Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Isabella County, MI. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the Tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, as directed by General Counsel. The Senior Associate General Counsel will supervise and coordinate the work of the all Associate General Counsel positions. Please visit the link for more information and to apply.

State Bar of Georgia

Executive Director, Atlanta, GA. Responsible for managing and executing the operations of the State Bar of Georgia and its offices, and implementing the policies, programs and objectives set by the Board of Governors. The position encompasses the management of a large staff as well as supervision of large budgets and responsibility for financial matters. For more information please see the position description.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Staff Attorney, Swinomish Indian Reservation located on Fidalgo Island across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner, WA. The Office of Tribal Attorney is hiring a staff attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. For more information please see the position description.

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Attorney, Buffalo, New York. Our team provides legal and strategic advice to American Indian tribal governments, tribal courts and other entities committed to advancing tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and economic development in Indian country. To assist with accomplishing our clients’ legal, political and business goals, our attorneys work with clients to design effective legal strategies, defend tribal rights and formulate innovative approaches to transactional issues. A few of our focus areas include: representing and advising tribes on environment and energy issues, representing tribal interests in the state, federal and tribal courts and representing tribal parties in economic development transactions. All interested applicants shall submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of careers@lippes.com. Application is open until filled.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Guardian Ad Litem Attorney, Agency Village, SD. Guardian Ad Litem Attorney is to represent the best interest of the child in the SWO child protection cases, commencing in tribal court.  Closing Date:  August 14th, 2020 at 04:30PM. Application can be emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV. Contact can also be at Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions. (Tribal preference will apply).

Earthjustice

Senior Counsel, Contracts and Compliance, San Francisco, CA (once our office opens back up; we are currently all remote). The Senior Counsel will draft contracts, conform contracts to Earthjustice standards and help to negotiate contract terms with vendors. There will also be some focus on completing implementation of the Ironclad contract management system, expanding use of the platform features to benefit other departments in their work and perhaps integrating the Ironclad with other platforms at use in the organization. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample here.

(2) Legal Externships, New York; New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The New York Office has undertaken campaigns to improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that all state residents are protected from toxic substances. The Northeast Regional office currently has work focusing on clean energy, air quality, and oil and gas development, and water supply and quality. These positions are open in our New York office and expected to be a remote position as Earthjustice has temporarily closed offices and transitioned staff to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeking current law students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and are eligible for receiving academic credit for the externship.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC.   Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a non-attorney Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Director of Finance, Dowagiac, MI. Accomplish the Pokagon Band Department of Finance objectives by planning, organizing, and directing all work required to operate and maintain departmental and other Tribal enterprise activities and services. Ensure financial and accounting policies, functions, resources, and programs are maintained in accordance with established laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Government Accounting Standards. Application open until filled. Link to apply here.

See announcements from July 10, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 

Associate Chief Judge, Fort Yates, ND.  Preside over cases in the Children’s, Civil and Criminal Court as assigned by the Chief Judge.  Responsible for drafting opinions, ruling on evidentiary issues and discharging the duties of a Judge.  The position is open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume, proof of Bar membership  to Dellis Agard, SRST Court Administrator at dagard@standingrock.org.

Chief Prosecutor, Fort Yates, ND. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all criminal proceedings in the criminal court or the Children’s Court, Traffic Court.  The Chief Prosecutor will also represent the Tribe or Individuals petitioning for Involuntary Commitments.  Limited representation in Abuse and Neglect proceedings in Children’s Court.  The Chief Prosecutor reports to the SRST Judicial Committee.  The term of office and salary are negotiable. The position is open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume, proof of Bar membership  to Dellis Agard, SRST Court Administrator at dagard@standingrock.org.

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Fort Yates, ND. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all criminal proceedings in the criminal court or the Children’s Court, Traffic Court.  The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor will also represent the Tribe or Individuals petitioning for Involuntary Commitments.  Limited representation in Abuse and Neglect proceedings in Children’s Court.  The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor reports to the Chief Prosecutor.  The term of office and salary are negotiable.  The position is open until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume, proof of Bar membership  to Dellis Agard, SRST Court Administrator at dagard@standingrock.org.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Attorney General, Black River Falls, WI. Please see the job description and a fillable application for more information. The Attorney General performs a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Attorney General, will prepare pleadings, for hearings and for other legal proceedings, presenting criminal and civil regulations, performing legal research, writing opinions, and other duties as assigned by the Ho-Chunk Nation President. Application is open until filled. Please see the job description, employmentapp@ho-chunk.com, and application fillable application here for more information.

ACLU Northern California

Staff Attorney / Senior Staff Attorney, San Francisco, Fresno or Sacramento, CA. Integral to building and strengthening the work of the ACLU-NorCal’s program areas. The Senior Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney supports and models a culture of shared purpose, mentorship and mutual respect in the Program team, in the Legal-Policy Department, across the ACLU NorCal and with partners. Closing date is July 15, 2020. See the job description for more information or visit the website.

Michigan State University College of Law

Field Career Services Coordinator, The Career Services Office, East Lansing, MI. The Law Provides comprehensive professional development, career planning, and career advising services, as well as oversees the design and implementation of career and professional development programming for students. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are due by Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Environmental Law Institute

Development & Membership Associate, Washington, DC. The Environmental Law Institute is looking for a highly organized associate. Major areas of focus for this position will be on raising the restricted and unrestricted funds for the operation of the Institute, promoting the communications of the organization, and ensuring donor and membership communication and engagement activities run smoothly. Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. Visit https://www.eli.org/employment to get started. Applications must be submitted no later than July 31, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis in an effort to fill this vacancy as soon as possible.

Manager, Education & Membership Events, Washington, DC. If you are organized, team-orientated, and striving to effect positive change in this world then this may be your ideal job. Ensure the smooth operation and promotion of all education and member related events. Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. Visit https://www.eli.org/employment to get started. Applications must be submitted no later than July 31, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis in an effort to fill this vacancy as soon as possible.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory grounds for local authority, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present cases in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Primary duties include responding to Requests for Legal Services submitted by Chapter Officials/Staff or Division of Community Development Staff by researching applicable laws and the drafting legal memoranda, meeting with Chapter Staff/Officials and Division Staff, travel to Chapters, drafting and reviewing contracts including construction contracts, drafting and reviewing other legal documents on behalf of the Chapters.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs. Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic  planning for  annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates  and  evaluates  the  overall  effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts. Responsible for adhering to the Plan of  Operation  and  establishing  annual  goals  and  objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  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.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  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, Shiprock, NM.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  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.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 22, 2020 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.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Water Rights Units

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ.  The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Water Rights Unit is the lead water rights attorney for the Navajo Nation, 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. The AAG directs and supervises the work of all attorneys within the Unit and contract attorneys representing the Navajo Nation on water rights matters.  The AAG reports to the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and 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.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

 

See posts from July 3, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

EarthJustice

Associate Attorney, The Sustainable Food and Farming Program, Healthy Communities Department, New York, NY. Conducts legal advocacy and litigation. Engages in litigation and advocacy to improve our nation’s food system, from crop selection and farming practices to food processing and sustainability.  Working in partnership with communities, advocacy groups, scientists, and others, we fight for safe and healthy food, climate-friendly farming, reduced reliance on dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and animal farms—not animal factories.  We take on cases with regional and national scope. For more information please see the job description.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Attorney (Tribal Court Licensed), Arizona and New Mexico. DNA is a nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people who otherwise could not afford to hire an attorney. Be familiar with and follow all DNA and funder policies, and all applicable state, federal, and local regulations. Participate in community outreach, training programs, and client education events. DNA legal staff practice in tribal, state, federal, and administrative courts. This position is open until filled. Visit the website and see the job description for more information. Preference is given to qualified Navajo and other Native American applicants.

The State Bar of Wisconsin

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Madison, WI.  Work with our membership to develop and implement programs, practices and methods that promote diversity and inclusion among Sate Bar officers, board and committee members, law school students, and volunteers.  This position also works with law school students, onboarding them into the Association and managing programs such as the Diversity Clerkship Program, providing opportunities for diverse students to build relationships and gain experience working with our participating employers. To apply, visit www.wisbar.org/careers to upload your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations.  Applications will be accepted through July 15. For more information please see the position description.

The Lummi Indian Business Council

VAWA Deputy Tribal Prosecutor, Bellingham, WA.To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to  the website or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. Please see the job description for more information.

Echaga Corporation

RFP for Legal Services, Pine Ridge, SD. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. RFP closes July 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. For more information please see the request. Please submit materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Through July 8, 2020. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Center for Indian Country Economist, Minneapolis, MN. The posting has no fixed closing date. The primary duties include contributing research and analysis on policy topics relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native reservations and communities; developing and coordinating CICD’s research affiliate network, and contributing to CICD and Bank initiatives.

Center for Indian Country Research Assistant, Minneapolis, MN. The posting has no fixed closing date. The primary duties include supporting CICD research and initiatives with quantitative analysis in R and/or Stata.

Tule River Indian Housing Authority

Executive Director, Tule River Reservation, near Porterville, CA.  Position is open until filled. Under the supervision of the Board of Commissioners, the Executive Director will administer the housing program, which performs maintenance and modernization of its 70 Low Rent Housing units for tribal members.  40 new units are currently under construction.  Candidate must be experienced with IHBG and other housing funding sources.  For a detailed job description, list of generous employee benefits, and the job application form, please email susan.janoko@tulerivertribe-nsn.gov.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory grounds for local authority, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present cases in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Primary duties include responding to Requests for Legal Services submitted by Chapter Officials/Staff or Division of Community Development Staff by researching applicable laws and the drafting legal memoranda, meeting with Chapter Staff/Officials and Division Staff, travel to Chapters, drafting and reviewing contracts including construction contracts, drafting and reviewing other legal documents on behalf of the Chapters.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs. Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic  planning for  annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor.  Coordinates  and  evaluates  the  overall  effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts. Responsible for adhering to the Plan of  Operation  and  establishing  annual  goals  and  objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  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.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  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, Shiprock, NM.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position 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.  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.

Water Rights Units 

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ.  The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Water Rights Unit is the lead water rights attorney for the Navajo Nation, 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. The AAG directs and supervises the work of all attorneys within the Unit and contract attorneys representing the Navajo Nation on water rights matters.  The AAG reports to the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and 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.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

 

See posts from June 26, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Echaga Corporation

RFP for Legal Services, Pine Ridge, SD. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. RFP closes July 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. For more information please see the request. Please submit materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Through July 8, 2020. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

InterTribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, CA. For duties please see attached job description. Position will remain open until filled.

Environmental Law Institute

Fall Research and Publications Intern (August-December), Washington, D.C. and remotely. Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff. Applications are rolling and close July 19, 2020 at 11:59 EST. You can apply here and see the attached position description for more information.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy Solicitor General, The Office of the Solicitor General, Onamia, MN. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration, and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. Open until filled.  Please see the job description at millelacsband.com/jobs for more information and to download an application.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife i

Attorney I, Office of the General Counsel, Sacramento, CA. The Department is the state trustee agency for fish and wildlife, managing these resources for their ecological and public use values. This Attorney I position is appropriate for newer attorneys interested in state service and a collaborative office environment. The position will work closely with CDFW’s team of environmental scientists implementing the Water Storage Investment Program adopted by the voters as part of Proposition 1 in 2014. This will include negotiation of contract and grant terms, research regarding contracting and granting legal requirements, legal review to ensure that Water Storage Investment Program projects meet regulatory requirements, and preparation of other contract and grant-related legal documents. The application deadline is July 19, 2020. Additional information is available here. Interested applicants are welcome to contact the Department’s Tribal Liaison and Assistant Chief Counsel Nathan Voegeli at nathan.voegeli@wildlife.ca.gov.

Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians

Appellate Court Judge, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribal Court of Appeals, Sault, Michigan. Judges at the appellate court level hear appeals primarily focused on a variety of civil matters and criminal matters.  Applications due by July 10, 2020. Application can be found here.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Attorney, Office of Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. AThe Associate Tribal Attorney will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Closing date July 16, 2020. See the attached description for more information. Link to employment application here.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Northwest. The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest.  Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound and the Salish Sea and the communities that depend on them, stop coal-fired power plants, prevent the Pacific Northwest from becoming a fossil fuel fossil fuel export hub, and protect farmworkers and communities from toxic pesticides, among other things.  We are building out southern resident orca recovery work and partnerships with environmental justice communities in Seattle and Portland.  We frequently work in close partnership with Native American Tribes and fence-line communities.  The new Staff Attorney would spend a significant portion of his or her time partnering with environmental justice communities, along with other Northwest attorneys.

Staff Attorney, AK. The Alaska office works to protect Alaska’s public lands and waters, fish and wildlife, air and water quality, and public health from threats posed by oil and gas development, old growth logging, minerals and coal mining, industrial-scale ocean trawling, and other activities. We represent conservation groups, Alaska Native tribal and nonprofit organizations, community groups, fishing organizations, and others in litigation and other advocacy before federal and state agencies and in the courts.  With offices in Juneau and Anchorage, we work on issues throughout the state.  Our current priorities include protecting America’s Arctic from oil and gas development, roadless area and old growth forest protection on the Tongass National Forest, and opposition to several proposed large-scale mines in western and southeast Alaska and on transboundary rivers in Canada.  For more information about the Alaska office, please visit here.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Isabella County, MI. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the Tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, as directed by General Counsel. The Senior Associate General Counsel will supervise and coordinate the work of the all Associate General Counsel positions. Please visit the link for more information and to apply.

Native American Rights Fund

Communications Director, Boulder, CO. NARF is looking for an experienced, multi-talented Communications professional to be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of its Communications Department as well as leading outreach to both media and supporters.  A solid understanding of the historical relationships between states, the United States, and tribes is preferred. Open until filled with interviews starting in July. Please visit the website and see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel, Water Environment & Natural Resources, Sandia Pueblo, NM. Responsibilities will cover a wide range of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel.  Application closes 9/20/2020 or when position is filled. Visit the website or see the job description for more information.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC. Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a non-attorney Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Western Environmental Law Center (WELC)

Staff Attorney, Taos, NM or Santa Fe, NM.  This position will advance an expansive package of legal strategies to facilitate a just, equitable, and managed transition away from oil and gas to address the climate crisis and foster ecological and community resilience. While centered on securing state-level reforms in New Mexico, this position will also contribute to WELC’s ambitious federal-level strategies, in particular relative to federal public lands. This full-time position will be located in New Mexico, ideally Taos or Santa Fe, with an optimal start date of September 8, 2020. Please see the full job description PDF accessible from this posting and on the WELC website for details. To apply, please send requested application materials to jobs@westernlaw.org by July 17, 2020.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Staff Attorney, Durant, OK. Primarily responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching, and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. For more information please see the position description. Click here to apply.

 

If you have submitted a job announcement that is not posted here, please feel welcome to resend the post to indigenous@law.msu.edu. See posts from June 12, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

New Mexico Legal Aid 

Managing Attorney, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. The Native American Program provides free legal services to eligible low-income Native Americans living on or near 19 Pueblos and the Mescalero Apache tribe in New Mexico. The candidate should have experience in supervising legal advocacy in Federal, State and Tribal Court.  The Managing Attorney will supervise attorneys, paralegals and other staff and volunteers, handle administrative duties, and work in close collaboration with other members of NMLA’s management team. The Managing Attorney also will handle cases as sole counsel or co-counsel. Application closes June 30, 2020. Send a resume and letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org.

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN.  The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

 

See posts from May 29, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

RFP – Special Investigation. Window Rock, Navajo Nation (AZ). Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorneys, as independent contractors, will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General in connection with Special Investigation and related litigation matters involving the legal interests of the Navajo Nation. Proposals are due Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. MDT. For more information please see the request.

RFP – Public Safety. Provide legal services for the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety (NNDPS) in connection with the Navajo Nation Criminal Code, Title 17, P.L. 93-638 contracts, Federal Tort Claims Act, and applicable laws and policies. Specifically, the Contractor will assist the NNDPS with transactional services. Proposals due June 8, 2020. For more information please see the description.

RFP – Construction. Provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General in connection with Construction matters. The ideal candidate will have worked drafting and reviewing construction, engineering, and architectural contracts, including AIAs and EJCDC contracts. They will be familiar with the Navajo’s Procurement Act & Regulations, Business Opportunity Act, and tax laws. They will also be familiar with New Mexico’s capital outlay process. Proposals due Friday, June 12, 2020 at 5 p.m. MDT. For more information please see the description.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, Pendleton, OR. The CTUIR seeks a Tribal Attorney assigned to represent and advise the CTUIR in its NAHASDA, low-come tax credit and other home ownership, development and advising supported by related funding sources. The location is nestled near the Umatilla River, at the base of the beautiful Blue Mountains, and experiences all four seasons common to the Columbia River Basin and has easy access to the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Many employees easily commute from Walla Walla, Kennewick, or live locally in Pendleton. Apply here. For more information, please see the position description. The position is open until filled.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science 

Executive Director, Santa Cruz, CA. The main duties for this role are outlined in the position profile. The main core competencies that we are using to evaluate all candidates are: Alignment with Mission and Values, Collaborative and Visionary Leadership, Change Management, Fundraising Expertise, Board Relations, Communications and Relationship Building, and Business Acumen. We go into greater detail in the attached PDF. There is not a specific closing date for this position. Apply here.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. For more information please see the position description. Closing date is 6/30/2020.

See posts from May 23, 2020.

 

Job Announcements

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

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

Michigan Women’s Commission

Internship, Lansing, MI. The Michigan Women’s Commission is a 15-member, Governor-appointed commission that focuses attention on critical issues facing women across our state. The Commission has two full-time staff members: an Executive Director and a Chief Strategy Officer. Together, the staff and Commissioners work on projects from legislative proposals to executive policy recommendations to public education campaigns and more. Given our current Governor’s interest in addressing inequity and promoting opportunity, we have more than a few new projects ahead of us! Due to both the Commission’s and the State of Michigan’s current budget constraints, we are looking to host interns who are working for academic credits or who receive scholarship/fellowship dollars from other sources to compensate their time. Intern projects can be tailored to meet specific academic requirements, as well as individual student research and skill-building interests. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter detailing their interests Shannon Garrett, MWC Chief Strategy Officer, at garretts5@michigan.gov by 9:00am on Tuesday, May 26. Virtual interviews will be held on May 27 and 28.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

RFP, Window Rock, Navajo Nation (AZ). Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorneys, as independent contractors, will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General in connection with Special Investigation and related litigation matters involving the legal interests of the Navajo Nation. Proposals are due Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. MDT. For more information please see the request. 

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

RFP, Will Estate Attorney Services. Seeks proposals that would provide Will and Estate Planning legal services (Program) directly to CTUIR members (Client).  The Program is a pass-through contract administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel. Services include individual Client meetings, advising and drafting estate planning for trust land and other property they may own, accessing or coordinating with federal and tribal agencies related to the completion of the will drafting, and causing the documents to be filed with the CTUIR Enrollment Office. For more information please see the position description and click here.

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

Associate Judge, Shingle Springs, CA. The Tribal Associate Judge is to perform all the duties of the Chief Judge when the Chief Judge is unavailable, on vacation, or otherwise unable to perform the duties of their office. At times, the Tribal Associate Judge will be called in to handle appellate proceedings which are filed. The Tribal Associate Judge is an independent contractor position, hired on an as needed basis only, with no guaranteed assignments in any given period of time. Letters of Interest and Resumes are due by June 15, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

University of Toronto

Dean of Law, Toronto, ON. Seeking an accomplished and visionary scholar, educator, communicator, and leader, with a history of exemplary administration that reflects a commitment to excellence, equity, and diversity; a capacity to build and lead collaborative and inclusive teams; the ability to initiate and lead change in legal education and preparation for professional practice; and a record of impactful relationships with a range of internal and external partners. The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. For more information please see the description. 

Jacobson Law Group

Associate Attorney, Saint Paul, MN. Writing and research on a broad range of transactional and litigation matters; Discovery, motion practice, and trial work in tribal, federal, or state courts; Drafting legislation, ordinances, and/or regulations for tribal or other governments. Applications must be received by June 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. central time. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Joseph Halloran at jhalloran@thejacobsonlawgroup.com. For more information please see the position description.

Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker, P.C.

Attorney, Flagstaff, AZ. Provide general representation to public school districts, tribally-controlled grant schools, and charter schools. Applicants must be admitted to the Arizona Bar or capable of admission within six months, and admission to the Navajo Nation Bar Association is preferred. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Please see the job announcement for more information and application instructions.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, D.C. Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a non-attorney Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the position description for more information and how to apply.

 

See posts from May 15, 2020.

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

Thank you for your patience while we continue to work from home and adjust our job announcement posting schedules accordingly. To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)

Senior Counsel, Anchorage, Alaska. Provide assigned legal services with minimum supervision, serving as an expert in a variety of legal and regulatory matters. Primary work responsibilities include; Performing legal research, drafting policies, reviewing contracts, conducting internal investigations, and advising ANTHC leadership on legal matters; and more. To apply please submit your resume to Chelsea Greene (cmgreene@anthc.org) and fill out an online application here. Please see the job description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney, Dept: Government Affairs Office, Laguna, NM. Attorney represents, advises, and advocates for Laguna families and elders who cannot afford legal representation on issues affecting economic security, health, substance abuse, and education.The application is open until filled. 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.

Water Protector Legal Collective

Staff Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. The staff attorney will help do outreach to Indigenous movements and peoples across Turtle Island to assess legal needs, develop and present legal trainings, for example in legal self-defense; intervening in the permit process; legal observation and documenting human rights violations; and more. See the job description for more information and send the required documents to director@waterprotectorlegal.orgno later than May 30, 2020.

Wilton Rancheria Appeals Court

RFQ, Wilton Rancheria Appellate JudgeElk Grove, CA. Hearing cases appealed from the Wilton Rancheria Tribal Court. Application closes May 20, 2020. Please see the detailed request for more information.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC. This position is open until filled.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply.

 

See posts from May 1, 2020.

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

University of Nevada

Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor, Judicial Studies, Reno, NV. The manager of this degree program works in coordination with a LMS specialist as required, and with limited administrative support (approximately .10 FTE of an Administrative Assistant IV). The position also involves graduate level teaching in an area of expertise and extensive student advising duties. Thus, the position requires substantial content and technical expertise, as well as an ability to work independently in a fast-paced virtual academic environment. The application is open until filled. Apply here.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Junior Associate In-House Counsel, OST Legal Department, Pine Ridge, SD. Counsel will work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, the Executive Committee and with the Health and Human Services and Education Standing Committees. Counsel must attend weekly meetings with Committees and attend Tribal Council meetings as assigned. This position is open until filled. Please see the job announcement for more information.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Waséyabek Development Company, L.L.C.

Independent Director for the Board of Directors of Waséyabek Development Company, L.L.C., Grand Rapids, MI. The Board of Directors is responsible for working with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, the NHBP Tribal Council and other management staff to develop investment strategies and development plans for the Company to further the mission and purposes of the Company.  In concert with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors is responsible for identifying investment criteria to drive the Company business acquisition and investment activities, authorizing investments/business acquisitions and monitoring the performance of the Company. Please see the job description for more information.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Staff Attorney, Gallup, NM. The staff attorney will handle cases and matters involving Federal Indian law and Indian tribal law issues, including representation of low income individuals in tribal court.  In addition, the staff attorney may be required to handle general poverty law work in non-Tribal forums and to conduct outreach in Indian and non-Indian communities. For more information please see the position description.

 

See posts from April 24, 2020.

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN.  The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

University of Nevada

Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor, Judicial Studies, Reno, NV. The manager of this degree program works in coordination with a LMS specialist as required, and with limited administrative support (approximately .10 FTE of an Administrative Assistant IV). The position also involves graduate level teaching in an area of expertise and extensive student advising duties. Thus, the position requires substantial content and technical expertise, as well as an ability to work independently in a fast-paced virtual academic environment. The application is open until filled. Apply here.

 

See posts from April 10, 2020.