Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body:

A typed brief description of the position which includes

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

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Litigation Counsel. Banning, CA. Under general direction of In-House Counsel, the Litigation Counsel will be part of the Legal Department’s function of delivering legal counsel, advice, and support as the legal advisor to the Tribe, including the Tribal Council, General Membership, all tribal administrators and department heads, and various committees and commissions on litigation and other matters, including,  but not limited to, providing attorney services to the Morongo Cheehun ‘Evra – Office of Victims of Crime Program (OVC), funded by grants under the federal Office of Victims of Crime. The duties of the Litigation Counsel will be divided 60% to legal services to the tribal government and 40% to OVC. Open until filled.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Paralegal. Highland, CA. Under the direction of the Director of Legal Operations and designated attorneys, Paralegals play a key role in providing legal-related assistance and administrative support for different functional areas of the organization including government, litigation, real estate, employment and labor, transactions and intellectual property management, as applicable based upon individual experience and need. The Paralegal role is an integral part of the Legal Department, supporting a team of attorneys and a legal operations team in enabling the efficient and effective delivery of legal services to Tribal government and enterprise partners. This Paralegal role offers an unparalleled opportunity to increase your professional network, gain valuable experience, and grow with the organization as we pursue strategic initiatives in 2022 and beyond. Open until filled.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center

Environmental Justice Staff Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. As a Staff Attorney, you will engage in legal, policy, and administrative advocacy, as well as coalition-building, fundraising, and media work. You will work closely with client communities to achieve client-directed priorities. You will also be responsible, in collaboration with the Executive Director and staff, for identifying, managing and advancing new campaign and litigation opportunities. Staff Attorneys are involved in policy development, advocacy, and larger development/fundraising initiatives that help to support and expand NMELC’s legal services and work. Closing date: Open until filled.

The Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection

General Attorney (Trade Regulation). Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC. The Bureau of Consumer Protection and the FTC’s Regional Offices investigate and litigate civil actions to enforce federal consumer protection laws, including unfair and deceptive acts and practices related to COVID-19. Closing date: February 9, 2023.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney. Washington D.C. We are accepting applications for Associate Attorneys to conduct legal advocacy and litigation with the Washington, DC office. The position requires 0-4 years post-law school legal experience. The attorney selected for this position will have the opportunity to play a key role in legal actions that can make a real difference to people’s health and well-being and in protection of important environmental values. Applicants should submit via Jobvite by Feb 12, 2023.

The United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Advisor. Sacramento, CA. This position will primarily provide legal advice to the Bureau of Land Management in its operations in California and Nevada.  Legal issue areas include the entire range of environmental and natural resources laws applicable to the Bureau, including but not limited to the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and Administrative Procedures Act.  The closing date for this position is February 3, 2023.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Legal and Policy Fellow. Remote. Fellows will have both internal and external responsibilities grounded in serving urban Indian organizations (UIOs) to advance the mission of NCUIH through policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, and research projects. Fellows will report to the Director of Federal Relations and regularly work with NCUIH’s Director of Congressional Relations, Public Policy Counsel, and Vice President of Public Policy. Fellows’ will conduct legal research, analysis, and writing in various legal fields including health law, Federal Indian Law, and administrative law. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in legislative and regulatory analysis. Closing date: February 10, 2023. 

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Services.

Deputy Bureau Director. Washington, D.C. or Albuquerque, NM. This Senior Executive position serves as the principal executive expert advisor to the Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs concerning Bureau programs designed to promote the welfare and development of individual Indians and Indian communities nationwide.  Closing date: 02/20/2023.

The Western Environmental Law Center

2L Summer 2023 Law Clerk. Helena, MT and Eugene, OR. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law and to WELC’s mission and advocacy. The selected summer law clerks will work with WELC attorneys in all aspects of case development, including developing litigation strategies, conducting legal research, attending client meetings and court appearances, and drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents.  Applications received by February 6th will be prioritized.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Associate 2023.  Tempe, AZ.  This is a 40 hour/week in-office position with remote work flexibility, as needed and approved upon hire.  Applicants must have completed 1L or 2L year by Summer 2023.  Excellent research abilities.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Indian law coursework and work experience is preferred but not required.  Closing Date: February 10, 2023. 

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

In-House Attorney. Fort Yates, ND. Provide legal advice, counsel and legal services to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, Executive Committees: (Judicial, Health Education & Welfare and Economics), Tribal Administration, and Tribal Programs as needed. 2. Render legal opinions on matters of concern to the Tribe, including but not limited to interpretation of the Constitution, Code of Justice and state and federal law. 3. Act as legal counsel for the Tribe in legal disputes with entities and/or individuals as the Tribal Council or administration shall direct. 4. Review, advise and assist in updating the Tribe’s Code of Justice to reflect current laws. 5. Act as representative of the Tribe in matters which have a legal impact upon the Tribe and at which testimony or representation is required to protect. 6. Perform other duties as assigned or delegated by the Tribal Council, Executive Committees or Tribal Administration, or requested legal issues by Tribal Programs. Open Until Filled.

Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor

Attorney. Phoenix, AZ. Main duties: Provide legal services for matters pertaining to the various agencies within the Department of the Interior, primarily for, but not limited to, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Closing date: 1/27/2023.

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Assistant Attorney General. Whiteriver AZ. Provides nonpartisan legal advice and representation as needed to the tribe, its officials, departments, agencies, offices, enterprises, and the Tribal Council and its committees. Stipulate assistance in accordance to civil and criminal matters, contracts and grants, resolutions and tribal codes, legal advice and opinions, and continuing legal education. Closing date: Open until filled.

Tribal Prosecutor. Whiteriver, AZ. Under general supervision of the Tribal Attorney General, the Tribal Prosecutor represents the White Mountain Apache Tribe before the White Mountain Apache Tribal Court on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.  Administrate prosecutions, financial and statistical assessments, developmental and procedural matters, and trainings and consultations. Open until filled.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Policy Specialist/Lobbyist. Washington D.C. This position is responsible to track and monitor key developments in the U.S. Congress, at the White House, and at federal agencies for applicability to clients; attend and analyze Congressional hearings and press events on behalf of clients; create written analysis and advice for clients based on legislative and executive activity relevant to Indian Country; schedule and attend Congressional and agency meetings, including coordination and preparation of materials for those meetings; and generate significant billable work for clients related to federal policy on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. This position also works with other members of the Big Fire policy team to help manage client meetings, events, visits, and D.C. client fly-ins. The position requires participating in firm client development initiatives and client service meetings and activities. Open until filled.

Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office, Department of the Interior

Program Analyst. Washington, D.C. (or negotiable remote work location). Responsibilities include: providing liaison services to water rights settlement implementation and negotiation teams nation-wide; briefing policy-level leaders within the Department; facilitating meetings focused on negotiations with various parties to settlements including Tribes, States, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations; conducting research and analyses on issues related to Indian water right and related legal and policy matters; and other duties as more fully described in the job posting.  The application for this position is open until January 23, 2023.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Assistant Court Administrator. Dowagiac, MI. Assist the Court Administrator in the overall administration of Court operations and supervising and directing court clerks.  Primary responsibility to ensure that all of the clerical duties and responsibilities of the Tribal Court are met by providing clerical work supervision, monitoring & training.  Responsible for the day-to-day clerical operations of the Court and is the first point of contact for court clerks for operational matters, which includes clerical duties, scheduling, equipment, and technology issues. Provides leadership for special projects, assists with Court budgets and assists with timely implementation of organization changes, court policy and procedures. Closing Date: January 28, 2023.

Environmental Law Institute

Director, Climate Judiciary Project. Washington D.C.  ELI is seeking a dedicated professional to serve as the Climate Judiciary Project Director to lead the project team and, in partnership with the Vice President of Research and Policy, the Project Founder, and the Director of Judicial Education, develop and implement its strategic vision and plan. The CJP Director conducts program development and fundraising, and is a thought leader in the climate law and policy community. The CJP Director works extensively with both the project leadership team as well as organizational leadership. Application Deadline: 2/15/2023.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

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.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

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Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body:

A typed brief description of the position which includes

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

American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho

Legal Director. Boise, ID. The Legal Director is a thought leader who will work collaboratively to develop and manage impact litigation challenging laws and policies that impact vulnerable Idahoans. The Legal Director works with our policy, organizing, and communications staff in addition to our Executive Director and many other partners to develop a strategic, smart, and innovative docket and advance advocacy efforts. The Legal Director will work with the ACLU of Idaho Legal Panel and assist with recruiting and working successfully with cooperating attorneys. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2023 but the position is open until filled.

Rothstein Donatelli LLP

Summer Associate. Tempe, AZ. This is a 40 hour/week in-office position with remote work flexibility, as needed and approved upon hire.  Applicants must have completed 1L or 2L year by Summer 2023.  Excellent research abilities.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Indian law coursework and work experience is preferred but not required.  Closing Date: February 10, 2023.

Quinault Tribal Court

RFQ – Evaluation Services. Taholah, WA. Evaluator will work with Wellness Court staff to identify and review program progress. Evaluator will lead the organization in information gathering, assessment, review, and reporting. The end product will be a complete data driven report. Performance metrics must be included within agency reports. Closing Date: 2/15/23.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFB – CTUIR Legal Aid Program. Northeast OR. Attorneys bids should identify any or all of matters in which they are interested, indicate availability for in person or remote advising, and availability for court representation. The practice areas include benefits (social security, veterans, Medicare/Medicaid, assistance for food, general needs and tribal assistance), tribal child dependency, DV protection orders, unemployment compensation, housing, employment disputes, child custody and visitation, consumer rights, probate, civil rights, family law, personal injury, community education and torts.  The attorney should be admitted to the jurisdiction applicable to the matter at hand. Eligible clients for these services reside in NE Oregon in one of the following counties: Umatilla, Gilliam, Morrow, Wallowa or Union.

Maricopa County Superior Court

Judicial Vacancies. Maricopa County, AZ. The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Gov. Katie Hobbs, who will appoint the new judges. Closing date: 02/03/2023.

Pinal County Superior Court

Judicial Vacancies. Pinal County, AZ. Main duties: The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Katie Hobbs, who will appoint the new judges. Closing date: 02/09/2023.

American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Executive Director. Missoula, MT. The ACLU of MT seeks an Executive Director (ED) to be the next leader of the ACLU of MT with responsibility for managing the day-to-day activities and operations of the organization, leading fundraising efforts, motivating and coordinating the work of a professional staff in an open and collaborative workplace, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization. The ED will ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that its litigation, advocacy, fundraising, and communications programs are meeting the current and emergent needs and interests of its constituents. Closing date: May 10, 2023.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan

Attorney – Affirmative Civil Enforcement. Grand Rapids, MI. This attorney will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a variety of civil cases. These may include actions in which there have been false or fraudulent claims or false statements made to the United States, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, violations of federal civil rights or environmental laws, and other types of cases. The application deadline is January 20, 2023.

Attorney – Civil Defensive. Grand Rapids, MI. This attorney will join eight other civil AUSAs who handle a wide variety of defensive and affirmative litigation. Responsibilities may include any of the following types of cases: tort, employment, Administrative Procedure Act, Bivens, immigration, fraud, Controlled Substances Act, environmental, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and others. The application deadline is January 20, 2023.

Department of the Attorney General of Michigan

Word Processing Assistant – Corporate Oversight Division. Lansing, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-23-004. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Staff Attorney – Revenue and Tax Division. Lansing, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-22-018. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Staff Attorney – Licensing and Regulation Division. Lansing, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-22-050. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Info Tech Programmer/Analyst – Criminal Investigations Division. Detroit, MI. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in NeoGov to job number 1101-23-006. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Nevada Legal Services

Legal Secretary. Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko and Yerington, NV. Perform outreach and communicate with community partners as needed. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with Native American community, tradition, and culture. Applicants must have an interest and passion for helping low-income Nevadans, tribal members, seniors and veterans. Capability to work with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities and clients with limited English proficiency. Closing date: Open until filled.

New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Mining and Minerals Division Director. Santa Fe, NM. The Mining and Minerals Division Director directs and oversees the Division’s statewide statutory and regulatory responsibilities with respect to mining and mineral extraction including assuring the responsible utilization, reclamation and safeguarding of New Mexico’s lands affected by mining and is a leader in responsible mine operation and reclamation, as well as supervising 33 current staff, both technical and administrative, within the Division’s programs. Additionally, the Director serves as New Mexico’s representative to the Interstate Mining Compact Commission and is the designee for the Cabinet Secretary on the Mine Safety Board. The position reports to the Cabinet Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources and is appointed by the Governor. This position is open until filled

Oil Conservation Division Director. Santa Fe, NM. The Oil Conservation Division Director directs and oversees the Division’s statewide statutory and regulatory responsibilities with respect to oil and gas production. The Division gathers oil and gas well production data, permits new oil, gas, and injection wells, enforces the Division’s rules, develops administrative orders to which operators are subject, enforces the State’s oil and gas statutes, ensures abandoned wells are properly plugged and that the land is responsibly restored once production activities are completed. The OCD’s goals are to promote balanced, consistent, fair, and transparent regulation of the oil and gas industry, to prevent the waste of oil and gas resources within the state, to protect the correlative rights of resource owners, to foster efficient development, and to protect human health and the environment. The Division Director supervises 87 full time equivalent employees, both technical and administrative, within the Division’s programs. Additionally, the Director serves as the Chair of the Oil Conservation Commission. The position reports to the Cabinet Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources and is appointed by the Governor. This position is open until filled.

Tribal Nations Service Group

1L Summer Associate Program. Portland, ME. Over the course of 10 weeks, summer associates gain experience with the practice of law at Drummond Woodsum and with our group of lawyers and staff by working on substantive client matters. Summer associates do not work in isolation- receiving assignments from and sending completed work back to a Summer Associate Coordinator.  Summer associates get a true sense for associate life at Drummond Woodsum.  Summer associates meet with the assigning attorney at the beginning of each project to discuss what is expected and again at the completion of the assignment to receive feedback on their work.  Summer associates are also invited to attend our monthly Firm Lunch meetings where various groups highlight what they’re working on, as well as smaller practice group meetings to get a better understanding of the type of work Drummond Woodsum takes on and how we approach such work. Application Closes: January 27, 2023.

1L Summer Associate Program. Flagstaff, AZ. Over the course of 10 weeks, summer associates gain experience with the practice of law at Drummond Woodsum and with our group of lawyers and staff by working on substantive client matters. Summer associates do not work in isolation- receiving assignments from and sending completed work back to a Summer Associate Coordinator.  Summer associates get a true sense for associate life at Drummond Woodsum.  Summer associates meet with the assigning attorney at the beginning of each project to discuss what is expected and again at the completion of the assignment to receive feedback on their work.  Summer associates are also invited to attend our monthly Firm Lunch meetings where various groups highlight what they’re working on, as well as smaller practice group meetings to get a better understanding of the type of work Drummond Woodsum takes on and how we approach such work. Application Closes: January 27, 2023.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel. Mount Pleasant, MI.  Under the supervision of General Counsel, represent the tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, excluding representation performed by the General Counsel. This position is open until filled.

Indigenous Justice Circle

Communications, Marketing, Design Intern. Remote work and/or Greater New York City Metro Area. The intern will work with a Native-female-non-profit leadership team in our New York City office on Communications, Marketing, and Design projects for the Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN) (www.imagen-network.org) project. IMAGEN combats MMIWG and strengthens the protection, safety, and resilience of girls in Native American communities by reclaiming neighborhood spaces in which to rekindle sacred matrilineal traditions through Girl Societies (group-based mentoring and leadership development). Renewable based on performance and project funding. Open until filled.

The Environmental Law Institute

Education Intern. Washington D.C. This internship is in environmental event planning and professional education. The Educational Programming Intern will conduct research, assist with planning and facilitating professional programming (conferences (including Western Boot Camp), seminars, webinars), write blog articles, assist with the preparation and day-of coordination of programs, perform some administrative tasks, among other responsibilities. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and while the main intern for this department, he or she will be part of a larger intern cohort. Lastly, the intern will conduct research on a topic of the intern’s choice and present research towards the end of the internship. Closing date: 1/23/2023.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Remote. Provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult in Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Open until filled.

Muckleshoot Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Auburn, WA. The Chief Judge will supervise, assign court calendars or cases, and evaluate Associate Judges, hear court cases at the Muckleshoot Tribal Court, using the Tribe’s applicable Codes and Ordinances, adjudicating matters and entering decisions on the record and/or in writing. Assist the Tribal Court staff with suggestions on how to improve the functions of the Tribal Court. Engage in tribal or community events on behalf of the Tribal Court with the goal of building relationships. Abide by all applicable Tribal codes in addition to WA State Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs). Closing date: Ongoing/when filled.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Native Law Staff Attorney. Fairbanks, AK. This position primarily involves representing tribal clients in proceedings related to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), as well as litigating other Native law and civil matters on behalf of TCC Tribes and tribal members. The attorney will be expected to manage a caseload of state court child in need of aid cases, in addition to other civil and Native law matters. The attorney will also have the opportunity to participate in strategic coordination with statewide teams, and participate in appellate and impact litigation. This position will remain open until filled.

Native Law Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK (negotiable within state). This position primarily involves representation of tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act, and may also involve litigating other matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. The AVCP ICWA attorney will serve clients in cases primarily heard in Anchorage, Alaska courts, serving clients in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but will also be expected to manage cases arising elsewhere in the state as needed. The AVCP ICWA attorney will be required to manage a caseload limited to 50 families’ state court child in need of aid cases. In addition, the AVCP ICWA attorney will also have the opportunity to participate in appellate and impact litigation. For this position, the attorney will be based in Anchorage, Alaska, though other locations in Alaska may be negotiable. This position will remain open until filled.

The Native American Heritage Commission

Chief Counsel, CEA Level B. Sacramento, CA. The Chief Counsel serves as the principal legal adviser to the Executive Secretary and the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) providing advice and counsel to ensure internal compliance with control agency laws, regulations, and policies. The Chief Counsel plans, directs, organizes, and manages NAHC’s Legal Department staff in enforcing state laws that protect Native American cultural resources on public and private lands; approves high-level policy decisions for the rule making process; responsible for overseeing administrative hearings required under CalNAGPRA and enacting policy and regulations implementing those administrative hearings; and oversees outside litigation counsel regarding any NAHC litigation matters. Closing Date: 1/27/2023.

Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel. Washington D.C. Provides legal advice and overall legal support to the Under Secretaries, agency administrators, and other senior officials who are responsible for the programs and activities of the Department. Manages the development and application of legal policies, and supervises a staff of attorneys who draft, review, and approve, for legal sufficiency regulations, legislation, cooperative agreements, memoranda of understanding, and other agreements. Prepares legal memoranda and opinions on questions of law; prepares litigation reports, pleadings, statements of fact, declarations, briefs, and other documents in connection with lawsuits filed by or against the United States. Works with the Department of Justice in the trial of cases in the Federal courts; and prepare and present cases before Administrative Law Judges, the Judicial Officer, and other hearing officers appointed for particular proceedings. Participates, as counsel for the Department, in conferences and meetings with leading representatives of industry, business, and agriculture, and interested and affected members of the public. Responsible for developing and recommending procedures for handling the work of the division; overseeing the training and development of the legal and support staff; assigning work and evaluating the performance of the legal and support staff. Closing date: 2/3/2023.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

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.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP – Pokagon Health Services HLC Wellness Portal. Remote. If you would like to submit a proposal, please confirm your contact information by replying to the invitation email and sender with the following detail before January 20th, 2023 to receive detailed instructions outlining the RFP guidelines: Proposals must be delivered by personal delivery, U.S. mail (first class, postage pre-paid), or by any private courier service. Please mark the subject line of the Proposal as follows: “Pokagon Health Services Healthy Lifestyles Campaign Wellness Portal”. Proposals received before Closing Time will be considered timely. Closing time for receipt: January 20th, 2023.

RFP – Stormwater and Wastewater Asset Management Plan. Remote. Development of a proposal for the Rodgers Lake Campus with a secondary sub-proposal for the Crystal Springs property, if funding allows for additional work to be completed. Once the proposals have been evaluated, someone will reach out with the final determination. If you would like to submit a proposal, please confirm your contact information by replying to the invitation email and sender with the following detail before February 3rd, 2023 to receive detailed instructions outlining the RFP guideline. Closing time for receipt: February 3rd, 2023.

Federal Defender District of New Mexico

Legal Assistant. Cruces, NM. Performs the functions of a Legal Assistant to Assistant Defenders utilizing advanced knowledge of legal terminology, Word processing and information processing software. Understands district and circuit court rules and protocols. Edits and proofreads initial drafts, transcribes dictation, performs cite checking and assembles copies with attachments for filing and mailing. Responsible for electronic filing of pleadings. And more. Closing date for posting is 1/22/2023.\

Assistant Federal Public Defender. Albuquerque, NM. This position is for a licensed attorney with three years minimum criminal trial experience preferred. Other equally relevant experience will be considered. Successful applicants must have a commitment to the representation of indigent, disenfranchised and underserved individuals and communities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: managing an extensive caseload, developing litigation strategies, preparing pleadings, appearing in court at all stages of litigation, and meeting with clients, experts, witnesses, family members and others. Applicants must possess strong oral and written advocacy skills, have the ability to build and maintain meaningful attorney-client relationships, be team oriented but function independently in a large, busy office setting, and communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, the court, and other agency personnel. Spanish language proficiency is preferred. Travel is required (training, investigation, and other case-related travel). Closing date for posting is 2/12/2023.

Criminal Trials and Appeals Division

Two Limited Term Departmental Analyst 9-11. Marquette, MI. This position will serve as a case manager for the newly established Job Court Program. This position is responsible for overseeing and maintaining all communications with Job Court participants and the Supervising Case Manager. This position will be the point of contact for Job Court participants and is responsible for providing explanation of various policies, procedures, and services to participants including an eligibility screening, job placement, and needs assessment at the beginning of the participants engagement with the program. The position is responsible for assessing the needs of Job Court defendants and determining the suitability and eligibility for placement in open positions. The position will ensure communication and cooperation with Job Court employers and will participate in regularly scheduled supervisory conferences and onsite evaluations as necessary. This position is responsible for presenting oral and written reports defining progress and problems to the Supervising Case Manager. The position will track and collect data and evaluations submitted by Job Court participants and Supervising Case Manager. This position will report to the Supervising Case Manager. Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians

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.  Open until filled.

Montana Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Post-Conviction Investigative Lead. Missoula, MT. The Staff Attorney investigates and litigates claims of actual innocence, working with a wide range of experts and investigators across the state and especially in tribal communities. Our cases include claims based on newly discovered evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, false evidence, and incentivized testimony (among other innocence issues). Our representation is client centered. Open until filled.

Earthjustice

2023 Summer Clerkship. Anchorage or Juneau, AK. The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a weekly stipend of $1,280 a week, with the average clerkship lasting 10 weeks (approximately $12,800 total). The total stipend amount will be dependent on the extent of a clerk’s ability to secure outside funding. Earthjustice will pay $1,280 a week less the total amount received from other sources. We strongly encourage candidates to pursue outside funding, but the ability to secure outside funding will not be considered as part of the hiring decision. Note the stipend is taxed, so stipend payments are less applicable taxes. Applications are due January 22, 2023 for consideration.

2023 Summer Clerkship. Los Angeles, CA. The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a weekly stipend of $1,280 a week, with the average clerkship lasting 10 weeks (approximately $12,800 total). The total stipend amount will be dependent on the extent of a clerk’s ability to secure outside funding. Earthjustice will pay $1,280 a week less the total amount received from other sources. We strongly encourage candidates to pursue outside funding, but the ability to secure outside funding will not be considered as part of the hiring decision. Note the stipend is taxed, so stipend payments are less applicable taxes. Applications are due January 22, 2023 for consideration.

Department of Attorney General

Attorney Administrator 19: Public Administration Division. Lansing, MI. This position serves as the State of Michigan’s Public Administrator provided for in the Estate and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC), 1998 PA 386.  The Public Administrator is the department’s probate law expert and oversees all county public administrators appointed by the Attorney General and advises the Attorney General, Chief Deputy Attorney General and Solicitor General on probate matters.  The position is also a probate litigation specialist for the department, intervening in a variety of probate matters as provided by EPIC and as otherwise required by the Attorney General.  Closing: 1/16/2023 5:00 PM EST.

Havasupai Tribe

Tribal Prosecutor. Supai, AZ. Tribal Prosecutor will represent the Tribe in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency, and severance of parental rights cases, and perform related duties as required. Duties include: reviewing police reports to determine charges to be filed or declined, interviewing complainant/victim(s), law enforcement officers, and witnesses, analyzing case material, participating in plea negotiations and pre-trial discovery with prosecutors, work cooperatively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, state, county, and other Indian and federal law enforcement agency personnel, and related duties as assigned and authorized. Closing date: January 31, 2023.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Court of Appeals Judge. Warm Springs, OR. Judicial services. The judge shall be appointed to the CTWS Tribal Court of Appeals, to hear appeals from final judgments and other orders of the Tribal Court. Closing date: Until position is filled.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

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.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

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  • Main duties
  • Closing date
  • Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Probation Officer. Dowagiac, MI. Under the general supervision of the Chief Judge, Court Administrator and Presiding Judge, perform supervision of adults and juveniles placed on probation by the Court.  Work involves regularly meeting with probationers to ensure compliance to terms of probation, and maintaining records of probationers’ activities and status.  Responsible for determining level of supervision necessary for individual probationers, providing support, referring clients to probation assistance programs, and conferring with law enforcement and court personnel in matters pertaining to violation of probation by clients.  It is estimated that fifty percent (50%) of the position’s time will be performing Probation Officer duties, thirty percent (30%) will be performing Court Officer duties, and twenty percent (20%) will be performing Court Staff duties. Percentages may vary based upon probation caseload, development of probationary functions, and development of Court Officer functions. Closing Date: Friday, January 20, 2023.

Associate General Counsel. Dowagiac, MI. Under the direction of the General Counsel to the Pokagon Band, the Assoc. General Counsel provides legal services and representation to the Pokagon Band, its agencies and its enterprises in a broad variety of matters, including contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate matters, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, tribal jurisdiction, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare and legislation.  Occasional travel within and outside Michigan will be required. Open until filled.

RFP – Assessment of Department of Finance. Dowagiac, MI. More information can be found within the linked PDF. Closing time for receipt: December 30th, 2022.

The Native American Heritage Commission

Chief Counsel, CEA Level B. Sacramento, CA. The Chief Counsel serves as the principal legal adviser to the Executive Secretary and the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) providing advice and counsel to ensure internal compliance with control agency laws, regulations, and policies. The Chief Counsel plans, directs, organizes, and manages NAHC’s Legal Department staff in enforcing state laws that protect Native American cultural resources on public and private lands; approves high-level policy decisions for the rule making process; responsible for overseeing administrative hearings required under CalNAGPRA and enacting policy and regulations implementing those administrative hearings; and oversees outside litigation counsel regarding any NAHC litigation matters. Closing Date:1/17/2023.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Senior Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. This position serves in the Office of Tribal Attorney and provides a broad range of legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Tribal Chairperson, and various tribal departments and entities. Major responsibilities include: developing tribal policies and drafting ordinances, reviewing business contracts and facilitating economic development efforts, representing the Tribe in civil and administrative proceedings, and conducting negotiations with local, state, and federal agencies.  At least four years of experience practicing Federal Indian Law or representing Tribal Governments is required. The position is open until filled.

Yurok Tribe

RFP. Hoopa, CA. The Yurok Tribe Title IV-E Program is soliciting contractors to provide legal services regarding the child welfare process as the Minor/Non-Minor Attorney Services. Deadline: January 13, 2022.

Drummond Woodsum’s Tribal Nations Services Group

1L Summer Associate Program. Flagstaff, AZ. Drummond Woodsum’s summer program includes rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls from law schools from all over the United States.  Summer associates do not work in isolation- receiving assignments from and sending completed work back to a Summer Associate Coordinator.  Summer associates get a true sense for associate life at Drummond Woodsum.  Summer associates meet with the assigning attorney at the beginning of each project to discuss what is expected and again at the completion of the assignment to receive feedback on their work.  Summer associates are also invited to attend our monthly Firm Lunch meetings where various groups highlight what they’re working on, as well as smaller practice group meetings to get a better understanding of the type of work Drummond Woodsum takes on and how we approach such work. Closing date: January 27, 2023.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager, Attorney Education. Washington, D.C. As a part of ELI’s Education team, the Senior Manager of Attorney Education’s primary objective is to help develop and deliver programs for members consistent with ELI’s mission, with a focus on developing ELI’s Annual Boot Camps and CLE events. Associated tasks involve tracking current events and legal policies relevant to environmental law and policy, as well as developing concepts and write-ups for trainings, master classes, programs, major conferences, and cosponsored conferences. Application Deadline: 1/6/2023.

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate Attorney. Santa Fe, NM & Tempe, AZ. The Indian law practice in Santa Fe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, water rights, land rights, civil litigation, and transactional matters. Tempe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, labor and employment law, and transactional matters. Rothstein Donatelli is committed to advancing the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. Open until filled.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Development Director. Portland, OR. The development director for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) leads the overall fundraising and membership solicitation efforts including, but not limited to, individual gift solicitation, corporate solicitations, annual fund development, membership solicitations, corporate and foundation grants, tribal solicitations, fundraising event activities, and development communications. The development director works closely with key organizational partners including the management team, board of directors, and board of trustees in building a culture of philanthropy across the organization and NICWA’s stakeholders. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon office Tuesday-Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.

Member Relations Manager. Portland, OR. The member relations manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for the development and implementation of NICWA’s member engagement program and services to support a robust and active membership. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon, office Tuesday – Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.

Training Manager. Portland, OR. The training manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for ensuring that current, relevant, and accessible training curricula and information related to the health and well-being of Native children, families, and communities is made available to Native communities and tribal programs so they can provide effective services to Native children and families. The training manager is responsible for the planning and management of fee-for-service events, the NICWA annual conference, and our regional and virtual training institutes. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon office Tuesday-Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.

Events and Training Project Coordinator. Portland, OR. The primary purpose of the project coordinator for events and training at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is to provide support to the events and training team with tasks related to annual conference, community-based trainings, and regional training institutes. The project coordinator will respond to community members via email and phone and will help with data entry through a variety of software. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon, office Tuesday – Thursday.  The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.

Communications Specialist. Portland, OR. The communications specialist at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of an effective communications strategy to increase the visibility and impact of NICWA’s work dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. This position reports directly to the communications director and works closely with staff across the organization to assist with developing and shaping messages for a range of written products, social media, website content, and earned media efforts. The position will work remotely on Mondays and Fridays, and report to our Portland, Oregon, office Tuesday – Thursday. The first round of reviews for all positions is January 16, 2023.

Michigan Civil Service Commission

Departmental Specialist 13 – BPHASA Policy Specialist (Native American Health). Lansing, MI. Employees in this job function as professional specialists with responsibility for a departmental program or specialty area; or as an administrative assistant to an administrator or executive. Positions are (1) designated as specialists by the Appointing Authority; (2) accepted and classified by Civil Service; (3) require advanced knowledge in the field of work; (4) responsible for highly complex assignments; (5) the scope of responsibility is significant; and (6) the job function has considerable impact within the department. Typically, positions in this job do not supervise. Closing Date: 12/18/2022.

Native Law Group

2023 Summer Law Clerk. Louisville, CO or Washington DC. This is a 40 hour/week in-office clerkship. Completed 2L year by Summer 2023. Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date. Excellent research abilities. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Closing Date: December 20, 2022.

Yakama Nation

Attorney. Toppenish, WA. The employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender-Legal Aid Services Program and is responsible for providing quality professional legal representation and advice to tribal member clients in Tribal, Municipal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to tribal members in areas such as, criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Services include legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analyzes and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the courts as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. In addition the attorney will provide legal education law clinics for the public as assigned. Closing Date: January 3, 2023.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships. New York, NY. We are accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join the Community Partnerships Program in New York City. The associate attorney will join our work that prioritizes frontline communities who are burdened with the most pollution and environmental harms while being excluded from environmental benefits provided to other communities. We work with community leaders to challenge the environmental and social status quo, helping communities change the conditions in which they live. The ideal candidate will join our team by April 2023. Apply by: Jan 3 2023

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships. Los Angeles, CA. We are accepting applications for an Associate Attorney to join the Community Partnerships Program in Los Angeles. The associate attorney will add cross-organization capacity but will focus on matters handled by their home office. The ideal candidate will join our team by April 2023. Apply by: Jan 8 2023.

Litigation Paralegal. Washington DC Regional. This position provides paralegal and administrative support for the litigation and advocacy activities of the DC Regional office. The Litigation Paralegal will report to a Supervising Senior Attorney. Apply by: Jan 3 2023.

Executive Assistant, Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure and Health. New York, NY. The primary responsibilities of this role are to act as a seamless extension of the Managing Attorneys by providing effective executive support to each individually and by working collectively to provide program support to their teams. Apply by: Jan 3 2023.

Department of Attorney General – State of Michigan

A Communications Director. Lansing or Detroit, MI. his position is responsible for organizing and directing the priorities of subordinate employees, directing, and participating in the planning and coordination of internal and external public relations programs, and directing the dissemination of educational and promotional materials concerning the Attorney General’s Office. This position is responsible for overseeing the Department’s response to media inquiries, the drafting of Department press releases, AG press conferences and events and working to effectively use communication tools to further the Department of Attorney General’s policies and goals. Using considerable independent judgment, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of public relations strategies to help foster the Department’s outreach to the public. Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

Chief Legal Counsel (Attorney Administrator 20). Lansing or Detroit, MI. This position serves as a legal advisor/chief legal counsel for the Department of Attorney General, providing direction for all of its litigation, including challenges to the constitutionality of State laws and complex class-actions for which the plaintiffs seek large monetary damages. This specialized litigation may involve multiple-Division practice areas and may require department-wide resources. This position will provide direct advice and guidance to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General related to litigation issues.  Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

USDOL Employment and Training Administration

Chief for the Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP). Washington, DC. Led by the DINAP chief, administers the Indian and Native American Program under Section 166 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which provides funding to federally- and state-recognized tribes and tribal nonprofits to serve Native Americans. DINAP’s adult and youth programs develop academic and occupational skills, equip people with entrepreneurial skills, and promotes economic and social development of Native communities in accordance with their goals and values.  The DINAP Chief also serves as the Designated Federal Official for the Native American Employment and Training Council, a Federal Advisory Council. The posting closes Friday, 12/23/2022.

West Coast Region of NOAA Fisheries

Tribal Liaison. Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; Boise, ID.  Serve as the West Coast Region’s (WCR) point of contact for tribes on tribal matters; facilitate conversations between tribes and program staff as needed. Ensure tribes receive advance notification of NOAA Fisheries initiatives, decisions, and regulations that may affect tribal trust resources. Serve as the region’s technical expert on tribal history, treaties, sovereignty, self-governance, protocols, customs and traditions, and natural and cultural resources for WCR staff. Advise WCR staff, supervisors, managers, and leadership on tribal trust responsibilities. Provide training to increase awareness and understanding of tribal norms, customs, best business practices, and federal obligations for WCR staff, supervisors, managers, and regional leadership. Maintain the Tribal Relations websites and provide tribal consultation guidance and resources to WCR staff. Work to establish and maintain strong cross-cultural relationships with tribal councils, chairpersons, officials, and technical staff to help the agency accomplish its conservation and stewardship mission. Participate in formal tribal government-to-government meetings, and consensus building between NOAA and tribal entities. Represent NOAA to external parties and coordinate external messaging between and among NOAA staff and leadership; maintain relationships with Tribal Liaisons/Coordinators in other federal agencies; maintain a regional database of current tribal council representatives and department chairs; and participate in cross-divisional teams, as appropriate. Closing Date: 12/19/2022.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

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.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit. Prepares and/or assists with travel arrangements and required and related travel documents for Unit staff. Assists with administrative duties of other NNDOJ Units when assigned. Participates in general building maintenance in partnership with other NNDOJ Units. This position is open until December 01, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

Investigator, Window Rock, AZ. Conducts thorough study of criminal complaints, police reports, conduct field investigations, collects evidence, and related documentation. Maintains daily log of activities/investigation progress. Conduct interviews of protentional and real witnesses and suspects, evaluates reliability and credibility; Completes field investigations on and off the reservation to locate suspects and witnesses, observe suspicious activity, trace financial transactions/records, and collect evidence. Conduct search and seizures, analyze forensic evidence, analyze financial documents, ability to recognize fraud/schemes and collect, classify, and enter into evidence findings. Have the ability to communicate verbally and in written form precisely. Prepare reports, legal pleadings criminal complaints, case chronologies, witness testimonies, and maintains statistics. Collects data, prepares sketches and/or diagrams of investigation crime scene, completes video taping, takes photographs, and recordings; recreate crime scenes, and preserve evidence. This position is open until December 20, 2022 by 5p.m.

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The Hopi Tribe

Chief Tribal Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. The Chief Prosecutor ensures that the Office performs professional attorney-level legal work in carrying out these responsibilities in the highest ethical manner. Open until filled.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. The Chief Prosecutor ensures that the Office performs professional attorney-level legal work in carrying out these responsibilities in the highest ethical manner. Open until filled.

Deputy General Counsel. Kykotsmovi, AZ. The Deputy General Counsel performs highly professional and advisory work involving considerable depth of knowledge and analytical/organizational skills in a broad range of subject areas of the law, and exercises broad and independent judgment in providing legal advice on any political/legal dimension and its effects on Tribal entities. Open until filled.

Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney. Portland, OR. The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied caseload, with an emphasis on Estate Planning and Probate, and for providing other legal services to Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members. Review of resumes begins November 18, 2022.

Native Law Group

2023 Summer Law Clerk. Louisville, CO or Washington DC. This is a 40 hour/week in-office clerkship. Completed 2L year by Summer 2023. Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date. Excellent research abilities. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Closing date: December 2nd.

Yakama Nation Public Defender – Legal Aid Services Program

Attorney. Toppenish, WA. The employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender-Legal Aid Services Program and is responsible for providing quality professional legal representation and advice to tribal member clients in Tribal, Municipal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to tribal members in areas such as, criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Services include legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analyzes and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. Closing date is November 28, 2022.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Forest Protection Advocate. San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, or satellite office. Work with coalitions, the media, affected communities, and decision-makers to safeguard the biological, climate, and traditional Indigenous values of North American forests. The advocate’s time will be split evenly between two forest conservation campaigns, one to save mature stands and trees in U.S. federal forests, and the other to combat bioenergy threats to hardwood bottomlands in the Southeast U.S. and the boreal forests in Canada. This role will be open until the ideal candidate is selected.

Port Madison Enterprises

Associate General Counsel. Suquamish, WA. Essential functions of the position include legal research and writing necessary to advise the Board of Directors, Executive Leadership, and Staff; development and maintenance of PME policies and procedures; drafting, review, and negotiation of commercial contracts; and handling of PME legal disputes. The position is open until filled.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Sacramento, CA. Supervised by the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of federal Indian law.  Our fast-paced office provides legal services on issues of jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Closing date: Open until filled.

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Office of Public Health Studies. Assistant Professor (Position #0082227, Epidemiology). Honolulu, HI. Main duties include the following: Teach online and in-person courses in topics related to epidemiology and other public health topics to undergraduate and graduate public health students and other health professionals, conduct and maintain a program of research on topics related to epidemiology as evidenced by extramural grants, publications, and scholarly activities and products, plan and establish new courses and programs, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate public health students, participate in student recruitment and retention efforts, serve on departmental and university committees, provide service to professional and community stakeholders as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty Perform other related tasks as assigned. Continuous recruitment until filled.  Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Office of Public Health Studies. Assistant Professor (Position #0083002, Epidemiology/Data Science with a focus on sustainability, Indigenous, and environmental health). Honolulu, HI. Main duties include the following: Teach online and in-person courses in introductory and advanced biostatistics and quantitative methods courses and other public health topics to undergraduate and graduate  public health students and other health professionals, conduct and maintain a program of research on topics related to biostatistics and data science with a focus on sustainability, Indigenous, and environmental health as evidenced by extramural grants, publications, and scholarly activities and products, plan and establish new courses and programs, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate public health students, participate in student recruitment and retention efforts, serve on departmental and university committees, provide service to professional and community stakeholders as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty, perform other related tasks as assigned. Continuous recruitment until filled.  Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Office of Public Health Studies. Assistant Professor (Position #0082302, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health). Honolulu, HI. Main duties include the following: Teach online and in-person courses in topics related to Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and other public health topics to undergraduate and graduate public health students and other health professionals, conduct and maintain a program of research on topics related to Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health as evidenced by extramural grants, publications, and scholarly activities and products, plan and establish new courses and programs, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate public health students, participate in student recruitment and retention efforts, serve on departmental and university committees, provide service to professional and community stakeholders as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty, perform other related tasks as assigned. Continuous recruitment until filled.  Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Judicare Legal Aid

Indian Law Office Staff Attorney. Wausau, WI. Main duties include:  1) maintain caseload on behalf of Native American clients in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court or arising under federal or tribal law. Civil case areas include Indian Child Welfare, custody/placement, guardian ad litem, divorce, estate planning;  2) educate and serve Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law;  3) participate in tribal court development, code drafting and community education projects; and 4) carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. The position will remain open until filled.

Tribal Lay Advocate. Wausau, WI. The Lay Advocate position will assist in estate planning for tribal members, be required to become a notary and will also generate documents and assume authority for their own files and case management.  Advocate will assist in the preparation of legal memos, coordination of projects and reports, coordinate communication with volunteers, pro se parties, courts, and community partners.  Advocate will compose general and legal correspondence, both for distribution within JLA and to outside third parties.  Advocate will attend meetings and relevant law trainings within JLA and outside to obtain necessary information and plan and conduct meetings as requested by attorneys. The position will remain open until filled.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

2023 Summer Law Internship. Valley Center, California. The Rincon Band is looking for 1L or 2L law students to assist the Attorney General with legal research and drafting memoranda on the wide variety of matters that come before the tribe. Application deadline is December 2, 2022.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

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.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit. Prepares and/or assists with travel arrangements and required and related travel documents for Unit staff. Assists with administrative duties of other NNDOJ Units when assigned. Participates in general building maintenance in partnership with other NNDOJ Units. This position is open until December 01, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

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Environmental Law Institute

Beveridge & Diamond Diversity Law Clerk (Summer 2023). Washington, D.C. With generous support from Beveridge & Diamond PC, our summer law clerk program includes a funded position dedicated to students from traditionally underrepresented perspectives, including students from historically marginalized racial groups and/or economically disadvantaged communities. ELI summer law clerks, including the Beveridge & Diamond Diversity Law Clerk, work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international research projects spanning ELI’s full range of program areas. Law clerks also may assist in the editing and production of ELI publications, such as the Environmental Law Reporter. Law clerks provide crucial support for ELI projects and publications by conducting legal and policy research, analyzing environmental laws, drafting memoranda and other products, and otherwise assisting in the preparation of published materials. Application Deadline: 1/23/2023.

Attorney – Water & Oceans. Washington D.C.  ELI is seeking an experienced Attorney to work on our portfolio of uniquely positioned environmental law and policy projects addressing critical environment and sustainable development challenges domestically and internationally. It is expected that this Attorney would focus particularly (but not exclusively) on ELI’s water and ocean programs. Application Deadline: 11/21/2022.

Human Resources Director, People & Equity. Washington D.C. ELI is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our work life. The Human Resources Director, People & Equity will center these values when implementing Human Resources (HR) systems, executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities, and leading cultural change within the Institute. More specifically, this role will focus on talent recruitment and management and organizational culture. Application Deadline: 11/28/2022.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Prosecutor Services

RFP – Special Prosecutor. Eagle Butte, SD. The CRST Prosecutor Services is seeking a Special Prosecutor to provide the following services: Serve as an administrator of justice, a zealous advocate, and an officer of the Tribal Court, and exercise sound discretion and independent judgment in the performance of this function. Seek justice within the bounds of the law, not merely to convict; serves the public interest and should act with integrity and balanced judgment to increase public safety both by pursuing appropriate criminal charges of appropriate severity, and by exercising discretion to not pursue criminal charges in appropriate circumstances. CLOSING DATE: November 30, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. M.S.T.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Associate General Counsel. Towaoc, CO. Qualified Candidates must have at least two years of experience in the field oflndian Law and must be licensed in good standing in at least one state. The Tribe’s Associate General Counsels provide a wide range of representation in every aspect of Indian Law. Salary is competitive for the area and benefits include numerous holidays and a generous health insurance package. Submissions will be accepted until December 18, 2022.

Catawba Nation

Deputy Tribal Attorney. Rock Hill, SC. Works with other attorneys in the Nation’s Legal Department to provide legal counsel and representation to the General Council, Executive Committee, the Nation’s departments, commissions, boards, and other entities as required to carry out the business of the Tribal Government and achieve the Nation’s overall objectives. A strong command of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and Gaming Law is essential. Position closes November 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Shoshone Bannock Tribes

Assistant Prosecutor. Fort Hall, ID. This position will mainly handle a criminal caseload, but will cover other matters when needed. The Tribes offer a fantastic benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision. A Tribal Job application, with associated documentation, must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on November 18, 2022.

The Mohegan Tribe

Attorney. Uncasville, CT. This position reports to the Deputy Attorney General and provides legal advice to the Mohegan Tribe, its departments, agencies, and enterprises on a wide range of legal matters, including corporate finance and business issues affecting the Mohegan Tribe and its business enterprises. The closing date is Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Entry Level Prosecuting Attorney. Pablo, MT. The primary responsibility for the Entry Level Prosecuting Attorney will be reviewing reports and drafting complaints. This position also includes communicating with federal, state, and local government agencies in regards to Tribal Court matters. The attorney will present cases before Tribal Court, and, if required, may present cases in front of other jurisdictions. This position is to be advertised until it is filled.

Rothstein Donatelli

Associate Attorney. Santa Fe, NM & Tempe, AZ. The Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tempe, Arizona offices of Rothstein Donatelli, LLP are each seeking a litigation associate for their Indian law practice.  Rothstein Donatelli has offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Tempe, Arizona. The Indian law practice in Santa Fe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, water rights, land rights, civil litigation, and transactional matters. Tempe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, labor and employment law, and transactional matters. Rothstein Donatelli is committed to advancing the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. Open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition 

2023 Summer Law Clerk. Sacramento, CA/Remote. The California Tribal Families Coalition (CTFC) is a nonprofit social welfare membership organization that is led by a Board of Directors comprised of elected tribal leaders. The mission of CTFC is to promote the health, safety and welfare of tribal children and families, which are inherent tribal governmental functions and are at the core of tribal sovereignty and tribal governance. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. Clerkships will be primarily remote but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California with the CTFC team. The application deadline is November 6, 2022.

Colorado Legal Services

Executive Director. Boston, MA. Lead and advance the mission of this renowned statewide nonprofit civil legal aid organization. The mission of CLS is to provide meaningful access to high quality, civil legal services in the pursuit of justice for as many low-income persons and members of vulnerable populations throughout Colorado as possible. With an annual budget of approximately $13 million, CLS provides excellent legal service to as many as possible of the almost 1.4 million Coloradans who qualify financially for its services.  Priority is given to those in greatest social and economic need. CLS serves the entirety of the 104,000-square-mile State of Colorado (the eighth largest state geographically in the country) through 13 regional offices. CLS currently has a staff of 150, including 80 attorneys and 55 paralegals, who are supported by administrative, financial, grant management and technology personnel. Apply by November 18.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

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.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Administrative Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision of the AAG of the Water Rights Unit, this position serves as the Office Manager of the Water Rights Unit and performs and/or oversees highly specialized day to day operations and administrative office duties, to include: budget, other financial and contract responsibilities; filing and maintenance of court documents and legal files; management and distribution of legal publications; maintaining office equipment and the assigned Tribal vehicle.  Duties also include: receive and distribute incoming mail; maintain internal calendar of attorney related meetings/appointments; prepare travel authorizations and accommodations; assist with the preparation of required reports for submission to the OAG, WRC, NNC, or OPVP; participate in the development of the annual WRU/WRC specific budget and monitors expenditures; schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other appointments; and prepare agendas and meeting materials.  This position is open until November 7, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit. Prepares and/or assists with travel arrangements and required and related travel documents for Unit staff. Assists with administrative duties of other NNDOJ Units when assigned. Participates in general building maintenance in partnership with other NNDOJ Units. This position is open until December 01, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. 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; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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  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.

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Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

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

Tulalip Tribal Court

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

JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE NAVAJO NATION

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

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

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

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

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

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

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

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

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

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

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The Associate Tribal Attorney will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Deadline to apply is June 10, 2021. Link to required employment application here.

Senior Tribal Attorney, Hoopa, CA. The Senior Tribal Attorney administers and supervises the Office of Tribal Attorney and will provide a broad range or legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Chairperson, tribal departments and entities, including consultation, research, drafting, representation in administrative proceedings, and other duties as assigned. Deadline to apply is June 14, 2021. Link to required employment application here.

Center for Court Innovation

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

Colville Confederated Tribes

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

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court

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

Quinault Indian Nation

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


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.