Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Michigan State University College of Law

Librarian I, East Lansing, MI. The Law College’s Librarian I provides reference and research assistance and instruction to law school faculty, students, staff, and the general public. This posting will stay open until filled and more information can be found here.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Portland, OR.  Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm that specializes in Federal Indian Law, seeks Associate Attorney to work in our Portland, OR office.   This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Associate Attorney, Washington, DC.  Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm that specializes in Federal Indian Law, seeks Associate Attorney to work in our Washington, DC office.   This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

Lummi Nation

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Bellingham, WA. Represent the Nation in Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, including civil traffic, environmental and natural resource violations, civil forfeiture, exclusions, juvenile delinquency proceedings, and drug court. Application closes January 30, 2020. For more information please see the position description.

Staff Attorney III, Bellingham, WA. Staff Attorney III works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney for the Lummi Nation performing duties primarily concerning tribal and cultural sovereignty, and self-governance, with a special emphasis on protecting treaty fishing and hunting rights. Application closes February 4, 2020.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Legal Intern, Manistee, MI. The Intern will assist the ULD in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians that provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. Applications will be reviewed on a revolving basis beginning December 1, 2019 until the position is filled. Application instructions here.

Nevada Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Reno, NV. The Program provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments based upon the needs expressed by each community. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but no later than February 29, 2020.

Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court

Part-time Law Clerk, Onamia, MN. Responsible for assisting the Tribal Court judiciary with legal research, drafting of court decisions, and special court development projects. Open until filled. Visit http://www.Millelacsband.com or see the job description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court. Closing date for application submission – Open Until Filled.

Legal Assistant, Dept: Pueblo Courts. Closing date for application submission – Open Until Filled.

Administrative Assistant II; Dept: Pueblo Courts/Probation & Public Defender Office. Closing date for application submission – February 3, 2020.

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.

Navajo Nation

Judicial Branch

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

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Office of the Attorney General

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), and Investment Committee (IC), and, as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division of economic/Community Development Chapters and Navajo Nation Gaming Regulatory Office regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present case in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ Under general direction of the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General, manages the “Human Services and Government Unit” of the Office of the Attorney General; provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Local governmental units regarding a wide range of legal issues, including the Divisions of Education, Health, Social Services, General Services, Human Resources, Public Safety, Veteran Affairs, and the Judicial and Legislative Branches.  This position is open until 1/28/2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principle Attorney, Window Rock, AZ Under the general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General, the position is assigned to the “Humans Services & Government Unit” of the Office of the Attorney General; Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Local governmental units regarding a wide range of legal issues, including the Divisions of Education, Health, Social Services, General Services, Human Resources, and the Judicial and Legislative Branches of the Navajo Nation.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Shiprock, NM Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Water Rights Unit

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Water Rights Unit is the lead water rights attorney for the Navajo Nation, representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The AAG directs and supervised the work of all attorneys within the Unit and contract attorneys representing the Navajo Nation on water rights matters.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

See posts from January 17, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Pueblo of Laguna

RFP, Defense Legal Services, Pueblo of Laguna, NM. Seeks proposal from any law firm or individual practicing attorney to provide legal services for adult criminal defense or representation of juveniles in delinquency proceedings when there is conflict of interest or unavailability of regular defender. Reply by March 4, 2020.

RFP, Prosecutor Legal Services, Pueblo of Laguna, NM. Seeks proposals from any law firm or individual practicing attorney to provide prosecutorial legal services for adult criminal or juvenile delinquency cases when there is conflict of interest or unavailability of regular prosecutor. Reply by March 4, 2020.

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court, Pueblo of Laguna, NM.Full-time attorney to represent adult criminal defendants and juveniles in delinquency cases in Laguna Pueblo Court. Leisurely commute from Albuquerque metro or Grants. Application is open until filled.

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.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Paralegal, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files; Composes memoranda, correspondence, and draft pleadings/documents; and more.For more information and to apply visit the link. Application closes January 28, 2020 at 8:30AM.

Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice

Tribal Prosecutor. This position shall represent the ho-Chunk Nation in the prosecution of criminal code and civil offenses. Coordinate with Ho-Chunk Nation law enforcement for investigations, evaluating evidence, and case preparation. For more information please see the position description. Application form here.

Earthjustice

Deputy Managing Attorney, International Program, San Francisco, CA. The Managing Attorney will directly supervise seven program attorneys and professional staff. Additionally, this role will work with the Managing Attorney and other staff to help develop and lead the program’s growing body of work to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Summer 2020 Tribal Partnerships Clerkship, Denver, CO or Seattle, WA. Work with attorneys in the Tribal Partnerships Program to conduct legal research, produce legal writing, and help develop outreach and partnership strategies. Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk’s primary responsibilities are to perform legal and factual research, and to develop case strategy and legal theories. For more information please see the position description.

The Suquamish Tribe

Forestry Program Manager, Natural Resource Department, Suquamish, WA. The Program Manager manages and mentors program staff, updates and implements the Port Madison Indian Reservation Forest Management Plan, develops and manages program budgets and grants, evaluates program capacity and needs, and develops strategies to address priorities. This position is open until filled

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Tenured or Tenure-track Law Professor, St. Paul, MN.  Mitchell Hamline School of Law seeks a professor to serve as Co-Director of its Indian Law Program and teach Tribal Law and related courses.  Applications close 1/24/20.  Contact colette.routel@mitchellhamline.edu with questions.

Yurok Tribe

Title IVE Manager, Northern California. To apply please visit www.yuroktribe.org or call (707) 482-1350 for more information.

Martha L. King, P.C., Native Owned Native Law

Associate Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. Provision of business law services to tribal entities, including developing, amending, advocating, negotiating and/or implementing: governing documents, codes and amendments to support self-governance and economic development; employee handbooks and policies and procedures; intergovernmental agreements; and business documents. Open until filled. For more information please see the position description.

Udall Foundation, John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution

(Senior) Program Associate, Tucson, AZ. Support and assist Project and Program Managers to provide NCECR services in facilitation and mediation, project intake, management and contracting of neutral third-party contractor selection, support and management of the neutral contract, and support management of multiple projects simultaneously.  Closing Date of Application: January 27, 2020. For more information visit the website or see the job description.

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court

Contract Grant Writer, Placerville, CA. This is a short-contract position helping a growing Tribal Court in the preparation and submission of a grant tied to the important work of juvenile justice. Timeframes for submitting proposals are shortened due to upcoming project. Deadline January 27, 2020. Please see description for more information.

Legal Aid of Nebraska

Staff Attorney, Norfolk, NE. Provide legal assistance to Native Americans in tribal, state, and federal forums. Emphasis on representing Native survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.  Position open until filled. See job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

Tribal Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, Pendelton, OR. OLC provides legal services and representation to the CTUIR Board of Trustees and all respective tribal departments, managers, and staff.  For more information please see the position description.

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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

See posts from January 10, 2020.

 

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format. For examples, see the job announcements below.

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women

Executive Director, Albuquerque, NM.  Lead the organization in building and strengthening social, political, and economic environments in which violence against Native American women no longer exists. Application closes January 15th, 2020. Please see the position description for more information and how to apply.

U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Law Clerk, St. George, UT. Judge David Nuffer oversees all cases originating out of the southern region of Utah. Main duties include: manage assigned civil and criminal cases, perform legal research as required, and make recommendations and propose solutions. Application closes 1/16/20.

Pueblo of Zuni Tribal Courts

Chief Tribal Judge, Zuni, NM. The Chief Tribal Judge performs judicial work of considerable and varying difficulty in the adjudication of cases. They are responsible for the administration and management of the Tribal Courts. Apply online at http://www.ashiwi.org. For more information please call the Zuni Human Resources Department at (505) 782-7086.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Counsel Vacancy Announcement, Pine Ridge, SD. The Junior Associate will work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, the Executive Committee and the Health and Human Services and Education Standing Committees.  Counsel must attend weekly meetings with Committees and attend Tribal Council meetings as assigned. The application closes  January 17, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Cass Lake, Leech Lake Reservation, MN. 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.

Hopi Tribe

Chief Prosecutor, Kykotsmovi, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. Other key duties are indicated on the attached job description.

Deputy Prosecutor, Kykotsmovi, AZ. This position performs professional legal work in the investigation and prosecution of adult and juvenile criminal offenses through conviction and appeal; presentation of certain civil cases in the Hopi Family Court, including Minor In Need of Care cases; legal research and preparation of Court documents; participates as directed in specialty dockets such the Hopi Family Wellness Court and Veterans’ Court; and more. Other key duties are indicated on the attached job description.

Deputy General Counsel, Kykotsmovi, AZ. Provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Hopi Tribal government – including the legislative and executive branches of the Hopi Tribe, the administrative departments, offices and programs. Other key duties are indicated on the attached job description.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Midwest Regional Office, Chicago, IL. Work closely with Staff Attorneys, a Deputy Managing Attorney, the Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases; Participate in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy; and more. Applications are due by 2/3/2020, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the due date. Please see the position description for more information.

Associate Attorney, Northwest, Seattle, WA. Work closely with Staff Attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases.  As the attorney gains experience, typically her or his case load will include both cases for which he or she has primary responsibility under the supervision of a Staff Attorney, and cases on which he or she works in a supporting role with Staff Attorneys. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Staff Attorney, Anchorage, AK. Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation; Develop litigation and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals; Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners; and more. Rolling deadline until position filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation

COMMISSION ON NAVAJO GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for nomination of membership on the Commission on Navajo Government Development. The nominee must be a licensed attorney and a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. All interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, AZ, 86515, by December 23, 2019. Nominations to the Commission are subject to confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council.

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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Dilkon Judicial District, Dilkon, 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Attorney, Banning, CA. Provide legal counsel on a range of issues as well as representation in tribal and state court regarding matters affecting the Morongo Tribal Government and its various departments, subject to the direct and oversight of the In-House General Counsel. Posted Until Filled. Please see the position description or website for more information.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Tribal Court Facilitator, Anchorage, AK. Coordinate and manage the Tribal Court Support program which provides technical assistance and training to tribal justice systems. Work closely with ANJC team, rural health care providers, and tribal representatives to identify resources and gaps in victim-centered tribal justice delivery, and develop tools that leverage existing resources to fill those gaps. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

Paralegal, Anchorage, AK. The Paralegal supports ANJC Staff Attorneys and is responsible for maintaining communication and coordination of legal services with Alaska Tribes and tribal entities in Indian Child Welfare cases. The Paralegal also supports work related to providing training and technical assistance to sustain Alaska Tribes’ courts. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

Family Law Attorney, Anchorage, AK. ANJC seeks a Staff Attorney I/II to provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, dating violence and stalking. Responsible for managing a caseload of state court family law matters, domestic violence protective orders and other matters as assigned. Position open until filled. Full job description and application available here.

The ACLU of Michigan

(2) Staff Attorney, anticipated Detroit, MI. Litigate a wide variety of civil rights and civil liberties cases at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, acting as lead or co-counsel, and often in partnership with volunteer attorneys, coalition partners, and lawyers from the national ACLU. A significant goal of this position is to enable the ACLU of Michigan to respond quickly when significant civil rights and civil liberties issues present themselves in our communities. For more information please see the position description.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Sacramento, CA.  Legal assistance to low-income individuals and tribes on an extensive range of Indian law issues.  Duties will include research and writing, counsel and advice, representation in federal, state, and tribal court, and community outreach.  Open until filled.  See job description for more information.

Intake Advocate/Paralegal, Sacramento, CA.  Duties will include conducting client intakes, gathering information on potential Indian law issues, performing follow-up investigation and research, drafting client documents under attorney supervision, providing referrals, and administrative duties.  Open until filled.  See job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Staff Attorney, Oakville, WA. Responsible for working with the Office of Tribal Attorney (OTA) representing the Departments of the Tribe and some work with the Tribe’s enterprises.  Focus on working with the Tribe’s contract attorney representing and doing work for the Social Services and Behavioral Health Departments of the Tribe and providing other Indian Law and sovereignty services for the Tribe.  Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality is required. Closing Date: January 24, 2020. See the position description or visit the website for more information.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel, Welch, MN. Will be responsible for representing the Community in various matters, including those involving: contracts, tribal governance and tribal agencies, employment issues/disputes, land and environment, land assignments and housing, healthcare, litigation, enrollment, ordinance drafting and revision, gaming operations and regulations, and government relations. Closing date:  January 31, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

State of Washington

DSHS Chief Review Judge, Thurston County, WA. The Chief Review Judge leads a group of professional staff including DSHS Review Judges.  You’ll have broad decision-making authority delegated by the Secretary and direct the department’s program and policies for administrative hearings, appeals of agency decisions and coordination of agency rules and policies. See job description for more details.  Closing Date:  1/29/20.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, AZ. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings. For more information see the job description or visit the website.

Mitchell Hamlin School of Law

Mitchell Hamline’s Public Health Law Center, St. Paul, MN. The closing date for all positions is: January 31, 2020.

HEAL Tobacco Staff Attorney

PHLC Staff Attorney

(there are 4 openings between the HEAL Tobacco and PHLC Staff Attorney)

PHLC Administrative Assistant

PHLC Policy Analyst

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Associate Attorney, Rapid City, SD. Provide counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as represent clients in a professional and expedient manner; Participate in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; and more. Position open until filled.

 

See post from December 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Legal Intern, Manistee, MI. The Intern will assist the ULD in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians that provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. Applications will be reviewed on a revolving basis beginning December 1, 2019 until the position is filled. Application instructions here and please see the position description for more information.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Family Defense Attorney, Flathead Reservation, Pablo, MT. Represents parents and guardians in child protection proceedings. Application closes January 2, 2020. Job announcement and application materials are available here.

Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker, PC

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

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Tribal Court Administrator (TCA), Palm Springs, CA. This position offers the opportunity to play a leading role in the initial establishment of the ACBCI Tribal Court System. The TCA will have the responsibility for management and supervision of daily court operations, including development, implementation and maintenance of the case management system, facilities management and security, strategic planning and fiscal activity. For more information please see the position description.

Pueblo of Laguna

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court. Closing date for application submission Open Until Filled. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov. For more information please see the position description.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Attorney, La Conner, WA. The attorney will be responsible for representing Swinomish in State court dependency proceedings relating to Swinomish children and youth under the ICWA and state law. The attorney will be responsible for and should have experience in the following: drafting and filing notices of intervention and appearance; drafting trial and appellate briefs when appropriate; and more. Please see the position description for more information. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation

Office of the Attorney General:

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General for the Litigation Unit, the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, advises and represents the Navajo Nation Government in all areas of civil law before Navajo Nation, federal, and state courts and administrative tribunals, with a specific emphasis on labor and employment law.  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, Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, provides professional legal work and advice to the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller (OOC), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Office of the Navajo Tax Commission (ONTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), and Investment Committee (IC), and, as required, to the Navajo Nation Council, Oversight Committees, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, and Chapters regarding a wide range of legal issues.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, Departments and Offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contract disputes and procurement issues; and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial prep and other legal work; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division of economic/Community Development Chapters and Navajo Nation Gaming Regulatory Office regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in counseling, research, trial and other legal work; present case in courts; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, saving of organization’s information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, special problems and development in implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; Facilitates implementation management information systems to be compatible with federal, state and other departments. 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, Window Rock, AZ 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.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Water Rights Unit:

Assistant Attorney General, Window Rock, AZ The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Water Rights Unit is the lead water rights attorney for the Navajo Nation, representing the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The AAG directs and supervised the work of all attorneys within the Unit and contract attorneys representing the Navajo Nation on water rights matters.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Hoopa Tribal Court

Hoopa Tribal Court RFQ, Northern California, 95546. Seeking statements of qualifications from contractor(s) to perform grant writing specifically for the Hoopa Valley Tribal Court. Please see the request for more information.

Lummi Indian Business Council

Staff Attorney III, Bellingham, WA. Works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney for the Lummi Nation concerning or affecting tribal sovereignty, cultural sovereignty, environmental matters, and self-governance, with a special emphasis on protecting treaty fishing and hunting rights. For more information please see the job description.

 

See posts from December 6, 2019.

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. 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.navajocourts.org/vacancies. This position is open until filled.

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

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Office of the Solicitor

Attorney-Advisor, Albuquerque, NM Main duty is advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Closing date of the application is November 15, 2019. Apply here and see the job description for more information.

Pokegnek Bodewadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)

Executive Director, New Buffalo, MI. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Gaming Commission under the supervision of the Commission and provides administrative support to the Gaming Commission. Position will be filled by 1/1/20. Please see the job description for more information.

Earthjustice

Legislative Assistant, Washington, D.C. Reports to the V.P. of Policy and Legislation and provides administrative and legislative support to Policy and Legislation Lands, Wildlife & Oceans and Access to Justice Teams, and assists in the implementation of legislative and administrative strategies on environmental issue priorities for Earthjustice. For more information please see the job description.

Litigation Assistants, Washington, D.C. The Litigation Assistant provides administrative and litigation support services for nine active Clean Energy Program attorneys practicing in state and federal courts, in public service commissions, and in various administrative forums. This application has a rolling deadline. You can apply here or see the job description for more information.

Kadiak LLC

Tribal Courts Project Manager, BIA Tribal Courts, Anchorage, AK. The PM manages and coordinates all work, activities, issues, and other contractual obligations relating to this contract and will interface with the Government Contracting Officer (CO), the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and any Task Managers. Please see the job description for more information and visit the link to apply.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Chief Administrative Officer, Bethel, AK. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for all administrative operations, including fiscal functions. The CAO will also be responsible for large project implementation and will be a part of the management leadership team. See job announcement for more details. The Association of Village Council President is one of the Nation’s largest tribal consortiums with a service area the size of Washington State. See the position description for more information.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.  Fill out an application at: kickapootexas.org. If you have any questions please call 830-773-2105.

Tribal Prosecutor, Keshena, WI. Under the general direction of the Tribal Chairman, the purpose of the position it to interview witnesses and prepare them for trials, continuing ongoing investigations, preparing criminal cases for trial, presenting criminal cases in trials, rendering legal advice and assistance to local law enforcement officials, and litigating cases before Tribal Court. Closing Date: 11/12/2019 at 11:59 p.m. Interested applicants may apply online and see the job description for more information.

Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation

RFQ, Associate Judge, Appellate Judge or Chief Judge. Soliciting letters of interest and qualifications. Any questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to elsie.petrie@tolowa.com.  Closing Date November 18,2019. Please see the RFQ for more information.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tribal Advocate (Public Defender), La Conner, WA. The Tribal Advocate is a solo practitioner and represents indigent defendants in Swinomish Tribal Court.  Swinomish public defense aspires to restorative justice for each criminal defendant and pursues a better way of realizing public safety and community wholeness. Client-centered representation shall include representation for appellate, post-conviction, and probation matters associated with a criminal case. This application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. Application is open until filled. 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.

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Attorney, Banning, CA. Provide legal counsel on a range of issues as well as representation in tribal and state court regarding matters affecting the Morongo Tribal Government and its various departments, subject to the direction and oversight of the In-House General Counsel. This is an exempt position. For more information please see the description.

Student Opportunities

National Sea Grant Law Center

Intern, Oxford, Mississippi. This position seeks to provide a law student from a diverse background an opportunity to work in the field of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes law, with an emphasis on issues facing underrepresented or indigenous communities. This summer, the intern will work on a project related to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia. The closing date is January 15, 2020.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

2020 Diversity Summer Law Fellowship. The goal of the 8-week program is to pair law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with top criminal defense practitioners around the country. More information, including a list of criminal defense practitioners who will be hosting diversity fellows in 2020, and a fellowship application form and instructions, is available here.

 

See posts from November 1, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Department of Justice

Director, Office of Native American Affairs (C.E.A., A), Sacramento, CA. Under the general direction of the Attorney General and the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General, the incumbent is responsible for the strategic planning, organizing, and policy development for the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA). Application must be received by Nov. 22, 2019. Please see the job description for more information and to apply.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Trainer, Elected Tribal Governance, Pendleton, OR.  Proposals or quotes are needed for Trainers to conduct an on-site tribal governance workshop for the elected members of the Board of Trustees, the governing body under the Umatilla Constitution and Bylaws.  The one day Workshop is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019.   Attached is an RFP, workshop agenda and concepts.  The first review of proposals or quotes is October 28, and will remain open until filled.  For more information about the Umatilla Tribes see visit their website.

Peabody Essex Museum

Mellon Library Native American Fellowship, Salem, MA. Beginning in early 2020, this twelve-month fellowship in the Phillips Library will provide an emerging librarian of Indigenous descent with training and duties comparable to those of an Assistant Librarian. This position will play an integral role in assisting with developing and executing cataloging projects to provide better access to materials related to Indigenous subjects. In addition, the Fellow will support the library’s mission of collecting, stewarding, and providing access to materials and resources. Deadline for application and materials is Friday, November 15, 2019. Please see the job description for more information and how to apply.

The Gila River Indian Community

Protective Services Attorney, AZ. Represent the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts. The position requires admission to the Arizona State Bar and 3 years of experience as an attorney in child welfare matters. This is a full-time position in Arizona with a base salary of $82,908 and excellent benefits. The position is open until filled. Apply online at here and see the position description for more information.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Associate Counsel, Pine Ridge, SD. Work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Council, the Executive Committee, and with the Health and Human Services and Education Standing Committees. Counsel must attend weekly meetings with Committees and attend Tribal Council meetings as assigned. Application closes December 6, 2019. Please see the job description for more information.

The Suquamish Tribe

Forestry Program Manager, Dept. of Natural Resources, Suquamish, WA. The Forestry Program Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of the Forestry Program on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and works directly with the Natural Resources Director in setting priorities and implementing actions.  This position is open until filled; applications will be accepted thru November 12, 2019.

Kadiak LLC

Tribal Courts Project Manager, BIA Tribal Courts, Anchorage, AK. The PM manages and coordinates all work, activities, issues, and other contractual obligations relating to this contract and will interface with the Government Contracting Officer (CO), the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and any Task Managers. Please see the job description for more information.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Tribal Court Administrator, Palm Springs, CA. This position offers the opportunity to play a leading role in the initial establishment of the ACBCI Tribal Court System. The TCA will have the responsibility for management and supervision of daily court operations, including development, implementation and maintenance of the case management system, facilities management and security, strategic planning and fiscal activity. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Judge, Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. Closing date for application submission is October 18, 2019. 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.

Public Defender, Pueblo Court, Laguna, NM. Application is open until filled. 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.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

RFP, Associate Judge, Concho, OK.  The scope of work includes, but is not limited to handling, presiding over and adjudicating all criminal, civil, juvenile, and traffic cases and litigation as assigned by the Chief Judge or Chief Justice within the jurisdiction of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Court. The full scope of work is included in the description. The closing date for the position is November 29, 2019 at 3pm CST.

The Coquille Indian Tribe

RFP, Chief Judge, North Bend, OR. The Tribe is accepting proposals from qualified attorneys to provide hourly contracted services.  The selected candidate would be ineligible for tribal employment fringe benefits.  The Tribe anticipates this work will involve up to approximately five or six hours of billable work time per week, excluding travel.  This is a three-year appointment, expected to begin on February 1, 2020. The deadline to submit proposals is 5:00 p.m. Pacific, November 15, 2019. Contact Mike Frost at mikefrost@coquilletribe.org with questions.

 

See posts from October 25, 2019.

 

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

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

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Legal Opportunities

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Judge, Dept: Pueblo Court; Application is open until filled.

Public Defender, Dept: Pueblo Court; Application is open until filled.

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.

The Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Court

Presenting Officer, Pueblo of Isleta, Albuquerque, NM. This individual will be responsible to act as the legal representation for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services Department, Truancy Department, and Children’s Intervention Officer in matters where court and/or legal interventions are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pueblo of Isleta community members. All interested individuals can request a copy of the “Request for Letter of Interest” instructions.  Details are in the attached advertisement. The Letter of Interest package must reach the Pueblo of Isleta Procurement Office no later than 3:00 pm MST, Thursday, November 14, 2019.

U.S. Department of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, D.C. The attorney provides legal advice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. Duties include advising the Bureau on matters related to the law enforcement program, litigation, preparing transactional agreements, FOIA review, and drafting legal memoranda and opinions. Please see the link below for a full description of duties and requirements on usajobs.gov. The announcement number is SOL-2020-0002. The solicitation closes on October 30, 2019.

Earthjustice

Research and Policy Analyst, Los Angeles, CA. Supports the CA Regional Office’s programmatic focus on air pollution and clean energy issues in California by: developing the factual basis for lawsuits, writing and editing comment letters and other advocacy documents, representing Earthjustice in advocacy work with government decision makers, and developing and maintaining relationships with clients and other partners.  Please see the job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Legal Aid Attorney, Intimate Partner Violence Survivors (IPVS), Pendleton, OR. Serve women suffering from or at risk for any of the following: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or trafficking. The IPVS Attorney will advise and if necessary represent eligible clients as they exercise their legal rights to be free from and protected against perpetrators of Domestic Violence (DV). The IPVS Attorney will also develop programmatic materials as needed prioritizing legal materials and resources, and enhance existing legal services to eligible clients. Application closes October 30, 2019. See the position description or visit the website for more information and to apply.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Chief Judge, J-2147; Colville Tribal Court.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Senior Staff Attorney, 2 positions J-8937; Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem, WA.  Will provide complex legal services to handle significant legal matters for the Office of Reservation Attorneys. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package, Salary will be negotiated. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Deputy Prosecutor,  J-8821; Colville Tribal Court, Nespelem, WA. Represent Criminal, MINOC, Range Impoundment, Natural Resources Enforcement and civil infraction hearings, Wellness court, and appellate cases before the Colville Tribal Court of Appeals. Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Managing Public Defender, J-8791; Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, Nespelem, WA. Represent Tribal Members in criminal matters.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Staff Attorney, J-8668; Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office, Nespelem, WA. providing legal services to Tribal Members.  Renewable 3 yr. contract position with a full benefits package.  This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Please visit and apply at colvilletribes.com or you can contact judy.zunie@colvilletribes.com.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Staff Attorney, Cloquet, MN. The Staff Attorney provides general legal services to the Band. The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include contract drafting, litigation, working with administrative agencies, preparing tribal ordinances, and other duties assigned by the Tribal Attorney.  To apply, please submit a resume and any other supporting documentation to: Fond du Lac Human Resources, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720.

WI Judicare

Legal Advocate, Wausau, WI (can work remotely). This position is part of the Violence Against Women Act Legal Assistance to Victims grant. The Legal Advocate will also directly assist the Lead VAWA Attorney in her representation of Native American survivors of violence. Please see the position description for more information.

DNA Legal Services

Multiple Positions, Farmington, N.M. DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is a non-profit law office committed to providing high quality legal services to persons living in poverty on the Navajo, Hopi and Jicarilla Apache Reservations, and in parts of Northern Arizona, Northwest New Mexico, and Southern Utah. DNA is one of the largest Indian legal service organizations in the country. We currently have openings for attorneys in all of our offices. We also have summer law clerk positions – fellowship funded positions, volunteer positions, or Work-Study positions – in all of our offices. If you are interested in applying for a position please email your resume and cover letter to Rodolfo. D. Sanchez, DNA – People’s Legal Services Executive Director at rsanchez@dnalegalservices.org.

 

Leadership Opportunities

Center for Indian Country Development (CICD)

Assistant Vice President, Minneapolis, MN. The CICD at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis supports the economic strength of Native communities. This position is a senior member of the leadership team leading the development of the department’s portfolio of policy work and research agenda in Indian Country, and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the department, informing senior Bank leadership on economic and tribal development issues, and building external networks and partnerships, particularly with tribal community members and researchers. For more information, please see the position description or to apply. This position is open until filled.

The Suquamish Tribe

Forestry Program Manager, Dept. of Natural Resources, Suquamish, WA. The Forestry Program Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of the Forestry Program on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and works directly with the Natural Resources Director in setting priorities and implementing actions.  The incumbent manages and mentors program staff, updates and implements the Port Madison Indian Reservation Forest Management Plan, develops and manages program budgets and grants, evaluates program capacity and needs, and develops strategies to address priorities.

Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)

Chief Administrative Officer, Bethel, AK. We are looking for that rare combination of hard and soft skills that will guide our administrative teams in this period of innovation, as we build systemic efficiency and provide more effective services to our tribal members. The CAO is responsible for directing and evaluating the ongoing administrative operations of the organization, including oversight and responsibility for the fiscal functions of AVCP. Direct experience in non-profit work with tribes or with predominantly government-grant-funded organizations preferred. For more information, please see the position description; to apply, click here. Position open until filled, with review of applicants every 2 weeks.

Student Opportunities

Michigan Indian Legal Services

(3) Summer Legal Interns/Externs, Traverse City and Southwest Michigan offices. MILS is willing to work with interns/externs who need to work remotely. MILS is also willing to work with law school to help law students complete externship credit hour requirements or funding, and will accept applications regardless of year. Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Summer 2020 Law Intern, Valley Center, CA. The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians is seeking a law student (or two) who are interested in learning about practicing Native American law on a reservation. In your ten-weeks here, you will be exposed to a broad range of on-going issues, follow cases in litigation, research and write memos on issues, assist in writing and updating ordinances and policies for the Rincon Band, and other projects requested by the Attorney General. Qualified applicants should submit their resume, transcript, writing sample and cover letter to lmckee@rincon-nsn.gov.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Intern, Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of the Office of General Counsel attorneys, interns may assist with a variety of matters, including legal research and writing for legal advisory opinions and other memoranda; reviewing tribal gaming ordinances, proposed management contracts, and other tribal submissions; and providing legal support in enforcement actions and appeals. The intern will be assigned at least one major research and writing project. The intern is expected to work 40 hours per week and will be paid at a GS-7 step 1 equivalent rate. Optionally, at the selected applicant’s request, the internship can be converted to an unpaid externship for law school credit. The announcement closes on November 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

Law Clerk, Oakland, CA. The position could either begin part time (exact hours negotiable) during Spring 2020 and convert to full time during Summer 2020, or solely be a full-time Summer 2020 position. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and a second year law students. Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred. To apply: interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Ms. Bethany Sullivan at bsullivan@jmandmplaw.com by November 22, 2019. See the job description for more information.

Requests

Bishop Tribal Council

RFP, Contract Chief Judge, Bishop, CA. The Tribe has received the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court grant and the Judge will be responsible to lead development and implementation of this grant. Submission deadline is November 15, 2019. For more information please see the announcement.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFQ, contractual Domestic Violence Attorney, Northern California, 95546. Legal assistance services, notification of key proceeding dates, assistance with restitution advocacy, assistance with victim impact statements, emergency legal assistance for filing restraining or protective orders, and obtaining emergency custody order and visitation rights. Statements must be received by October 31, 2019.

The Shivwits Band of Paiutes’ Shivwits Band Corporation

RFP, Economic Development Coordinator, Ivins, UT. Oversee economic development for the Corporation. Main duties will include general oversight of the Shivwits Convenience Store, establishment of concessions and equipment rentals at Fire Lake Reservoir, and other economic development activities. Closing date is November 20, 2019.

The Yakama Nation Housing Authority

RFP, Wapato, WA. Requesting legal services pertaining to Indian housing issues in the following specialties: Real Estate, NAHASDA, Employment, Finance/Development and Legislative. Individuals or firms may send a proposal for one or as many specialties of their choosing. RFP package may be obtained electronically from: alfred@ynha.com. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 2:00 pm November 13, 2019. See the job announcement for more information.

 

See posts from October 11, 2019.

 

Friday Job Announcements

If you sent in a job announcement but do not see it here, if you have asked for an announcement to be re-posted, or if you have asked for an old announcement to be removed, then please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Examples are provided at the end of this post. Thank you for your understanding!

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Lewis and Clark College

Staff Attorney – Small Business Legal Clinic, Portland, OR – with travel to rural areas, including Warm Springs and Umatilla Reservations. Fifty percent of the time will be spent working with rural Native Entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues. The other half will be spent working with all entrepreneurs in a fee-for-service model. The applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but screening begins August 26th. Apply here and please see the job announcement for more information.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Financial Adviser RFS, Dowagiac, MI. Seeking to engage an independent contractor with Registered Investment Adviser credentials to assist the Band in monitoring and evaluating the services provided by asset management and banking partners.  In addition assist in special projects that help the Band achieve its financial goals.  The firm/individual selected will not directly provide asset management services and/or banking services. This position will be filled no later than January 1, 2020. For more information please see the position description.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services Division

Family Safety Manager, Cherokee, NC. The Family Safety Program Manager is a senior leadership position within PHHS and is responsible for administering the EBCI Family Safety Program executing all matters related to foster care, adoption, guardianship, and/or out of home placement for all person under the age of 18 within the Division’s service area.  Visit https://ebci.com/jobs/ for more information and to apply, or see the job description.

Colorado’s Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Executive Director for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA),Denver Metro, CO. The Commission is the official liaison between the State of Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The Commission also works with the other 46 Historic Tribes of Colorado on a government-to-government basis and maintains contact with Colorado’s urban American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Online applications will be accepted through 9/6/19. For more information and to apply, see the job description or visit the website.

Navajo Nation

RFP for Education Attorney. Under the direction of the Navajo Nation Attorney General or her designee, the Attorney will assist in the review of Navajo Nation laws, state education laws, and federal education laws to establish a Navajo State Education Agency (NSEA). Proposals are due Friday, August 23, 2019. For more information, please see the request.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Office of the Attorney General

Law Clerk (temporary), Tucson, AZ. The Law Clerk assists in performing legal analysis, researching and preparing legal files and documents, and other legal services.  The Law Clerk maintains confidentially of all privileged information of the Office of the Attorney General. Position is open until filled. If interested please submit your application here or submit an email to: hr.recruitment@pascuayaqui-nsn.gov. See the job announcement for more information.

ACLU of Montana

Indigenous Justice Program Manager, MT. Seeking a passionate, optimistic person with project planning, management, and organizing skills. Work will impact education equity, water protector rights, and criminal laws. Application closes September 10, 2019. Please see the job description or visit the website for more information.

Dakota Plains Legal Services (DPLS)

Managing Attorney, Fort Thompson, SD. The Fort Thompson office serves the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations in South Dakota and Brule, Buffalo, Hughes, Hyde, Lyman, Stanley and Sully counties in South Dakota. For more information please see the job description.

Staff Attorney, Pine Ridge, SD. The Pine Ridge office serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and Oglala Lakota, Jackson and Bennett counties in South Dakota. For more information please see the job description.

The Shoshone Bannock Tribes

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Fort Hall, ID.  This position will mainly handle adult criminal matters, but will assist with all matters handled by the office. For a more complete job description please visit the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes website or see the job description. Application deadline is August 30, 2019.

Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Attorney General, Sells, AZ. Provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. Represent the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. Please see the job description for more information and how to apply.

Yurok Tribal Court

Legal Access Attorney, Eureka, CA. Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Assistant Director/Chief Judge, assist the Yurok Department of Health & Human Services, the Chief Judge and the Yurok Tribal Court in its client services and legal matters. Complete a variety of professional assignments and work closely with the Social Workers, Staff Attorney, Chief Judge and other department staff.  Please see Yurok’s website for application and required documents. Closing Date: 8/16/19.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Associate Litigation Attorney, Omaha, NE. 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. Closing date is August 31, 2019. Email resume and cover letter to:  Barbra Baker, Firm Administrator  bbaker@bigfirelaw.com. Please see the job description for more information.

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Senior Legal Counsel, Auburn, WA. Seeking an attorney specializing in natural resources with eight or more years of experience.  The selected candidate will have the opportunity work with a strong team of in-house attorneys on a variety of natural resources and other matters.  The Tribe is located in the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area. Pleas esee the website or job description for more information.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.

Bishop Paiute Tribal Court

Chief Tribal Court Judge, Bishop, CA.  Presides over and makes rulings on civil (only) cases filed in the Bishop Paiute Tribal Court; Tribal Court is held once a month.  Position is available immediately, will remain open until filed.  Please see RFP for job duties and/or more information.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Prosecutor, Alamogordo, NM. Prosecutes individuals accused of violating Tribal laws; Works closely with local BIA and Tribal Law Enforcement and federal agencies; Works closely with Tribal Probation Office; and more. A complete position description will be provided upon request. Please submit resumes and questions to Myra LaPaz at Human Resources: via telephone at (575) 464-4494 or via email at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com.

 

See posts from August 9, 2019.

If you sent in a job announcement but do not see it here, if you have asked for an announcement to be re-posted, or if you have asked for an old post to be removed, then please read our recent post about the requirements for Friday Job Announcements and ensure your submissions meet all requirements. Thank you for your understanding!

An example email submission for a Turtle Talk job announcement:

“Attached is a position description in PDF format.

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.”

OR

“Please find a PDF job announcement attached.

Position Title:  Associate Litigation Attorney

Position location:  Omaha, Nebraska Metropolitan Area, Nebraska

Main responsibilities:  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.

Closing Date:  August 31, 2019

Email resume and cover letter to:

Barbra Baker, Firm Administrator  bbaker@bigfirelaw.com

 

 

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Counselor (Substance Abuse/Adult & Child), Four Directions Treatment & Recovery Center, Mescalero, NM. Provides counseling services to adults, children and families with mental health and/or substance abuse problems or domestic violence in individual, family, or group sessions. Please see the job description for more information, and a full job description is available upon request. This position is open until filled.

Treatment & Rehab Center Executive Director, Mescalero, NM. Oversee existing services provided and oversee Mescalero Systems of Care, the Violence Against Women Office, the Suicide Prevention Program, Foster Care Licensing Program, Indian Child Welfare Act Office, and Tribal Social Services. A complete position description will be provided upon request. This position is open until filled.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI.  This firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian tribes, their governmental entities and agencies, and businesses. The ideal candidate must be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States.  Application closes July 31, 2019. For more information please see the job description.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor, Dept: Pueblo Courts / Prosecutor’s Office, Laguna, NM. Under general administrative direction of the Court Prosecutor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating criminal laws, including status offenses the Pueblo of Laguna laws, codes, and/or ordinances of the Pueblo. For more information please see the job description or click here. Application is open until filled.

Court Prosecutor, Dept: Pueblo Courts / Prosecutor’s Office, Laguna, NM. Under administrative supervision of the Governor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating ordinances of the Pueblo. Application is open until filled. For more information please see the job description or click here.

Mille Lacs Band

Law Clerk PT, Onamia, MN. The part-time position is responsible for assisting the Tribal Court judiciary with legal research, drafting of court decisions and special court development projects.  Work will be performed remotely from 16 to 20 hours a week with initial and periodic meetings at the work site (Tribal Court) with District Court Judge and/or Staff Attorney. This position is open until filled. Please see the description for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, AZ. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe with 2.8 million acres of reservation land in Southern Arizona. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. For more information please see the job description.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Court Services Administrative Assistant, Valley Center, CA. This position has secondary responsibility for all court clerical duties including greeting visitors upon arrival, answering, screening, and forwarding incoming phone calls, taking and relaying messages and more. For more information please see the job description.

Tribal Youth Court Coordinator, Valley Center, CA. Develop and implement programs tailored to meet the needs of youth offenders and manage their individual cases for compliance with case plans. This position also performs a variety of court-support tasks. For more information please see the job description.

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Tribal Law Enforcement Director, Redwood Valley, CA. This position hires, trains, and supervises department employees, participates in grant management, is responsible for the supervision and scheduling of Tribal community building security patrols, and more. For more information please see the job description. Closing Date August 2nd 2019.

Port Madison Enterprises

Paralegal, Suquamish WA. Assist in the management and conduct of the analysis of policy issues, proposed tribal, state or federal legislation, or other items of special concern to the PME Legal Department, the Port Madison Enterprises Executives, or the Port Madison Enterprises Board of Directors. Please see the job description for more information or click here.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

General Assistance Caseworker, Sitka, AK. Responsibility of day to day management of BIA financial assistance programs. Management of general assistance clients clients in assisting them with individualized case plans to work toward self sufficiency. For more information please see the job description.

The Navajo Nation Legislative Branch

RFP. Seeking a Consultant for Governmental Lobbying Services to the Navajo Nation Council in relation to the 2020 and 2021 New Mexico and Utah Legislative Sessions. (RFP-NM Lobbyist-7567) (RFP-UT Lobbyist-7568). The Office of the Navajo Nation Speaker (OOS) will be accepting all proposals from qualified consultants. Interested parties shall obtain more information from the Office of the Speaker. Due Date of RFP Proposals is Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM. This procurement process is a combined technical qualifications and cost-based selection. Send inquiries and questions to Lashawna Tso, MPA, Chief of Staff lrtso@navajo-nsn.gov |  928.871.7160.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Pro Bono Assistant, Traverse City, MI. This is a two-year, grant-funded position. The Pro Bono Assistant will support the implementation of MILS’s new pro bono program by working with the MILS staff to develop and implement a statewide pro bono program targeting late-career and retired attorneys to provide community legal education, mentor MILS staff attorneys, and provide direct client representation. For more information see the description.

Program Associate, Climate & Energy, Washington, DC. Support the Vice President of Litigation, Climate & Energy, in developing and monitoring projects underway as part of the Climate & Energy program; Convene and coordinate teams and workgroups from various programs; Facilitate project meetings, status updates, and debriefings; and more. The application has a rolling deadline. Please see the job description or click here for more information.

Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic, University of Washington School of Law

Staff Attorney, Tulalip/Seattle, WA. The purpose of the position of part-time Staff Attorney is to provide in-person support to the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic (TCPDC) team by staffing the Tulalip Tribal Court office and appearing in court during court calendars where the full time public defenders are engaged in teaching related activities. The position is open until filled. Please see the job description and application on the UW Human Resources Website for more information.

Pueblo of Sandia

Assistant General Counsel – Water, Environment & Natural Resources, Albuquerque, NM. Serves as a key member of the Pueblo’s legal team. Responsibilities will cover a wide range of legal matters that would typically confront a tribal general counsel’s office, including: providing a diverse range of legal advice to the Pueblo; performing high level legal research and analysis in various areas of law and policy specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; and serving as the primary contact and expert for the Pueblo’s water and natural resource legal matters, subject to the direction and oversight of the General Counsel. For more information see the website.

See posts from June 28, 2019.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute is Hiring!

Announcement here: Program Specialist Job Announcement_Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Education and/or Experience:

Required: Bachelor’s degree; experience or demonstrated expertise in tribal justice systems and/or problem-solving courts

Preferred: Juris Doctorate, Master’s degree, or other applicable advanced degree

Strongly preferred: Four (4) years of programmatic development/implementation and/or direct services delivery; previous experience with American Indian and Alaska Native communities; basic knowledge of federal Indian Law and polices; and experience and/or demonstrated expertise in at

  •  Healing to Wellness Courts
  •  historical trauma and trauma-informed care
  •  cultural adaptations to evidence-based practices and programming
  •  strategic planning and action plan development
  •  tribal-state collaboration coordination
  •  prevention, intervention, and treatment programs
  •  systemic, community-wide, public health strategies and responses