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.

Bay Mills Indian Community
Attorney, Brimley, MI. Open Until Filled. The attorney works under the direct supervision of the President of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and provides strategic legal advice as counsel for and on behalf of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and all its governmental and commercial entities to advance compliance with applicable laws, to appear as such before all federal, state and tribal courts, tribunals, departments, agencies and committees of Congress and the State legislatures, including services in connection with tribal claims against the United States; provided, that monetary recovery claims against the United States are not covered by the attorney contract.

General Manager of Bay Mills Business Holdings, Brimley, MI. Open Until Filled. Under the general direction of the President and Bay Mills Business Holdings Board of Directors, the Bay Mills Business Holdings General Manager performs extensive administrative, evaluative, and technical work pertaining to all non-gaming enterprise activities of Bay Mills Indian Community concerning the Northern Light Cannabis Company, Four Seasons Market & Deli, and Bay Mart. The General Manager has the overall responsibility of establishing and ensuring compliance in accordance with Bay Mills policies and procedures, as well as applicable regulations, laws, policies, and procedures of Bay Mills Indian Community and Bay Mills Marijuana Commission. The General Manager provides the Board of Directors with recommendations for a strategic plan and for Director level decisions pertaining to the operations. The incumbent directs timely completion of objectives with all of the enterprises in accordance with the strategic plan. General employment applications can be found here.

Pueblo of Laguna

Summer Law Clerk, Dept: Public Defender/Government Affairs Office. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654. Closing date for application submission – June 18, 2021.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney for the Midwest Office.  Our work includes cases opposing pipelines and mining that will have devastating impacts on the environment and tribal interests; and fighting for clean air, soil, and water. We are committed to working with communities across the Midwest with special attention to Detroit, Chicagoland including Northwest Indiana, and St. Louis. The attorney selected for this position will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic growth of our docket, including developing litigation and advocacy seeking to protect families, communities, and populations—especially the most overburdened communities. In addition, the attorney will help develop the Midwest work safeguarding health and the environment from toxic chemicals, including in our homes and schools. Apply here.

Senior Attorney for the Fossil Fuels Program. Earthjustice’s Fossil Fuels Program seeks applicants for a Senior 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. The position will focus on LNG facilities and oil and gas pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Region but could include infrastructure located in other parts of the U.S. The position will be based in New Orleans in a satellite office space shared with other Fossil Fuel Program staff, or in Texas (remotely). Candidates interested in apply to the Senior Attorney role for the Fossil Fuels Program should submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references and a writing sample. Apply here.

NCAI

Senior Legal & Policy Advisor. Join the organization as a Senior Advisor to the CEO on legal matters and federal policy that impacts tribal governments. The Senior Advisor’s work includes legal, policy, program, and management work assigned by the Chief Executive Officer. This work includes, but is not limited to: tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, law enforcement, tribal justice systems, federal agency consultation, climate change, land use policy, and other matters of importance to Tribal Nations. The Senior Advisor reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is a NCAI senior management team member. Closing Date: June 30,  2021. For more information please see the position description.

The Information Management and Technology (IT) The person in this position should have the ability to advise on technology, technology support, and communications platforms, as well as the presentation and integration of organization-wide information in multiple formats, organized in appropriate platforms and categories. The employee will bring ideas and vision based on industry expertise, technical capability, and client relations, guiding NCAI to incorporate our efficiently reach our goals. Closing Date- June 30, 2021. For more information please see the position description.

Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA)

Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  This position is opened until filled and any interested people can either contact Deanna Bowen at (906) 632-0043 or at djbowen@chippewaottawa.org to seek the full job description, receive an application and for any questions they may have. Please see the poisiotn description for more information.

Tulalip Tribal Court

Civil Legal Aid Attorney, Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid, Tulalip, WA. TOCLA is a multi-disciplinary civil legal aid office located within the Tulalip Tribal Court system in in Snohomish County.  TOCLA provides legal assistance to low-income tribal members facing civil legal issues that affect their safety, family integrity, health, and access to education and public benefits. TOCLA provides culturally sensitive, competent representation in a holistic manner by collaborating with other tribal legal and social services to assist clients in identifying legal and non-legal needs and address barriers in accessing services. Our office consists of five attorney positions who represent eligible tribal members in a variety of cases within the Tulalip Tribal Court. Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample by June 24th. Please see the attached job description.

Domestic Violence Advocate Attorney, Tulalip, WA. The Attorney works in collaboration with the Tulalip Tribes Legacy of Healing department to provide civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.  TOCLA’s Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Attorney seeks to ensure the rights of all individuals to a safe and secure environment, and to empower those who are oppressed by reducing trauma and ending re-victimization resulting in the protection of future generations. We are looking for an applicant who is passionate about enforcing the legal rights of survivors of violence, who enjoys working closely with our clients in the Tulalip Tribal community, and who is a team player in our collaborative and supportive office.  Please see the enclosed job description for more information. Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample by June 24th.

The House Committee on Natural Resources

Entry Level Policy Aide. Application details are attached and are on our website here.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Attorney I or Attorney II, Full time, Longview, WA. Seeking a practicing attorney with experience in drafting legal documents, contract language, and testimony.  The person filling this position will assist with litigations for the Tribe, including negotiations, mediation, legal research, discovery, motion practice, oral argument, trial and appeal.  This person will also represent the Tribe in various legal proceedings as assigned. Closing: June 14, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Department, Reno, NV.  The Staff Attorney provides legal counsel and representation to the RSIC Tribal Chairman, Tribal Council and Department Directors, Managers, and Supervisors on legal and quasi-legal matters as directed by the Tribal Chairman and Tribal Council, and directs and supervises the work of the Staff Attorney. To apply, please send your resume to Esther Sanchez, HR Director  esanchez@rsic.org or call 775-785-1303 for an application.

Native American Rights Fund

Paralegal, Boulder, CO. For duties, please see PDF. Open until filled. Apply here.

Staff Attorney, Boulder, CO. For duties, please see PDF. Open until filled. Apply here.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

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

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

RFP. Accepting proposals from qualified attorneys, Law Firms and tribal court advocates to provide professional legislation drafting services to the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC)  on a board range of topics and subject areas. We invite you to submit a proposal to OLC by June 15, 2021 for consideration. Please see the RFP for more information.

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Attorney, Darrington, WA. The purpose of the Attorney position is to provide legal service for the benefit of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe’s governmental programs and departments. The applicant must be committed to the goals and policies that work toward achieving the vision and cultural values of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe. The Office of Legal Counsel receives policy guidance from the Tribal Council on tribal governmental matters, and shall receive guidance on tribal court matters as provided for in the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Law and Order Code. The individual selected must be capable of making independent professional judgments and completing complex legal work in a timely manner. Interested applicants are encouraged to complete an application for employment and return it to jodi@sauk-suiattle.com.

Haida Corporation  

General Manager, Hydaburg, Alaska. The General Manager will manage multiple business enterprises, implement objectives of the Board of Directors, and develop business and investment opportunities, maintain all interests of the corporation in good standing. The general manager will supervise staff, prepare and manage the budget, and ensure all obligations of the corporation are met in a timely manner. Application closes June 30, 2021. Please see the job description for more information.

Western Organization of Resource Councils

Washington, DC Representative. WORC is seeking to hire two Washington, DC Representatives to join our team. WORC’s Washington, DC Representatives play a leading role in our federal policy work to hold coal, oil and gas companies accountable; create a just transition for fossil-fuel dependent communities; accelerate community-scale renewable energy; and win an agriculture and food system that is fair and just for family farmers, ranchers, workers and eaters. In addition to these issues, one of the DC Representatives will work with the Native-led organizations in WORC’s network to build a new area of work around Indigenous community priorities that may include energy democracy; MMIW; food sovereignty; health care; voting rights; tribal sovereignty, law and policies; and other issues. More information here.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)

Staff Attorney/Native American Rights Team – Eagle Pass, Texas. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Native American Rights Team seeks an enthusiastic attorney committed to providing justice to Native American and Indigenous clients residing in our 68-county service area, with a focus on those living in the middle border region – near Eagle Pass, Texas.   Our Native American Rights Team currently advocates for clients in custody proceedings under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and dedicated tribal criminal dockets. Click here to apply. Please see the position description for more information.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians

RFP. Tacoma, Washington. Seeking proposals for providing civil legal aid services to its members. Representation may include those pertaining to family law, defense of non-criminal fisheries and hunting charges in Puyallup Tribal Court, and advocacy or assistance in fee to trust property or probate and others. Proposals to be submitted by Friday, July 9, 2021. Please see the RFP for more information.

The Quinault Indian Nation

Operations Attorney.  This position is eligible for telecommuting. This full-time staff attorney position will provide legal counsel and representation to the Nation’s day-to-day governmental administrative Divisions, Departments, and Programs with an array of legal services.  In addition, the incumbent may assist with Quinault Business Committee priorities as they relate to Operations.  The successful candidate will have experience preparing and reviewing legal documents, including legal opinions, code interpretation and enforcement, and contracts, and providing legal advice on a wide range of matters related to Operations. To apply, please submit a completed application (available at quinaultindiannation.com), cover letter, resume and two writing samples to OAG@quinault.org

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. Proposals must be received by no later than 11:59 PM Monday, June 14, 2021.

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.
Application is open until filled. 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. Application is open until filled. Link to required employment application here.


Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Attorney (Natural Resources Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under the general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work as required. Confers with, provides advice to, and prepares advisory memorandums for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation.  Assist 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.

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.

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

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.

Navajo Nation Division of Community Development

Attorney (Chapter Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Assistant Attorney General within the Navajo DOJ/Chapter Unit, provides legal direction to the Division of Community Development regarding a wide range of legal issues related to Navajo Nation Chapters. Legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for division, department, program assigned. Assist as needed in court appearances, research and writing, including drafting of appellate brief, for cases in Navajo Nation, State and Federal Courts.  This position is open until June 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of The Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney, Fulton, MI. Prosecution of crimes and civil infractions in the Tribal Court, which arise under the Tribe’s criminal and civil laws, including arraignments, motions, trials and appeals; Work closely with the Tribal Court Administrator and Tribal Judge(s) to improve the delivery of services within the Tribal Court and to assist the Court in case management and docket preparation; and more. Applications are due June 25, 2021 9:00AM ET. Send Letter of interest and resume/ curriculum vitae to: John Swimmer, Chief Legal Officer, 1485 Mno-Bamadzewen Way, Fulton, MI 49052 or John.swimmer@nhbpi.com.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Water Attorney, Ignacio, CO. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for representing the Tribe on water matters. Where time allows, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, litigation, contract review, and employment matters. This position is open until filled. To apply visit https://careers.southernute.com/pfund and see the position description for more information.

See previous posts.

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.


See previous posts.

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.

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center at MSU College of Law

Communications Coordinator, East Lansing, MI. Specifically, the Communications Coordinator assists the ILPC faculty and staff with all ILPC events, coordinates lunches, speaking events, and ILPC visits for students interested in Indian Law, plans and organizes the annual ILPC conference, manages marketing materials that amplify and strengthen ILPC presence at MSU, Michigan tribal communities, and within Indian country, Drafts ILPC correspondence and creates newsletters for the ILPC community, students, and alumni, manages the ILPC social media accounts, including Turtle Talk, attends Indian law events and conferences 1-4 times per year to promote the ILPC and its objectives, and more. Internal MSU applications are due Tuesday, April 20, and external applications are due Tuesday, April 27. Please share this post with anyone who may be interested.

National Congress of the American Indian

Major Gifts Officer, Washington, DC/ Remote. NCAI seeks a full-time Major Gifts Officer as it grows the Development Department to increase its impact in supporting the mission of NCAI and Native Americans and Alaska Natives across the country. The position is suited for someone based in the Washington D.C. area with the possibility for travel post-COVID-19. The Major Gifts Officer will work with the Vice President of Development to build programs that identify, grow, and nurture major gifts from Corporate and Foundation donors. The primary responsibility of this position is first steward relationships with current donors and second to identify and develop connections with prospective donors. Closing Date: 6/30/21. Please see the position description for more infroimation.

Omaha Tribal Court, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Associate Judge Part Time, Macy, NE. Anticipated that this position would handle all Juvenile Court matters. Applications close April 16, 2021. For more information please see the position description.

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 April 23rd, 2021.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Bismarck, ND. Primary responsibilities include representing individuals accused of federal crimes in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The position’s caseload involves representing many individuals accused of federal crimes under the Major Crimes Act and other federal statutes from crimes occurring on the Fort Berthold and Standing Rock Indian Reservations. Competitive salary and federal benefits. The position is open until filled. Position announcement and application instructions can be found at www.sdnd.fd.org/careers. Applications are encouraged until the announcement is removed from the site. Questions are welcome and should be directed to Jason_Tupman@fd.org.  

Flathead Reservation

Bail Disruptor, Pablo, MT. Direct bail assistance, client support, data entry and use and Partner engagement. Applications close Monday, April 26, 2021. Apply here and see the position description for more information.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Legal Director, NM. The Legal Director will help to expand our litigation capacity and will help to leverage resources to make a significant impact in environmental justice work across the state of New Mexico.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10th. For more information please see the position description.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, NE Oregon, near Pendleton, Oregon. Provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel. A majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. Apply via here and see the position description for more information.

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Chief Financial Officer. Responsible and accountable for applying for tribal accounting policies, procedures and guidelines in preparing accurate and timely records, reports and financial statements for tribal programs and project funds, and more. Please see the positon description for more information and apply here.

Indian Child Welfare Act Director. The ICWA Director advocates in state court systems protecting the federal ICWA law for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. The Director will assist families by establishing strength based services to meet reunification plans and family needs. Please see the position description for more information and apply here.

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

Attorney Advisor, Washington, DC. The position is located in the Branch of Self-Governance and Economic Development and will provide legal advice and counsel on matters arising out of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ law enforcement program by writing legal opinions, handling administrative litigation, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice on judicial litigation. The position will also advise top officials and program managers within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services on legal matters related to the Bureau’s law enforcement program, including the impact and interpretation of pending and approved Federal or State legislation or regulations, recent judicial and administrative decisions relating to the Department’s activities, and during negotiations with other Federal agencies, States, and Tribes. Closing Date: April 26, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.


Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

Executive Director of Tribal Gaming Agency, Loleta, CA The Executive Director is responsible for the protection of the integrity of all gaming related activities of Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria by ensuring all policies and procedures, and gaming activities are in compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Minimum Internal Control Standards of the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Tribal-State Compact, the Tribal Gaming Ordinance, and Tribal Internal Control Standards.Open until filled. Visit the website www.brb-nsn.gov (go to the Careers page to apply) for more information.

Lummi Nation

Staff Attorney I, Bellingham, WA. The Staff Attorney I works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the supervision of the Legal Director.  Duties may include representing the Nation primarily in court proceedings involving Lummi children and youth, prosecution, and other staff attorney duties as assigned.  Job performance of the staff attorney is evaluated by the Legal Director. To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to:  https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/JobsNow.php or request by e-mail at libchr@lummi-nsn.gov.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Public Defender Director, Durant, OK. Lead the Office of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Public Defender.  The Office of Public Defender is responsible for defending all indigent clients in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases that are punishable by incarceration in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma District Court. Please see the position description for more information. Application is opened until filled.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court

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. Applicants must apply by no later than May 5, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

The Yurok Tribe

Associate General Counsel, Klamath, CA, or as determined (currently work from home).  Closing date is Thursday, April 29, 2021.  Under the general supervision of the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel will assist the Tribal Council and Tribal Departments in the legal matters related to the business of the Tribe. Duties include performing legal research and providing legal advice, reviewing and negotiating contracts, advising on employment matters, drafting legislation, and representing the Tribe in litigation. Application form and instructions can be found on this website:  HR Job Opportunities | Yurok Tribe.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy Solicitor General, Onamia, MN. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Senior Legal Counsel, Auburn, WA (Seattle/Tacoma area). The Senior Legal Counsel is responsible for advising and representing the Muckleshoot Tribe in a wide range of matters with an emphasis on social and human services issues as they affect Indian tribes and their members. Please see the posting for details. Open until filled.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik – Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Hazard Mitigation Consultant,  Dowagiac, MI. Pokagon Band seeks proposals from qualified entities or individuals (each a “Proposer”) relating to: (1) preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (“HMP”) that meets the requirements of applicable law, including the Standard Mitigation Plan Requirements that apply to all tribal mitigation plans submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), being 44 C.F.R. Part 201; and (2) obtaining FEMA approval of the HMP. Closing Date is set at 5:00p.m., EDT on April 30, 2021. Send Proposals to Michael.bradley@pokagonband-nsn.gov (1 Week Extension). Please see the RFP for more information.

Navajo Nation

Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, 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. 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.

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. Provide legal advice to the Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Services regarding jurisdictional issues and multijurisdictional orders from several states.  This position is open until April 27, 2021 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.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions, Navajo Nation Department of Justice. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions. Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Office of Legislative Counsel:

Summer Law Clerk – Window Rock, AZ. The Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel provides legal service to the Navajo Nation Council and its Standing Committees, boards and commissions involving various areas of law and policy. The Office of Legislative Counsel seeks a determined and motivated candidate for funded summer law clerk position. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript and a brief writing sample to Office of Legislative Counsel at olc@navajo-nsn.gov. The Application deadline is Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 MST.

Judicial Branch:

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.  

See posts from April 9, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

The Tohono O’odham Office

Assistant Attorney General, Sells, AZ.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues. While the posting is for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty. While attorneys with expertise in all areas of Indian law will be considered, gaming experience is a plus. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/hbpi-employment-application.pdfTribal Administrator, Hopland, CA. Plan, organize, coordinate, and administer, through management staff, all Tribal functions and activities; provide policy guidance and coordinate the activities of department heads and staff support; foster cooperative working relationships with community groups, inter-governmental agencies, Tribal staff and Tribal membership. Please see the position description for more information and click here for the application.

Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General

RFP.  Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorneys, as independent contractors, will provide legal services to the Navajo Nation Office of the Attorney General in connection with the implementation of Treasury, Small Business Administration (“SBA”), and other related programs and funding available under Covid Relief Act of 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including, but not limited to the State Small Business Credit Initiative. Please see the RFP for more information.

Lummi Nation

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Bellingham, WA. The Deputy Tribal Prosecutor works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the direction of the Legal Director and represents the Lummi Nation in criminal and civil proceedings before tribal courts. The Legal Director evaluates the job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. 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.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel- Water Environment & Natural Resources, Sandia Pueblo, NM. The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will cover a wide range of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. 6/1/2021 or until position filled. Website Link to apply here: www.sandiacasino.com/careers.

Oneida Nation (WI)

Family Court Judge, 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 https://oneida-nsn.gov/divisions/hr-employment/job-employment/.  The position is open until filled.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney, Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years’ experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law.  This position is a new, unique, and cutting-edge opportunity to work closely with a client on large scale, state-run gaming projects.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

ACLU of Washington

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney, Seattle, WA. Seeking an experienced attorney for a staff attorney or senior staff attorney position to build, file, and litigate through trial complex civil actions in state and federal courts to protect and advance civil liberties for all Washingtonians. Application deadline: May 27, 2021. Please see the job description for more information.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region

Attorney-Advisor, Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis / St. Paul Metropolitan Area). Providing legal advice and counsel on Federal Indian Law to organizations within the Department of the Interior, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, by writing legal opinions, handling administrative litigation, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice on judicial litigation. Closing Date – Thursday, April 15, 2021. Please see the position description for more information or click here.

Federal Public Defender, District of New Mexico

CJA Panel Administrative Assistant, Las Cruces, NM.  The office represents individuals charged with federal crimes.  This position helps manage cases assigned to the CJA panel and assists panel attorneys in various procedural aspects involving the court.  We represent a large population of Native American and Latin American communities. The closing date of the position is May 17, 2021.  All applicable information is in the attached job announcement.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General:

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), Investment Committee (IC), and as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description for more information or to apply.

Senior Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General.  Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description for more information or to apply.

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 for more information or to apply.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice:

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) seeks energetic and motivated candidates for funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice: Natural Resources, Tax and Finance, Litigation, Employment, Human Services/Government Services, Economic Development, Water Rights, Chapter (local) government, Relocatee Benefits. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Hufford and Horstman

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

See posts from April 2, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Opportunities for Students

Lewis & Clark Law School

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

The Friends Committee on National Legislation

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

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

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

Lochen Law Offices

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

Indian Law Opportunities

National American Indian Court Judges Association

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

Secretary of the Interior

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

University of Maine School of Law

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

Yurok Tribe

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

Prairie Island Indian Community

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

Tulalip Tribes

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

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

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Elwha Enterprises

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

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Child Advocacy Center Coordinator

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

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 

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

PEEBLES KIDDER BERGIN & ROBINSON LLP

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

See posts from February 19, 2021.

Job Announcements

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

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

The Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance

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

Michigan State University College of Law

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

National American Indian Court Judges Association

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

Tanana Chiefs Conference

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

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

Ute Tribal Court

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

Pueblo of Isleta

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

National Congress of American Indians

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

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

Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Court

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

Tulalip Tribes

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

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation 

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

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

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

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

Michigan Indian Legal Services

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

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

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

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

House Committee on Natural Resources

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

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

ACLU Montana

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

Environmental Law Institute

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

Earthjustice

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

Rosette, LLP

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

See posts from February 5, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

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

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

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

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

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

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

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

The Navajo Nation Shopping Centers, Inc. (NNSCI)

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

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

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

Coyote Valley Casino

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

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

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

Ute Tribal Court

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

Wilton Rancheria

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

Association of Village Council Presidents

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

Yurok Tribal Court Reentry Program

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

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

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

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Court

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

The Native American Rights Fund

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

See posts from January 29, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Ute Tribal Court

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

Earthjustice

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

The Knudson School of Law at the University of South Dakota

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

Anishinabe Legal Services

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

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

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

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

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

Association on American Indian Affairs

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

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Two (2) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate

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

See posts from January 22, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

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

Grand Canyon Trust

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

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Two (2) In-House Counsel Positions

  1. Lead
  2. Senior Associate

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

Ramsey County Social Services Department

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

Earthjustice

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


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

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

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

Yurok Tribe

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

The Burns Paiute Tribe

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

See posts from January 15, 2021.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

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

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

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

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

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

Oglala Sioux Legal Department

Three (3) In-House Counsel Positions

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

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

Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

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

Pueblo of Isleta

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

Earthjustice

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

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

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

University of Manitoba

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

The ACLU of Montana

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

See posts from January 8, 2021.