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.

 

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.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Paralegal, Welch, MN. A primary objective for the role is to improve, update and maintain a data and records management system. The closing date for this position is January 3, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Indian Law Attorney, Phoenix, AZ. The Phoenix office of  is seeking an associate to join its Tribal Affairs practice.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience working on Federal Indian law and Indian Gaming matters. Posting will be open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

 Makah Tribe

Pro Tem Judge RFP, Neah Bay, WA. The Makah Tribal Council invites proposals for interested parties to contract with the Makah Tribe to provide judicial services by acting as a Judge Pro Tem for the Makah Tribal Court in accordance with the Makah Tribe’s Law and Order Code. Closing Date: January 17, 2020 at 4:00p.m.

Tacoma Pro Bono

Contract Attorney, Tacoma, WA. This attorney will work for the Native American Law Aid Program, a civil legal aid program funded by a grant from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.  The attorney will provide direct legal services, from brief advice to full representation, in a variety of civil matters in tribal, state, and administrative forums.  Applications are accepted through January 30, 2020.

Port Madison Enterprises (Suquamish Tribe)

Legal Office Administrator/Board Coordinator, Suquamish, WA. The Legal Office Administrator/Board Coordinator assists in the management and administration of Port Madison Enterprises Legal Department and Board of Directors operations. Position duties include providing administrative support to attorneys and paralegals, production and maintenance of corporate board meeting minutes and other records, managing document filing and organizational systems, and monitoring department expenses and budgets. This position is open until filled. The announcement and application materials are available here.

Please note that Friday Job Announcements will take a holiday pause next week.  See posts from December 13, 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.

Student Opportunities

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.

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 January 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please see the description for more information.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

(3) Summer Legal Interns/Externs, Traverse City and Southwest Michigan offices. Open to all law students regardless of year. The positions are open until filled.

ACLU Montana

Summer 2020 Indigenous Justice Legal Intern, Missoula, MT. Indigenous Justice Legal Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside the attorneys on a variety of litigation matters directly addressing Indigenous rights issues in the state of Montana, with potential opportunities to also assist with our work on other civil liberties issues. Accepting applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1.

Summer 2020 General Legal Intern, Missoula, MT. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Legal Department’s attorneys on the following: Conduct legal research; Drafting memoranda, FOIA requests, complaints, and other legal documents; Researching prospects for new litigation; Researching and drafting materials. Accepting applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1.

University Opportunities

Fort Lewis College

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Durango, CO. Specialize in public law, judicial politics, and U.S. political institutions to start in August 2020. Particularly interested in candidates with knowledge, experience, and interest in tribal law or federal Indian policy. To apply please see the full job announcement and send application materials to polisci-search@fortlewis.edu by January 12, 2020.

Michigan State University College of Law

Admissions Senior Counselor.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  More information can be found here.

Library Assistant IV.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  More information can be found  here.

Communications Manager I. The application deadline is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  More information can be found here.

Legal Opportunities

Little River Holdings LLC

Controller, Manistee, MI. Develop and implement accounting policies, coordinate systems and procedures, and prepare operating data and special reports as required, including interim and year-end financial statements. Establish, coordinate and administer, as an integral part of management, an adequate control of operations. Serve as a liaison between the EDC and legal counsel or outside accountant support. Application is open until filled. Apply online and see the job description for more information.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Social Services Division Head, Ignacio, CO. This position manages programs and services including child/adult welfare protective services, family, group, and individual therapy, BIA General Assistance, Low Income Energy Assistance Program, Title IV B – Foster Care Program, Colorado State Human Services and related programs, and contracts/grants. Please see the job description for more information.  Apply online.

Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe (Blue Stone Strategy Group)

Attorney/Prosecutor, Hayward, WI. Serve as a tribal attorney for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Provide legal advice and assistance to the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, tribal administrators, program and enterprise directors/managers. Provides legal counsel and representation on Indian Child Welfare matters in state or tribal court. Apply online and see the job description for more information. The position is open until filled.

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Americans

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. Apply here if you have questions about the position please contact, Olivia Roanhorse at: olivia@roanhorseconsulting.com. See the position description for more information. The position closes on December 20th, 2019.

Ranger Power LLC

Development and Corporate In-House Attorney, Boston, MA. Seeking a mid-level attorney to support its development and transactional work. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assist and advise development team to identify, interpret, and address legal issues across Ranger’s development portfolio; draft, review, and negotiate agreements and transactions; coordinate and manage outside legal counsel; and more. Please read more about Ranger Power and the position here.  If interested in the position, please email a resume and cover letter to: info@rangerpower.com.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Criminal Defense Attorney, Tribal Defenders Office, Flathead Reservation, Pablo, MT. Provides representation to indigent tribal members in criminal and youth court proceedings in the CSKT Tribal Court. Closes December 19, 2019. Apply online at cskt.org. Please see the position description for more information.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

General Counsel, Phoenix, AZ. Chief legal counsel for the Community and provides legal advice and representation to this progressive Community. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is located adjacent to the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Find information and application instructions online and please see the position description for more information.

The Hopi Tribe 

A job application and job description is available on our website at www.hopi-nsn.gov.

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. Key duties are indicated on the attached job description. Position is open until filled.

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; and more.  Key duties are indicated on the attached job description. Position is open until filled.

Deputy General Counsel, Kykotsmovi, AZ. The Deputy General Counsel 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. Key duties are indicated on the attached job description. Position is open until filled.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Family Law Attorney, Sitka, AK. The Family Law Attorney provides holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the umbrella of Sitka Tribe of Alaska Legal Department. Application closes December 13, 2019. Apply online and find more information.

The Gila River Indian Community

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Sacaton, AZ. The SAGC performs a wide range of tasks, including the supervision of junior attorneys and support staff. This is a full-time position in Arizona with a base salary of $128,565 and excellent benefits. Applications are open until filled. Apply online at www.gilariver.org.

Navajo Nation

Navajo Government Development Commissioner. 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.

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.

See posts from November 22, 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.

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. Please see the position description for more information.

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. Closing Date: Posted Until Filled. Apply here and see the job description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; Nespelem Washington 99155

Chief Judge, 1 position J-2147 Colville Tribal Court.  Full Benefits Package.  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 representing 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, representing 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 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

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

Senior Education Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. work with educational leaders throughout New Mexico on major policy reforms and to bring the state into compliance with the landmark Yazzie/Martinez court decision. Application open until filled. Please see the description for more information.

Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell, & Tucker, P.C.

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.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tribal Special Assistant United States Attorney, La Conner, WA and Seattle, WA. Assigned to the Western District of Washington and the FBI Northwestern Washington Safe Trails Task Force, of which the following Tribes are members: Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and the Tulalip Tribes (the Tribes). Address violent crime, specifically precipitous increases in violent or other serious crimes. Closing Date: December 13, 2019. Applications can be downloaded from swinomish-nsn.gov or requested via email: emiller@swinomish.nsn.us. Please see the job description for more information.

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)

Chief Financial Officer, New Buffalo, MI. Provide timely, accurate, insightful financial analysis to the Pokagon Gaming Authority (PGA), including informed analytics for proper accounting and reporting.Application is open until filled. Please apply here and see the job description for more information.

Galanda Broadman PLLC

Litigation Associate, Seattle, WA. The firm seeks an associate who is deeply committed to representing Indian interests, who is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State, and who has at least two to five years of experience in civil litigation or serving as a judicial clerk.

Navajo Nation Legislative Branch

Staff Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Office of Legislative Counsel. Seeks two (2) attorneys to fill. The position provides legal advice and legal representative to entities of the Legislative Branch, the Navajo Nation Council, its Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions involving various areas of law. Knowledge of legal principles as well as Indian law, Navajo Nation laws, Navajo Nation Government and legislative processes in general required. For more information, please see the position description or apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov. Applications are open until filled.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ. Office of Legislative Counsel. Under the general direction of the Chief Legislative Counsel, supervise and work with other attorneys of the Office. Provide legal advice and legal representation to entities of the Legislative Branch, Navajo Nation Council, its Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions involving various areas of law. For more information, please see the position description or apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov. Applications are open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

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, 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, 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, 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.

Office of the Prosecutor:

Attorney, 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, 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.

Student Opportunities

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.

ACLU Montana

Summer 2020 Indigenous Justice Legal Intern, Missoula, MT. Indigenous Justice Legal Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside the attorneys on a variety of litigation matters directly addressing Indigenous rights issues in the state of Montana, with potential opportunities to also assist with our work on other civil liberties issues. Accepting applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1.

Summer 2020 General Legal Intern, Missoula, MT. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Legal Department’s attorneys on the following: Conduct legal research; Drafting memoranda, FOIA requests, complaints, and other legal documents; Researching prospects for new litigation; Researching and drafting materials. Accepting applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1.

 

See posts from November 15, 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:

In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes

  1. 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.

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.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorneys, Northeast Region. We expect the Staff Attorneys we hire for this position to play a leading role developing and litigating cases and seeking regional legislative opportunities to further the Office’s work. Both Staff Attorneys will play an integral part in shaping the Northeast Office’s strategic plan for fulfilling our regional mission. Both Staff Attorneys also will play an important part in helping our less-experienced attorneys and professional staff grow and develop in their careers.

Procopio Law Firm

Native American Summer Internship, San Diego, C.A. Procopio is seeking Native American law students (or law students with an emphasis in Native American Law) to join the Firm for a 10-week internship with the Native American Practice Group! Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of Tribal Judges, governmental attorneys, Tribal attorneys, university professors, entrepreneurs and associates at law firms. Following the internship, we remain active with our alumni to mentor and prepare them for their success in their career. Procopio’s Native American Summer Internship is a very unique and committed program that will provide valuable experience, dedicated mentorship, exposure to many areas of the law, guidance in legal writing and article drafting, and a lifelong network of contacts! Qualified candidates should email resume, transcript, writing sample and a brief cover email to ted.griswold@procopio.com.

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington D.C., Portland, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Anchorage seeks an Associate Attorney for its Oklahoma City office.   Hobbs Straus specializes in Native American and Alaskan Native law, and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country.  Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending sovereign rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The ideal candidate will possess:  (1) superior research and writing skills; (2) a strong academic performance history; (3) strong communication skills; and (4) a commitment to tribal representation.  A minimum of 1-5 years’ legal experience is required.  Prior experience in the field of Indian law is strongly preferred. To apply:  Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com.

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.

Confederate Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Criminal Public Defender, W.A. State. The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation is seeking a qualified Criminal Public Defender. The ideal candidate will display a passion for serving the community by supporting and providing legal counsel to all persons alleged to have committed a violation of the Chehalis Tribe’s criminal code, its juvenile code or alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect pursuant to a tribal dependency proceeding. The applicant must be familiar with and capable of creating legal documents, and successfully arguing motions in front of a judge. The Public Defender must be possess and/or be willing to continue acquiring knowledge of federal law, Constitutional Due Process Rights, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Chehalis Law and Order Code, and procedural rules of the court. For a full job description or should you have questions, please contact the Recruitment Coordinator. Juris Doctorate and license to practice law in the State of Washington required. At least five (5) years of experience in the legal field required. Closing date: October 18th, 2019.

Berkey Williams LLP

Berkey Williams Indian Law Fellowship, C.A. Berkey Williams LLP seeks applicants for a one-year Indian Law Fellowship beginning September 2020. Our Fellowship program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides Fellows with opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian Country. The Fellowship contributes to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths in the field might be. We are a private law firm with a public interest focus and a client base comprised exclusively of Indian nations and organizations. We maintain offices in Berkeley and Davis, California; Washington, D.C.; and Syracuse, New York. Natural and cultural resource protection, water and land rights, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, employment, health care and Indian child welfare form the core of our work. Additional information may be found at http://www.berkeywilliams.com/. The Fellowship offers a competitive salary, benefits, training, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in a firm serving Indian Nations and organizations exclusively. The Fellow will be located in one of our California offices and, 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, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Applications are encouraged from recent law school graduates with a demonstrated commitment to Indian law. Preference is given to candidates, both Indian and non-Indian, who demonstrate personal or professional experience with Indian communities. We seek Fellows who bring a variety of experiences to the firm’s clients. High academic achievements are considered and weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments and experience, resourcefulness, professional goals, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently. Membership in the California Bar, or willingness to obtain California or other state bar membership, is preferred.

Interested law school graduates and 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative/ICWA Assistant, at gcoronado@ berkeywilliams.com. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2019.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor, Fulton, M.I. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi seeks a licensed attorney to serve as Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney for the Tribe to be appointed for an approximate term of four (4) years. This is a contractual, part-time position and will be compensated on an hourly basis. The NHBP Prosecutor serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the Tribe and shall be responsible for supervising all criminal investigations of offenses arising under the Tribe’s criminal laws along with other duties. Please see the job announcement for more information. Closing date: October 17, 2019.

Federicks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP (“FPP”) is dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and Native American organizations throughout the United States.  Our gifted, dynamic and diverse team of attorneys includes tribal members who are committed and accomplished advocates for tribal governments and organizations.  Our firms’ singular mission is seeking justice for Indian tribes and their citizens and promoting, protecting and preserving tribal sovereignty, culture and resources.  The increasing utilization and development of tribal lands and resources and growing tribal involvement in business and governmental enterprises create a critical need for sound advice, counsel, advocacy and aggressive legal representation.  Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP maximizes tribal resources for the improvement of Indian communities nationwide.

FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  FPP offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by October 31, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

See posts from October 4, 2019. Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing MI. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work, including housing law, consumer, public benefits and family law. The position is open until filled. Please visit the link for more information.

The ACLU of Arizona

Legal Director, Phoenix, AZ. lead and expand the ACLU of Arizona’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. Be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona’s mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, volunteers, and cooperating attorneys. Provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy. The job posting is attached and available online.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Tribal Attorney, Agency Village, SD. Application and job description information can be seen at SWO Human Resources Office or here.  Application can be downloaded from “Apply Now” and emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV.  Contact  Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Court Administrator, Palm Springs, CA. Management and supervision of daily court operations. Please apply@ www.hotwatercasino.com. See the job description for more information.

Berkey Williams LLP

Indian Law Fellowship 2020, CA. Our Fellowship program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides Fellows with opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian Country. Closing Date: October 30, 2019. Please see the description for more information.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorneys, Florida Regional Office, Miami, FL. Earthjustice is hiring two Associate Attorneys in Miami, FL to join the team and is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Associate responsibilities will include but not limited to conducting legal and factual research, prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing and potential litigation projects, assist with written discovery requests and depositions and advocate in front of administrative agencies for strong health and environmental protections.  The Associate Attorney program is a term-limited, three-year position with a potential for extension. This program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Attorney, Traverse City, MI. MILS has a 3-year, grant-funded attorney position. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. See job description for more information.

RFP. Project Consultant, Traverse City, help set up remote access to server. Proposals due Oct 25, 2019.

RFP. Project Consultant, Traverse City, Assist with a three-year, statewide, legal needs assessment. Proposals due Oct 25, 2019.

The Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Youth Court Coordinator. The Tribal Youth Court Coordinator will also perform a variety of court-support tasks including: (1) developing work methods and procedures; (2) directing communication and coordination with various tribal, state, and federal agencies as well as community partners; and more. See the position description for more information.

Department of Justice

Tribal Victim Witness Assistance Specialist, Bay City, MI. Provide advice to District United States Attorney’s Office Management and acting as a focal point for tribal, victim matters within the District; Develop and implement specific program activities which promote compliance with Federal victim laws and guidelines; and more. See the job description 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, 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.

See posts from September 27, 2019. Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

 

Friday Job Announcements

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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

Public Defender, Mescalero, NM. The Public Defender will represent defendants in criminal proceedings filed in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. The Public Defender will work to resolve matters in an ethical and professional manner. The Public Defender will oversee Office of the Public Defender staff. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled.

Social Services Case Manager, Mescalero, NM. Serves as Case Manager for the Tribal Social Services Program. Provides client case management and referrals. Prepares case records, summaries, special and routine reports, and other records in maintaining a formalized case management system. Establishes and maintains protective services cases with individual case plans for the protection, care, and supervision of children/adults in all placement types. Implements financial assistance programs and objectives. Provides financial assistance eligibility, case management assisting consumers in becoming financial need and appropriate referrals. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled.

Social Worker, Mescalero, NM. Under general direction of the Social Services Program Manager, provides a variety of child protective, elderly, and family services. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. A full job description will be provided upon requested. Position is open until filled.

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

(2) Senior Staff Attorney, J-8937, 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.

Spokesperson Sr., J-8914, Public Defenders Office, Nespelem WA. Colville Tribal Court appointed counsel responsible for representing indigent people in Tribal Court. This position is open till filled with weekly reviews.

Deputy Prosecutor, J-8821, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court representing 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, Nespelem, WA. Colville Tribal Court and Court of Appeals, representing 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, Nespelem, WA. Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office 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.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing MI. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work, including housing law, consumer, public benefits and family law. The position is open until filled. Please visit the link for more information.

ACLU of Arizona

Legal Director, Phoenix, AZ. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU of Arizona’s legal program, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of Arizona’s mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff, volunteers, and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the organization’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, education, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with our policy, organizing, and communications teams, with the national ACLU staff, and other local and national partners to advance our advocacy goals. The job posting is available online.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Member Relations Manager, Portland, OR. The member relations manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is responsible for the development and implementation of NICWA’s member acquisition, retention, and engagement program and services, to create a robust and active membership. For more information please see the job description.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, AZ. Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court.  Please see the job announcement for more information.

Department of the Interior

Associate General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, D.C. The Office of General Counsel within the National Indian Gaming Commission is looking for a supervisory attorney capable of exercising judgment while performing challenging legal assignments, with a broad knowledge of the field of Federal Indian law and regulations as they pertain to Indian gaming and in relation to the operations of the IGRA, and federal, state, and tribal laws and regulations.\

 

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Friday Job Announcements

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!

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.

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.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Legal Aid Attorney, Pendleton, O.R. CTUIR is looking for an Tribal Legal Aid Attorney. 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 ifnecessary represent eligible clients as they-exercise their legal rights to be free from and protected against perpetrators of Domestic Violence (DV). The IPVS Attomey will also develop programmatic materials as needed prioritizing legal materials and resources, and enhance existing legal services to eligible clients. For more information, including application deadline, please visit the announcement.

Passamaquoddy Tribe

Prosecuting Attorney, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point is seeking applications to fill a 4 year Contract Position for a Prosecuting Attorney. The successful candidate must be in good standings with the Maine Bar and apply to the Passamaquoddy Bar. For additional information please call: 207-853-5151. Please provide a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: Pleasant Point Tribal Court PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Chief Judge, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point is seeking applications to fill a 4 year Contract position for the Chief Judge. The successful candidate must be in good standings with the Maine Bar Association and Apply to the Passamaquoddy Tribal Bar. For additional information please call: 207-853-5151 Please provide a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter to: Pleasant Point Tribal Court PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Judge, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Healing to Wellness Program is looking for a Wellness Court Judge to preside over court cases throughout a participant’s healing journey. The successful candidate shall be familiar with the appropriate court processes and procedures, in addition to the role of supporter, motivator, and champion in a less adversarial arena of Wellness Court. Is able to demonstrate commitment to promote wellness for each participant. This is a contract position. Must be an active member of the Maine Bar Association and in Good Standing. Must possess knowledge of judicial procedures and rules. Also applicant would need to apply for Passamaquoddy Bar. Training/Knowledge in Healing to Wellness Court is strongly recommended. A Curriculum Vitae along with a Cover Letter are required in order to be considered. Send requested information to: Wellness Court Director at Pleasant Point, PO Box 343 Perry, ME 04667. For further info call: 207-853-5166. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Prosecutor, Perry, M.E. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Healing to Wellness Program is looking for and enthusiastic and highly ethical trial lawyer to fill its Prosecutor position. The successful candidate shall be skilled at disputing case and possess excellent communication skills. She/He must maintain communication/connection between Court/Team Partners, gathers date for Court/Team prior to Staffing. Must be and active member of the Maine Bar Association and Good Standing. Must possess knowledge of judicial procedures and rules, also applicant will need to apply for Passamaquoddy Bar. Training/Knowledge in Healing to Wellness Court is strongly recommend. A Curriculum Vitae along with a Cover Letter are required in order to be considered. Send requested information to Wellness Court Director, PO Box 343, Perry, ME 04667. Please Call 207-853-5166 for and further information. Deadline for Applications: Friday, October 11, 2019.

Frederick Peebles & Patterson LLP

Summer Law Clerk, FPP is seeking applications from second year law students for 2020 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Sacramento, California. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is strongly preferred.  Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  FPP offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10-week summer position. Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcript to lawclerk@ndnlaw.com by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The cover letter should indicate your preference for each FPP office location by completing the chart below (i.e., #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, and 3.  If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A).

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Public Defender, Mescalero, N.M. The Public Defender will represent defendants in criminal proceedings filed in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. The Public Defender will work to resolve matters in an ethical and professional manner. The Public Defender will oversee Office of the Public Defender staff. A full job description will be provided upon request. Position is open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

In-House Attorney, Agency Village, S.D. Under the administrative direction of the Tribal Chairman, the In-House Attorney provides practical and wide-ranging legal advice to the Executives, Tribal Council, departments, agencies, boards and committees and represents the Tribe in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts and hearings. Position open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

Michigan State University

Associate Professor Tenure Track, East Lansing, M.I. Michigan State University College of Law invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions with an expected start date of July 1, 2020.  We welcome applications from candidates across all areas of law, although subject areas of particular interest include agricultural and food law, civil rights, commercial and corporate law, criminal law, family law, health care law and policy, race and the law, sports law, and tax. The Law College seeks applicants with a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly achievement.  The position is open to both lateral and entry-level candidates. Applications close on October 11, 2019.

Assistant Professor/ Librarian, East Lansing, M.I. The Director of the Law Library reports to the Law College Dean and will play a key managerial role in the life of the Law College by participating in law school administration and annual budget planning, by representing the Law College in a vibrant university environment, by working collaboratively with MSU Libraries, and by creating and advocating a strategic library vision.  Leadership skills, combined with intellectual acuity and a strong system of academic values, are key attributes of the Director.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated expertise in technology, a reputation among peers for leadership and outstanding professional achievement, as well as a strong commitment to supporting faculty research and the larger mission of the Law College and University.  Depending on qualifications and experience, the candidate will be hired as tenure-system or fixed term faculty. Applications close on October 11, 2019.

Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean, East Lansing, M.I. The Executive Assistant is responsible for critical, high-level administrative projects primarily to assist the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and also from time to time the Dean; and works collaboratively with faculty and staff to facilitate and complete various projects. Applications close on September 22, 2019.

ACLU

Legal Director, Sioux Falls, S.D. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Chapter Office, the Legal Director will lead and expand the ACLU legal program across South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming, including developing and litigating high-impact cases and managing the legal department. The Legal Director will be responsible for setting the overall legal strategy to advance the ACLU of SD/ND/WY mission, as well as handling the day-to-day management of legal staff and cooperating attorneys. As a critical member of the office’s senior management team, the Legal Director will provide strategic leadership on both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy in priority areas of criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, indigenous justice, and LGBTQ equality, as well as other areas including First Amendment rights. Please see the website/announcement for more information.

Indigenous Justice Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks an experienced attorney to carry out litigation, advocacy, and outreach to advance justice and liberty for Indigenous people in New Mexico. This is a unique opportunity to work in concert with Indigenous communities to dismantle the systems of racism and oppression that make Native Americans among the most marginalized racial groups in our state. This position will work with other leaders in the organization to ensure that our priority advocacy efforts center the voices of impacted people and address the most pressing civil rights challenges facing Indigenous communities. Please see the website/announcement for more information.

See posts from September 13, 2019.

Please read our recent post about the requirements for Turtle Talk Friday Job Announcements. Thank you!