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.

Student Opportunities

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Intern. Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group offers 10-week paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of judicial clerks, governmental attorneys and associates at law firms. Applications are due Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5PM PST. Visit procopio.com/nativeamericanlawintern or see the job announcement. Application here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

2L Summer Associate. Washington, DC. See attached PDF. October 9, 2020

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Jobs

Bay Mills Indian Community

Tribal Prosecutor, Brimley, MI. Move up to the wild and beautiful Bay Mills reservation, which sits on the bluffs of Lake Superior in Northern Michigan. The Bay Mills Indian Community is seeking a qualified attorney to carry out, on a contractor basis, the duties of the Prosecutor for the Bay Mills Tribal Court. The Tribal Prosecutor will represent Bay Mills Indian Community in proceedings before the Bay Mills Tribal Court, and is responsible in preserving and upholding the Bay Mills Indian Community Constitution and By-Laws, Law and Order Code, Tribal jurisdiction, ordinances and resolutions, and all applicable federal laws. This position will remain open until closed.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Part-time Attorney, Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Quinault Indian Reservation

Senior Assistant Attorney General for Children and Elder Services, Taholah, WA (Quinault Indian Reservation). This is an in-house counsel position responsible for providing the Quinault Nation’s children’s an elders’ program with an array of legal services. In addition, the incumbent works closely with the Quinault Family Services Department (QFS), the Quinault Child Support Services Program (SCCP), the Quinault Tribal Police Department (QPD), and other tribal departments to protect and enhance the welfare and safety of the tribal community. Open until filled. For more information please see the job description.

The Wind River Tribal Court

Public Defender (Attorney), Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Essential duties include representing all adult and juvenile defendants charged with violations of the Shoshone & Arapaho Law and Order Code (SALOC). Works closely with legal services, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement, tribal social service programs, tribal Federal, state probation officers, juvenile probation officers; and other Federal, State, county and city law enforcement services. A full description, qualifications, and special eligibility conditions are in the job description.

Ute Indian Tribal Court

Health and Wellness Court Judge, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Judge of the Ute Tribal Health and Wellness Court is responsible for presiding over all alcohol and drug addiction related cases referred by the Ute Tribal Court or other applicable entity. Team. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position and the successful applicant will be expected to perform all duties necessary to meet the objectives of Court. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Public defender, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Public Defender oversees the representation of defendants/respondents in proceedings initiated in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate, Seattle, WA. Seeking candidate with a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their application by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com. For more information, applicants should visit our website at www.ziontzchestnut.com.  The full job announcement is in the attached PDF. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

Litigation Associate, Washington, DC. See attached PDF for duties. Position Open until Filled.

See posts from September 18, 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.

The Pascua Yaqui Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General, adjacent to Tucson, AZ. The Assistant Attorney General represents the Pascua Yaqui Tribe by providing nonpartisan legal advice and representation to officials, agencies, departments, divisions, enterprises and other entities of the Tribe’s government. Interested candidates should have at least 4 years of experience as a practicing attorney, with a background in Indian Law strongly preferred.  The job posting can be found here or see the job description for more information.

Prairie Island Indian Community

RFP. Welch, MN. After a hard-fought victory at the Minnesota Legislature in securing the Legislation, PIIC is excited to embark on the Net Zero Project. PIIC requests proposals from qualified firms, partnerships, corporations, associations, or professional organizations (“Vendor(s)” or “Respondent(s)”) to become its primary partner for the Project. The selected Vendor will help PIIC develop a project plan, including elements such as governance, community engagement, feasibility, technical analysis, possible creation of a tribal utility, etc. The selected Vendor will oversee the execution of a developed project plan and the procurement/construction required to meet the objectives identified for the Project. Additionally, PIIC seeks a qualified Vendor that both understands the public-facing aspect of the Project and can work with the existing team on communication strategies to foster stakeholder and public confidence. Submissions due September 28, 2020. Please see the RFP for more information.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is October 1, 2020.  Application here.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band Assembly

Legislative Staff Attorney II, Onamia, MN. Assists in representing the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band Assembly in the lawful exercise of its constitutional and statutory duties and obligations. The Legislative Staff Attorney also conducts legal research, drafts bills and legal opinions, reviews contracts, and performs other duties as assigned by the Secretary-Treasurer and Band Assembly with notification given to the Legislative Counsel. The Legislative Staff Attorney will regularly collaborate and work with the Legislative Counsel on legal issues. Application closes 9/28/2020. Please see the job description or link for more information.

Native American Rights Fund

Executive/Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Boulder, CO. This position will provide administrative and legal support for a busy law office. Due to COVID-19, this position will be temporarily remote. No closing date, it will remain open until filled. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply.

Environmental Protection Agency

Attorney-Advisor, Denver, CO, telework eligible. Provide legal advice, perform legal research, prepare legal documentation and provides policy recommendations; Perform litigation activities; Draft Agency determinations proposed regulations and federal register notices; and more. For more information and to apply please see the job description. Application closes September 23, 2020.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

2021 Summer Law Clerk, Washington, DC.Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, is currently seeking applications for its 2021 Summer Law Clerk Program in its Washington, DC office. Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply. This position is open until filled.

American Bar Association

Senior Associate Executive Director and General Counsel. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, will provide leadership in two distinct areas: – As General Counsel of the organization of America’s lawyers, responsibility for legal guidance and counsel in the ABA’s Office of the General Counsel – As Senior Associate Executive Director, responsibility for oversight of the office that manages the ABA’s law school accreditation process. For more information please see the position description.

ACLU of New Hampshire

Director of Community Engagement, Concord, NH. Manage ACLU-NH organizing campaigns, build volunteer capacity across the state, and engage with community partners to advance civil rights. Manage a team of two full-time staff organizers. This is an exciting opportunity to provide vision, leadership, and support to an organizing program that focuses on the most important civil rights issues of our time, including racial justice, voting rights, and LGBTQ rights. Due to COVID-19, relocation to New Hampshire will not be immediately required. Requesting job applications by October 5, 2020. To apply send cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-nh.org.

See posts from September 11, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • 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.

Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Administration Headquarters

Staff Attorney, New Town, ND. Provide legal advice and counsel to the Three Affiliated Tribes, The Tribal Business Council and all Tribal Programs, entities and sub-divisions of the Tribes, including but not limited to representation before Tribal, Federal & State Courts and Administrative agencies. Review, drafting, and negotiation of contracts, including PL 93-638 Contracts with Governmental Agencies and other outside Agencies. For more information please see the job description. Application here. Application is open until filled.

UCLA Law

Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship, 2021-2023. Applicants who intend to pursue a career as an assistant professor of law are invited to apply if their research interests concern topics at the intersection of race/racism, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The law teaching fellowship programs of Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA Law are some of the oldest in the nation. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Quinault Indian Reservation

RFQ. The Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington is seeking a Chief Judge for the Quinault Tribal Court. Please see the detailed RFQ document for proposal qualifications and requirements. Proposals must be submitted by October 9, 2020. Anticipated start date will be early January, 2021. Proposals and/or questions about the RFQ should be submitted to lbruner@quinault.org.

Office of the Attorney General for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney, Choctaw, MS. Under the direction of the Tribe’s Attorney General, the Staff Attorney is responsible for providing general legal services for the tribal government and representing the Tribe in various criminal and civil actions in tribal, state, and federal courts. This position is open until filled. The Tribe’s Employment Application can be found at http://www.choctaw.org/government/services/employment.html

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Fossil Fuels in Chicago, IL. See a brief description below. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program is hiring a Staff Attorney to join us in using the power of the law to protect communities and our environment from an onslaught of new oil and gas development. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines). The Staff Attorney will focus on challenging upstream and new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development with an emphasis on the Ohio River Valley in Appalachia.  

See posts from September 4, 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.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

Vice President and General Counsel, Anchorage, AK. The Vice President (VP) and General Counsel is a chief legal representative on legal issues related to Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and affiliate and subsidiary operations regarding contracts, transactions, and risk management of the organization. This position performs complex legal work for CITC and Administration, and advises the President and CEO and Leadership Councils. This position also provides legal support to management and serves as an advisor to the President and CEO business and risk matters. Open until Filled. Apply online and see the position description for more information.

Peublo of Tesuque

Tribal Court Judge (Part-time), located approximately 6 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Judge is responsible for the operation and administration of the Tribal Court and all programs operating through it. The Judge will preside over criminal, civil, and child welfare matters. Applicants must be licensed to practice law and have at least three years’ litigation experience in state, federal, or tribal court systems and five years’ experience in federal Indian law. This vacancy is open until filled. This vacancy is open until filled. To be considered for the position, send a letter of interest and resume to hr@pueblooftesuque.org. For more information and an application, please email HR.

Bear River Tribal Court

In House Counsel. Provides advice, instruction and guidance to Tribal Council, Tribal Administrator, Chief of Public Safety and other department directors on legal work matters. The incumbent will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Bear River Band Tribal Council and governmental departments as assigned. Please see the job description for more information.

Court Attorney. Under the direction of the Chief Judge and direct supervision of the Court Administrator, the incumbent will assist the Chief Judge and Bear River Band Tribal Court in its legal matters. The incumbent will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Bear River Band Tribal Court as assigned. Attorney will work closely with the Chief Judge and department staff. Please see the job description for more information.

Peebles Kidder

Associate Attorney(s), Sacramento, CA. Seeking entry level Associate and a mid-level Associate with experience in the areas of business transactions, corporate governance, contracts, economic development, or finance.  Our firm is widely recognized for our representation of Indian tribes and tribally owned entities. Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, law school transcript and writing sample. Positions open until filled. For more information please see the job description.

Tulalip Tribe

RFP. Contract for legal services to be provided as a victim advocate attorney for the Tulalip Tribal Victims Set-Aside program for the calendar year of 2020, administered by the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on September, 18, 2020. Please see the RFP for more information.

Legal Representation, Tulalip Tribal Court. You will establish an attorney/client relationship with the indigent client and determine what services to provide to the client in order to ensure adequate representation. You shall maintain professional practice standards in providing a level of legal service that does not fall below the minimum professional standards, Rules of Professional Conduct of the Washington State Supreme Court, the Washington State Bar Association, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and any applicable case law and court rules that define the duties of counsel to their clients.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, Choctaw, Mississippi. The staff attorney is responsible for providing general staff legal services including on-reservation and off-reservation court appearances and litigation, including some prosecution in tribal criminal court. Applications are open until filled.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships, Washington, D.C. While each of our offices work with local communities, the Community Partnerships Program consists of six attorneys located in New York, DC, and Los Angeles.  The associate attorney will add cross-organization capacity but will focus on matters handled by the DC team whose work includes issues involving waste mismanagement and toxic air pollution. 

Legal Intern, Midwest Regional Office. The Midwest Regional Office partners with impacted communities to fight for clean air, drinking water, and soil. We partner with Tribal Nations and other groups to fight for the protection of the Straits of Mackinac from the risk of an oil spill, defending the Boundary Waters of Minnesota from copper-nickel sulfide mining and fighting to correct years of flooding and inadequate sewage infrastructure in the town of Centreville, Illinois. Our team of attorneys bring a mix of matters under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, as well as state and local statutes, to protect the environment and promote healthy communities. The Midwest Regional Office is currently adding to its docket of work with potential cases in almost every Midwest state. The Fall 2020 position being offered will be remote, based out of New York, Washington DC, Illinois, Philadelphia, Florida, Colorado, Montana, Washington, California, Hawaii, or Alaska.

Director of Strategic Legal Advocacy. Our Director of Strategic Legal Advocacy will help our 150-lawyer team identify and counter these doctrinal trends in the context of our ongoing substantive work. The Director will serve as a resource for monitoring relevant legal developments, as a thought partner for teams confronting relevant doctrinal issues in their matters, and as lead counsel in impact litigation where appropriate. While the Director will focus primarily on Earthjustice’s own advocacy, we anticipate that they will routinely work with Earthjustice’s peers in the broader progressive legal community.


Staff Attorney, Toxic Exposure and Health Program. We expect the staff attorney we hire for this position to play a leading role in developing and leading litigation and seeking opportunities to further the Program’s work using litigation as well as other forms of legal advocacy.  The ideal candidate for this position will have experience with all aspects of complex litigation—including developing cases, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, oral argument, and appeals.  Prior experience with environmental law is not required, but prior experience with administrative law, as well as a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a public-interest environment, is strongly preferred. While a science background is not required, candidates should be comfortable reading and working with scientific material.

Staff Attorney, Tribal Partnerships. The Tribal Partnerships team works across Earthjustice’s regional offices and programs to develop cross-cutting strategies on behalf of our tribal and Indigenous partners and to provide added capacity and expertise to work on matters of concern to tribes and Indigenous communities. Tribal Partnerships attorneys litigate cases themselves, collaborate and consult with program and regional office attorneys, conduct outreach with tribes and Indigenous communities, and work with Earthjustice’s other teams as needed.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator, Virtual, with the possibility of relocating to the D.C. area (Maryland) after the pandemic. This position is a full-time non-exempt position overseen by the Executive Director. The Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator is an ambassador for the Association responsible for delivering the Association’s vision, mission and goals to Tribal Nations, Indigenous Peoples and the broader national population, utilizing the Association’s website, social media, press, video and other media and marketing tools. You can find the job posting and information on how to apply here.

The University of Tulsa College of Law

Visiting Professor. Invites applications from both entry-level and experienced faculty for possible visiting faculty positions beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.  The areas of interest may include, but are not necessarily limited to, contracts and related UCC courses, corporate law, business law, transactional law, energy and natural resource law, torts and other first year and/or required or elective courses. Learn more about the College generally at http://www.law.utulsa.edu.  Please submit letters of interest, résumés and diversity statements to Prof. Robert Butkin, Chair, Appointments Committee, University of Tulsa College of Law, 3120 E. 4th Place, Tulsa, OK 74104, or by email to robert-butkin@utulsa.edu.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rodney B. Lewis Fellow, American Indian Law and Policy, Washington, DC. Please see the announcement for more information. Open until filled. Apply here.

See posts from August 28, 2020.

Friday Job Announcement

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.

Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska 

Tribal Family & Youth Services Director, Juneau, AK. The Director will provide leadership, direction, and manage the Tribal Family & Youth Services (TFYS) Department programs, activities, and functions including: department planning, development and implementation of culturally relevant services to our Tribal children, families, and Elders; strive for efficiencies and sustainability of programs; apply for, implement, and administer 15 to 20 grants to operate programs and services; responsible for the oversight and financial accountability and integrity of the department; ensure quality assurance and staff development. The incumbent is responsible for the collection and compilation of service data to assess service needs and advocate for programs and resources designed to meet the needs and provide quality assurance in the administration of all TFYS programs. The director will foster internal and external relationships and partnerships; and supervise key department management staff.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Baraga, MI. The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor shall represent the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community throughout all phases of criminal and child neglect or dependency cases in Tribal Court. The closing date is August 31, 2020 at 4:00pm. The application can be found here.

Quileute Tribe

Part Time Prosecutor, La Push, WA. Assistant Tribal Prosecutor is responsible for representing the Quileute Tribe in criminal, wellness, and dependency cases brought before the Quileute Tribal Court and ICWA cases in State Court from initiation of the case through the exhaustion of all appeals at the discretion of the Tribal Prosecutor. Open until filled and needed as soon as possible.  More information here or see the job description.

Native American Rights Fund

Communications Director, Boulder, CO.  The Director of Communications will plan, direct, and coordinate activities designed to maintain a favorable public image while educating the general public and raising awareness about Indian issues, as defined in NARF’s fifth guiding priority.  Responsible for brand management and promotion.  Responsible for outreach and engagement, including media events and activities, press and media contacts, spokesperson training, and the creation of social media and communication materials and public position statements.  Serves as a NARF spokesperson with the media. Supervises other communications staff. Open until full. Full job description at https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/.

Lummi Indian Business Council

Staff Attorney III, Bellingham, WA. Assist as the lead staff attorney in judicial proceedings and litigation in United States v. Washington, and related matters, in federal and state courts; Provide legal services, advice and representation to the Lummi Indian Business Council and all departments, divisions, programs, enterprises, and entities on a broad range of legal issues including, without limitation, tribal sovereignty, cultural sovereignty, self-governance, and environmental matters; and more. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. For more information please see the position description.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

RFP. Provide Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (IPVS) Attorney services (Program) directly to community members (Client). Oversight and administrative support will be provided CTUIR’s Family Violence Services (FVS) CTUIR’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (IPVS) Attorney will serve women suffering from or at risk for any of the following: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or trafficking. The IPVS Attorney will advise and if necessary represent eligible clients as they exercise their legal rights to be free from and protected against perpetrators of Domestic Violence (DV). The IPVS Attorney will also develop programmatic materials as needed prioritizing legal materials and resources, and enhance existing legal services to eligible clients. For more information please see the request.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Denver, CO. Attorneys in the Denver office handle a wide range of litigation arising primarily in the Intermountain West and Southwest.  Our current docket focuses on:  (1) protecting public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2) transitioning Colorado and other states from reliance on dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy; and (3) defending disproportionately impacted and tribal communities from pollution and other environmental harm.  The new Staff Attorney may eventually work in any of these focal areas depending on the needs of the office and our clients, but in the near term, s/he will be expected to focus on matters related to climate change and oil and gas regulation.  For more information please see the job description.

Echaga Corporation

CEO, 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. Echaga is accepting applications for a CEO until the position is filled. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org. For more information please see the job description.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

See posts from August 21, 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.

Lewis & Clark Law School

(2) Faculty, Portland, OR. invites applications from entry level candidates for two positions to begin in the 2021-22 academic year. We seek candidates who could teach constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and related courses. Information about Lewis & Clark Law School is available here. Interested persons should send a resume or c.v., references, a writing sample, and an indication of specific teaching interests to Kerry Rowand, Executive Assistant, by email. For more information please see the position description or visit the website.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Baraga, MI. The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor shall represent the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community throughout all phases of criminal and child neglect or dependency cases in Tribal Court. The closing date is August 31, 2020 at 4:00pm. The application can be found here.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Staff Attorney, Longview, WA. Draft legal documents, contract language, letters, and testimony; Review and analyze contracts and legal documentsconducts legal research; Assists with litigation for the Tribeincluding negotiationsmediationlegal research, discovery, motion practice, oral argument, trial and appeal; and more. The application is open until filled. Please see the attached job description for more information.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge, Mescalero is located in southcentral New Mexico (2 hours north of El Paso, TX and 3 hours south of Albuquerque, NM). Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court and ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the Court. For more information and to apply, please see the job description.

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

Development Director, Portland, OR. Interested applicants may visit our website at https://www.nicwa.org/employment/, or see the attached job description for instructions on how to apply. The closing date for this position is September 11. Questions and submissions may be directed to nstewart@nicwa.org, or (503) 222-4044.

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate Attorney, Seattle, WA. Seeking an entry-level associate with a strong academic background and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their cover letter, resume, law school transcript and one writing sample representing predominantly their own written work as a single PDF file by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com or 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1230, Seattle, WA, 98121.  For more information, visit the website.  Please see the job description for more information.

Rossette LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Advise tribes and tribally owned businesses on all things related to non-gaming economic development, including but not limited to the following: business entity creation and dissolution, corporate governance, contract review, conduct legal diligence necessary for real estate transactions and corporate acquisitions, compliance with tribal law, compliance with federal consumer protection law, and advise on appropriate corporate legal structures for acquisitions and new ventures. Application closes September 4, 2020.

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

Upper Midwest Regional Seed Cooperative Manager. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic individual who is deeply passionate about the Indigenous food and seed sovereignty movement with excellent virtual and online communication and project management skills. Research and co-facilitate the pilot year of setting the foundation for the first regional Indigenous Seed Growers Cooperative; Works with National Program Director to develop and implement curriculum and listening sessions based on the needs of the region; Works with National Program Director to develop strategic plans for the regional Seed Cooperative and ISKN network; and more. Deadline to apply is Sept 15th by 11:59 pm PST.

See posts from August 10, 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.

Tohono O’odham Employment Rights Commission

Contracted Attorney (part-time), Tohono O’odham Nation, Sells, AZ.  Most services may be provided virtually by computer, with occasional trips to Sells, Arizona, located one-hour west of Tucson, Arizona.  The position is open until filled. Applicants must be licensed in Arizona. Applicants should email their resume, proof of Arizona law license, and letter of interest to Mr. Vernon Smith, Legislative Committee Staffer,  at Vernon.Smith@tonation-nsn.gov. Please see the job announcements for more information.

Havasupai Tribal Court

Tribal Public Defender, Supai, AZ. Provide legal representation in the Havasupai Tribal Court for Tribal Member clients in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency, and severance of parental rights cases, and perform related duties as required. Application closes August 31, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

U.S. Attorney District of Alaska

Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Anchorage, AK. The successful candidate primarily will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. This will include prosecuting cases such as fraud, embezzlement, other white collar crimes, as well as firearms offenses, drug crimes, child exploitation and other violent crimes. In addition, the candidate may also be called upon to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of other criminal cases as needed to address the district’s priorities. Assistant United States Attorneys work their cases from inception through appeal, and thus, in addition to district court work, the successful candidate will be responsible for drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments. First consideration for applications received by 9/2/20. Closing Date: 11/2/20. More information here and the job description.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, SW Michigan. The attorney will provide legal services to members of two tribes and their spouses under contracts with those tribes. Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc.

Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, DC (remote work available temporarily). Conduct advocacy on behalf of the collective interests of member Tribal Nations before all branches of the federal government, as well as other partners both within and outside of Indian Country. Develop and maintain an on-going communication between USET SPF and these entities. This position is open until filled. The application link is https://www.usetinc.org/resources/job-opportunities/.

The Kalispel Tribe’s Legal Department

Natural and Trust Resources Attorney, Airway Heights, WA. This position provides legal representation in a broad range of areas concerning Tribal legal rights, obligations, and privileges with an emphasis on matters related to the Kalispel Tribe’s natural and trust resources including land acquisition and development. For the full job description and to apply, please visit the website. Visit our website to learn more about our Legal Team. For any questions, please feel free to reach out to Britaney Francis bfrancis@ktea.com. Open until position is filled.

The Pokagon Band Department of Social Services

RFP. The Pokagon Band Department of Social Services, through the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program grant from the Office of Victims of Crimes (OVC) in the Department of Justice (DOJ), is seeking a vendor for a Community Assessment for the Pokagon Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.  The open bidding period is July 31st-August 31st.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”), Port Angeles, WA, near Olympic National Park. OTA was established in 2008 and handles most of the Tribe’s legal workload while also supervising outside counsel. This is a new position and will be the third Attorney in OTA. Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work. Open until filled, but desire to fill ASAP. First review of applications on August 24. For details on how to apply, please click on position title to see attached announcement.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Advise tribes and tribally owned businesses on all things related to non-gaming economic development, including but not limited to the following: business entity creation and dissolution, corporate governance, contract review, conduct legal diligence necessary for real estate transactions and corporate acquisitions, compliance with tribal law, compliance with federal consumer protection law, and advise on appropriate corporate legal structures for acquisitions and new ventures. September 4, 2020.

See posts from August 1, 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.

 

Havasupai Tribal Court

Conflict Tribal Prosecutor, Supai, AZ. Represent the Tribe in Havasupai Tribal Court in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency, and severance of parental rights cases, and perform related duties as appointed by the Tribal Court where the Tribal Prosecutor has a conflict of interest in prosecuting particular cases. Application closes August 31, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Tribal Conflict Judge Supai, AZ. Preside over the Havasupai Tribal Court when the Havasupai Chief Judge has a conflict on a matter before the court.  Cases may include civil, criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency, and severance of parental rights cases. Application closes August 31, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Tribal Prosecutor Supai, AZ. Represent the Tribe in Havasupai Tribal Court in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency, and severance of parental rights cases, and perform related duties as required.

Staff Attorney, Fossil Fuels, New Orleans or remote in Texas. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels program is confronting this massive build-out. We use litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership to advance an end to U.S. oil and gas extraction and production, and stop new infrastructure (e.g. petrochemical facilities, export terminals and pipelines). The Staff Attorney will focus on challenging new and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure development in Texas and the Gulf South Region. We are looking for a candidate with a J.D barred (or willing to become barred) in Texas, and with at least 5 years of experience. Additional details attached. Interested candidates can submit a resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample here.

Anishinabe Legal Services

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

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

RFP, Legal Code Review and Development of a Legal Assistance Program, Siletz, OR.  The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians is soliciting proposals for legal services for two separate but related projects: (1) A review of all Tribal Ordinances, Codes, policies, and procedures.  (2) An analysis of options for the development of a legal assistance program for tribal members in Tribal Court.   Please see the detailed RFP document for proposal qualifications and requirements.  Proposers may submit for either one or both of the legal projects.  Proposals must be submitted by August 31, 2020.  All interested proposers should send their proposal to the attention of danielm@ctsi.nsn.us by the due date. Any questions may also be asked via email to danielm@ctsi.nsn.us.  For the Tribe’s ordinances and codes, please click here.

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.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, saving of organization’s information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, special problems and development in implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; Facilitates implementation management information systems to be compatible with federal, state and other departments. Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with network support staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local area network.  This position is open until August 19, 2020 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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.

Office of the Prosecutor

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, 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.

Prosecutor, Chinle, 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 August 5, 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.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Chief Tribal Judge, Watersmeet, MI. The Chief Tribal Judge is responsible for the operation and administration of the Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Court including all programs operating through the Tribal Court.  The Chief Judge will preside over criminal, civil and child welfare matters before the Tribal Court.  For more information and application, please see the position description at the attached link.

Appellate Judge, Watersmeet, MI. The Appellate Judge presides over appeals filed in the Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Court as part of a three person appellate panel.  For more information and application, please see the position description at the attached link.

Oneida Nation (WI)

Family Court Judge, Oneida Judiciary, Oneida, WI.  The Family Court Judge is responsible for presiding over family law and child welfare cases; oversees proper management of the Family Court’s calendar and business, including recruiting and training guardians ad litem; supervises the Clerks of Family Court; and assists in developing the annual budget for the Family Court.  The Family Court Judge must (1) have a juris doctor from an accredited law school, (2) have at least 5 years of experience practicing in the area of family law; and (3) be licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or gain admission to the State Bar of Wisconsin within one year of taking office.  For more information, please see the position description or apply at here.  The position is open until filled.

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

Healthcare Attorney/Policy Advocate. The Center is advancing innovative solutions to make healthcare affordable to all New Mexicans, protect Medicaid coverage, reduce medical debt and ensure equitable policies prioritized by immigrant, Native American and low-income communities, in collaboration with a broad network of partners and community leaders. This work includes policy advocacy, legislative efforts, community education, coalition-building, and legal representation (for attorneys). Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nmpovertylaw.org. View the full position description here.

Northwest Justice Project’s Native American Unit

Temporary Staff Attorney, Spokane, WA. NJP has received one-time funding from the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) to expand its capacity to serve Native Americans in urban areas facing housing problems as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The attorney will provide limited legal assistance to Native American tenants in King County, Pierce County, and Spokane County, with extended representation in Spokane County. This is a full-time position with an anticipated employment duration through June 30, 2021.  This position is a full-time position located in NJP’s Spokane office. Open until filled.

Temporary Staff Attorney, Seattle, WA. The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) has received one-time funding from the Office of Civil Legal Aid to expand its capacity to serve the needs of Native American crime victims arising out of the COVID-19 emergency. As a result, NJP will add a temporary Crime Victim Attorney for the program’s Native American Unit (NAU). The NAU is a specialized unit that advocates for the rights of Native American individuals and communities, on- and off-reservation. This is a full-time position with an anticipated employment duration through June 30, 2021. Open until filled.

Temporary Paralegal, Seattle, WA. The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) has received one-time funding from the Office of Civil Legal Aid to expand its capacity to serve Native Americans accessing unemployment insurance and other employment benefits issues as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.  As a result, NJP will add a temporary Employment Benefits Navigator within the organization’s Native American Unit (NAU). The NAU is a specialized unit that advocates for the rights of Native American individuals and communities, on- and off-reservation. This is a full-time position with an anticipated employment duration through June 30, 2021.  While all most staff are currently working remotely, this position is expected to be located in NJP’s Seattle office.  Other NJP office locations may be considered, depending on the availability of space. Applications are being accepted until August 10, 2020.

Pueblo of Laguna

RFP. Pueblo of Laguna seeks proposals from any law firm or individual practicing attorney to provide legal services for outside special counsel services in any of multiple practice areas for a 3-year term. Reply by September 30, 2020.

See posts from July 24, 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.

 

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