Job Announcement

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

In the email body: 

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

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Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

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

Sonosky Chambers

Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

University of Idaho

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

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.

Southern Ute Tribe

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Request for Proposals – Special Prosecutor. Ignacio, CO. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is requesting contract proposals from attorneys or law firms to serve as Special Prosecutor for the Tribe. For full RFP email jrivera@southernute-nsn.gov or call 970-563-2141. Proposals due October 8th at 5 pm MST.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

In-House Attorney. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing on-site legal advice to the Tribal Council and various Tribal government and commercial entities regarding a wide variety of matters, including gaming related matters; (2) Attending frequent meetings of the Tribal Council and periodic meetings of the Tribe’s General Membership; (3) Drafting Tribal Ordinances, policies and procedures; (4) Negotiating and documenting commercial transactions; (5) Drafting formational documents of Tribal commercial entities; (6) Negotiating, writing and reviewing various types of contracts, including leases, permits, purchase agreements, development agreements and intergovernmental agreements; (7) and coordinating and working with the Tribe’s outside General Counsel and special counsel. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants can submit their resume and letter of interest by email to resumes@morongo-nsn.gov. Fill out an employment application here.

Tribal Court Clerk. Banning, CA. Under the direction of the Tribal Court Judge and the general direction of the Tribal Operations Administrator, the Tribal Court Clerk will perform varied duties including but not limited to preparing for and managing the functions of the Tribal Court and performing administrative duties related to the Tribal Court. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should contact the Tribal Administration and Enterprises Human Resources at 951-755-5184. The position is open until filled. 

Healing Wellness Court Coordinator. Banning, CA. Duties include: (1) Facilitating planning, development and implementation for the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court program; (2) Providing court intervention and early access to therapeutic and treatment services to youth that have entered into the criminal justice system and who may be dealing with issues involving alcohol and/or drug use; (3) In conjunction with Court staff, the Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator is responsible for forming, coordinating, and staffing a multi-disciplinary advisory team; (4) Drafting program policy and procedures to screen and determine eligibility of participants; and (5) Producing deliverables required by the grant and funder (Department of Justice) in a timely fashion. Interested candidates should contact the Tribal Administration and Enterprises Human Resources at 951-755-5184. The position is open until filled. 

Gun Lake Tribe

General Counsel. Shelbyville, MI. Duties include: (1) Providing legal counsel and legal representation to the Gun Lake Tribal Council and departments of the Gun Lake Tribal Government; (2) Advising governmental departments and subordinate entities regarding legal rights, practices and allocation of legal resources; (3) Overseeing the Gun Lake Tribe’s Legal Department, providing oversight, coordinating the activities of retained outside counsel and managing all contracting including monitoring legal costs and issues; and (4) Acting as the Chief Litigator for the Band. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled. Interested applicants should register and apply here.

Foster Garvey PC

Indian Law Attorney. The position may be Associate, Principal, or Of Counsel, as appropriate. Seattle, WA (preferred), Spokane, WA, or Portland, OR. Remote work arrangements may be considered. Duties include: (1) Tribal treaty litigation; (2) Working with tribal clients on a broad range of tribal governance and economic development matters; (3) Developing experience in the attorney’s areas of particular interest; and (4) Representing tribes and tribal entities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, recent writing sample, and list of at least three professional references via the firm’s Careers Portal.

The Wilderness Society

Government Relations / Communications Specialist to the President. Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the efficient operations of TWS’ legislative advocacy work; (2) Ensuring effective coordination of the Government Relations team internally and across the organization; (3) Supporting priority campaigns by managing special projects; (4) Developing written advocacy materials, and directly engaging congressional offices; (5) Preparing the President for meetings with Members of Congress, the Administration, and other decision makers. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by October 17th.

Native American Rights Fund

Law Librarian. Boulder, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing general library services that support the mission of the National Indian Law Library (NILL); (2) Supporting the legal work of NARF and the Indian law information needs of the general public. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: Anne Lucke, Library Director, Native American Rights Fund, nill@narf.org. Open until filled with preference given to applications received by October 8th, 2021. See our website for full position description and qualifications: https://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/

Alaska Fellow. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Working with NARF Staff Attorneys and NARF clients in all aspects of complex impact litigation before tribal, state, and federal courts, including factual and legal research, discovery, motion practice, trials, appeals, and amicus briefs; (2) Identifying and researching tribal sovereignty issues, and writing demand letters, legal memoranda, and advocacy letters; (3) Representing NARF and NARF clients before various community and stakeholder groups; (4) Representing NARF clients before federal and state agencies and in regulatory proceedings; (5) Building and leading coalitions with diverse stakeholders and working in partnership with other organizations. Position is for two years only and is not a guarantee of full-time NARF employment after the end of the fellowship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by October 13th, 2021.

Gila River Indian Community Office of General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Community in tribal, state and federal courts and administrative bodies; (2) Handling civil regulatory matters; (3) Advising community officials, departments and programs; (4) Assistance in drafting ordinances and resolutions; (5) Drafting and reviewing programmatic policies; and (5) Drafting and reviewing contracts, business agreements and intergovernmental agreements. This position is advertised as open until filled. Please see the position description for more information. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org.

Prospective Services Attorney. Protective Services Office, located at the Family Advocacy Center. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing support in various child welfare matters (including dependency, child in need of care, abuse/neglect and juvenile offender cases) and adult protection matters in the Community’s courts; (2) Representing the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts; and (3) Providing counsel and advice to the Community’s Tribal Social Services Department on substantive issues relating to child welfare. Please see the position description for more information. This position is advertised as open until filled. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org.

Kanji & Katzen PLLC

Summer 2022 Associate. Seattle, WA and Ann Arbor, MI. Seeking 2L students, but highly motivated 1Ls may apply as well. Applicants should possess a stellar academic and professional record, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to serving tribal nations. Prior coursework in Indian law or experience with tribal communities is also highly valued. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, references to Terri Walrod (twalrod@kanjikatzen.com) by October 1, 2021.

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Law and Justice Department

Prosecutor. Lapwai, ID. Duties to include: (1) Representing the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court; (2) Reviewing reports and charging cases; (3) Drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents; (4) Representing the Tribe in civil prosecutions and Minor-In-Need-Of-Care/ICWA proceedings that come before the Tribal Court; and (5) Supervising an Administrative Legal Assistant, Deputy Prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement Attorney. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should provide a legal writing sample with application, and resume listing at least three work-related references by October 11, 2021.

Indian Law Professor Jobs

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To post an open Indian Law professor job to Turtle Talk, send 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 links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

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The University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

Assistant/Assoc./Full Professor, Legal Writing. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching in the 1L Legal Writing program as well as select upper-division writing courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524. 

Entry-level or lateral professor with expertise in the field of Business Organizations. Vermillion, SD. Duties include: (1) Teaching Business Organizations. (2) Selecting upper-division drafting courses. (2) Scholarship. (3) Service to the law school and university. Please see the position description for more information. Inquiries and applications may be directed to Eric W. Young, Assistant Dean, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermilion, SD 57069 by September 6th, 2021. You may also send a message by email to eric.young@usd.edu or you may call at 605-658-3524.

The University of Idaho College of Law

Tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the area of Tax Law. Moscow, ID. Both entry-level and lateral candidates are encouraged to apply. Duties include: (1) Teaching an introductory tax course, as well as other classes that may include advanced tax courses and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. (2) Mentoring students, advising students on curricular and co-curricular activities, and developing a scholarly, outreach, and engagement agenda that will enrich the scholarly and legal communities. (3) Conceivably, they might switch out estate planning for another course every other year (which could include Tribal Nations Economics & Law).  On its face, this package does not include much in the Native American law arena.  However, that very well could change over time and there are several extracurricular programs that could use expertise in tribal tax, estate planning, tribal economic development, etc. More details regarding these programs are available by emailing Dylan Hedden-Nicely at dhedden@uidaho.edu. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, including a statement of demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community, at https://www.uidaho.edu/human-resources. Please direct general questions to Sam Newton, the search committee chair, at samnewton@uidaho.edu. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021

University of Minnesota Duluth

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor. Duluth, Minnesota. Duties include: (1) Teaching, advising, research, and service. (2) Active commitment to working with diverse populations and fostering socially just, culturally responsive, and anti racist practices in higher education, social work or community settings. (3) Strong experience, knowledge base and commitment to American Indian and/or other Indigenous people and communities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here and search for job opening 342786. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2021.

University of North Dakota School of Law

Fall 2022 Faculty Position, Grand Forks, ND. One or more tenure-track positions beginning fall 2022.  Areas of interest include Federal Indian Law, Lawyering Skills, Civil Procedure, Business Associations, Energy, and Oil & Gas. Faculty will: (1) Conduct innovative research. (2). Work across disciplinary boundaries, including teaching and learning. (3) Be committed to equity and inclusion. Please see the open positions for more information and to apply. Please contact the UND School of Law’s Faculty Selection Committee at und.law.fsc@law.und.edu with any questions.

The University of New Mexico School of Law

Entry-level candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in its Law and Indigenous Peoples Program (LIPP) to begin August 1, 2022. Preference for someone who graduated from law school in the past three to five years. Duties include: (1) Teaching doctrinal courses in LIPP. (2) Supervising the Tribal Law Journal. (3) Teaching in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) from time to time. Please direct questions to Laura Spitz, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee (lauraspitz@unm.edu<mailto:lauraspitz@unm.edu>). For full consideration, applicants should apply by September 15, although it is recommended that you submit your materials as soon as possible. View the complete job description and apply here.

Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body:

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

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Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney Prosecutor, Sells, AZ. The Attorney Prosecutor will: (1) Present criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating the laws or ordinances of the Tohono O’odham Nation. (2) Protect the interests of both the nation and the victims of crime. (3) Prepares legal briefs; develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of the case. Please see the position description for more information. Apply through the Human Resources Department here. Position is open until filled.

Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona

Director of the Udall Center, Tucson, AZ. The Director will: (1) Further enhance the Center’s visibility and impact. (2) Develop relationships and leverage the full capacity of the University of Arizona campus. (3) Foster a strong sense of community, equity, and inclusion. (4) Expand and diversify financial resources. (5) Strengthen bonds between the Udall Center and local, tribal, national, and international partners. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, visit here. Please submit CV’s with cover letters, a statement on diversity, and a list of five professional references directly to the University of Arizona here by August 15, 2021.

Native American Disability Law Center

Attorney, Farmington, NM. Serve Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo & Hopi reservations. Attorneys will: (1) Represent clients in administrative hearings, tribal, state, and federal court actions with a focus on systemic change. (2) Work with tribal governments on legislation & policies affecting individuals with disabilities. (3) Have a demonstrable interest in issues facing individuals with disabilities & a willingness to work with the community & non-attorney staff.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to tyanan@nativedisabilitylaw.org. Position is open until filled. 

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.

Director of Indian Law Office (ILO), Wausau, WI. The Indian Law Office Director will: (1) Oversee the overall operation of the Indian Law Office (2) Supervise 2-3 Indian Law Office attorneys (3) Represent individual Native American clients and Tribes. Submit resume, references, and writing sample by July 30, 2021 to info@judicare.org. Please see the position description for more information.

The Yakama Nation Public Defender-Legal Aid Services Program

Washington Attorney, Toppenish, WA. Duties include representing Tribal members in criminal and civil Tribal Court and State court matters. The position is open until filled. Please contact Bevra Jacobson, Program Manager, at (509) 865-5121 ext. 4870 or bevra_jacobson@yakama.com for more information.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Staff Attorney for Native American Program, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing Native Americans as part of our Native American Program. (2) Handling cases and matters in several jurisdictions involving federal Indian law and tribal law issues, including representation of low-income individuals in Pueblo and tribal courts and other forums, which may include family law, consumer law, and criminal law matters. (3) Conducting outreach to tribal and Pueblo communities. (4) Handle poverty law issues involving consumer and family law matters in forums other than tribal courts. Priority Deadline: July 30, 2021, or until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Indian and Gaming Law Section

Deputy Attorney General III, Sacramento, CA. Duties include: (1) Handling both Indian law and gambling issues. (2) Advise and represent the State and the Governor in negotiation, interpretation, enforcement, and litigation in state and federal court concerning tribal gaming compacts. (3) Counsel the State and the Governor regarding various Indian law issues including environmental impacts resulting from projects occurring on tribal land; and more. Link to apply here. Please see the position description for more information. 

The Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid (TOCLA)

Domestic Violence Advocate Attorney, Tulalip, WA. (1) Provide civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. (2) 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. Please see the enclosed job description for more information. Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to both: Tulalip Tribal Court Director Alicia Horne: Ahorne@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov, and TOCLA Program Manager Mika Jira at Mjira@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov. 

The Nez Perce Tribe

Law & Order Executive Officer (Manager-V), Lapwai, ID. Duties include (1) Providing executive level management for the Law and Order operations of the Nez Perce Tribe; specifically the divisions of Judicial Services (court), Law Enforcement, Prosecutor, Probation, Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), Victim’s Assistance, and Child Support Program (CSP). (2) Facilitating intra-departmental, intertribal, and interagency coordination. Position open until filled. Link to Nez Perce Tribal Employment Application here. See position description for further information.

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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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Director, Office of Public Participation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is currently seeking to hire a Director to lead OPP.  The Director is the principal advisor to the Chairman and Commissioners charged with coordinating and providing assistance to the public with respect to authorities exercised by the Commission.  In carrying out these functions, OPP will work closely with the Commission’s Office of External Affairs intergovernmental advisor, the Office of General Counsel including the Senior Counsel for Environmental Justice and Equity, and the Office of Energy Projects, amongst others.   This collaboration will better ensure that the concerns of Tribal members, environmental justice communities, and other historically marginalized communities are fully and fairly considered in Commission proceedings.  The incumbent is also responsible for coordinating assistance available to persons intervening or participating or proposing to intervene or participate in proceedings before the Commission.  This position is open until July 15, 2021.  Interested candidates should apply through USA Jobs

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

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

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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.

Prosecutor, Crownpoint, NM.   Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.


Humboldt County California, Department of Health and Human Services

Social Worker IV A-D: Humboldt County California. This position is an ICWA specific position with Child Welfare Services. Responsible for Native American children and family casework of advanced nature in the most complex social services areas.  Casework requires experience with Native families, experience and understanding of active and reasonable efforts, and the application of high level and sophisticated social service expertise and techniques. Incumbents at the Social Worker IV, C/D ranges additionally may perform professional level assessment, diagnosis, group, family and individual therapy and consultation with Native American families. Closing date: July 12, 2021. For details on how to apply, please click the job description.

Oneida Judiciary (WI)

Family Court Judge, Oneida, WI.  The Family Court Judge is responsible for presiding over the Oneida Nation’s 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.

Mark Echo Hawk
Paralegal, Remote. The position involves assisting Tribal attorney Mark Echo Hawk on diverse legal matters associated with federal Indian law and representing Tribal government and Tribal businesses. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills, attention to detail, superior proofreading capacity and organizational ability, and be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and legal practice management programs. Administrative duties will include calendaring, client and agency/court communications, and assigned office management tasks. Five years of paralegal experience and a paralegal certificate are preferred. We provide benefits including health insurance, 401K, and competitive compensation DOE. Please send your resume, a writing sample, and cover letter to mark@echohawk.com. Closing Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 For more information, please see the position description.

Western Environmental Law Center (WELC)

Staff Attorney, Wildlands & Wildlife Program (Pacific Northwest). This full-time position will be located in Portland or Eugene, Oregon, or in Seattle, Washington (remote locations in the Pacific Northwest will also be considered). The three areas of focus for this position’s responsibilities include: 1) Engage in strategic, legal, and policy advocacy, including litigation, on behalf of WELC clients and partners on Western U.S. federal public lands and wildlife management issues; 2) Develop and maintain relationships with historically under-represented communities, with a particular emphasis on Pacific Northwest Indigenous Nations and communities; and 3) Work with WELC leadership to expand and deepen the organization’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice in the Pacific Northwest. Please see the full PDF job description accessible from this posting and on the WELC website for complete details. To apply, please send requested application materials to jobs@westernlaw.org by August 1, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Climate & Energy Program (Helena, MT). This is a full-time position to join our team in Helena, Montana, but other WELC offices and remote locations will be considered. The central focus of this position is strategic, legal, and policy advocacy centered on the confluence of the climate crisis with the federal public lands fossil fuels program. The three areas of focus for this position’s responsibilities include: 1) Litigation and administrative engagement pertaining to federal public lands fossil fuel planning, leasing, infrastructure, and drilling approvals; 2) Engagement in federal climate, fossil fuels, public lands, and energy transition legislation, rulemaking, and policymaking; and 3) Advocacy to link and amplify federal fossil fuels advocacy with Tribal, state, and community-based climate, fossil fuels, and energy transition action. Please see the full PDF job description accessible from this posting and on the WELC website for complete details. To apply, please send requested application materials to jobs@westernlaw.org by August 15, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota.  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 at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney.  The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks a full-time Associate Tribal Attorney for its on-reservation Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”). The Lower Elwha Reservation is located five miles west of Port Angeles, WA, near Olympic National Park. OTA was established in 2008 and handles most of the Tribe’s legal workload while also supervising outside counsel. This is a new position and will be the third Attorney in OTA. Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work. Open until filled, but desire to fill ASAP. For details on how to apply, please click on position title to see attached Announcement.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Northeast Regional Office, New York City.  The Associate Attorney will support and collaborate with our team of lawyers and scientists working to support healthy communities and speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in the Northeast region. Candidates interested in Associate Attorney, Northeast role should submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references and a writing sample. Link to apply here. Please 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,
    2. location (city, state),
    3. main duties,
    4. closing date,
    5. and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

WI Judicare

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

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

SEARHC

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

The Mohegan Tribe

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

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

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

Pueblo of Pojoaque General Counsel

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

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor:

Attorney, Ramah, NM.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

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

Prosecutor, Crownpoint, NM.   Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

See previous posts.

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.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney.  The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks a full-time Associate Tribal Attorney for its on-reservation Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”). The Lower Elwha Reservation is located five miles west of Port Angeles, WA, near Olympic National Park. OTA was established in 2008 and handles most of the Tribe’s legal workload while also supervising outside counsel. This is a new position and will be the third Attorney in OTA. Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work. Open until filled, but desire to fill ASAP. For details on how to apply, please click on position title to see attached Announcement.

DNA – People’s Legal Services (“DNA”)

Director of Litigation, Window Rock, AZ. Nurture a portfolio of ground-breaking, high profile, and impactful cases; Responsible for ensuring that DNA effectively represents clients in major litigation and routine cases and that all legal work is consistent with DNA’s priorities and mission; Responsible for reviewing, revising, and developing internal procedures, standards, and written materials for: outreach; intake; discovery; pre-trial motion practice; and trial; and more. Open Until Filled.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney,  CILS, Escondido, CA. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in all areas of Federal Indian law to provide assistance to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and individuals. E-mail letter of interest, resume and writing sample to: hiring@calindian.org. For more information, please visit https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment. This position is open until filled.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Judicial Law Clerk, Detroit, MI. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is seeking two term law clerks to support United States Magistrate Judge Designate Jonathan J.C. Grey starting in Fall 2021. The term of each position will be one year with the possibility of a one-year extension. Open until filled. Please apply through OSCAR (https://oscar.uscourts.gov/) and please see the attached PDF for more details.


The Environmental Law Institute

Research and Publications Internship. This position is for the Fall of 2021 and will be remote during the entire duration of the internship. Positions are available throughout the academic year (minimum 15 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters) and during the summer (full-time). Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff. Applications for the fall internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm Friday, July 23, 2021, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates must apply online through ELI’s application portal (https://www.eli.org/employment/).


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.

Northwest Justice Project

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Eastern Washington. Expected start date is July 1, 2021. The attorney may work out of any single NJP office, though the preference is for an applicant who will work out of one of NJP’s Eastern Washington field office locations. The Staff Attorney will provide legal assistance and representation to Native American clients in tribal and urban Indian communities on civil legal matters directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic; conduct outreach to, and collaborate closely with Native American Tribes, urban Indian organizations, and other community groups and agencies to identify and address civil legal issues directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and more.  Candidates follow this link to apply through our Applicant Tracking System in Paycom. Open until filled. Please see the positon description for more information.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group

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. 

Rosette, LLP

Law Clerk, Washington, D.C.  Rosette, LLP is seeking a motivated candidate to serve as a law clerk in its Washington, D.C. office.  Strong research and writing skills are required.  Remote working options for this position will be considered.  Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to:  Saba Bazzazieh, sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com.

Associate Attorney, Washington, D.C.  Rosette, LLP is seeking an ambitious attorney to join as an associate in its  Washington, D.C. office.  Qualified candidates should have 1-3 years’ experience in transactional, policy, and/or litigation work.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred but not required.  Please respond to this job posting with your resume, writing sample and cover letter via e-mail to Saba Bazzazieh; sbazzazieh@rosettelaw.com.


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

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

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Natural Resources Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to Federal, State and Navajo Nation courts and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Natural Resources Unit or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, including representation of the Division of Natural Resources and the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency regarding a wide range of environmental and natural resource legal issues, conduct legal research, interview witnesses, prepare briefs and pleadings. Confers with and 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, interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions, contract and procurement issues. Reviews contracts, leases, permits, grant agreements, intergovernmental agreements and other legal documents prior to signature by tribal officials. Assist in routine operations of Department of Justice.  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.

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.

Havasupai Tribe

Appellate Judge, Supai, Arizona. The Appellate Judge presides over appeal cases for the Havasupai Court of Appeals.  This position requires an individual to review appellate briefs, motions and other pleadings and render decisions under Havasupai Laws.  The Appellate Judge must have the ability to remain unbiased and ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice in the Havasupai Courts. Aplicaiton is open until filled. See the position description for more information.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney, Cass Lake, Minnesota.  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 at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

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,
    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.


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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,
    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.

Anishinabe Legal Services

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

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy (FERC), either Washington, DC, or remote within the United States. The Deputy Managing Attorney will lead Clean Energy Program staff in litigation and advocacy to eliminate barriers to clean energy adoption in federally regulated wholesale power markets and to secure FERC and RTO/ISOs policies and practices that support a transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy.  The Deputy Managing Attorney will manage a team of five attorneys and will report to the Managing Attorney of the Clean Energy Program, who oversees state and federal clean energy portfolios. Accepting applications on a rolling basis, and applicants can apply here. Please see the job description 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. Please see the job description for more information.

The U.S. office of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

Environmental or human rights attorney, Eugene, Oregon. In exceptional circumstances, for the right candidate, another location will be considered. The attorney will join a team of ELAW lawyers supporting international partners on a wide range of domestic and international legal advocacy efforts. Responsibilities will include research to support litigation and advance law reform; drafting pleadings and court submissions, including “friend of the court” briefs; building and fostering relationships with international partners and allies; organizing and leading workshops; expanding ELAW’s capacity in relevant areas of law; reviewing work product by colleagues; and communicating about this work with relevant audiences. Applications should be submitted through the portal at here. Please see the job description for more information.

Tulalip Tribal Court

Domestic Violence Advocate Attorney, Tulalip Tribal Court, Tulalip Washington. 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 Domestic Violence Advocate Attorney job description. Application closes June 7th, 2021. If interested in the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing samples by email or mail. Please see the position description for more information.

Association of Village Council Presidents

RFP. AVCP is soliciting proposals from qualified companies to provide obtaining services of a qualified firm experienced in managing a Tribal Transportation to manage projects and programs. RFP Closes 4:00 p.m., A.S.T., 06/25/2021. Please see the position description for important dates to remember and more information.

Montana Legal Services Association

Project Coordinator- Tribal Advocacy Incubator, Helena or Billings, Montana. MLSA provides civil, non-criminal legal services to low income Montanans living in all 56 Montana counties and on all Tribal Reservations. It is a new position that is responsible for developing a MLSA supported project that recruits, trains, and supports tribal advocates on Tribal Land in Montana. This position will conduct outreach, develop training materials, and work with a diverse group of project partners to implement the project. The Project Coordinator will be housed at MLSA and is responsible for working with partners to finalize a project model, develop the project infrastructure, recruit the inaugural group of tribal advocates, and manage the ongoing project and referrals. The priority deadline for applications is June 4, 2021. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to hiring@mtlsa.org. For more information about this job and MLSA, please visit here.

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

RFP. Accepting proposals from qualified law firms to provide professional services to the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC) for Legislative drafting services on a board range of topics and subject areas. We invite your firm to submit a proposal to OLC by ?June 15, 2021 for consideration. Please see the RFP 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.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Chief Judge. The Chief Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters at the Tribal Court level within the jurisdiction of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate pursuant to tribal laws, codes, rules, and regulations.  The Chief Judge is also responsible for the administration of the Tribal Court staff, daily operations and program functions. Closing Date:  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Tribal Prosecutor. It is the duty of the Prosecutor, among others, to administer justice, and carries the responsibility that defendants are accorded procedural justice and that guilt is decided upon the basis of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, as required by the Law and Order Code of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.  The Prosecutor is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes and civil infractions that occur within the jurisdiction of the Lake Traverse Reservation, prosecute all juvenile cases including but not limited to child abuse, neglect, and dependency, unruly and delinquent cases. Closing Date:  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.


Northwest Justice Project (NJP)

Staff Attorney – Native American Unit – Crime Victims | Seattle, WA. NJP is Washington’s state and federally funded civil legal aid program. The NAU-CV attorney will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with tribal domestic violence/sexual assault advocates, social services agencies, law enforcement staff, and others to facilitate access to legal assistance for Native clients and provide technical support to the Native American advocacy community. More information here. Please see the position description for more information.

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 3, 2021. Link to required employment application here. Please see the position description for more information.


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 7, 2021. Link to required employment application here.

Prairie Band, LLC

RFP, Mayetta, KS. Accepting proposals from qualified law firms to provide professional services to review the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s Law and Order Codes, specifically Titles 19 – 22, 31, and other applicable codes related to planning, zoning, building, land development and business leasing so you may provide guidance on administrative policies, procedures, and processes to administer these Codes. We invite your firm to submit a proposal to us by June 4, 2021 for consideration. Please see the RFP for more information.

The Pueblo of Jemez

(2) NM Licensed Attorneys, Jemez Pueblo, NM. Provide legal Counsel services for the Social Services program.  The Scope of Work is specified under Project Scope of Work section, including to provide legal services to the Social Service Program including, but not limited to Legal services support provided to program staff on cases in all victim case types such as child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, elder, and vulnerable adults and other victims of crime, and more.  Deadline for Submission of Proposals: June 11, 2021 by 3:00 pm MST. For more information, please see the announcement.

Nevada Legal Services

Indian Law Project Attorney, Reno office or Elko office. Nevada Legal Services is a statewide non-profit that provides free legal assistance to low-income Nevadans across the state.  The Program provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments based upon the needs expressed by each community. In that capacity, the Program acts as public defender in a number of tribal jurisdictions and also serves individual tribal members with a wide range of legal issues. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but no later than June 15. Please see the position description for more information.

Kanji & Katzen

Bookkkeeper, Seattle, Washington; Ann Arbor, Michigan; or remote work locations. Main Duties include: Review and pay bills, Prepare and send client invoices and track receivables (law firm uses Timeslips for time-keeping), Payroll administration and entry (law firm uses Paychex), and more. Closing date is June 25, 2021. Proposals should be sent by electronic mail to Ann Fieldhack, afieldhack@kanjikatzen.com.  For further information, please see the position description or contact Ms. Fieldhack at 206-344-8100 or the email above.

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.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager, Climate Judiciary Project.  As a part of the Climate Judiciary Project (CJP) you will be involved in fostering a better understanding of climate science and the law in the judicial community through educational programs. To do this you will engage with diverse constituencies of scientists, judges, and policy experts.  Duties will include: Operational Planning and Management of Implementation, relationship management, evaluations, reporting, web management, etc. To learn more or to apply, visit https://www.eli.org/employment.  The application deadline is June 18, 2021.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe

Staff Attorney, Ethete, Wyoming. The Northern Arapaho Tribe is expanding its legal department. The staff attorney will work under the direction of the in-house counsel. This position will work directly with tribal programs and work on legal matters affecting the tribe at the direction of the Northern Arapaho Business Council and the in-house counsel. The Tribe is looking to fill this position immediately. The closing date for this position is June 1, 2021. Please send resumes to the in-house counsel at clare.johnson@northernarapaho.com. See the position description for more information.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Washington, DC.  Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks an associate attorney for its Washington, DC office.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney for the Northeast Regional Office in New York, NY.  Candidates should have at least ten years of litigation experience, as well as experience supporting the professional development of less senior attorneys and litigation support staff through training and mentorship. The Northeast Regional Office is dedicated to protecting public health and ensuring a healthy environment for all in the Northeast; combatting the climate crisis; and securing a swift and equitable transition to zero emissions, 100% clean energy. For more information, please see the position description.

Tulalip Tribal Court

Civil Legal Aid Attorney, Tulalip, Washington. 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. Please see the position description for more information.

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.

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to Federal, State and Navajo Nation courts and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Natural Resources Unit or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, including representation of the Division of Natural Resources and the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency regarding a wide range of environmental and natural resource legal issues, conduct legal research, interview witnesses, prepare briefs and pleadings.  This position is open until May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor:

Attorney, Ramah, NM.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; and more. 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; and more. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation:

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.  

Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel

Summer Law Clerk – Window Rock, AZ. The Office of Legislative Counsel seeks a determined and motivated 1L or 2L for a paid law clerk position 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. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript (unofficial) and a brief writing sample to Office of Legislative Counsel at olc@navajo-nsn.gov. Facsimiles will also be accepted at (928) 871-7576. If you have questions, please contact Chief Legislative Counsel, Dana Bobroff, at (928) 871-7166. The application deadline has been extended to May 26, 2021 at 5:00 MST.

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