC conference.
• Manages marketing materials that amplify and strengthen ILPC presence at MSU, Michigan tribal communities, and within Indian country.
• Drafts ILPC correspondence and creates newsletters for the ILPC community, students, and alumni.
• Manages the ILPC social media accounts, including Turtle Talk.
• Attends Indian law events and conferences 1-4 times per year to promote the ILPC and its objectives; requires overnight travel.

Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 10
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University College Of Law
Department: Juris Doctorate Programs 40001138
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Telecommunications, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in internal communications; news, broadcasting, and print media, and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; graphic design; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation software; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation; or radio production; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

• Experience working with Native American and Indigenous communities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience in event planning and logistics for on-campus events.
• Ability to work with a variety of individuals.
• Experience using WordPress and social media platforms.
• Ability to multitask.
• Experience using programs like InDesign and Photoshop.
• Experience in Communications, Development, Marketing, or related fields.
• Experience working in a university environment.


Applications close: May 3, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Attorney General. Omaha Tribal Court Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Omaha Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Open Until Filled.

Tribal Prosecutor. Omaha Tribal Court – Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Shall prosecute all criminal matters in the name of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, making independent decisions on whether to file formal charges, the nature of those charges, whether to recommend plea bargains and trying both jury and non-jury cases. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Open until filled.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office. Closing date for application submission – April 29, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Pueblo of Isleta

Family Services Presenting Officer. Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. The Presenting Officer will be responsible to act as the legal representation for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services, Truancy Department, and Intervention Officer in matters where court and/or legal interventions are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pueblo of Isleta community members. Open Until Filled. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney. Ignacio, CO. Join the in-house Legal Department on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southwest Colorado.  The team of attorneys in the Legal Department provides legal representation, advice, and support to the Tribal government, including Tribal Council, Tribal officials, and Tribal departments. A strong command of Federal Indian law and understanding of tribal sovereignty in this position is essential, as is an ability to provide legal advice on a variety of topics in a fast-paced environment.  This position requires a minimum of three years of full-time experience practicing law, including significant Indian law experience.  For more information about the position and to apply, please visit here. The deadline for applications is 5:00 MDT on May 16, 2022.

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Attorney General. Oakhurst, CA. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Position is open until filled. Visit the website for the full description.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 

Assistant General Counsel/Assistant Prosecutor. Watersmeet, Michigan. This position will split their time between duties of Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Prosecutor. Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel provides legal services and representation to the Tribe, 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. Though we are looking for applicants with experience in one or more of the listed fields, you do not need experience in all the listed fields to be a good candidate. Please see the position description for more information. Posting is open until filled. Please see the full posting and application here. Any interested applicant should email a CV/resume to karrie.wichtman@lvd-nsn.gov.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

(3) Law Clerks. Judge Sunshine Sykes (Navajo Nation), Stanford ’97 and SLS ’01, and California Superior Court Judge, has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Sykes seeks to hire three clerks to begin upon her confirmation. The terms would be flexible for one to two years starting in June or early July 2022 and ending in the fall of 2023 or 2024.  The start dates are dependent upon the Judge’s confirmation vote, and the end dates are flexible. The positions would be located in the Riverside, CA courthouse.

Application materials: cover letter; resume; unofficial law school transcript; writing sample (any length, but not edited by others or only slightly edited by others); three letters of recommendation. Please submit applications ASAP but no later than 5 pm Pacific on Friday, May 6. Submit application materials by email to yunpovi@stanford.edu. Application materials should be emailed with the subject line “Sykes Application [Applicant Name]” and letters of recommendation with the subject line “Sykes Letter [Applicant Name].”

California Department of Justice – Office of Native American Affairs

Staff Services Analyst. Open in numerous cities, Sacramento, Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. Under the supervision of the Staff Services Manager (SSM) I, the Staff Services Analyst performs a variety of analytical tasks related to the efficient functioning of the Office of Native American Affairs. A high degree of initiative, professionalism, tact, and discretion are required. The incumbent performs duties that require independence of action, analysis, political acumen, excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, flexibility and the ability to work under pressure. Closing Date – May 5, 2022.

Staff Services Manager I (Specialist). Open in numerous cities, Sacramento, Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. The Staff Services Manager (SSM) I (Specialist) serves as a highly-skilled Department specialist for the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), Tribal Assistance Program (TAP). On behalf of the Director of ONAA, the SSM I serves as a subject matter expert, and acts as a point of contact and lead coordinator with other Department of Justice (DOJ) divisions and sections for TAP, such as the DOJ’s Research Center, external consultants, and the designated Special Agent in Charge (SAC) from the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE). The SSM I is responsible for providing lead direction to program staff, as well as serve as a liaison, as directed by the Director, with other government and community agencies, for all necessary and mandated activities and product materials for the successful implementation of the Tribal Assistance Program (Assembly Bill (AB) 3099). Closing Date – May 5, 2022.

California Indian Legal Services

Legal Administrative Assistant. CILS Office Eureka, CA. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this is a full-time position devoted to enhancing attorney effectiveness by providing information-management support; administrative and clerical support in a legal office environment. The work is specialized and requires knowledge of the preparation and processing requirements of legal documents, legal terminology, civil procedures and discovery, sources of law and the court system. Some duties include: Answer and direct incoming calls to appropriate staff including Intake workers, Greet and maintain professional tact in dealing with or assisting CILS clients, Maintain general organization and function of the office, and more. Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience. Closing date: May 10, 2022.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Summer Law Clerk. Valley Center, CA. Under the supervision of the court solicitor, this position has responsibility for the provision of legal research and writing in support of the operation of the Court. Duties include researching issues of federal Indian and tribal law raised in pleadings; assisting in drafting bench memoranda and judicial opinions as requested; analyzing member tribal ordinances, regulations, and policies; and assisting in developing court forms and bench guides as requested. Closing date is May 23, 2022. See position announcement for additional information.

Center for Indian Country Development

Data Operations Director. Minneapolis, MN. The new hire will co-lead the research side of the CICD’s new data initiative, which aims to supply the data that tribal leaders, stakeholders, and researchers need to support Indian Country economic prosperity. Responsibilities will include building and maintaining new datasets, working with data partners, and supervising research staff, among other activities. More details and the application portal can be found here. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and we look to conclude our search in the next 4-6 weeks.

Waséyabek Development Company  

WDC Board Member. Grand Rapids, MI. The individual appointed will serve an approximate four (4) year term of office ending June 30, 2026 but will be eligible for re-appointment to subsequent four (4) year terms. Members of the Board of Directors will receive a monthly stipend. WDC creates and stimulates the economy of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. For more information and RFQ information, please see the description.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development, among others. Closing date:  Open until filled. Please see at the attached description for more information. Interested applicants should send the following to Kathryn Wray at kwray@sonosky.com (please also copy Lynne Hernandez at lhernandez@sonoskysd.com):

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Law School Transcript; and
  • Writing sample (a writing sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary).

Attorney. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seeking attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at www.sonosky.com. This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until May 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Natural Resources Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Review documents, such as services 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. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Reviews major crimes cases investigated by the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not prosecuted in federal court. Determines whether to recommend to the Chief Prosecutor prosecutions within a relevant Navajo Nation District Court. Considers the weight of the evidence, the importance of the case, the necessity of uniform application of law throughout the Navajo Nation, and other considerations which bear on the advisability of initiating the filing of criminal charges. Prepares memorandum of fact and law where appropriate. Initiates filing of pleadings, petitions and motions with the appropriate Navajo Nation court, prepares and tries the case. Actively presents the cases, preparing witnesses, examining and cross-examining witnesses and composes lines of argument.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Legal Secretary, Shiprock, NM.  Provides legal office administrative support to prosecutorial office. Drafts legal correspondence and reports, develops and maintains legal case files; proofreads all legal documents for accuracy, completeness, and conformance; maintains and prepares for destruction legal documents with applicable policy and regulations; receives criminal complaints/police reports and juvenile referrals and processes them (via Justware) for prosecutor review and filing. Receives incoming motions and pleadings, generates subpoenas, affidavits, and notice for submission to the courts. Meets with prosecutors on case management support and assist in communicating with witness, defense council and victims for upcoming court hearing, Collects and compiles statistical information from Justware and related sources for special and quarterly reports and projects. Maintains court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring.  This position is open until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. 

Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association

Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law

To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will contact qualified applicants for an interview.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

See previous job posts.

Job Announcements

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  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    1. Position title 
    2. Location (city, state) 
    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
    5. Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description.

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

University of Idaho College of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tribal Economics.  The primary requirement is that this person needs to have a Ph.D, preferably in a field related to economics.  Beyond that, the position is designed broadly. The initial appointment is one year with the possibility of extension. The position will support interdisciplinary research in Native American law, economics in Indian Country, and tribal economic development with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, community-based observing, and place-based approaches. Projects will include working directly with regional tribal communities to develop research that supports tribal economic development goals, provides College of Law students experiential learning opportunities, and significantly contributes to the scholarship in the Fellow’s fields. Candidates with research interests that overlap with the College’s other Native American Law research and teaching priorities (natural resources, water law, treaty rights, climate change, family law, violence against women) are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be part of the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program and will help to develop program goals and support program students. The candidate will directly coordinate with the NAL Program Director to lead and/or co-lead NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. This will entail working with, co-leading, and leading, college and university interdisciplinary teams to develop funding opportunities and enhance the co-production of knowledge in tribal economic development. See the description for more information and to apply.

Faculty. Moscow campus (Business Associations, Contracts, Property, Torts). The University of Idaho College of Law seeks up to three entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as full-time, temporary faculty members for the Fall 2022 semester at our Moscow campus. The College of law is particularly interested in candidates to teach the following courses: Business Associations, Contracts, Property, and Torts. Other possible courses include, but are not limited to, Bankruptcy, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Sales, and Public Lands and Natural Resources Law.

Faculty. Boise campus (Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law). The University of Idaho College of Law seeks up to two entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as full-time, temporary faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year at our Boise campus. The College of Law is particularly interested in candidates to teach the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigations, Constitutional Law II (individual rights and liberties), and Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudications.

Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Executive Director. Phoenix, AZ. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (Director) is responsible for overall management and operation of the AIGA with oversight of day-to-day operations and the development and implementation of AIGA’s strategic plan and policies. The Director serves as the leader providing overall management, planning, execution and leadership for all aspects of the organization. The Director’s primary responsibilities will be to administer the daily functions of the organization including managing membership and staff of AIGA, coordinating and leading membership meetings; providing oversight for policy and regulatory initiatives; and organizing its annual conference. Closing Date: April 29, 2022. Please see attached a job description for more information.

The ACLU of Montana

Policy Associate. We seek someone who is organized and detail-oriented, to use their understanding of political dynamics in Montana and the biennial state legislative session to increase the ACLU of Montana’s impact in the policy realm. The Policy Associate will track legislators and legislation to assist the Advocacy & Policy department’s programs, utilizing their understanding of the Montana political landscape and political process, including political dynamics, important political issues for community members, state legislators, and legislation. The job description can be found online here and above. We will begin reviewing applications May 16, 2022 and are aiming for a position start date in August.

California Indian Legal Services

Domestic Violence Advocate. Eureka, CA. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Domestic Violence Legal Advocate will work collaboratively with staff and support the CILS grant-funded attorney with referrals, forms, setting appointments and providing exceptional legal services in domestic violence cases. The Legal Advocate is a part-time position at 20 hours per work week Monday-Friday. This position includes general office and case management work.

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney. Represent individuals living on or near the 19 Pueblos and/or Mescalero Apache Nation. NAP supports and approaches tribal sovereignty through litigating and encouraging clients to use their tribal courts and assessing matters through tribal law. Most of NAP’s work is a variety of civil legal issues including family law, tribal housing, tribal employment, public benefits, consumer, and education law.  We also provide some criminal defense representation and represent respondent parents in child in need of services matters in Pueblo courts pursuant to the Pueblo’s codes.  Our work often involves travel throughout New Mexico.  NMLA offers and encourages an amazing work-life balance. Check out the benefits package here. Open until filled.   

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes

Tribal Project Manager. This position will be housed at the Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, and can be worked remotely. Significant grants and project management experience with Federal and state-funded initiatives, especially those involving tribal nations and/or communities of color. Experience in accounting/budgetary support, knowledge of federal grant submission databases, grant reporting requirements, and contract and sub-recipient management in required. Position will remain open until filled. Apply here.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Clean Energy Program | Earthjustice. Can be located in any of Earthjustice’s offices, with a preference for the position to be in one of our primary program offices – New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, or Los Angeles.  The Senior Attorney will reside in our Clean Energy Program, focusing on litigation, advocacy and strategy before state public utility commissions, administrative bodies, and in courts in support of an equitable transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. The work will include combatting fossil-fuel-fired generation, with a focus on emerging threats that could jeopardize progress toward a clean energy future. The deadline for applications is May 13, 2022.

Litigation Assistant, Northern Rockies Office. Bozeman OR Remote (US). Earthjustice seeks a full-time Litigation Assistant to join the Northern Rockies regional office, based in Bozeman, MT.  The successful applicant will provide litigative and administrative support to our growing team of six attorneys, a litigation assistant, and a legal practice manager.  This role may report to the Bozeman Office or be fully remote. Successful applicant must be able to travel to attend occasional team retreats. Apply hereby May 1, 2022.

Associate Attorney. Anchorage or Juneau, AK. The Alaska office of Earthjustice seeks an Associate Attorney to join our team working to protect the natural values and ecosystems of Alaska and the people who use and rely on them.  This role can be performed from our Juneau or Anchorage offices. Apply here by May 15, 2022.

Environmental Law Institute 

Lead, Technology & Innovation Lab Programs . Washington DC. As a part of ELI’s Research & Policy team, the Lead, Technology & Innovation Lab Programs would support ELI’s Innovation Lab and Technology and the Environment programs. You would be responsible for varied project and program assignments in collaboration with more senior research and policy staff including, but not limited to, project management, research tasks, writing, outreach, and support for fundraising activities. Applications due 5/20/2022. 

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. To apply: Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Please also fill out an employment application.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFQ, Education Outreach Coordinator. Victims of Crime Program, Humboldt County, CA. The Education Outreach Coordinator is a contract position that will assist the Program Director in collecting and cross-referencing all direct service information and mandatory performance measures related to the OVC award. In addition, assist the Victims of Crime program to provide secondary and tertiary prevention education to the greater public. For examples of this work, see the RFQ. Qualifications statement due by April 29th, 2022.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until May 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 29, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will contact qualified applicants for an interview. This is a paid summer law clerk internship and working remotely is an option.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

Sonosky

Attorney. San Diego, CA. Seeking attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at www.sonosky.com. This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

Lippes Mathias LLP

Associate Attorney – Indian Law. Buffalo, NY. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Please see the description for more information.

Miller Nash LLP

Midlevel Transactional Indian Law Associate. Miller Nash’s lawyers are proud to provide legal counsel and guidance to tribal governments, organizations, and enterprises in many areas, including cannabis, gaming, tax, liquor, real estate, construction, intellectual property, labor and employment, data privacy, and other economic development matters. We are looking to expand our experienced Tribal team by adding an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience with, and a passion for, addressing the complex transactional needs of tribes and tribal enterprises, as well as non-tribal clients in transactions with tribes and tribal enterprises. For more information, please see the job description.

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Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Tribal Attorney. Peshawbestown, MI. Duties include: (1) providing advice and services related to regulatory and environmental law, tribal law, civil works planning, federal procurement law, non-contractual or contractual claims, personnel and discrimination law, litigation matters, general law and preventive law; (2) drafting resolutions, motions and ordinances for tribal law; (3) interpreting regulations, laws and policies; (4) identifying potential conflicts and issues, conducting necessary legal research, and recommending solutions; (5) reviewing, analyzing, and advising on contractual disputes, claims, appeals, and litigation, as directed by the General Counsel; and (6) serving as a trial attorney. Interested candidates can find more information and apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

White House Council on Native American Affairs

Special Assistant. Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. Duties: 1) Advises the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Executive Director on the planning, developing, organizing, coordinating and oversight of the implementation of inter-agency policies and deliverables; 2) Maintains liaison with Federal agencies in the development of WHCNAA deliverables; 3) Leads and supports inter-agency efforts to improve conditions for Tribal communities; 4) Develops and implements new inter-agency strategies and recommendations to advance tribal priorities; 5) Provides technical assistance to Tribes and individuals regarding the various resources available across the federal government; 6) Employs project management skills to keep track of multiple deliverables and projects across the various WHCNAA Committees and adjusts work plans for project accomplishment; 7) Assists in producing briefings, decision memorandum and background papers on a wide variety of issues. Closing date: 03/18/2022.  Additional details available here: https://go.usa.gov/xz5Yj.

Advocacy Corps

Advocacy Corps Organizers – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Washington, DC. This is a program that trains young adults ages 19-30 to work in their own communities to organize peers to lobby Congress to address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and support the Violence Against Women Act. Participating in the Advocacy Corps Program gives you the opportunity to connect with local activists, learn how to effectively communicate with members of Congress, and affect lasting change on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States. Organizers receive a stipend over the course of the program and Recruit local volunteers, Meet with members of Congress, Organize others to meet with members of Congress and their staff, Write letters to the editor and op-eds, and Mobilize people to come to Washington D.C. Applications are due April 11th. Apply today!

Staff Attorney – 2 Positions. Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. NAP handles 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 sometimes handles poverty law issues involving consumer and family law matters in forums other than tribal courts.  Often involves travel throughout NM.  Full job description and instructions can be found here:  https://newmexicolegalaid.isolvedhire.com/jobs/512400.html.  The positions are open until filled.

Legal Aid – Paralegal. Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. The Paralegal may be required to conduct applicant intakes, collect client data, and provide litigation support. The position will be based with the Native American Program located in Santa Ana but may require occasional travel within the state.  NAP handles 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. Full job description and instructions can be found here: https://newmexicolegalaid.isolvedhire.com/jobs/320906.html. The position is open until filled.

The National Judicial College

National Tribal Judicial Center Program Attorney. Reno, NV. This position develops, implements and continually strives to improve continuing education programs for tribal judges and tribal court professionals. The National Tribal Judicial Center Program Attorney identifies, recruits, develops and evaluates faculty and drafts curricula and grant applications to support tribal programs. Please see the position description for further information here and here. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to NJC-HR@judges.org.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing 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; (2) Working 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; and (3) Providing 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Water Rights Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation on water rights matters, including the adjudication of water rights in administrative, state and federal courts for the purpose of securing and protecting the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working directly and indirectly on settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights, including the implementation of successful settlements; (3) Working closely with legal and technical staff within the NNDOJ Water Rights and Natural Resources Units, Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch, other programs within the Nation, contract counsel, and with consultants retained to provide technical support or to serve as expert witnesses; (4) Providing legal work, legal research, and preparing legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and other documents necessary for litigation and settlement purposes; and (5) Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting judicial decisions, legislation, contracts, leases, permits and other related documents. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Attorney, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecutor work in directing the Office of the Prosecutor and component districts including White Collar Crime; (2) Administering short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual external and supplemental budgets; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program office and districts; (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operating and establishing annual goals and objectives, and making necessary amendments; (5) Preparing and presenting the annual budget during the annual budget process; (6) Conducting staff and program evaluations, ensuring the appropriate services are effectively and efficiently addressed; (7) Addressing personnel recruitment, interviews, hiring, and promotions; (8) Supervising all professional at-will employees and regular status employees; and (9) Promoting and maintaining public relations, representing the interest of the Navajo Nation and the Office of the Prosecutor(s) on a local, state, national, tribal and related levels, attending meetings, serving on committees, task forces, and other related groups, overseeing the management and in expenditures of the general and if applicable external funds ensuring compliance with financial requirements. Please see the position description for further information. This position is open until March 30, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 07, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. This position is open until March 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor. Tohajiilee, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until March 22, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Supreme Court Law ClerkSupreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes March 31, 2022.
Judicial Hearing Officer, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Window Rock Judicial District, Window Rock, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit  http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Judicial Hearing OfficerShiprock Judicial District, Shiprock, N.M. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit  http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyAneth Judicial District, Aneth, UTThis 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 AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle, AZThis 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 AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis 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 JudgeJudicial 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.  

Request for Proposal – Prosecutor. Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorney, as an Independent Contractor, shall provide legal services to the: Represent 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 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. Due Date for Email Receipt of Proposals Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2022 Summer Diversity Fellowship Program. Washington, DC. Fellowships will be given to five law students who are interning with criminal defense practitioners. Students may utilize an existing summer placement or may select an employer from our nationwide list of criminal defense lawyers and agencies. Applicants must currently be a 1L or 2L (or 3L evening) student from a historically underrepresented background, in good academic standing, and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants must have an interest in a career in criminal defense. Selected Fellows will be expected to intern, full-time, at a public defender office or with a criminal defense attorney in private practice. Selected Fellows will receive $500 per week for up to 8 weeks of summer employment. Interested students must complete a Diversity Fellowship application, provide a resume, and complete a brief writing exercise. The application and additional information about the program can be found on our website at: https://www.nacdl.org/Landing/Diversity-Task-Force-FellowshipsApplications are due Friday, March 18, 2022. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me (bhoffman@nacdl.org) or our Diversity Fellowship Team (summerfellowship@nacdl.org)

The American Indian Law Center, Inc. (AILC)

Assistant PLSI Director. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing support to the PLSI Director in all aspects of PLSI and its programs; (2) Assisting with developing and implementing programs to support Native pre-law and law students; (3) Building relationships with alumni, pre-law advisors, law schools, tribal colleges and universities, tribal education departments, and schools with significant Native American populations; (4) Assisting in developing and managing budgets; (5) Assisting with staffing of faculty, teaching assistants, research assistants, and other positions; (6) Coordinating with pre-law programs, Native American bar associations, judicial organizations, professional organizations, and educational programs on events, projects, and services for Native American pre-law and law students; (7) Planning events, scheduling speakers and panels, coordinating travel for staff, students, and professionals; (8) Developing print and electronic materials for announcements, programs, CLEs, and program promotion; (9) Assisting in grant compliance including collecting and assessing data, drafting reports, and
coordinating with grantors; (10) Promoting PLSI and the AILC to the community through public relations, social media, and advocacy; and (11) Representing PLSI and AILC at events, career fairs, and conferences. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by March 18, 2022 to Rodina Cave Parnall, PLSI Director, caveparnall@law.unm.edu.

Yurok Tribe

Deputy General Counsel. Klamath, CA. Under the general supervision of the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel will assist the Tribal Council and Tribal Departments in the legal matters related to the business of the Tribe. The Deputy General Counsel completes a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Council and departments as assigned by the General Counsel. Incumbent works closely with paralegals and department staff. Interested candidates should apply here by March 17, 2022.

ICWA Paralegal I/II. Eureka, CA. Under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel, and/or designated Deputy/Associate General Counsel, the ICWA Paralegal will provide support and resolve routine legal issues on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases handled by the Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney (OTA). Interested candidates should apply here.

Associate General Counsel. Klamath, CA. Under the general supervision of the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel will assist the Tribal Council and Tribal Departments in the legal matters related to the business of the Tribe. The Associate General Counsel completes a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Council and departments as assigned by the General Counsel. Incumbent works closely with paralegals and department staff. Interested candidates should apply here.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Staff Attorney. Fulton, MI. Duties include: (1) Attending meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings; (2) Researching and drafting resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval; (3) Providing timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues; (4) Preparing legal memoranda and conducting legal research as directed; (5) Developing and implementing policies and procedures; (5) Working with Department Leaders to create policies/procedures and compose resolutions for Tribal Council; (6) Representing NHBP in Tribal court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government; (7) Interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations for the Tribal Council and other Tribal government entities; (8) Under the supervision and direction of the Chief Legal Counsel, advises NHBP concerning transactions of business involving internal affairs, Tribal Council, officers of NHBP and Tribal relations with general public; (9) Managing delivery of Legal Services as defined by General Counsel to ensure services are provided in a timely manner by appropriate personnel consistent with NHBP business needs; and (10) Maintaining current, accurate and complete records as required by federal, state and all regulatory agencies. Please see the position description for further information.

The United States Probation Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

United States Probation Officer. Muskogee, OK. Duties include: (1) Enforcing court-ordered supervision components and implementing supervision strategies; (2) Conducting investigations, preparing reports, and making recommendations to the court; (3) Scheduling and conducting drug use detection tests and DNA collection of offenders/defendants, following established procedures and protocols; (4) Investigating and analyzing financial documents and activities and taking appropriate action; (5) Reviewing and resolving disputed issues involving offenders/defendants and presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution; (6) Providing offenders/defendants with information on local resources and programs regarding employment, GED certification assistance, ongoing education, and vocational training; and (7) Communicating with other organizations and personnel (such as U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning offenders’ / defendants’ behavior and conditions of supervision. Please see the position description for further information.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Governmental Affairs Coordinator. Palm Springs, CA. Duties include: (1) Acting as a liaison for the ACBCI Government and Legislative Affairs Department; (2) Serving as the primary contact between local, state, and federal jurisdictions and ACBCI; (3) Coordinating administration of all political contributions; and (4) Performing necessary administrative/clerical support for the Department as needed. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates can apply here or to Brian Estenson, bestenson@aguacaliente.net.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate CounselFairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (3) Representing the company in legal proceedings; (4) Assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting of commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Grand Canyon Trust

Foundation Manager. Remote in AZ, UT, NM, or CO. Duties include: (1) Crafting proposals, reports, and project budgets in alignment with organizational budgets and by working with staff, finance director, and senior director of development; (2) Writing, editing, and submitting the letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports to foundations by working collaboratively with appropriate staff members; (3) Managing the grants calendar and meeting all grant proposals and reporting deadlines; (4) Stewarding all foundation relationships through regular communication and meaningful, personalized opportunities for engagement; (5) Researching, developing, and stewarding a new slate of foundation supporters for the Trust’s work; and (6) Balancing a heavy volume of writing and editing assignments on a variety of topics with tight deadlines. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Careers@grandcanyontrust.org by March 18, 2022, 5pm MT.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Criminal Defense Attorney – Tribal Defenders Office. Pablo, MT. Duties include: (1) Representing adults charged in Tribal Court with misdemeanor and felony offenses; (2) Providing advocacy at all stages of proceedings, from initial appearance to trial, sentencing, and appeal; and (3) Representing juveniles charged in Tribal Youth Court with misdemeanor and felony offenses. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should view application materials at csktribes.org. For more information contact ann.miller@cskt.org.

Family Defense Attorney – Tribal Defenders Office. Pablo, MT. Duties include: (1) Representing parents or guardians of children who are the subject of child protection investigations and matters filed in the Tribal Court; (2) Assisting the Managing Attorney in the planning and implementation of a pilot project in the Tribal Court that will divert child protection cases to a Families in Need of Services model; and (3) Representing clients in criminal court who have child protection matters pending as a collateral consequence to their criminal charge. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should view application materials at csktribes.org. For more information contact ann.miller@cskt.org.

Environmental Law Institute

Administrative & Membership Coordinator. Washington, DC. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Vice President for Development and Membership in meeting membership goals; (2) Processing invoices and payments for individual and institutional (firms/corporations/NGOs) memberships, events, boot camps, other special events; (3) Maintaining a large customer relations management database with membership information; (4) Collaborating with finance staff to ensure accurate tracking and reconciliation of membership and related revenue in budgeting; (5) Working with an outside contractor to submit applications and materials for compliance with state charitable registrations; (6) Serving as ELI’s representative to EarthShare giving programs and submitting applications and materials to maintain and increase EarthShare contributions; and (7) Assisting the Finance department and potentially other departments with additional data entry and processing needs. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here by March 18, 2022.

Forest County Potawatomi Community

Tribal Prosecutor. Crandon, WI. Duties include: (1) Providing legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law; (2) Reviewing, researching, interpreting, and preparing both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues; (3) Drafting, reviewing, and approving motions, orders and other filings for Forest County Potawatomi Tribal, State and Federal Courts; (4) Researching legal issues and recommending revisions as necessary; and (5) Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences. Interested candidates can contact Terrance Brown, Human Resources Recruiter, E: terrance.brown@fcp-nsn.gov.

Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Executive Director. Phoenix, AZ. Duties include: (1) Administering the daily functions of the organization; (2) Managing membership and staff of AIGA; (3) Coordinating and leading membership meetings; (4) Providing oversight for policy and regulatory initiatives; and (5) Organizing its annual conference. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should email their resume to  bdownes@bdrlaw.com with “AIGA Executive Director” noted in the subject line of the email by March 22, 2022.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

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University of Arizona James E. College of Law

Faculty Colleague The Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program (IPLP). Tucson, AZ. Duties include: (1) Academic program administrative responsibilities for the IPLP Program’s degree and certificate programs (JD certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy; LL.M.; S.J.D.; BA Law Certificate in Tribal Courts and Justice Administration; Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance (MPS) and Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Governance); (2) Teaching an annual workload of 6-8 credits; (3) Researching and preparing scholarly publications in the related areas of expertise, in addition to participation in academic conferences; and (4) Membership in departmental, college-level and university committees, attending departmental meetings, processing routine paperwork such as filling out reports, answering email, participating in surveys and voting in school and university elections as appropriate. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. Please feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Teresa Miguel-Stearns (tmiguelstearns@arizona.edu), for additional information.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Attorney – Government. San Bernardino, CA. Directed and supervised by the Managing Attorney, Government, with oversight by the Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Government. Duties include: (1) Assisting in counseling all levels of leadership, management, and staff in diverse areas related to the Tribal government and its economic development operations; (2) Providing legal support and advice to the Tribal education, cultural resources, public safety, public affairs, fire, family services, and grants departments, and other departments; (3) Analyzing and drafting Tribal laws, regulations, and policies; (4) Preparing legal documents related to Tribal entity governance, including resolutions, by-laws, meeting minutes, and other organizational documents; (5) Providing recommendations to Tribal leadership and enterprise executives to minimize legal/financial exposure of the Tribal government and its economic development enterprises; (6) Assuring best practices and timely updates to address emerging legal and operational issues related to the Tribal government and its economic development enterprises; (7) Advising on proposed and existing legislation, and participating in drafting proposed state and federal legislation; (8) Addressing Tribal, federal, and state regulatory agency requirements; and (9) Participating in state and national attorney work groups on matters related to federal Indian law issues, including legislative and litigation matters. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Senior Staff Attorney – Government. San Bernardino, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing recommendations to Tribal leadership and enterprise executives to minimize legal/financial exposure of the Tribal government and its economic development enterprises; (2) Assisting in counseling all levels of leadership and team members in diverse areas related to the Tribal government and its economic development operations; (3) Focusing on areas including but not limited to Tribal law and governance, Federal Indian law, Tribal and commercial gaming, regulatory compliance, intergovernmental affairs, political matters, administrative rule making, litigation, and other legal issues as directed; (4) Analyzing and drafting Tribal laws, regulations, policies, notices, and other documents in coordination with and in support of other Tribal departments and entities; (5) Preparing legal documents related to Tribal entity governance, including resolutions, by-laws, meeting minutes, and other enterprise documents; (6) Addressing Tribal, Federal, and State regulatory agency applicability and requirements; (7) Advising on proposed and existing legislation, and participating in drafting proposed State and Federal legislation; (8) Assisting in participating in State and national attorney work groups on matters related to Federal Indian law and gaming law issues, including legislative and litigation matters; (9) Assuring best practices and timely updates to address emerging legal and operational issues related to the Tribal government and its economic development ventures; and (10) Assisting in due diligence in various transactions through strategic thinking and tactical decisions with various departments and economic developments. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Managing Attorney – Employment and Labor. San Bernardino, CA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring that San Manuel properly maintains compliance with employment and labor laws; (2) Providing specific legal support to tribal government departments and other internal clients; (3) Assisting the VP Associate General Counsel, Employment and Labor, in developing legal strategy and directing junior attorneys and outside counsel on employment and labor-related litigation and pre-litigation matters; (4) Assisting in drafting new Human Resources policies or revising/reviewing existing policies to ensure that the organization is legally compliant at all times with respect to its employment practices; (5) Providing counsel and guidance on all legal matters involving and impacting San Manuel’s relationships with labor unions; (6) Providing training to the company’s Human Resources team and business leaders; (7) Assisting in counseling all levels of management and managing staff attorneys in diverse issues related to the tribal government and its business operations; (8) Supervising staff attorneys and assisting in managing outside counsel and legal consultants as delegated by the VP Associate General Counsel; (9) Providing timely legal counsel, information, advice, support, and guidance on California employment compliance and labor matters, including all policies and procedures; (10) Advises on complex business transactions and relationships; (11) Participating in state and national attorney work groups on matters related to federal Indian law and related employment and labor law issues; and (12) Analyzing and collaborating with tribal leaders, citizens, and departmental leaders in drafting of tribal laws, regulations, and policies. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Health Department Director. Ignacio, CO. This is a professional executive management position with overall responsibility for the health services system and supervision of a variety of health and medical services and programs operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (SUIT) through its Tribal Health Department (Department). The Tribal Health Director is responsible for provision of effective and efficient health/medical services in coordination with the Tribal Council, the Executive Officer, Provider Staff, and other relevant resources. The Director provides leadership and general supervision to divisions within the Department ensuring compliance with all applicable policies & procedures, contracts, and law. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Northwest Justice Project

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Re-Entry Services. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing Native American clients on LFO-relief and vacating/sealing criminal records for drug-related offenses; (2) Developing and maintaining relationships with Chief Seattle Club’s Re-Entry Case Managers,
including providing advice and technical assistance to them; (3) Engaging with the client communities and conducting legal education events for client groups, social and human services providers, and civil and tribal justice system stakeholders; (4) Identifying and developing online resources for use by attorneys and/or unrepresented litigants on matters within areas of practice and expertise; (5) Supporting the work of NJP partners, including the Native American Task Force, volunteer lawyers, private attorneys, other legal aid providers, and organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income Native Americans; and (6) Utilizing NJP’s cases management and timekeeping systems and complying with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Western Washington. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing Native American clients on matters directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) Developing and maintaining relationships with Native American tribes, organizations, and
personnel, with an emphasis on Native American communities in Western Washington; (3) Identifying and engaging with Native American persons and groups in Western Washington who experience additional barriers to improve access to civil legal services; (4) Working collaboratively with NJP’s Native American Unit and field offices to identify and address the most critical needs of Native American communities; and (5) Developing online resources for use by attorneys, community partners, and/or unrepresented Native American litigants. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (3) Representing the company in legal proceedings; (4) Assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting of commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Request for Proposal – Legal Representation. Manistee, MI. RFP For Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Legal Representation. Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, is soliciting LEGAL REPRESENTATION from qualified individuals or firms for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Legislative Branch in Manistee, Michigan. The Tribal Council is the head of the Legislative Branch and is made up of nine (9) Tribal Member Representatives. The closing date is March 10, 2022. Please contact Venus Wilson Torres at venuswilson-torres@lrboi-nsn.gov for more information.

Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Supervisory Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. Duties include: (1) Supervising the Office of Regulatory Development staff and performing the full range of supervisory duties; (2) Performing duties of a highly sensitive nature and maintaining sensitive personal contacts with Department officials and high level staffs of other Federal agencies regarding policies, programs, and issues; (3) Ensuring that Indian trust resource management programs are consistent with Departmental policy initiatives; (4) Preparing, reviewing, and drafting agency correspondence, regulations, proposed legislation, legislative reports and correspondence to members of Congress; and (5) Recommending changes in policy when such changes will be more consistent and aligned with other programs within the Department as well as being more in line with other Federal programs that affect Indian rights. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply here by March 12, 2022.

Quileute Tribe

Request for Proposal – Public Defender – Contract Position. La Push, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing all persons charged with violations of the Quileute Law and Order Code at all stages of proceedings; (2) Performing case preparation, including review of police citations and reports, discovery materials, investigation, interview of clients and witnesses, evaluation of evidence, legal research, and development of case strategy; (3) Representing parent(s) or child(ren) in dependency proceedings appointed by the Judge; (4) Preparing written pleadings, motions, legal memoranda, and briefs, proposed orders, proposed jury instructions sentencing recommendations, appellate notices and briefs, and other legal documents and forms as appropriate; (5) Advising clients on rights and responsibilities, choices, and consequences, maintaining consistent contact with clients; (6) Communicating, coordinating, and negotiating with the Tribal Prosecutor and with any other counsel involved who may be simultaneously representing the Public Defender’s clients in other jurisdictions; (7) Assisting clients with trying to obtain services and/or to overcome any barriers that may be present in order to comply with court orders and to obtain assessments and services related to drug/alcohol, mental health, domestic violence, and other psychosocial issues; and (8) Assisting in improving the Tribe’s justice system, including recommendations of codes modifications and court rules, and participation in meetings and trainings. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should fill out an application and apply here. The position is open until filled. Job Announcement Contact: court.administrator@quileutetribe.com, (360) 640-5456.

Job Announcements

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

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. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

____________________________________________________________________________ 

Department of the Interior – Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Office of Regulatory Development. Supervisory Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. Duties: 1) Supervises the Office of Regulatory Development staff and performs the full range of supervisory duties; 2) Performs duties of a highly sensitive nature and maintains sensitive personal contacts with Department officials and high level staffs of other Federal agencies regarding policies, programs, and issues; 3) Ensures that Indian trust resource management programs are consistent with Departmental policy initiatives; 4) Prepares, reviews and drafts agency correspondence, regulations, proposed legislation, legislative reports and correspondence to members of Congress; 5) Recommends changes in policy when such changes will be more consistent and aligned with other programs within the Department as well as being more in line with other Federal programs that affect Indian rights. Closing date: 02/01/2022. Additional details available here: https://go.usa.gov/xt8mV.

Washburn University School of Law

Visiting Assistant Professor. Topeka, KS. Duties include: (1) Teaching full-time in the clinic and/or part-time in the clinic with other courses; (2) If the position is converted to a tenure-track appointment, the incumbent is responsible for fulfilling teaching, scholarship, and service expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment; and (3) Engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession. Please see the position description and this site for further information. Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, F2771221” on the subject line. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor. Topeka, KS. For the 2022-2023 academic year to teach legal writing. The position responsibilities include teaching a full load of first-year legal writing course sections as well as service activities in the department, university, and profession. We seek engaging candidates who value and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices. Application review will begin January 25, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, Legal Writing” on the subject line. Full details can be found at: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (washburn.edu)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage. This role is a full-time, non-tenure track 12-month faculty appointment beginning as soon as possible but no later than August 2022. This position is located at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. The position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in implementing programs to improve the skills necessary for student success in law school, the bar exam, and in law practice; teaching a full workload that may include in-person and online courses; and providing academic support to students during law school and as they prepare for the bar exam. We seek engaging candidates who value and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices. Application review will begin January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage” on the subject line. Full details can be found at Visiting Assistant Professor of Law/Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment and Bar Passage (washburn.edu)

Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2022-2023 academic year to teach courses in Washburn Law’s doctrinal curriculum. This position is located at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. Particular interest is for applicants wishing to teach Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, and two other courses. This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track faculty position. Application materials should clearly articulate the candidate’s record of work supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and state how the candidate will contribute to Washburn University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The position responsibilities include teaching a full workload to include in-person and/or online courses; developing law school classes and seminars; engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession. Application review will begin January 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references to facultytalent@washburn.edu and include “Visiting Assistant Professor, F2910122” in the subject line. Full details can be found at Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (washburn.edu)

Harvard University

Native American Program Executive Director. Cambridge, MA. Duties include: (1) Providing leadership in strategic planning, operational goal-setting, and program evaluation; (2) Managing annual budgeting process, proposal writing, grants management, fundraising, routine reporting, space planning, human resources, program policies, timely communications, and external relations; (3) Supervising program staff by planning and delegating work, contributes to staff mentorship and development, communicate performance expectations; (4) Developing new initiatives, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and overseeing related activities; (5) Facilitating vibrant networking, collaboration, and consultation between and among students, faculty, and staff across campus; (6) Supporting innovative interfaculty and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects; (7) Initiating formal relationships between the program and Harvard schools and other administrative offices in order to enhance and streamline policies and practices to better serve the HUNAP community (e.g., through recruitment, retention, student affairs, alumni engagement, and professional development); and (8) Serving as a campus resource for consultation on NAI issues and concerns. Please see the position description for further information.

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Assistant Professor – Communication Studies – Focus on Indigenous Rhetoric and Communication. Wilmington, NC. The indigenous rhetoric position will teach in our online M.A. integrated marketing communication (IMC) program. Our students in our online IMC program are largely from North Carolina, and we have students and alumni who work in tribal government (Lumbee) and/or who are Lumbee, Waccamaw Siouan, and Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. The position is for assistant professor rank and with a 3/3 teaching load. The interview process for the positions will be held virtually. The link can be found here: https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/22300. The priority application review date is January 24, 2022, but we will be accepting applications through February 7.

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Program Analyst (Water Rights Coordinator). Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Designing, planning, and coordinating the investigation, analysis and technical preparation for Indian water rights cases, including litigation reports and position papers; (2) Developing a technical basis for Indian title or claim to natural resources to permit effective advocacy for the Indian rights or interest involved; (3) Analyzing data collected in support of Indian water rights claims; (4) Reviewing technical and legal documents such as court decrees and legal opinions regarding Indian and non-Indian water rights; (5) Preparing supporting documentation for court action such as litigation reports, position papers, and exhibits; (6) Representing the BIA in negotiating Indian water rights and resulting settlement; (7) Analyzing settlement terms to determine if appropriate and comport with the Federal Trust responsibilities; (8) Implementing Indian water rights settlements; and (9) Prescribing technical tasks required by the legislation and negotiation of ancillary agreements. Please see the position description for further information. Interested applicants should apply by February 14, 2022.

The Yakama Nation

Staff AttorneyOffice of Legal Counsel. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s, to provide legal advice, consultations, and presentations; (4) Performing legal research, reviewing contracts and other legal documents, drafting memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; (5) Serving as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts; and (6) Researching and analyzing material on recent developments in Indian Law, information is reviewed with Lead Attorney to determine the effect on the Yakama Nation and presented to Tribal leadership. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should apply by February 7, 2022.

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing attorney services in tribal, state and federal courts for the Yakama Nation; (2) Representing the Yakama Nation in criminal prosecutions, civil matters including the Indian Child Welfare Act and dependency matters, may serve as legal advisor to law enforcement; (3) Coordinating with police jurisdictions and other agencies to ensure prosecution activities to serve the interests of the Yakama Nation in protecting the safety of the community; and (4) Maintaining contact with attorneys and other jurisdictions regarding tribal, state, and federal court matters affecting the Yakama Nation. Please see the position description for further information. While the selected applicant will be expected to prosecute all types of cases that come under the purview of the YN Prosecutor’s Office, this position will focus primarily on juvenile dependency and ICWA cases. 
Interested candidates should apply by January 31, 2022.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Chief Judge. Siletz, OR. Duties include: (1) Administering the Tribal Court; (2) Performing all judicial and court functions of the Tribal Court, provided, that the Chief Judge may delegate his or her administrative authority to an Associate Judge or other appropriate person upon budgetary approval by appropriate tribal officials; and (3) The Chief Judge may serve as Presiding Judge of the Siletz District Court, Siletz Gaming Court, or Siletz Court of Appeals, as appropriate. This position is open until appointed by the Tribal Council. If interested in possible appointment as the Chief Judge for the Siletz Tribal Court, please submit your resume to: Siletz Tribal Council, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, Oregon 97380.

Indian Health Service Branch, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel

Attorney Advisor. Rockville, MD. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services to the Indian Health Service, the federal healthcare provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) Providing legal advice on the implementation and operation of various health care programs; (3) Working closely with agency staff who negotiate contracts with tribes for health program administration; (4) Defending challenges to agency actions before administrative law judges and assist the Department of Justice with cases brought in Federal court; and (5) Reviewing the implications of proposed legislation on the IHS health delivery program. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit application materials (see position description for details). The position is open until filled.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing 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; (2) Working 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; and (3) Providing 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Water Rights Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation on water rights matters, including the adjudication of water rights in administrative, state and federal courts for the purpose of securing and protecting the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working directly and indirectly on settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights, including the implementation of successful settlements; (3) Working closely with legal and technical staff within the NNDOJ Water Rights and Natural Resources Units, Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch, other programs within the Nation, contract counsel, and with consultants retained to provide technical support or to serve as expert witnesses; (4) Providing legal work, legal research, and preparing legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and other documents necessary for litigation and settlement purposes; and (5) Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting judicial decisions, legislation, contracts, leases, permits and other related documents. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Attorney, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, (Human Services/Government Unit). Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Performing professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; (3) Conferring with, providing advice to, and preparing advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; (4) Preparing interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; (5) Reviewing contracts, leases, permits and related documents; (6) Interviewing witnesses, complainants, and other on a variety of legal matters; (7) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (8) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until  January 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorCrownpoint, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying 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; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case; (8) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; (9) Assisting/collaborating other Juvenile Presenting Officers, law enforcement personnel, social services workers, and etc.; and (10) Presenting complex adjudication in family courts. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Tuba City, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (8) Assisting/collaborating other Juvenile Presenting Officers, law enforcement personnel, social services workers, and etc. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until January 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; (4) Determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; (5) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Gathering and compiling evidence, identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records, and other information required to present the case; (8) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (9) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (10) Performing extensive legal research. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Supreme Court Law ClerkSupreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes January 31, 2022.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle, AZThis 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 AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis 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 JudgeJudicial 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.  

Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Rosebud, SD. Duties include: (1) Administration of all divisions of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court, including the Juvenile Court, which shall be administered by the juvenile Court Judge, under the supervision of the RST Chief Judge; (2) Supervising all RST Associate Judges, Magistrate Judges, RST Civil Court Advocates, RST Court Services Officer, the RST Administrative Director, and Clerk of Courts; and (3) The RST Chief Judge will have final approval for the appointments of “Special” Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Judges. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should contact Cheryl Rogers, Director of Administration, at 605-747-2278 or at Cheryl.Rogers@rstjustice.org for further information.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate CounselFairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings, and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

The Catawba Nation

Summer 2022 InternshipRock Hill, SC; Remote. The Catawba Nation is seeking candidates for its summer 2022 Legal Internship.Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 14th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Kanji & Katzen, PLLC

Associate AttorneySeattle, WA; Ann Arbor, MI; or remote. Our nationwide legal practice focuses on the representation of tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal members.  Ideal candidates will have a keen interest in and knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, in addition to federal Indian law.  However, prior experience in the fields of Indian and/or environmental law are not pre-requisites to employment.  Applicants should have at least 2 years of litigation experience after a judicial clerkship or law school.  The firm offers competitive compensation and benefit packages, and an opportunity to hone advocacy skills in a wide variety of interesting settings. To apply, please send by email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, a writing sample, and references, to employment@kanjikatzen.com.  We prefer to receive the application documents combined into a single pdf file. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Phil Katzen at pkatzen@kanjikatzen.com. The position is open until filled.

The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General – two openings. Sells, AZ. The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring two (2) Assistant Attorneys General.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  While the two postings are for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty.  Knowledge of federal Indian Law is preferred but not necessary. Position classifications are as follows: Assistant Attorney General I (1 year of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General II (3 years of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General III (6 years of legal experience); and Assistant Attorney General IV (8 years of legal experience). Interested candidates should send their resume to Attorney General Howard M. Shanker at Howard.Shanker@tonation-nsn.gov . Please call Mr. Shanker at (520) 349-0559 if you have any specific questions. 

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

Attorney GeneralPine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Being the Law Enforcement Officer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (2) Prosecuting and representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe in all major criminal and civil cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office, including cases that involve public officials; (3) Being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office, including the supervision of all civil or criminal cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office before the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court; (4) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and committees of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on revisions to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code and Court Rules; (5) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in legal disputes with the Federal Government, State Government, and other entities or individuals; (6) Advising Tribal Police Officers on all legal matters; (7) Issuing directive(s) to the Chief of Police to conduct criminal investigations; (8) Issuing directives regarding law-enforcement procedures to the Chief of Police to protect the Civil Rights of Tribal Members; (9) Upholding the integrity and independence of the Tribal Court, and the OST Constitution and By-Laws; and (10) Upon the request of the Law and Order Committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, the Attorney shall provide a report containing aggregate data on the number of prosecutions brought by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in cases in which the United States Attorney office has declined prosecution. The Attorney General and the prosecutors working under the Attorney General shall have prosecutorial discretion. Please see the position for further information. Interested candidates should submit a complete OST Application for Employment to Stacy Two Lance, Secretary of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, P.O. Box 2070, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770 – Call (605) 867-8468 or email: StacyTL@oglala.org. The positon is open until filled.

OST Marijuana Commissioner and AlternatesThe Oglala Sioux Tribal Council is now accepting Letters of Intent for persons who are interested in serving as an (1) COMMISSIONER AND (1) ALTERNATE for the OST Marijuana Commission (“Commission”). The Commission is a three member commission appointed by the Tribal Council and are seeking ALTERNATE commissioners should a vacancy occur. Duties include: (1) Obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments involving marijuana cultivation and use; (2) Developing a written system of regulations and procedures for licensing persons who wish to participate in marijuana cultivating, brokering, handling, processing, transporting and testing; (3) Developing additional procedures for the destruction of marijuana crops, and additional standards for the marketing of marijuana within the territory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (4) Maintaining a formal record, including a legal description of each of the sites where marijuana activity is allowed under a Commission approved license, along with a detailed description of the approved activity, and a record of all persons which have applied for and/or received any type of marijuana license under this Ordinance; (5) Developing and implementing procedures and minimum requirements for ensuring the proper inspection, testing and sampling of marijuana plants, marijuana cultivated, stored, transported, processed, possessed or used within the territory of the Tribe; (6) Developing and implementing minimum standards and procedures for background checking and licensing all labs, technicians and other scientific professionals performing the various marijuana related tests required by the Commission; (7) Developing and implementing procedures for background checking and licensing all applicants for the various marijuana licenses authorized by this Ordinance and Commission regulations; (8) Developing and implementing a procedure for ensuring that all marijuana related licenses are granted on an impartial basis in the best interest of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and in compliance with applicable tribal law; (9) Developing and implementing additional standards and procedures for refusing a marijuana related license and revoking or suspending any marijuana related license granted by the Commission; (10) Developing and obtaining approval of an annual budget; (11) Providing a quarterly report to the Tribal Council or such Tribal committee; (12) Developing and implementing a working relationship with tribal, state and federal law enforcement and the tribal business license and the TERO programs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and all other federal regulators and enforcement arms involved with the enforcement arms of federal and tribal narcotics laws. Interested candidates should submit Letters of Intent (see position description for requirements) to Stacy Two Lance/OST Secretary, PO Box 2070, Pine Ridge, SD 57770 or email to: Stacytl@oglala.org.

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Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

Associate Attorney. Rapid City, SD. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (3) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (4) Draft agreements and analyze legal documents; (5) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures; (6) Conducting legal research and gathering evidence, interpreting laws, rulings and regulations, and analyzing probable outcomes of cases using knowledge of legal precedents; (7) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (8) Presenting evidence to defend clients and summarize cases; and (9) Negotiating settlements. Please see the position description for more information. This position is open until filled. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts (if graduated less than 5 years ago) to: Robert Frazer, Chief Operating Officer rfrazer@ndnlaw.com.

Kanji & Katzen, PLLC

Associate Attorney. Seattle, WA; Ann Arbor, MI; or remote. Our nationwide legal practice focuses on the representation of tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal members.  Ideal candidates will have a keen interest in and knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, in addition to federal Indian law.  However, prior experience in the fields of Indian and/or environmental law are not pre-requisites to employment.  Applicants should have at least 2 years of litigation experience after a judicial clerkship or law school.  The firm offers competitive compensation and benefit packages, and an opportunity to hone advocacy skills in a wide variety of interesting settings. To apply, please send by email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, a writing sample, and references, to employment@kanjikatzen.com.  We prefer to receive the application documents combined into a single pdf file. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Phil Katzen at pkatzen@kanjikatzen.com. The position is open until filled.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

2022 Summer Associate. San Francisco, CA. LCHB summer associates work alongside partners and associates in a variety of roles. As a summer associate at LCHB, you will gain valuable experience in legal research and writing and will also have the opportunity to attend court hearings and depositions and assist in conferences with clients, witnesses, and opposing counsel. 2Ls will be considered. Ideal candidates must demonstrate excellent research, writing and analytical skills, along with above average grades. Commitment to public interest strongly preferred. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and references. To apply, send your application materials to the attention of Michelle Reardon, Recruiting Coordinator, at mreardon@lchb.com. Apply here by February 10th, 2022.

The Catawba Nation

Summer 2022 InternshipRock Hill, SC; Remote. Interns will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 30th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.

Winter 2022 Staff Attorney – Criminal and Civil Tribal Court. Wausau, WI. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply. Duties include: (1) Maintaining caseload on behalf of Native American clients in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court or arising under federal or tribal law. Civil case areas include Indian Child Welfare (ICW), custody/placement, guardian ad litem (GAL), divorce, estate planning; (2) Educating and serving Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law; (3) Participating in tribal court development, code drafting and community education projects; and (4) Carrying out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. Please see the position description for more information. Submit resume, references, and writing sample to: Mary Jo Nyenhuis, Executive Secretary, Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., P.O. Box 6100, Wausau, WI 54402-6100, info@judicare.org.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the operation of the Tribal Accounting Department; (2) Assisting the Tribe in developing general fund budgets; (3) Ensuring that internal controls are in place and followed; (4) Overseeing operation of several Tribal business entities; (5) Preparing financial presentations for the Tribal Council; and (6) Ensuring that the Tribe’s financial resources, rights and interests are protected and preserved. The position is opened until filled. The Tribal Employment Application can be found at www.mescaleroapachetribe.com. Applicants should attach a resume or curriculum vitae to their Applications. Applicants with questions can email agandara-diaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com or mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com.  

Tanana Chiefs Conference

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Performing fiduciary duties exclusive to TCC; (2) Representing Legal Department at meetings and maintaining clear lines of communication to TCC President and Executive Board on a recurring basis; (3) Providing and overseeing legal representation to all levels of TCC Staff, Member Tribes and issues surrounding Member Tribes on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and tribal court proceedings and related matters; (4) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments (e.g. contracts, leases, etc), rendering legal opinions, providing management with legal guidance, and acting as expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and managing Legal Department; (6) Overseeing hiring, training, discipline, and employee evaluation; (7) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts including but not limited to reviewing advocacy documents, testimony, preparing for meetings and attending meetings on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; (8) Serving as TCC’s point of contact for all communication between TCC and HHS’ Office of the General Counsel; and (9) Management and processing of all FTCA / tort claims related activities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings, and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Coordinating with management, auditors, accountants and other staff; (7) Meeting with clients including staff, member tribes and partners; (8) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (9) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuring that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; and (10) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Bureau of Land Management Headquarters, Division of National Landscape Conservation System

Tribal Liaison Officer. Washington, D.C.. Duties include: (1) Conducting formal and informal tribal consultation; (2) Developing BLM national level tribal consultation and coordination policies, directives, and program guidance are consistent with Departmental policies; (3) Managing BLM’s Native American program; (4) Identifying and developing training to support implementation of bureau policies and to provide guidance for line officers; (5) Advising management regarding specific program requirements and responsibilities to Native American topics; (6) Coordinating with Tribal governments and other agencies including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service (FS), etc. on Tribal affairs and other Native American issues; (7) Coordinating with the Assistant Directors, BLM States, the BIA, the Solicitor’s Office, Interior Department, Tribal governments and other state and federal agencies, to develop agency wide policies or guidance with addressing Native American concerns; (8) Developing current and long-range plans for complex projects with procurement and contractual agreements including work-month estimates, procurement needs, contracts for ethnographic research, work schedules, and cost estimates; and (9) Generating management reports, initiating requests, justifications and other report documents as needed at the bureau and Department level. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should see more information and apply here and here by January 21st, 2022. If you have questions about the announcement or application process, please send an email to blm_oc_hr_staff_team@blm.gov.

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Contract & remote. Protective Services Attorney will provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult In Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Department: Prosecutor’s Office. Reports to: General Counsel. Overtime: Exempt. Salary: DOE. To apply please contact Cristina Collett Jensen at (830) 421-5389 or via Email: cristina.collett@ktttribe.org. Please see the position description for more information.

 Ørsted 

Tribal Relations Manager. Workplace: Annapolis, Boston, New London, New York City, Newark, Providence, Washington DC. Duties include: (1) Supporting initial communications with Native America tribes and collaborating with internal stakeholders to develop tailored outreach efforts to tribal communities; (2) Maintaining regular communications with tribes to enhance long-term relationships and mutual understanding; (3) Updating internal project teams on key tribal concerns and assisting in the development of effective responses; (4) Developing and facilitating training sessions to educate our team members on cultural histories and traditions and potential interfaces with our planning and permitting efforts; (5) Maintaining positive relations with tribes, providing information for community awareness, and tracking and reporting on interests or concerns identified through external communications; and (6) Organizing regular meetings with external parties and being responsible for adjusting the schedules and approach to such meetings in response to internal and external stakeholder input. There’s no PDF position description – everything lives in the online portal. Here’s the link again: Tribal Relations Manager (orsted.com). Application deadline: February 14th, 2022, 00:59 EST.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Judge. Cass Lake, MN. The Associate Judge is responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with the impartial and effective administration of justice for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The Associate Judge shall faithfully uphold the tribal constitution and all laws of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. A minimum of 5 years of experience as an attorney is required. Litigation experience is preferred.  Must be licensed to practice law in any state. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with a resume and a copy of current attorney License to: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Jacquelyn Wright, Court Administrator, 190 Sailstar Drive NE Cass Lake, MN 56633, Or email to: jackie.wright@llojibwe.net. Closing Date is Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 4:30 pm.

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. The Associate Tribal Attorney assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions.  The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court.  The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Tribal Administrator. Pembroke, NC. The Lumbee Tribe of N.C. Tribal Administrator will be responsible for organizing, implementing and directing programs, policies, and directives established by the Tribal Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe. The Tribal Administrator will be responsible for managing approximately 25 Federal and State Programs. This job oversees the operations of 150+ employees on a daily basis. The Tribal Administrator requires strong managerial skills and will work with upper-level management and Tribal Council to improve the overall operations of the Lumbee Tribal Government. Responsibilities are fully outlined in the position description.

The Lummi Nation Lummi Indian Business Council.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II – Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, and other tribal, federal, state, and local courts; (2) Managing a large case load requiring preparation for trial and other court appearances; (3) Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, developing the theory of the case, and developing trial or case resolution strategy; (4) Performing pretrial investigations by consulting with tribal law enforcement officers, other law enforcement agencies, and witnesses; (5) Participating with other tribal, state, and federal agencies collaborating on regional responses to specific criminal efforts; (6) Collaborating with federal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney on cases that may result in federal prosecution; (7) Negotiating with defense counsel on plea arrangements and sentencing; (8) Completing legal research and writing necessary for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other court documents; (9) Working as a cooperative member of the rehabilitative justice programs; (10) Performing job duties consistent with ethical standards and with the assurance that justice is upheld under the Lummi Code of Laws, and other pertaining laws; and (11) Continuing professional development, including continuing legal education and/or training in the areas of Indian law, criminal law, law enforcement, and other areas relevant to job duties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an LIBC application, cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and two reference letters to be considered.

Staff Attorney I or II – Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to the Nation, its departments, and entities, in judicial and administrative proceedings in tribal, federal, and state forums; (2) Assisting with revision of Lummi Code of Laws and with complex legal issues impacting the Nation; (3) Negotiating, preparing, and reviewing contracts, resolutions, forms, and policies and procedures; (4) Performing legal research and preparing memorandums of law; (5) Completing legal research and writings necessary for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other court documents; (6) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties; (7) Participating in Lummi community events during and/or after hours to gain perspective of the community served; (8) Attending judicial, administrative, or legislative proceedings; (9) Attending meetings of the LIBC, the General Council, and Lummi’s Commissions, Boards or Committees, and Inter-tribal or other conferences or meetings; and (10) Traveling locally and out of state as necessary to represent the Lummi Nation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit LIBC application, cover letter, resume, and reference letters. The position is open until filled.

Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority – Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals – Electronic Fish Harvest Reporting System. Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) and its member tribes. The estimated period of performance is March 1, 2022-June 30, 2022 (with certain services ongoing thereafter). The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to seek proposals from qualified respondents to design or customize, build, host, and maintain an electronic fish harvest reporting system that will meet the needs of CORA and its member tribes. Interested candidates should contact Bev Carrick, CORA Acting Executive Director (bevcarrick@chippewaottawa.org), to obtain a copy of the full Request for Proposal, which describes in more detail the scope of work and the required contents, evaluation, and scoring of proposals. Proposals are due by January 31st, 2022.

Tule River Economic Development Corporation Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals – Grant Writer. The purpose of this request is to acquire the services of a professional grant writer familiar with the requirements and procedures for submitting a funding application to the [US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. The funding application(s) is critical to TREDC’s proposed development of a commercial /industrial development located on land that is in fee to trust. This development will serve to expand economic opportunities for the Tule River Tribe membership.] Please see the full RFP for more information and instructions on where to submit.

Rosette, LLP

Law Clerk. Grand Rapids, MI. An Associate Attorney offer is contingent on the selected candidate’s work performance. Duties include: (1) Assisting and shadowing attorneys as they provide counsel and legal services in a professional manner while maintaining express confidentiality; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.) to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business; (3) Traveling to off-site meetings with prospective and current clients; (4) Applying knowledge of business issues, legal procedures, cases, statutes, and other regulatory authority to provide basis for attorneys to effectively counsel clients; (5) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; (6) Appearing at hearings and trials, where authorized and with attorney supervision; (7) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyzing and reviewing legal documents; (8) Interfacing with clients where appropriate; and (9) Complying with all applicable law school, court, and state bar licensure obligations. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, official/certified law school transcript, and a writing sample.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General – two openings. Sells, AZ. The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring two (2) Assistant Attorneys General.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  While the two postings are for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty.  Knowledge of federal Indian Law is preferred but not necessary. Position classifications are as follows: Assistant Attorney General I (1 year of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General II (3 years of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General III (6 years of legal experience); and Assistant Attorney General IV (8 years of legal experience). Interested candidates should send their resume to Attorney General Howard M. Shanker at Howard.Shanker@tonation-nsn.gov . Please call Mr. Shanker at (520) 349-0559 if you have any specific questions. 

The Oglala Sioux Tribe

Attorney General. Pine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Being the Law Enforcement Officer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (2) Prosecuting and representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe in all major criminal and civil cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office, including cases that involve public officials; (3) Being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office, including the supervision of all civil or criminal cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office before the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court; (4) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and committees of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on revisions to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code and Court Rules; (5) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in legal disputes with the Federal Government, State Government, and other entities or individuals; (6) Advising Tribal Police Officers on all legal matters; (7) Issuing directive(s) to the Chief of Police to conduct criminal investigations; (8) Issuing directives regarding law-enforcement procedures to the Chief of Police to protect the Civil Rights of Tribal Members; (9) Upholding the integrity and independence of the Tribal Court, and the OST Constitution and By-Laws; and (10) Upon the request of the Law and Order Committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council, the Attorney shall provide a report containing aggregate data on the number of prosecutions brought by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in cases in which the United States Attorney office has declined prosecution. The Attorney General and the prosecutors working under the Attorney General shall have prosecutorial discretion. Please see the position for further information. Interested candidates should submit a complete OST Application for Employment to Stacy Two Lance, Secretary of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, P.O. Box 2070, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770 – Call (605) 867-8468 or email: StacyTL@oglala.org. The positon is open until filled.

OST Marijuana Commissioner and Alternates. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council is now accepting Letters of Intent for persons who are interested in serving as an (1) COMMISSIONER AND (1) ALTERNATE for the OST Marijuana Commission (“Commission”). The Commission is a three member commission appointed by the Tribal Council and are seeking ALTERNATE commissioners should a vacancy occur. Duties include: (1) Obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments involving marijuana cultivation and use; (2) Developing a written system of regulations and procedures for licensing persons who wish to participate in marijuana cultivating, brokering, handling, processing, transporting and testing; (3) Developing additional procedures for the destruction of marijuana crops, and additional standards for the marketing of marijuana within the territory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (4) Maintaining a formal record, including a legal description of each of the sites where marijuana activity is allowed under a Commission approved license, along with a detailed description of the approved activity, and a record of all persons which have applied for and/or received any type of marijuana license under this Ordinance; (5) Developing and implementing procedures and minimum requirements for ensuring the proper inspection, testing and sampling of marijuana plants, marijuana cultivated, stored, transported, processed, possessed or used within the territory of the Tribe; (6) Developing and implementing minimum standards and procedures for background checking and licensing all labs, technicians and other scientific professionals performing the various marijuana related tests required by the Commission; (7) Developing and implementing procedures for background checking and licensing all applicants for the various marijuana licenses authorized by this Ordinance and Commission regulations; (8) Developing and implementing a procedure for ensuring that all marijuana related licenses are granted on an impartial basis in the best interest of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and in compliance with applicable tribal law; (9) Developing and implementing additional standards and procedures for refusing a marijuana related license and revoking or suspending any marijuana related license granted by the Commission; (10) Developing and obtaining approval of an annual budget; (11) Providing a quarterly report to the Tribal Council or such Tribal committee; (12) Developing and implementing a working relationship with tribal, state and federal law enforcement and the tribal business license and the TERO programs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and all other federal regulators and enforcement arms involved with the enforcement arms of federal and tribal narcotics laws. Interested candidates should submit Letters of Intent (see position description for requirements) to Stacy Two Lance/OST Secretary, PO Box 2070, Pine Ridge, SD 57770 or email to: Stacytl@oglala.org.

Omaha Tribal Court

Tribal Prosecutor. Macy, NE. Duties include: (1) Interview members of the public concerning complaints of a criminal nature and determine whether to handle complaints as criminal matters; (2) Preparing and implementing appropriate formal complaints to be filed with the Court; (3) Preparing and implementing Criminal Summonses and Arrest Warrants; (4) Maintaining records of the Tribal Prosecutor; (5) Making recommendations to members of the public on how to proceed in mediation; (6) Coordinating and assisting police officers with investigations and preparing cases for trial; (7) Coordinating the entire criminal process with other members of the Court staff, Child Protective Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Police, Social Service agencies and other Courts; (8) Prosecuting Child Protective Services cases on behalf of the Tribe; (9) Engaging in the process of plea bargaining with counsel representing criminal defendants, including the Tribal Public Defender; and (10) Preparing and making reports on the operation of the Tribal Prosecutor’s Office to the Chief Judge. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates should send applications and resumes to Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Attn: HR Department, P.O. Box 368, Macy, NE 68039 or send via email to othumanresources@theomahatribe.com. The position is open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Chief Judge of Tribal Court. Siletz, OR. The Chief Judge is chief administrator of the Tribal Court; assigns cases to Associate Judges, and hears cases. Please see attached position description for more information. The position is opened until filled. 

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Chief Judge. Parker, AZ. Duties include: (1) Determining judicial assignments for assigned judicial officers; (2) Supervising judicial and non-judicial personnel; (3) Establishing docketing, calendaring and case management policies and procedures; (4) Developing and supervising the administration of the Tribal Court budget; (5) Assisting the Tribal Council with the establishment of bond schedules in coordination with the Tribal law enforcement departments; (6) Establishing and implementing standards and parameters for indigency screening, and guidelines for determination of indigency for the purposes of waiving Court fees; (7) Defining and establishing specific parameters under which a defendant shall be granted the time to pay monetary sentences imposed; (8) Complying with statistical reporting, jury management and recording management policies and procedures established by the Tribal Court; (9) Cooperating and coordinating with the Chief Appellate Court Judge concerning the administration of the Tribal Court; (10) Providing regular communications to the Tribal Chairman and Tribal Council. Please see the position description for further information. Contact Tribal.Court@CRIT-NSN.GOV.

Associate Tribal Judge. Duties include: (1) Presiding over a variety of hearings including criminal and traffic arraignments, juvenile offender arraignments, criminal jury and non-jury trials, civil trials, small claims hearings, tax court proceedings, orders of protection hearings and harassment injunctions, pre-trial conferences and motion hearings; (2) Reviewing requests for continuances; (3) Conducting interviews for orders of protection and harassment injunction and preparation of appropriate orders; (4) Reviewing search warrants; (5) Reviewing and signing summons, subpoenas, arrest warrants and other court orders; (6) Reviewing financial disclosure statements; (7) Reviewing and signing seized property releases; (8) Corresponding with non-local defendants for dispositions of cases by mail when appropriate; and (9) Performing legal research. Contact Tribal.Court@CRIT-NSN.GOV.

Deputy Attorney General. Parker, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the Tribal Government before all Federal, Tribal and State courts, administrative proceedings, tribunals, departments, agencies and committees of the Congress and the State Legislatures on behalf of the Tribe; (2) Advising and consulting with and giving legal assistance to the Tribal Council and its officers; and (3) Assisting in Tribal administrative matters upon request of the Tribal Council or its designated representative. Attorney General shall not be required to render legal services for, represent, or appear on behalf of, any member of the Tribe in that member’s individual capacity, nor shall Attorney General act in the capacity of tribal Public Defender. In the absence of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General is responsible for the management, supervision and direction of the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Prosecutor. Interested candidates can apply here and submit their resumes to rloudbear@critdoj.com and crithr@crit-nsn.gov.

Casey Family Programs

Senior Director – Judicial and National Engagement (Attorney). Remote. The Senior Director of Judicial and National Engagement brings national expertise in key areas of access to justice, dependency court legal practice, and the development of partnerships and collaborations that will support judicial branch improvements and promote the social determinants of health and prevention. This position will promote effective practice strategies and support to national efforts to create communities of practice that advance judicial branch and national engagement strategies that will strengthen child, family and community well-being. The Senior Director brings national expertise in three key areas of Dependency Court work:  (1) judicial and attorney leadership; (2) high quality legal representation; and (3) working to strengthen the “front-door” of the court.  This position reports to the Managing Director of Judicial and National Engagement (JNE) and coordinates and provides consultation at a national level and in identified states to achieve Casey Family Programs’ mission and JNE’s strategic priorities.  The Senior Director coordinates and provides efforts to reduce the need for children to be reported to Child Protective Services or enter foster care by strengthening high quality legal representation for families, promoting preventive legal advocacy across the country, and promoting court reforms to narrow the front door of child welfare. Interested candidates should apply here by February 12th, 2022.

Muckleshoot Tribal Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor. Auburn, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Tribe in the areas of adults and juveniles committing criminal acts, civil prosecution of child abuse and neglect, Elder abuse and neglect cases, civil and criminal violations of traffic offenses, fish and wildlife offenses, exclusion matters, vicious dog offenses and other civil offenses occurring within the Tribal jurisdiction; (2) Representing the Tribe in ICW proceedings, drafting notices of intervention; (3) Presenting materials to the court; (4) Conducting interviews with witnesses and complainants; (5) Litigating bench and jury trials; (6) Reviewing cases for arraignments, pre-trial conferences, or probation violation hearings; (7) Responding to calls from victims, concerned family and friends, and service providers; (8) Presenting and explaining key policy issues regarding tribal justice and victimization; (9) Keeping abreast of new laws, cases and legal challenges that may affect pending or future case prosecution and advises tribal police of challenges; (10) Cooperating with tribal, state and federal officials in prevention and adjudication of cases while upholding tribal sovereignty; (11) Conducting research, writing documents, filing legal documents in the appropriate court, and presenting oral arguments in court; (12) Reviewing and evaluating Agency regulations, internal controls, and policies, and makes recommendations concerning same to Law and Order Committee and Tribal Council; and (13) Developing and improving the Tribe’s code of laws including code development. Please see the position description for further information.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Staff Attorney. Fulton, MI. Duties include: (1) Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings; (2) Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval; (3) Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government; (4) Prepares legal memoranda and conducts legal research as directed; (5) Develops and implements policies and procedures, and works with Department Leaders to create policies/procedures and compose resolutions for Tribal Council; (6) Represents NHBP in Tribal court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government; (7) Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for the Tribal Council and other Tribal government entities; (8) Under the supervision and direction of the Chief Legal Counsel, advises NHBP concerning transactions of business involving internal affairs, Tribal Council, officers of NHBP and Tribal relations with general public; (9) Manages delivery of Legal Services as defined by General Counsel to ensure services are provided in a timely manner by appropriate personnel consistent with NHBP business needs; and (10) Maintains current, accurate and complete records as required by federal, state and all regulatory agencies. Please see the position description for further information. Interested candidates can apply here by February 11th, 2022.

California State University Los Angeles

Child Welfare Instructor. Los Angeles, CA. Duties include: (1) Develop an outreach program to underserved communities, particularly Native American/Alaska Native; (2) Recruit students with Native American/Alaska Native heritage; (3) Participate in and contribute to relevant community and interagency activities; (4) Create a social media presence for CalSWEC; (5) Provide outreach and support for graduates during their employment obligation period; (6) Work with CalSWEC Project Coordinator to interview and select students for the CalSWEC program; (7) Develop new CalSWEC internship sites, work closely with students needing placements and place students in field internships; (8) Assist in the development of a CalSWEC Specialized Seminar series and give presentations; and (9) Participate in School meetings and activities, participate in field education meetings and orientations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager for Foundations and Donor Relationships. Are you passionate about protecting the environment? Are you a skilled development professional with an expertise in cultivating relationships with foundations and individual donors? If you are up for the challenge of supporting our mission of fostering innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress, then the Environmental Law Institute needs you as our Senior Manager for Foundations and Donor Relationships.  As a part of ELI’s Development team, you will play a key role in our outreach to Foundations, donors, members of the ELI Board of Directors, and assisting with the annual Award Dinner. Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. Simply visit https://www.eli.org/employment to get started.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Northeast Regional (NYC). New York City, NY. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and factual research and preparing memoranda on issues related to ongoing or potential new cases; (2) Reviewing and analyzing administrative records and technical documents; (3) Drafting motions, briefs, and other legal and factual documents in support of litigation; (4) Participating in proceedings before federal and state courts and agencies; (5) Working with clients and experts and learning how to handle press work; (6) Hiring and supervising law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references by January 16th, 2022. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Associate Attorney, Sustainable Food & Farming (NYC | Washington DC). NYC, Washington DC. Duties include: (1) Working closely with Earthjustice attorneys, scientists, and professional staff to build cases and
support policies that serve a diverse set of clients; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in administrative advocacy and complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, briefing, and oral advocacy; (3) Interacting with clients and work with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and, ultimately, to support our litigation goals; (4) Representing Earthjustice on telephone calls and at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts; (5) Developing skills required to serve as spokesperson with print and other media; and (6) Assisting with hiring and supervision of student law clerks. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references by January 30th, 2022. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Antitrust Associate. San Francisco, CA. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP seeks a lateral attorney in San Francisco to join our thriving and collegial antitrust practice. Our diverse team of antitrust attorneys have successfully challenged cartels and monopolies in the pharmaceutical, high technology, electronic component, and medical industries on behalf of consumers, hospitals, local governments, and small businesses. Associates have lead roles in cases, investigating cases, consulting closely with clients, taking and defending depositions, writing and arguing motions and appeals, working with experts, participating in trials and mediations. For nearly fifty years, Lieff Cabraser has represented only plaintiffs in some of the highest-profile cases in the United States, recovering billions of dollars for our clients. We strive daily to achieve justice for our clients, and seek similar-minded attorneys to join our team. The ideal candidate will have well-developed written and oral advocacy skills. Resumes in confidence to: Lin Chan, Hiring Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, 275 Battery St., 29th Fl, SF, CA 94111. Email: jobs@lchb.com. Interested candidates can apply here. Learn more at our website, www.lieffcabraser.com.

The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Associate Justice. Juneau. AK. The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) is seeking qualified candidates to fill an Associate Justice position for the Tribe’s Supreme Court for a two-year term. Candidates will be rated by the Judiciary Committee as highly qualified, qualified, and not qualified to serve as Associate Justice to ensure the candidate can uphold the integrity and dignity of the Court. The Judiciary Committee may require a background check by a law enforcement agency. Interested candidates must submit a letter of intent to serve, copy of ID (for age verification purposes), three character references, and a Tribal Court Bar Admission application to the Judiciary Committee Chair by the close of business on March 21, 2022. Submit all documents to: Tlingit & Haida Judiciary Committee, c/o DonnaRae James, Chair, judiciarycommittee@ccthita-nsn.gov, Fax: 866.532.3558. Please see the position description for more information and for a copy of the application.

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Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

ATNI Climate Fellow. The Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians is hiring for up to two Climate Fellows for (40 hrs / week for 10 months) through a partnership with SEI (Strategic Energy Innovations). Deadline to apply is January 4th, 2022. The ATNI Climate Fellow will conduct Tribal climate planning research and review regional GHG policy and other key climate vulnerability assessments. This may include, but is not limited to, outreach and collaboration across other member organizations to develop and share best practices, trainings, and other resources focused on climate and environmental justice issues. Additionally, the Fellow could work in collaboration with the University of Oregon’s Tribal Climate Change Project. Apply for the position at this link: Climate Fellows.

Assistant Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison. This position is flexible within the Pacific Northwest with possible locations including the Portland, Spokane, and Seattle areas. Duties include: (1) Ensuring that NW CASC research is framed holistically and inclusively to encompass the themes of environmental sustainability, traditional knowledge, exposure of indigenous peoples to the impacts of climate change, adaptation, and interpretation of locally relevant research findings; (2) Assisting the Senior Tribal Liaison in the translation and communication of NW CASC science to tribal officials and resource managers based on the relationship of trust among tribal nations and with the tribal citizens; (3) Working with tribal education programs; (4) Preparing and reviewing reports, proposals, correspondence, and other documents; (5) Coordinating and organizing the planning, logistics, accounting, and programmatic activities for tribal related trainings, workshops, conferences, etc.; (5) Preparing reports and tracking NW CASC tribal related activities and corresponding metrics; (6) Conducting outreach to tribal communities; (7) Providing climate adaptation planning support to tribal governments and community climate
resilience stakeholders; (8) Assisting with the management of ATNI’s internship programs; and (9) Maintaining a website for outreach and coordination of activities with NW CASC and tribal communities. Please see the position description for more information and for submission requirements. Applications are due by January 6th, 2022.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Tribal Staff Attorney. Manistee, MI. The Tribal Staff Attorney is a member of the Tribe’s unified Legal Department.  The principal duty of the Tribal Staff Attorney is to provide in-house legal services to the Tribe.  The duties and obligations of the Tribal Staff Attorney are primarily governed by the Tribe’s Unified Legal Department Act of 2015. Please contact aliciaknapp@lrboi-nsn.gov for application or questions about the position. The position is open until filled.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, Ariz. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custoy and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Supreme Court Law Clerk, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes December 30, 2021.

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle, AZThis 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, AZThis 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.  

Lochen Law Offices

Contract Hourly Attorney. Hartland, WI. The Attorney will assist with legal research and writing, litigation in various jurisdictions, and more. Examples of projects and responsibilities: Tribal economic development projects; drafting/reviewing corporate bylaws, resolutions and ordinances, and related matters; researching and drafting policies and procedures for various Tribal governmental departments; researching and drafting research memos on tax issues, jurisdictional questions, and other matters that focus on representation of Indian tribes and Tribal entities. Other subject matter may include Tribal employment law, Tribal lending questions, and more. The Attorney will also perform other duties inherent to the position of Attorney as requested. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references via e-mail to: Eric Lochen, Managing Partner, at eric@lochenlaw.com.

Law Clerk. Hartland, WI. The law clerk will assist with and be exposed to legal research and writing, litigation in various jurisdictions, and more. Examples of projects and responsibilities: Tribal economic development projects; drafting/reviewing corporate bylaws, resolutions and ordinances, and related matters; researching and drafting policies and procedures for various Tribal governmental departments; researching and drafting research memos on tax issues, jurisdictional questions, and other matters that focus on representation of Indian tribes and Tribal entities. Other subject matter may include Tribal employment law, Tribal lending questions, and more. The law clerk will also perform other duties inherent to the position of law clerk, including basic administrative tasks, and other duties as requested. The ideal candidate would be well-versed and particularly interested in Tribal and federal Indian law as well as corporate structuring of businesses and contract law. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references via e-mail to: Eric Lochen, Managing Partner, at eric@lochenlaw.com.

The Cahuilla Band of Indians

Tribal Court Administrator/Court Clerk. Anza, CA. Main Duties: The Cahuilla Band of Indians is seeking a tribal court administrator/court clerk to manage and operate the tribal court in the following areas of court administration: court office management, case management, financial management, human resources management, community relations, court safety, court building management, court performance, and court advancement. Under the tribal administrator and judicial direction, the court administrator may be responsible for performing other related job duties. Interested candidates should apply here. The position is open until filled.

Principal Tribal Court Advocate – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally representing 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; (2) Working 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; and (3) Providing 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, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Water Rights Unit). Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Nation on water rights matters, including the adjudication of water rights in administrative, state and federal courts for the purpose of securing and protecting the Nation’s water rights. The Attorney works directly and indirectly on settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights, including the implementation of successful settlements. The Attorney works closely with legal and technical staff within the NNDOJ Water Rights and Natural Resources Units, Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch, other programs within the Nation, contract counsel, and with consultants retained to provide technical support or to serve as expert witnesses. The attorney provides legal work, legal research, and prepares legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and other documents necessary for litigation and settlement purposes and to effectuate implementation of settlements. Work will include drafting, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting judicial decisions, legislation, contracts, leases, permits and other related documents.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, 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 serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor, Shiprock, 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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Attorney General. Pine Ridge, SD. Duties include: (1) Being the Law Enforcement Officer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe; (2) Prosecuting and representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe in all major criminal and civil cases filed by the Attorney General’s Office, including cases that involve public officials (3) Being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office; (4) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and committees of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on revisions to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code and Court Rules; (5) Assisting the Legal Department of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in legal disputes with the Federal Government, State Government, and other entities or individuals; (6) Advising Tribal Police Officers on all legal matters; (7) Issuing directive(s) to the Chief of Police to conduct criminal investigations and directive(s) regarding law-enforcement procedures to the Chief of Police to protect the Civil Rights of Tribal Members; (8) Upholding the integrity and independence of the Tribal Court, and the OST Constitution and By-Laws; and (9) Requesting a report from the United States Attorney Office containing aggregate data on the cases in which the United States Office has declined prosecutor and the reason for the federal declinations.