Job Announcements

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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: 

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

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California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. (2) Providing brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals. (2) Developing and maintaining effective relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the service territory, including all funding sources, and ensuring that the office pursues and secures meaningful opportunities to work with tribes, Indian organizations and Indian individuals. (3) Developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, EUR-hiring@calindian.org. The position is open until filled.

Legal Administrative Assistant. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Answering and directing incoming calls including intake screening and providing telephone referrals to clients. (2) Greeting and maintaining professional tact in dealing with or assisting CILS clients, tribal members, tribal officials, outside counsel or other CILS visitors. (3) Creating, maintaining, and organizing case and correspondence files including case file tickling with minimal supervision. (4) Representing attorney by communicating and obtaining information; following-up on delegated assignments. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services via email EUR-hiring@calindian.org.

University of Idaho College of Law

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico

Attorney. Las Cruces, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing training and assistance to CJA Panel attorneys. (2) Completing case assignments. (3) Assisting CJA Panel attorneys and the Court with the efficient processing of vouchers for reimbursement. (4) Participating on the CJA Panel selection committee. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should, In one PDF document, submit a statement of interest, detailed resume, and three references to: Margaret A. Katze, Federal Public Defender FDNM-HR@fd.org by October 1st, 2021. Reference 2021-12 in the subject.

Legal Assistant. Las Cruces, NM. Duties include: (1) Case management to include opening and closing cases. (2) Screening and referring telephone calls and visitors. (3) Organizing and photocopying legal documents and case materials. (4) Case file creation and management. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should  submit, in one PDF document, a statement of interest and resume and three references to: Melissa Read, Administrative Officer FDNM-HR@fd.org by September 15, 2021. Reference 2021-11 in the subject.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representation of the Navajo Nation government, 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. (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 General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) 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. (3) 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. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. (2) Facilitating implementation management information systems. (3) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network. This position is open until September 7, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations. (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies. (3) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. Other duties as assigned. 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. Office of the Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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. (2) Administering 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. (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts. 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.

Attorney. Office of the Prosecutor. Ramah, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation government. (2) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. (3) Reviewing investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents. (4) Establishing 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. (5) Providing legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation. 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. Kayenta, 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 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. (3) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research. (4) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings. (5) 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.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Judicial Hearing Officer. Judicial District. Chinle, AZ. Duties include: (1) Exercising 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. (2) Performing related work as assigned. (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Judicial District, Chinle AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance. (2) Conducting legal research and drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. (3) Providing legal representation for the court in various legal arenas; attends meetings. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance. (2) Conducting legal research, drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. (3) Providing legal representation for the court in various legal arenas. 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. Duties include: (1) Presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases. (2) Providing policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District. (3) Hearing and deciding cases within the jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation courts, including but limited to evidentiary hearings, motions writs and trials. 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.  

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. 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. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants. (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances. (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman. (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations. (5) Handling employment matters.  Please see the position description for more information. Submit application, cover letter, resume and writing sample to: melia@hoopainsurance.com. Contact Leah Offins, HR Coordinator l.offins@hoopainsurance.com with questions. 

Seneca Nation of Indians

SNI Peacemakers Court Legal Advisor. Seneca Nation Allegany & Cattaraugus Territories, New York. Duties include: (1) Providing accurate and timely legal advice to the SNI Peacemakers Judges on a variety of legal topics that come before the courts. (2) Providing the Judges with substantive legal advice on resolving the cases before the courts. (3) Performing legal research, providing written as well as verbal legal opinions, draft legal memoranda, proposed orders and opinions, and discussing legal analysis and judicial procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Contact Karlene Familo, Judicial Conference Chair, Seneca Nation of Indians Seneca Nation Karlene.familo@sni.org.

Request for Proposals for Legal Services. For special counsel legal services for the Nation’s Peacemakers Court, the trial level court. Interested attorneys are invited to submit a letter of interest, statement of qualifications, and a detailed rate and service proposal to the Court Administrator. Proposals are due Friday, September 24, 2021. The Nation plans to schedule interviews the fourth week of September and select the attorney by October 8, 2021. Proposals should be submitted to: Karlene Familo, Judicial Conference Chair, Seneca Nation of Indians, Karlene.Familo@sni.org.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) Assisting 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. (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions. (3) Representing 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 Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region, Twin Cities.

Spring/Summer Law Clerk/Internship. Bloomington, MN. Desired Class Level(s): 2L, 3L. Duties include: (1) Drafting legal memoranda and litigation reports. (2) Drafting title opinions for land acquisition. (3) Participating in conference calls and strategy sessions with client agencies and the Department of Justice. The part-time schedule is flexible and remote work may be necessary due to the pandemic. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover Letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample and letter of recommendation from law professor to Mrs. Lori Keller at lori.keller@sol.doi.gov by September 22, 2021.  

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska

Senior Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Litigating every step of the docket of complex cases, from initial client contact to final resolution at trial or appeal. (2) Expanding and defending civil liberties throughout Alaska and beyond. If interested, please email PDFs of your résumé; a professional writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others three professional references; and a letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Senior Staff Attorney.” Please state in your letter how you learned of this position. To be assured of consideration for the position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2021. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Integrated Advocacy Director. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Implementation and coordination of the ACLU-WA’s strategic work in the areas of: Legal/Litigation; Political Strategy; Policy Advocacy; Information and Referral; Communications. (2) Providing supervision and support to the Legal Director, Political Director, Director of
Policy Advocacy Group, the Information and Referral Program Managing Attorney. (3) Development of evaluation and learning tools to assist in determining the best strategic use of resources and determination of advocacy areas. (4) Developing and strengthening partnerships with organizations working with communities most impacted by civil liberties and civil rights violations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Integrated Advocacy Director. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2021. ACLU website.

Berkey Williams LLP

2022-2023 INDIAN LAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Beginning September 2022. Duties include promoting and protecting Indian Nation sovereignty. Interested law school graduates and 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative/ICWA Assistant, at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com.  No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE. Duties include: (1) Reviewing, negotiating, analyzing, and drafting key company contracts. (2) Providing strategic and proactive legal advice to applicable business clients. (3) Assessing applicable gaming laws and regulations for possible changes and reforms. (4) Inspiring confidence in business clients by consistently providing well-reasoned legal advice and practical solutions to complex issues. For more information, please see the position description. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to careers@bigfirelaw.com. 

Tribal Government and Housing Attorney – Omaha, NE. Duties include: (1) Working on cases in a variety of areas including representation in tribal governments in tribal, federal, and state courts, before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies. (2) Drafting of ordinances, regulations and policies, negotiation and review of contracts and commercial transactions. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Wilderness Workshop

Associate Attorney, (One-year term position). Carbondale, CO. Duties include: (1) Advocating at the federal level to achieve our conservation goals, in collaboration with our Legal and Policy Directors. (2) Bringing legal and policy expertise to our engagement in public land plans and projects, national policy efforts, federal legislation, and strategic litigation. (3) Supporting our major campaigns with legal and policy strategy and tactics. Please see the position description for more information. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a letter of interest and resume to Jobs@wildernessworkshop.org with the subject: “Associate Attorney.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as possible. We anticipate beginning interviews in late-September.

Rincon Band of Luseño Indians Reservation

Federal Law Summer Internship. Northeastern San Diego county, CA. For law students who have completed at least one year of law school. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Attorney General in research and drafting Tribal ordinances, policies, and resolutions. (2) Reviewing and revising agreements. (3) Researching and preparing legal memoranda on a wide variety of legal matters handled by the office. Please see the position description for more information. This is an 8-week, full time, on Reservation internship (some telecommuting permitted). The position will be filled as soon as possible. To apply, please submit the following to Laurel McKee by email at lmckee@rincon-nsn.gov by no later than Friday, October 15, 2021: a cover letter, current resume, a brief writing sample, and a copy of your transcript.

Muskogee (Creek) Nation

Chief District Court Judge. Okmulgee, OK. Duties include: (1) Hearing and deciding matters. (2) Remaining faithful to tribal law, custom, and ordinances. (3) Requiring lawyers in proceedings to refrain from conducting bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. (4) Accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or that person’s lawyer, the right to be heard according to Muscogee (Creek) Nation law. Please see the position description for more information.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

WI Judicare

Elder and Disability Law Position, Wausau, WI. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply.  Key Responsibilities (1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Indian individuals and groups in matters related to public benefits; (2) Educate and serve Native American Elders in areas of health and income maintenance, estate planning, and exercise of religious freedom, among others; (3) Provide backup services and education to Tribal Benefit Specialists; (4) Participate in tribal court development and community education projects; and (5) Carry out training and coordination of law student and other pro bono service projects. Please see the position description for more information.

Criminal and Civil Tribal Court Position, Wausau, WI. Qualified applicants willing to work remotely in or near the service area are encouraged to apply.  Key Responsibilities (1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Indian individuals in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court or arising under federal or tribal law. Civil case areas include CHIPS/ICW, custody/placement, divorce, estate planning; (2) Educate and serve Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law; (3) Participate in tribal court development, code drafting and community education projects; and (4) Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. Please see the position description for more information.

SEARHC

Associate General Counsel, Juneau, AK. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Open until filled. URL to job. Please see the position description for more information.

The Mohegan Tribe

Attorney General, Uncasville, CT. The Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut is searching for a successor to the retiring incumbent to fill the position of Attorney General.  This position is part of the Tribe’s senior executive team and is responsible for executive, managerial and administrative duties to oversee all legal and assigned regulatory departments as well as developing legal strategies to advise the Tribe and its business enterprises. Application closes Friday, July 16th, 2021. For more information, please see the position description.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Staff Attorney, St. Paul, MN Work with Chief Legal Officer and program staff to serve MCEA’s legal needs, including analyzing potential cases, researching and developing legal strategies, litigating, and providing day to day legal advice; Represent MCEA and other client organizations in administrative and court actions; Engage in legislative and administrative advocacy, including reviewing proposed legislation and rules, meeting with legislators and agency staff, and providing written and oral testimony; and more. Closing Date: July 26, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Pojoaque General Counsel

Attorney. Provide legal services under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel. Applicant will assume diverse roles while working with the Pueblo people, their government and Pueblo corporations. Position requires a substantial knowledge and understanding of the Pueblo, its departments and businesses and a general understanding of Indian Law and tribal-federal-state relations and the Pueblo of Pojoaque Law and Order Code. A background of federal Indian law is essential. Practice areas include direct legal services, domestic affairs, tribal corporations, water law, litigation, gaming, general civil law, and contracts. Position will be filled within 30 days of this posting. Send resumes via email to lbarnhart@pojoaque.org. Please have resumes submitted by June 30, 2021. For more information please see the position description.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Native Law Staff Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska. Provide legal services to Association of Village Council Presidents (“AVCP”) member Tribes and tribal members in. This position primarily involves representation of tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act, and may also involve litigating other Native law matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. The Anchorage ICWA attorney will be serving clients in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, in cases primarily heard in Anchorage, Alaska courts, but also elsewhere throughout the state. For more information, please see the position description.

Native Law Staff Attorney, Bethel, Alaska. Provide legal services to Association of Village Council Presidents (“AVCP”) member Tribes and tribal members. This position primarily involves representation of tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act, and may also involve litigating other Native law matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. The Bethel ICWA attorney will be serving clients in cases primarily heard in Bethel, Alaska courts, serving clients in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The attorney will be supervised and supported by ALSC staff. Travel to both urban and rural areas will be required. For this position, the attorney will either be:

· Housed within the AVCP ICWA department, in Bethel, Alaska; or

· Housed in Alaska Legal Services’ Anchorage-based office, with expenses-paid travel to Bethel, Alaska for approximately one week out of each month, provided COVID-19 precautions allow.

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.

Navajo Nation Office of the Chief 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.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor:

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

Senior Prosecutor, Chinle, 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 filled, 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 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 July 8, 2021 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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Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Peacekeeping Coordinator, Dowagiac, MI. Part-time hourly and 16 hours a week estimated to begin. Responsible for development, implementation, and support of Pokagon Peacemaking initiatives undertaken by the Court under the guidance of the Chief Judge and Court Administrator. Closing date is 6/11/21. Apply for Peacemaking Coordinator here.

Tulalip Tribal Court

Civil Legal Aid Attorney, Tulalip, WA. Seeking practicing attorney with at least 2 years of experience in either representing clients in civil cases, working in civil legal aid, and/or representing Indian tribal members in tribal courts. For more information, please see the job description. Application closes June 11th, 2021.

JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE NAVAJO NATION

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

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

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

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

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Senior Associate General Counsel, Temecula, CA. Works under the direct supervision of the General Counsel. Provides strategic legal advice and counsel to the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and all of its governmental and commercial entities to advance compliance with applicable laws, and minimize legal risk to the Tribe and its assets. Application is open until filled.  Direct Link to position here. For more information plezse see the position description.  

In-House Attorney II. Under the administrative direction of the Tribal Executives, the In-House Attorney II performs general legal work, including but not limited to general legal advice to Tribal Council, departments, agencies, boards and committees; representation in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts and hearings; writing, development, and revision of codes; and legal research. 

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Paralegal – Legal Department. Under the direction of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Legal Department’s two In-House Attorneys, the incumbent provides legal support to the Legal Department. This position is expected to assist with the preparation of court filings for the Indian Child Welfare Act cases and other litigation as needed.  Individual will also assist with the scanning and organization of legal files for all ongoing legal work within the Tribal government, including contract files, legislative drafting, correspondence and litigation files.

Public Defender, Contract/ SWO Tribal Public Defender. Times flexible; 2-3 days a week. It is the duty of the SWO Public Defender to represent indigent defendants charged with crimes within the boundaries of the Lake Traverse Reservation. The attorney should have experience in criminal defense, filing pretrial motions, representing their client at all stages of the proceeding, and conducting bench and jury trials. This individual will assist with representing parents in all juvenile cases including but not limited to child abuse, neglect, and dependency, unruly and delinquent cases. The SWO Public Defender should be familiar with the Indian Child Welfare Act, and should be able to understand motions to intervene and or transfer from State Court ICWA proceedings.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The 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. Deadline to apply is June 10, 2021. Link to required employment application here.

Senior Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The Senior Tribal Attorney administers and supervises 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. Deadline to apply is June 14, 2021. Link to required employment application here.

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager, Technical Assistance, New York City, NY or Remote. Work with tribal, county, and state jurisdictions; Develop a broad range of subject matter expertise around tribal justice projects and community justice projects, including but not limited to community courts, healing to wellness courts, and treatment courts, strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice, corrections and reentry, tribal-state relationships, and other problem-solving initiatives; Help lead the planning and coordination of roundtables and national events; and more. Closing Date – June 21st. Application Link here.

Colville Confederated Tribes

Managing Attorney Public Defender’s Office, Nespelem, WA. The basic functions will include Represents Tribal members in criminal matters in Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals. Represents Tribal indigent parents in dependency matters related to Colville Tribal Children’s Court. Open Until Filled and the next Review Date is June 25th, 2021. More information here and in the attached job description.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court

Tribal Court Administrator, Akwesasne, NY. Under the direction of the Chief Judge, the Tribal Court Administrator is responsible for implementing the vision, mission, and strategic plan of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. The Court Administrator is also responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with providing an independent and separate judicial branch for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The Court Administrator ensures the Tribal Court follows the best practices of a trauma informed Court. The Court Administrator is responsible for overseeing the provision of court services and manages the general operation of the Court. The applicants must be familiar with online platforms such as Microsoft teams in order to appear for the interview. Each applicant is required to submit a resume and a writing sample that may include but not limited to a professional letter or memo and be prepared for testing in the applicable skills as part of the interview process. Applicants must apply by no later than June 30, 2021.

Quinault Indian Nation

RFP. The Quinault Indian Nation is soliciting proposals for a consultant to advise and assist with strategy and grant writing related to the tribal provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). The Quinault Indian Nation seeks to leverage the ARP to the fullest extent to ensure self-sufficiency and tribal sovereignty. It is anticipated that the delivery of services under the contract will begin on July 1, 2021.


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We are very pleased that so many people have found our Friday legal job announcements to be useful. We are always happy to hear from people who have found jobs from the postings.

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If it doesn’t, we cannot guarantee your announcement will make into a Friday post. We have very limited staff at the ILPC and Turtle Talk, and as we ramp up for our students to return and plan our awesome conference, we appreciate your kindness and patience. We receive between 25-35 announcements weekly, and there will be (the rare) week when we may not be able to get the Friday post done due to other obligations. There is also the possibility we will simply miss something. In addition, we don’t go back and pull down old job posts when they expire–we simply don’t have the capacity for that.

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