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.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, Baraga, MI. This position is located at the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center, and is an in-house position. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Legal and/or Consulting firms need not apply.  For more information, please visit the website or contact personnel@kbic-nsn.gov. Application process is open until filled.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Assistant Tribal Attorney, Baraga, MI. This position is located at the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Center, and is an in-house position. Assist the Tribal Attorney and perform general in-house duties for the Tribal Council as directed. Legal and/or Consulting firms need not apply.  For more information, please visit the website or contact personnel@kbic-nsn.gov. Application process is open until filled.

The Yurok Tribe’s Office of the Tribal Attorney

Law clerks, spring, summer, and fall of 2021. This could be a virtual position. Past legal clerks have worked on a wide variety of projects including ordinance drafting, litigation support, legal research, and appeared on behalf of the Tribe in Yurok Tribal Court. We are receiving applications on a rolling basis, but would appreciate having all applications by December 4, 2020. Please visit the website for more information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Transactional Associate Attorney, San Diego, CA. Seeking an associate attorney with 1-5 years of experience in transactional and other Indian law experience.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests, and a clerkship is also highly preferred. More detail about the firm is available at www.sonosky.com. See the job description or visit our website at http://www.sonosky.com/careers.html to apply.  This position is open until filled, but applicants should apply by January 15, 2020.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in California, or willing to become licensed.

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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.

Yurok Tribe

Law Clerk, Office of the Tribal Attorney, Klamath, CA, Law Clerks may be able to work remotely during the COVID emergency.  Position requires a minimum seven-week commitment and includes research, writing, or other work on Federal Indian law and/or Yurok specific-issues related to current OTA assignments. The Law Clerk position is unpaid. Please see the position description for more information and to apply.

Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of General Counsel

Law Clerk, Legal Honors Intern, multiple locations. HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys. For more information and to apply please see the position description.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

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

Announcement here. The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee, and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees.  Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. Please see the announcement and the qualifications for more information.

RFP.  Special Counsel for various legal services for the Oglala Sioux Tribe until November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Late proposals will not be accepted. The Tribal Council seeks individuals or law firms to provide legal counsel services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for the following areas: Federal Congressional Matters, Litigation, Code Drafting, Treaty Rights and Protection. Please see the request for more information.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Prosecutor, Mount Pleasant, MI. Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation. Prosecute crimes under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Isabella Reservation.  Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  All staff in Prosecutor’s office must adhere to mandated reporting laws. Open from October 26, 2020 until filled. All positions can be found at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Tribal Court Facilitator, Anchorage Alaska. 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.

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. 

Lummi Indian Business Council

Paralegal II, Bellingham, WA. The Paralegal II works under the supervision of the Legal Director and Staff Attorneys, and is responsible for routine legal issues, performs paraprofessional tasks and carries out a variety of paralegal, clerical and administrative functions to facilitate effective operations of the ORA, as assigned.  This position report to the Legal Director. Application is open until filled. For more information and to apply, please see the job description.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor II, Bellingham, WA. The Deputy Tribal Prosecutor works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney under the direction of the Legal Director and represents the Lummi Nation in criminal and civil proceedings before tribal, federal, state, and local courts. The job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor is evaluated by the Legal Director. Application is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Tulalip Tribes

RFP for Legal Services. This RFP is to contract for legal services to be provided as a victim advocate attorney for the Tulalip Tribal Victims Set-Aside program for the calendar year of 2021, administered by the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney (ORA). Attorneys who are currently licensed to practice law in Washington State and maintain an office in the greater Seattle-Everett area, or law firms including such attorneys, may respond to this RFP. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30pm PT on November 30, 2020. For more information please see the RFP.

Colville Confederated Tribes 

Associate Judge, Nespelem, WA. Provide a broad range of judicial functions at the trial court level. Preside over cases of Criminal, Civil, Juvenile and Judicial Review of Administrative Hearings as appointed by the Chief Judge. The Tribal Court is a separate branch of government as set forth in the Constitution of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Judges are constitutionally appointed by the Colville Business Council with conditions set by contract. The person filling this position will be evaluated and mentored to potentially become Chief Judge in late 2022. The position is open until filled. First Review Date: Friday, November 20, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, near Pendleton, Oregon. The CTUIR is seeks a tribal attorney who will provide services as guided by the goals and objectives under the CTUIR Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the responsibility of the Office of Legal Counsel.nA majority of the work is prompted by the CTUIR Housing Department, the tribal entity administering its Indian Housing Plan and Affordable Housing Activities pursuant to the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act of 1996. The location is nestled near the Umatilla River, at the base of the beautiful Blue Mountains, and experiences all four seasons common to the Columbia River Basin and has easy access to the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman Forests. Apply via http://ctuir.org/tribal-attorney-2 and see the position description for more information. Umatilla is a tribal preference employer.

Waséyabek Development Company

WDC Board Member, Grand Rapids, MI. The Board of Directors is responsible for working with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, the NHBP Tribal Council and other management staff to develop investment strategies and development plans for the Company to further the mission and purposes of the Company. For more information please see the position description.

Echohawk & Olson

Associate Attorney—Indian Law Practice Group. Pocatello, Idaho. Work under general supervision of Mark Echo Hawk with Tribal clients in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, and Kansas. Independently perform legal research, writing, and federal/state/Tribal court litigation services, and conduct client communications and meetings. Must be willing to live in the greater Pocatello, Idaho area. Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample along with references to reception@echohawk.com. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Job closing date is Friday, November 5, 2020.

See last week’s posts.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Environmental Law Institute

Fellowship, Washington, DC.  This one-year fellowship will begin in September 2021. The Public Interest Law Fellow works closely with other ELI attorneys and professionals, including our U.S. and international partners, to advance environmental protection, the rule of law, and environmental justice. The work frequently requires considering how environmental protection is affected by other laws and policies that are related to environment and society — e.g., those governing energy, taxation, land use, human rights, and governance and administration. The application deadline is December 9, 2020. To apply, please visit https://www.eli.org/employment.

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply has been extended to November 13, 2020. Please see the description for more information.

Summer Associate, offices in Davis, California, Washington D.C and Syracuse, New York.  Our Firm works exclusively with Tribes and Tribal organizations to promote and protect their political, cultural, social and economic self-determination.  The Davis office is seeking a 2nd year law student for a summer associate position in 2021.  The position requires excellent research and writing skills.  We especially encourage students with a demonstrated commitment to serving Indian people and tribal nations to apply.  Please forward a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Gloria Coronado, gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com.  The deadline to apply is Monday, November 30, 2020.  No phone calls, please.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Mount Pleasant, MI.  Under the supervision of General Counsel, represent the tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, excluding representation performed by the General Counsel. This position is open until filled. All of our open positions are on our website at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top of the page and click on Apply now. Link here.

Yurok Tribe

Staff Attorney – Education, Klamath, CA.Under the general supervision of the Tribal Court Director, Chief Judge, and Supervising Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will assist the Yurok Tribal Court in its legal programs offering assistance under the Youth Diversion program. The Staff Attorney will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Yurok Tribal Court as assigned. The Staff Attorney-Education will work closely with the Chief Judge and other department staff. The candidate will provide services directly to clients to assist with securing the proper services and supports necessary to help the client achieve in school. This may include special education placements, supports, and services. Open until Filled. Link to tribal job site here and link to Yurok Tribe’s application here.

Pueblo of Pojoaque Legal Department

General Counsel, Pojoaque, New Mexico. The Pueblo of Pojoaque is now accepting applications for an attorney to provide legal services under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel. 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. Must be capable of being admitted to the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court and the New Mexico State Bar. Position will be filled within 30 days of this posting. Send resumes via email to rfrias@pojoaque.org.

Native American Program 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. Apply here.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney, Pocatello, Idaho. Work under general supervision and independently perform legal research, writing, and federal/state court litigation services for our Indian Law partners in relation to work for tribes in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, and Kansas. Must be willing to live in the greater Pocatello, Idaho area. Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample along with references to reception@echohawk.com. We are a family-oriented office and offer competitive salary and benefits. Job closing date Friday, November 5, 2020.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, Arizona. 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.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MDHHS Statewide Victim Services Liaison, Lansing, MI. Lead and coordinate the DHHS OVC Statewide Liaison project, develop and implement recommendations for policy for the Division of Victim Services, Department of Health and Human Services to improve services and increase access to legal assistance and representation for rural and American Indian/Alaska Native victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other related crimes, including Indian Country crimes. Application Link. Posting closes November 16, 2020. 

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Supreme Court Judge, Mashpee, MA.  Job duties/powers are to conduct all court hearings, and issue orders and papers, and to decide all matters within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.  All resumes can be emailed to Vivian.Bussiere@mwtribe-nsn.gov.  Please review the attached job description. 

Hoopa Valley Tribe

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 November 5, 2020. Link to required employment application here.

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 November 7, 2020. Link to required employment application. Link to required employment application here.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Assistant Prosecutor, Watersmeet, MI.  Provide vertical prosecution of all sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases in the LVD Court as well as assist in prosecution of other criminal matters.  This position also includes collaboration with Tribal Police to create and implement a training program for effective investigation of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking involving tribal members both on and off Tribal lands.  For more information, please see the job description.  Deadline for application is November 6, 2020.  Application Here.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

General Manager of Tribal Operations,  Mayetta, Kansas. The General Manager of Tribal Operations (GMTO) reports to the Tribal Council and is responsible for the administrative operation of the Nation’s departments, which may include developing, recommending and implementing policies, program planning, fiscal management, administration and operations of the Nation’s government functions and services. The GMTO will work directly with the Tribal Council to facilitate communication regarding program needs and shall be responsible for accomplishing the Nation’s goals and objectives and for ensuring that the members are provided with desired and mandated services in an effective cost efficient manner. This position coordinates development of program budgets and is responsible for the oversight and direction of all Tribal government programs and departments which includes approximately 300 tribal government employees.

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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
    • 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.

State of Michigan Office of the Governor

Deputy Legal Counsel, Lansing, MI. Attorneys within OLC work frequently with other divisions within the Executive Office of the Governor, including Appointments, Communications, Community Affairs, Federal Affairs, Legislative and Public Affairs, and Policy, as well is with the Department of Attorney General and leadership within other departments and agencies in the Executive Branch. OLC provides a range of legal services for the Governor of the State of Michigan and her staff within the Executive Office of the Governor. Closing Date October 16, 2020. Applicants will be reviewed and may be interviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the job description

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Los Angeles, CA. Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to join our California Regional team in its Los Angeles office. This position will focus on litigation and advocacy to compel a shift away from fossil fuels and toward equitable zero-emissions solutions across the transportation, power, and building sectors in California. This work serves as an important part of our work to clean up places in the country with the most polluted air, in addition to reducing harmful climate pollution. This Staff Attorney will work closely with our existing team of attorneys, a Research and Policy Analyst, and a Litigation Assistant/Legal Practice Administrator, in addition to other dedicated staff from the California Regional Office. 

The Native American Disability Law Center

Attorney Position, Flagstaff, AZ. The Law Center addresses the issues such as special education, employment, housing, abuse & neglect, and cases involving disability discrimination. Attorneys represent clients in administrative hearings, and tribal, state, and federal court actions – with a focus on systemic change. Additionally, Attorneys work with tribal governments on legislation & policies effecting individuals with disabilities. Please see the position description.

Southern Ute 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. Apply online at https://careers.southernute.com/pfund. Closes October 29, 2020, 5:00pm MST.

Havasupai Tribe Head Start Director

Head Start Director, Supai, AZ. The Head Start Director is responsible for managing the Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) program for the Havasupai Tribe. The Head Start Director must provide leadership in planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating program standards and procedures. The Head Start Director achieves program objectives by leading staff, developing program strategies and plans, overseeing grant funds and budgets, setting and managing program performance measures, and ensuring compliance with all contractual and regulatory requirements. Closing date – October 30, 2020. Please see the job announcement for more information.

ACLU of Montana

Civil Rights Staff Attorney, Missoula, MT. The ACLU of Montana works on a variety of issues that impact Indigenous people – including tribal sovereignty, voting rights, education equity and school discipline, criminal legal reform, religious freedom, and the decriminalization of poverty. This is currently a two-year position with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years. This position is based in Montana with the specific location open to discussion. This position will be remote until the office re-opens after the Covid-19 pandemic, at least through December 31, 2020. Application review will start October 19, 2020. Applications after this date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We are aiming for a start date in November, 2020. To learn more about the work of the ACLU-MT, please visit www.aclumontana.org or view the job description.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

RFP for Certified Public Accountant (CPA). EBCI Legislative Branch invites qualified individuals or firms to submit CPA services proposals. The Legislative CPA will work with Tribal Council to access all business transactions and prepare accurate reports, brief Tribal Council on the EBCI’s financial position and recommend solutions to improve results, thoroughly review the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, review and revise the EBCI’s budgeting procedures, and develop, revise, and review EBCI accounting policies and processes. The proposal must be received no later than 3:00 P.M. Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Mille Lacs Band

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

Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Assistant Legislative Attorney, Sells, AZ. Under the direction of the Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation to the Legislative council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O’odham Nation; works with tribal, federal and state officials as well as national- and state-level tribal advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the job description for more information.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Court Administrator, Mashpee, MA.  The job duties are administration of all court activities and supervision of court staff.  Maintenance of all court and grant budgets.  Providing public information.  Working cooperatively with the Chief Judge and Elders Judiciary Committee.  Good communication skills, writing skills, and computer literacy are essential.  This position is open until we can fill it.  All resumes can be emailed to Vivian.Bussiere@mwtribe-nsn.gov .  Please review the attached job description.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

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 November 5, 2020. Link to required employment application here.

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 November 7, 2020. Link to required employment application. Link to required employment application here.

DHHS/DVS

Statewide Victim Services Liaison, Traverse City, MI. Leads and coordinates the OVC Statewide Liaison project and develops policy for the Division of Victim Services, Department of Health and Human Services by working with local, tribal, federal, and other state programs serving rural and Native American victims for the purposes of identifying opportunities to improve services and increase access to legal assistance and representation for rural and Native Americans victims of domestic and sexual violence, and other related crimes, including Indian Country crimes. For more information please see the job description.

Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Court

Tribal Court Administrator, Trinidad, CA. Responsible for management and supervision of daily court operations and management, including assuming responsibility for the development, implementation and maintenance of case management systems, facilities management and security, strategic planning and fiscal activity, including budget development and administration and supervision of other financial matters of the Court. Applications can be downloaded here.

Chief Judge, Trinidad, CA. Responsibilities include the overall development of court rules and procedures, expansion of court jurisdiction,  administrative operations of the Tribal Court and supervision of and training of its employees, including case management, ancillary services (which may include things such as wellness court, cultural mediation program, victim protection program, child support, and youth program, contingent upon funding), and the timeliness of judgments and orders. Additionally, the Chief Judge will be working on comprehensive tribal code development, including reviewing and updating existing laws and codes, develop new essential codes, and community education and awareness meetings. Applications can be downloaded here.

Peebles Kidder

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

Tribal Partnerships

Midwest Staff Attorney.  Although the focus is on work in the Midwest, the person can be located in Chicago, Madison, Denver, or Seattle. This position will focus on litigation and advocacy on behalf of our tribal clients and partners in the Midwest and other regions as needed. Please see the job description for more information.

The Environmental Law Institute

Environmental Justice lead,  Washington, DC. We seek a policy-minded and committed strategic thinker to lead the further development of the ELI Research and Policy Department’s work devising legal, policy, and governance solutions to systemic racism. The EJ lead will coordinate the expansion of ELI’s Environmental Justice Initiatives, which requires an understanding of how racism has been entrenched in environmental law and policy, and strong relationships with community leaders challenging this systemic injustice. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. To apply, please visit https://www.eli.org/employment. Please see the job announcement for more information.

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

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

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

See posts October 2, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Student Opportunities

Environmental Law Institute

Research and Publications Intern (Spring 2021 January – May), Washington, DC, but it will be a fully remote position, so interns do not need to be in DC. 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. Closing date: November 15, 2020 11:59pm. Application link here.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen, LLP

(paid) Summer 2021 legal clerkship, Oakland, CA. MPKGC is a boutique Indian law firm. We are seeking a current law student with a demonstrated interest in tribal issues to assist with a wide range of matters, such as tribal governance, gaming, economic development, housing, ICWA, and more. The position will be based in Oakland or remote, to be determined closer to start date. Applications are due Friday, November 13. Please see attached posting for details. For more information or inquiries, please contact Bethany Sullivan at bsullivan@jmandmplaw.com.

US EPA Region 8 Office of Regional Counsel

Summer intern and spring and fall externship, in Denver, CO. We are looking for rising 2L students who are able to commit to a full-time (40 hours a week) summer or spring externship. We are requesting that applications be submitted by October 15 for a spring externship, and by November 15 for summer internships. We are unable to offer any remuneration; however, we endeavor to accommodate requests for academic credit consistent with your law school’s externship policy. At this time, we are uncertain whether the office will continue to work remotely into the spring and summer. Our office is currently remote and worked remotely this past summer.

Jobs

The Quinault Indian Nation

RFQ, Taholah, Washington. Seeking a Chief Judge for the Quinault Tribal Court. Please contact Kelly Billie at Kelly.billie@quinault.org or (360) 276-8215, ext. 1400 to obtain a copy of the detailed RFQ document for proposal qualifications and requirements. Proposals must be submitted by October 9, 2020. Anticipated start date will be early January, 2021. Proposals and/or questions about the RFQ should be submitted to lbruner@quinault.org.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Durant, OK. Responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, quasi-civil, wildlife, traffic and deprived actions on behalf of the Choctaw Nation as assigned by the Lead Tribal Prosecutor. For more information please see the job description. Application closes October 31, 2020.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Prosecutor, Department of Prosecutor’s Office, Manistee MI. This position serves as the chief law enforcement officer responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Tribe’s Constitution, criminal laws, conservation laws, ordinances, regulations, and resolutions in Tribal Court. The incumbent acts independently, exercising his/her own prosecutorial discretion. Please see the job announcement for more information. Application closes October 13, 2020.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Government Center

Paralegal, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects and tasks undertaken by the Legal Department; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files for work assigned to the Legal Department; and more. For more information please see the job description. Posting Ends 10/14/2020 8:30 AM ET. Apply at the NHBP Careers page https://www.nhbpi.org/careers-at-nhbp/.

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. Apply online at https://careers.southernute.com/pfund. Closes October 13, 2020, 5:00pm MST.

RFP – Social Services Attorney. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is requesting contract proposals from attorneys or law firms to represent Social Services in child/elder/at-risk adult protection cases. Approx. ½ time. For full RFP email jrivera@southernute-nsn.gov or call 970-563-2141. Proposals due October 26h at 5 p.m.

ACLU-Montana

Communications Director, Missoula, MT. The Communications Director has a unique opportunity to set and guide the strategy for communications, elevate the mission and the brand of the ACLU of Montana, grow our supporter base, expand the public’s understanding of civil rights and civil liberties, and advocate for positive change in the civil rights and liberties landscape in Montana. Our current top priorities are Indigenous justice, criminal legal reform and ending the criminalization of poverty, LGBTQ equality, and voting rights. We will begin reviewing applications October 5, 2020. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information please visit the website and see the job description.

ACLU National Office

Senior Advisor, Affiliate Equity Programs in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, National office, New York, NY. The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) builds state capacity and strengthens the connections between the ACLU and its network of 54 state affiliates and their 1,500 staff members across the country. Their work constitutes an unparalleled bulwark defending and advancing our civil liberties and civil rights. For more information please visit the link.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney. New Mexico Legal Aid has received a multi-state grant from AmeriCorps to host one-year AmeriCorps members to facilitate the medical-legal partnership (MLP) program serving American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout the US. 14 members will be recruited throughout the US as follows: six attorneys in Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Nome, Sitka), four attorneys in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), and one attorney in each Arizona (Phoenix), Nebraska (Omaha), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and Utah (Montezuma Creek). The attorney selected will be located primarily at the clinic site but also the at host site’s local office. AmeriCorps Member will ideally begin November 15th, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter and continue for one year. For more information and to apply visit www.newmexicolegalaid.org.

Rosette LLP

Attorney, Oklahoma City, OK. Preference will be given to attorneys who are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, as well as those who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law. Position will close in two weeks. Please see the announcement for more information.

The Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC

Director of Indigenous Advocacy, Washington, D.C.The Firm is currently recruiting for a Director of Indigenous Advocacy based in our Washington, D.C. office.  The Director of Indigenous Advocacy will have experience working on Capitol Hill and will interact primarily with the firm’s Managing Principals led by Robert Odawi Porter, Esq., a former President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Communication with other Firm personnel, clients, and people outside of the Firm will be required to accomplish the duties of the position. Closing Date: November 15, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

See posts from September 25, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Student Opportunities

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

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

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

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

Berkey Williams LLP

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

Jobs

Bay Mills Indian Community

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

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

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

The Wind River Tribal Court

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

Ute Indian Tribal Court

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

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

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

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

Ziontz Chestnut

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

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

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

See posts from September 18, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

The Pascua Yaqui Office of Attorney General

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

Prairie Island Indian Community

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

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

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

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Band Assembly

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

Native American Rights Fund

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

Environmental Protection Agency

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

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

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

American Bar Association

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

ACLU of New Hampshire

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

See posts from September 11, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Administration Headquarters

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

UCLA Law

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

Quinault Indian Reservation

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

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

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

Earthjustice

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

See posts from September 4, 2020.

Friday Job Announcement

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

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

Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska 

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

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

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

Quileute Tribe

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

Native American Rights Fund

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

Lummi Indian Business Council

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

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

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

Earthjustice

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

Echaga Corporation

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Echaga Corporation is a legal corporate entity wholly-owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is the economic and business development arm of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Echaga is accepting applications for a CEO until the position is filled. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org. For more information please see the job description.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

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

See posts from August 21, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

 

Havasupai Tribal Court

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

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

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

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

Anishinabe Legal Services

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

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Office of the Attorney General

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

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

Office of the Chief Prosecutor 

Chief Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  The Chief Prosecutor performs administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs. Administers short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic  planning for  annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief

Prosecutor.  Coordinates  and  evaluates  the  overall  effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts. Responsible for adhering to the Plan of  Operation  and  establishing  annual  goals  and  objectives, and making necessary amendments.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Prosecutor

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

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

Prosecutor, Crownpoint, NM.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until July 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until August 5, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Water Rights Units 

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

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

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

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

Oneida Nation (WI)

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

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

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

Northwest Justice Project’s Native American Unit

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

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

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

Pueblo of Laguna

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

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