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.

 

EarthJustice

Associate Attorney, The Sustainable Food and Farming Program, Healthy Communities Department, New York, NY. Conducts legal advocacy and litigation. Engages in litigation and advocacy to improve our nation’s food system, from crop selection and farming practices to food processing and sustainability.  Working in partnership with communities, advocacy groups, scientists, and others, we fight for safe and healthy food, climate-friendly farming, reduced reliance on dangerous pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and animal farms—not animal factories.  We take on cases with regional and national scope. For more information please see the job description.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Attorney (Tribal Court Licensed), Arizona and New Mexico. DNA is a nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people who otherwise could not afford to hire an attorney. Be familiar with and follow all DNA and funder policies, and all applicable state, federal, and local regulations. Participate in community outreach, training programs, and client education events. DNA legal staff practice in tribal, state, federal, and administrative courts. This position is open until filled. Visit the website and see the job description for more information. Preference is given to qualified Navajo and other Native American applicants.

The State Bar of Wisconsin

Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Madison, WI.  Work with our membership to develop and implement programs, practices and methods that promote diversity and inclusion among Sate Bar officers, board and committee members, law school students, and volunteers.  This position also works with law school students, onboarding them into the Association and managing programs such as the Diversity Clerkship Program, providing opportunities for diverse students to build relationships and gain experience working with our participating employers. To apply, visit www.wisbar.org/careers to upload your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations.  Applications will be accepted through July 15. For more information please see the position description.

The Lummi Indian Business Council

VAWA Deputy Tribal Prosecutor, Bellingham, WA.To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to  the website or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. Please see the job description for more information.

Echaga Corporation

RFP for Legal Services, 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. RFP closes July 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. For more information please see the request. Please submit materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

CEO, Pine Ridge, SD. Through July 8, 2020. 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. Please submit application materials to Jennifer Bear Eagle, Lead In-House Counsel for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, JenniferBE@ostlegal.org.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Center for Indian Country Economist, Minneapolis, MN. The posting has no fixed closing date. The primary duties include contributing research and analysis on policy topics relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native reservations and communities; developing and coordinating CICD’s research affiliate network, and contributing to CICD and Bank initiatives.

Center for Indian Country Research Assistant, Minneapolis, MN. The posting has no fixed closing date. The primary duties include supporting CICD research and initiatives with quantitative analysis in R and/or Stata.

Tule River Indian Housing Authority

Executive Director, Tule River Reservation, near Porterville, CA.  Position is open until filled. Under the supervision of the Board of Commissioners, the Executive Director will administer the housing program, which performs maintenance and modernization of its 70 Low Rent Housing units for tribal members.  40 new units are currently under construction.  Candidate must be experienced with IHBG and other housing funding sources.  For a detailed job description, list of generous employee benefits, and the job application form, please email susan.janoko@tulerivertribe-nsn.gov.

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.

Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General. Primary duties include responding to Requests for Legal Services submitted by Chapter Officials/Staff or Division of Community Development Staff by researching applicable laws and the drafting legal memoranda, meeting with Chapter Staff/Officials and Division Staff, travel to Chapters, drafting and reviewing contracts including construction contracts, drafting and reviewing other legal documents on behalf of the Chapters.  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

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.

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

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

Water Rights 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.

 

See posts from June 26, 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.

 

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN.  The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

University of Nevada

Lecturer II/Teaching Assistant Professor, Judicial Studies, Reno, NV. The manager of this degree program works in coordination with a LMS specialist as required, and with limited administrative support (approximately .10 FTE of an Administrative Assistant IV). The position also involves graduate level teaching in an area of expertise and extensive student advising duties. Thus, the position requires substantial content and technical expertise, as well as an ability to work independently in a fast-paced virtual academic environment. The application is open until filled. Apply here.

 

See posts from April 10, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

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

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Litigation Attorney, Omaha, Nebraska. Work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels. The application closes 4/30/2020. For more information, please see the position description.

The Northern California Tribal Court Coalition (NCTCC)

Request for Qualifications. Seeking proposals from qualified professionals to serve as an Appellate Judge on contract through the NCTCC on an as-needed basis.  NCTCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is a collaboration of Tribal Courts in Northern California, namely those of the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, the Yurok Tribe and the Trinidad Rancheria. The RFQ is due April 23, 2020. Please see the attachment for more information.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Native Law Staff Attorney, Bethel, Alaska. This position provides direct representation to Association of Village Council Presidents (“AVCP”) member Tribes. The attorney represents tribal clients in state court Child in Need of Aid proceedings related to the Indian Child Welfare Act in collaboration with AVCP advocates, and advocates on behalf of the Tribe for their youth and families. The attorney will have the opportunity to participate in impact litigation, and provide advice and support to tribes on issues related to child welfare. See attached job description, or visit online for more information. Resume, writing sample, and references should be sent to ppickett@alsc-law.org.  Posting remains open until position filled. 

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN.  The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Project Manager, Community Development & Engagement, Helena, MT. Please see the position description for more information or visit online. Application is open until filled. Must submit resume and cover letter.

See posts from March 27, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

Please enjoy this Saturday edition of 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.

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Legislative Paralegal, Eagle Pass, TX. Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. This is a full time position. Employment Applications may be submitted in person or you may fill out an application and find more information at kickapootexas.org.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Attorney General, Macy, Nebraska. Responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. Application closes March 27, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Tribal Prosecutor, Macy, Nebraska. Shall prosecute all criminal matters in the name of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, making independent decisions on whether to file formal charges, the nature of those charges, whether to recommend plea bargains and trying both jury and non-jury cases. Application closes March 27, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Associate Judge, Parker, AZ.  Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters within the jurisdiction of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Court pursuant to the CRIT Tribal Laws, Codes, Rules and regulations as assigned by Chief Judge. Closing date is 5:00 pm, Friday, April 17, 2020.

Chief Judge, Parker, AZ.  Responsible to preside over daily Court sessions when the court is hearing arguments and during its private conferences when it is discussing and deciding cases. The Court shall exercise subject matter and personal jurisdiction to the greatest extent permitted by the laws of the United States, including but not limited to civil jurisdiction over all persons found within the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation and over persons or entities who commit a tortious act or transact business within the territorial jurisdiction of the Court. Closing date is 5:00 pm, Friday, April 17, 2020.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, CO, Anchorage, AK, or Washington, DC. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. Application closes March 31, 2020. Please see the position description for more information and apply here.

Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings

Division Chief Administrative Law Judge, Seattle, WA. This recruitment is open to current OAH ALJs and those outside the agency who are interested in joining our team. Please apply online at www.careers.wa.gov. Application closes Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Senior Administrative Law Judge, Tacoma, WA. The Tacoma Field Office team’s caseload includes cases from, but is not limited to, the Washington State: Employment Security Department (Unemployment Insurance, and Paid Family & Medical Leave), Public Employee Benefits Board, Health Care Authority, Department of Transportation, and Liquor & Cannabis Board. Please apply online at www.careers.wa.gov.  Application closes Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Michigan State University College of Law

Office Coordinator, East Lansing MI. The Law College Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative, and outgoing coordinator to provide high-quality service and administrative support.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Please see the position description for more information.

Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Woodbury, MN.  The Associate Attorney will represent individuals, businesses and tribes in a wide variety of legal matters, including family law, criminal, child protection, business and governance, and may travel throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to meet the needs of our clients. The position is open until filled. Submit cover letter and resume to Heidi A. Drobnick at hdrobnick@sdtlaw.com. Writing samples and references will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

See posts from March 13, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

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

Keewenaw 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 March 13, 2020 at 4pm. Application can be found here.”

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Judge, Cass Lake, MN. Responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with the impartial and effective administration of justice. Faithfully uphold tribal constitution and laws.  The term of the Associate Judge is 3 years. Please submit a cover letter with resume and a copy of current attorney License to: Jacquelyn Wright, Court Administrator, 190 Sailstar Drive NE, Cass Lake, MN 56633, or email to: jackie.wright@llojibwe.net. Closing Date is March 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

Port Madison Enterprises (Suquamish Tribe)

Paralegal, Suquamish, WA. The paralegal position may perform complex paralegal duties requiring a high degree of knowledge of legal concepts, issues and research, which, in his or her absence, would be performed by an Attorney. Assists in the management and conduct of the analysis of policy issues, proposed tribal, state or federal legislation, or other items of special concern to the PME Legal Department, the Port Madison Enterprises Executives, or the Port Madison Enterprises Board of Directors. This position is open until filled. The announcement and application materials are available here.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorneys, Washington D.C. Play a key role in legal actions that can make a real difference to people’s health and well-being, and in protection of important environmental values. The Associate Attorney program is a three-year position with a possible extension. This program is designed to help early career attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Earthjustice seeks to foster the development, mentoring, and professional growth of Associates. Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

Associate Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, CO. The Rocky Mountain Office’s work focuses on Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, and its cases primarily involved (1) protecting public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2) quickly shifting Colorado and nearby states from dirty to clean energy; and (3) protecting urban and rural communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and other environmental harms. This Associate position will work on all types of cases in the Rocky Mountain Office. Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment.

Reno Sparks Indian Colony

Tribal Prosecutor, Reno, Nevada. Independently, with general oversight from the Tribal Council, review police reports or other investigatory sources and determines if a prosecution is appropriate. Prepare appropriate adult and juvenile cases for prosecution, and bring cases to trial or otherwise complete cases through a resolution process. Represent the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (Colony) through all stages of prosecutions including post conviction matters. For more information, please see the position description. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation

Judicial Branch

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

Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ 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.

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. Duties also include legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation. 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,  Pinon, AZ Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position representsthe 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 March 23, 2020, 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 March 16, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Crownpoint, NM Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visithttp://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate,  Tohajiilee, NM Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visithttp://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Kayenta, AZ Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Chinle, AZ Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, 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 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.

2020 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is vital to the role of the government serving the needs of the Navajo Nation.  NNDOJ’s autonomy and integrity ensures legal services are provided for the Navajo Nation as a whole – protecting the Navajo Nation’s inherent sovereignty by providing quality legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including its chapters, branches, departments and programs. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.orgComplete applications are due on Friday, April 24, 2020 by 5 p.m. Mountain Time.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application, which can be found at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

 

See posts from March 6, 2020.

 

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

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

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Associate Attorney, Washington, D.C.  Sonosky, Chambers is a national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development, among others. Visit the website and see the job description to apply. This position is open until filled.

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 closes March 13 at 4pm, or is open until filled.

The University of Idaho College of Law

Faculty. Entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as a full-time, temporary faculty member for the 2020-2021 academic year. Specifically hiring for a professor to teach various Tax law courses and, possibly, courses on Estate Planning and/or Wills in our Moscow location. For more information and to apply go here: Questions can be directed to Associate Dean David Pimentel at dpimentel@uidaho.edu.

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Policy Fellow, Tribal Cultural Resources Law Project. ooking to hire a policy fellow to provide training, technical assistance, advocacy support, and institutional-capacity building services to California Native American Nations concerning their Tribal cultural resources. Application closes May 1, 2020. For more information please see the job description.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

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. Application closes 3/27/2020 at 8:30am EST.

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Tribal Prosecutor, Peshawbestown, MI. The Tribal Prosecutor is the chief law enforcement officer of the Tribe and shall be responsible for all criminal investigations and prosecutions in Tribal Court, including arraignments, motions, trials and appeals.  This is an appointed position for a term of two years. Full job description and application can be found here.

Rosebud Sioux Tribal Courts

Children’s Court Associate Judge, Rosebud, SD. Administer justice and discharge all duties imposed by tribal law, and shall hear, and decide matters of a judicial nature. See attached just description for more information. This position is open until filled.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Judge, Cass Lake, MN. Responsible for assisting the Chief Judge with the impartial and effective administration of justice. Faithfully uphold tribal constitution and laws.  The term of the Associate Judge is 3 years. Please submit a cover letter with resume and a copy of current attorney License to: Jacquelyn Wright, Court Administrator, 190 Sailstar Drive NE, Cass Lake, MN 56633, or email to: jackie.wright@llojibwe.net. Closing Date is March 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

Pueblo of Laguna

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

Family Legal Assistance Attorney, Dept: Government Affairs Office. Closing date for application submission – March 9, 2020.

Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Quileute Tribal Court

Conflict Public Defender, La Push, WA. Representational services, including lawyer services, sentencing advocacy, and legal services including, but not limited to, interviews of clients and potential witnesses, legal research, preparation and filing of pleadings, negotiations with the prosecutor regarding possible dispositions, and preparation for and appearance at court proceedings. Docket days will be the 4th Tuesday of each month. Case load ranges from 1 to 10 active cases. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Request For Bid. La Push, WA. Please see the description for more information.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Tribal Attorney, Mission, OR (near Pendleton, OR). The Tribal Attorney works in the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). OLC provides legal services and representation to the CTUIR Board of Trustees and all respective tribal departments, managers, and staff. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Director of Human Resources, Rohnert Park, CA. The Director of Human Resources is a strategic and progressive leader managing the Human Resources Department while devising innovative and transformative policies, programs and systems. This position is responsible for multi-functional Human Resources support on a strategic and operational level in all areas of Human Resources. Interested applicants must submit cover letter and CV/Resume to Jacqueline.Birk@gratonresortcasino.com. Position is open until filled.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance 

Staff Attorney, Native American Unit, Bangor or Machias, CT.  This is primarily a litigation position: the attorney should expect to be in court or appearing in administrative proceedings on a regular basis on issues specific to the client’s status as Native American and/or which raise Indian law issues. Applications are encouraged by March 20 but will be accepted until the position is filled. Information about the position and application process are available here. Please see the attached job description for further information.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Bozeman, MT. This position involves conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential litigation projects and interacting with clients and working with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and to ultimately support our litigation goals. For more information please see the job description. Visit Earthjustice to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Communications Strategist for Community and Tribal Partnerships, Denver, CO or Los Angeles, CA. The Regional Communications Strategist will be engaged in the full range of communications strategies and tactics – such as Communications plans, earned media placements, drafting press and background materials, and more. They will work in coordination with individual partners and clients to help strengthen and develop their ability to be strong, perceptive messengers in our shared communications spaces.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Legislative Analyst, Washington, DC.   Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, a national law firm dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of Indian tribal governments and organizations, seeks a Legislative Analyst to work in its Washington, DC office.  This position is open until filled.  Please see the Job Announcement for more information and how to apply.

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 position description.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Attorney, Window Rock, AZ 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.

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. Duties also include legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation. 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 March 23, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Crownpoint, NM Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Victim and Witness Advocate,  Tohajiilee, NM Provides assistance to victims of crime through securing intake assessments, identifying and reviewing/securing referrals for the immediate well being of the victim. Reviews criminal complaints, police reports, and referrals to determine appropriate assistance to the victims. Gathers factual information & historical data, reviews reports, interviews victims and prepares statements, prepare investigation reports, and work closely with prosecutor in the prosecution. Establishes, reviews, and makes referrals specific to the needs of the victim, including shelter, crisis intervention, medical, counseling, and transportation, to guide in recovery/healing. This position is open until March 18, 2020, 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 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.

2020 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice:

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is vital to the role of the government serving the needs of the Navajo Nation.  NNDOJ’s autonomy and integrity ensures legal services are provided for the Navajo Nation as a whole – protecting the Navajo Nation’s inherent sovereignty by providing quality legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including its chapters, branches, departments and programs. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.orgComplete applications are due on Friday, April 24, 2020 by 5 p.m. Mountain Time.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application, which can be found here.

 

See posts from February 28, 2020.

 

 

 

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

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

Office of the Governor, State of Michigan

Summer Clerkship Program, Office of Legal Counsel, Lansing, MI. Lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel serve as the Governor’s attorneys, providing analysis and advice on all legal and policy issues that involve the Governor.  This includes a wide array of functions, including interpreting federal and state laws, advising the Governor and senior staff on legislation that may impact the powers and authorities of the Governor and the Governor’s office, and serving as the Governor’s lead advocate on litigation involving the Governor’s office and state agencies. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

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.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Family Preservation Court Planner, Harbor Springs, MI. Responsible for planning a Family Preservation Court Model and implementing and executing programming. This position will oversee day-to-day operation of the Tribal Court Improvement grant and will coordinate training and other program activities based upon the culture and traditions of the LTBB Tribal community, under the direction of the Specialty Court Coordinator, Court Administrator and Chief Judge. For more information please see the job description. This position is open until filled.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Associate Judge, Tacoma, WA. Serves as hearing judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court in accordance with the tribal Judicial Administrative Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be three (3) years from the date of appointment by the Tribal Council. A judge may be reappointed at the expiration of a term in the discretion of the Tribal Council. For more information please see the job description.

Native Justice Coalition

Executive & Project Assistant, remote.  Assume a proactive role in increasing the productivity, efficiency, and organization of the Executive Director, ensuring that time is focused on accomplishing the organization’s highest priorities; Serve as liaison to community partners and stakeholders by managing communication and logistics, including researching and event preparation; and more. This position is part time, remote, and closes Friday 3/13 at 11:59 pm EST.  For more information please go to — https://www.nativejustice.org/jobs

Fortier & Mikko, P.C.

Associate Attorney, Anchorage, Alaska. Our firm has served village corporations, Alaska Native villages and individuals statewide for nearly forty years. We focus on Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act law and Federal Indian law, and have an active civil litigation practice. Two or more years of experience in federal Indian law, corporate governance, or litigation preferred, but will consider a high achiever with less experience if you are the right fit. To apply, send your cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Sam Fortier at: sfortier@fortiermikko.com or via fax: (907)277-4221. Applications considered on a rolling basis.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Tribal Attorney Assistant Prosecutor, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, landlord-tenant, and Indian child welfare cases in state court. Also responsible for assisting and providing back-up coverage for the Tribal Attorney – ACFS on Indian Child Welfare matters in the state courts. Please see the job description for more information.

Lummi Nation

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

Association on American Indian Affairs

2020-02-27 Program Director Position and Directions to ApplyProgram Director, Rockville, Maryland. Ensures successful implementation of all programs and is responsible for day-to-day program activities; Creates business plan strategies for each program area and works toward carrying out those strategies successfully; and more. This position is open until filled. For more information please see the job description.

Public Affairs & Outreach Coordinator, Rockville, Maryland. Implements the Association’s community outreach, education and marketing efforts that will promote the Association’s vision, mission and goals; Develops graphics and messaging for social media, email and website-based communications, campaigns and outreach to support the Association’s programs; and more. This position is open until filled. For more information please see the job description.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rodney B Lewis Fellowship, American Indian Law and Policy, Washington, DC. Please see the announcement for more information. Open until filled. Apply here.

Pueblo of Laguna

Legal Assistant, Dept: Pueblo Courts. Application is Open Until Filled.

Family Legal Assistance Attorney. This is a brand-new, tribally-funded position to establish an office to provide civil legal representation and advocacy for Laguna Pueblo families in state, federal, and administrative proceedings.  It will also represent parents in child welfare proceedings in the Pueblo’s Children’s Court. Closing date is extended to March 9, 2020. See description for details.

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.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. Petrochemicals position will work to deter a rush to build and expand petrochemical plants that threaten to worsen air and climate pollution for decades to come.  The Staff Attorney will also work closely with our existing team of experienced clean air and water litigators, scientists, policy advocates, and other dedicated staff in D.C., and with similar staff in other Earthjustice offices across the nation.

Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. Right to Zero position will work closely with our existing team of experienced clean air and water litigators, scientists, policy advocates, and other dedicated staff in D.C., and with similar staff in other Earthjustice offices across the nation. Additionally, Staff Attorneys are expected to help nurture the development of early career attorneys and other staff.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney, The Lower Elwha Reservation is located five miles west of Port Angeles, WA.  Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work while helping shape the strategic legal planning of the Tribe. Lower Elwha is an interesting, rewarding community to work for. Open until filled, but desire to fill ASAP. First review of applications on March 24 and every 21 days after that. For details on how to apply, please click on position title to see attached Announcement.

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council

 

Civil Court Clerk, Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Application closes 13 March 2020. Please see full job description for duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Contact holly@writc.org or call 307-335-2046 to obtain an application from the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council Human Resource Office.

Northern Arapaho Associate Judge, Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Application is open until filled. Please see full job description for duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Contact holly@writc.org or call 307-335-2046 to obtain an application from the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council Human Resource Office.

Chief Judge, Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Application closes 3 April 2020. Please see full job description for duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Contact holly@writc.org or call 307-335-2046 to obtain an application from the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council Human Resource Office.

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.

See posts from February 21, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

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

Pueblo of Laguna

Legal Assistant, Laguna, N.M. Please see the announcement for more information. Open until filled.

Family Legal Assistance Attorney, Laguna, N.M. Please see the announcement for more information. Applications close on February 25, 2020.

Navajo Nation Government Development Commission

The Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for nomination of membership on the Commission on Navajo Government Development. Pursuant to 2 N.N.C. §972(A)(2), one member of the Commission “shall be nominated by the Judicial Branch through the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation to serve a term of two years from the date of confirmation by the Navajo Nation Council; the nominee shall 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 Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 520, Window Rock, AZ, 86515, by February 28, 2020. 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.

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.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney Mid Pacific, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to join our team working to protect the interconnected ecosystems, communities, and natural and cultural values in Hawai‘i and the broader Mid-Pacific region. We seek an experienced attorney capable of leading complex litigation and legal advocacy to fulfill our mission. The position will be based in our Mid-Pacific Office located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Please apply here.

Sitka Tribe

Family Law Attorney, Sitka, A.K. The Family Law Attorney provides holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the umbrella of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Legal Department. Work collaboratively with other team members, especially project partner Sitkans Against Family Violence -the local women’s shelter, to ensure holistic services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. The ideal candidate must be willing to be engaged with the community to be served. Desire to live and work in Sitka, Alaska, is necessary. Please apply at www.sitkatribe.org or call (907) 747-3207.

National Council of Indian Urban Health

Congressional Relations Summer Policy Fellow 2020, Washington D.C. The Congressional Relations Policy Fellow (Policy Fellow) will assist in the implementation of the NCUIH’s legislative priorities and policy projects as directed by the Director of Congressional Relations. The Policy Fellow will work closely with NCUIH’s Policy team to assist with healthcare and public health advocacy for the Urban Indian Health Programs across the country. The Policy Fellow will be responsible for creating policy and regulation education materials and draft documents for the organization’s leadership and membership as well as Congress. The person in this role should have experience or a desire to have or expand his/her experience in public health, government affairs, and the federal legislative process; as well as a work history with American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) issues and a strong work ethic. Please send a resume and cover letter to Carla Lott, Director of Congressional Relations at jobs@ncuih.org. Applications close on March 20, 2020.

Law Fellow 2020, Washington, D.C. Law fellows will have both internal and external responsibilities grounded in serving urban Indian organizations (UIOs) to advance the mission of NCUIH through policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, and research projects in the health care and public health fields. Law interns/fellows will report to the Director of Federal Relations and regularly work with NCUIH’s Executive Director and Director of Congressional Relations. In addition, law intern/fellows’ work will include analyses of agency activities and support for engagement with agencies under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), including the Indian Health Service (IHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administration for Children & Families, HHS Office of the Inspector General, and more; Department of Justice; Department of Veterans Affairs; Department of Agriculture; and other agencies as relevant to NCUIH’s mission. Regulatory and policy priorities within the last year have included the following areas: the federal trust responsibility, Medicaid, Medicare, third-party reimbursement, behavioral health, domestic violence, opioids and substance use disorders, HIV and Hepatitis-C, Federal Tort Claims Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, and more. Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ncuih.org. The cover letter should include what the applicant wants to gain out of this fellowship, why he/she is interested in this position as well as a brief summary of career goals.

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 position description.

Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court

PT Law Clerk, Onamia, M.N. The Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court seeks a law clerk responsible for assisting the tribal court with legal research, drafting of court decisions and special court development projects. Work will be performed remotely from 16 to 20 hours a week with initial and periodic meetings at the work site with the District Court Judge and/or Staff Attorney. See the announcement for more information.

Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute

Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Lead a dynamic and impactful Native American youth leadership development and advocacy organization who can build on its successful growth since its founding in 2011. The candidate must have a very strong understanding of Native American policy issues and deep relationships with tribal communities, tribal leaders, and tribal nonprofit leaders. This position requires a strategic thinker who can work closely with youth and community stakeholders to design programs driven by their vision and rooted in their cultural values, while leveraging the wide resources and expertise of a large organization that is a global leader in the fields of leadership development, policy, and action. In addition to leading the strategic positioning and growth of CNAY’s programs, the Executive Director will manage a staff of 5 people and oversee all finance and operational responsibilities for the program. The Executive Director is also responsible for raising funds and other resources for the program, which is an essential part of the job. Finally, the ideal candidate will be the key external representative for the organization and possess strong writing and speaking ability that will raise the profile of CNAY to funders, elected officials, thought leaders, and other key stakeholders. Applications are only accepted through this link: https://aspeninstitute.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1247770&&&jbsrc=1025.

The Three Affiliated Tribes

Staff Attorney, New Town, N.D. Please see the job announcement for more information. The job application is here.

Chief Judge, New Town, N.D. Please see the job announcement for more information. The job application is here.

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. Please see position description for more information. The Tribe’s Employment Application can be found here. This position closes on February 24, 2020.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Associate General Counsel, Temecula, C.A. The Associate General Counsel will work in the Office of the General Counsel under the direct supervision of the General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The Associate General Counsel will work with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to provide legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government, its entities and enterprises; provide guidance and assistance to Tribal Government departments; and provide limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status. Please see the announcement for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

PT Staff Attorney, Sells, A.Z. The Tohono O’odham Nation is seeking a part-time Staff Attorney to advise the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance Commission (TERO) for the Tohono O’odham Nation in Sells, Arizona.  The main duties for this Staff Attorney would be to attend monthly commission meetings, and special meetings, draft rules and regulations, provide legal advice on the interpretation and operation of the TERO ordinance, draft commission decisions for contested cases heard by the commission, and handle appeals of commission decisions in Judicial Court, and any other legal services requested by the Commission. The TERO ordinance is an employment preference ordinance for Tohono O’odham tribal members and other Indians or certain employment on the Nation.  The candidate should send his/her hourly compensation requirements.  The closing date is March 31, 2020.

Last week’s post: February 14, 2020.

 

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

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

Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings

Administrative Law Judge,  Olympia, Seattle, Spokane Valley, and Tacoma, WA. mainly preside over telephonic hearings but will also conduct in-person hearings for both pro se and represented parties. Interviews will be held in-person in Olympia and are anticipated to occur March 10-12. Application closes Monday, February 17, 2020 11:59PM Pacific Time. For more information please see the job description.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Associate General Counsel, Temecula, CA. Provide legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the Tribal Government, its entities and enterprises; provide guidance and assistance to Tribal Government departments; and provide limited service to tribal members in matters relating to tribal status. For more information, please see the job description.

Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP

Litigation Attorney, Louisville, CO.  Handle a range of civil cases through all stages of litigation in tribal, state and federal forums.  Experience with oil/gas, water law, environmental and commercial litigation is a plus. Please send a resume and references to Debra Foulk at dfoulk@ndnlaw.com by Friday, February 28, 2020. For more information please see the job 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.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships Program, Washington, D.C. The Associate Attorney position is a three-year position, with potential for extension. The Associate Attorney program is designed to help attorneys who are in the early stages of their careers to develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many Associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice and with other public interest organizations. For more information please see the position description.

Senior Counsel, Contracts and Compliance, San Francisco, CA. The Senior Counsel will be focused mainly implementing a contract management system, drafting contracts, conforming contracts to Earthjustice standards and helping to negotiate contract terms with vendors.  The Senior Counsel will also provide general support to the General Counsel’s office, potentially on a variety of subjects related to compliance and meeting law firm best management practices. Please see the position description for more information.

Confederate Colville Tribes

Chief Judge, Nespelem, WA. Responsible for maintaining a fair and just court system for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation pursuant to the Constitution of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Closing date is 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time, February 28, 2020. Visit this link or see the job description for more information.

Environmental Law Institute

Research and Publications Intern, Washington D.C. Substantive areas of focus include domestic and international policy and law such as: land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watershed, environmental justice, Indigenous issues, and more. Applications for the summer internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST Friday, March 6, 2020, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information please see the internship description.

WI Judicare Inc.

Executive Director, Wausau, WI.  The position will require day-to-day oversight o, including employment and supervision of staff members; setting fiscal policies pursuant to the Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. Board of Directors’ direction; managing grant compliance; submission of required reports, audits and tax returns; and ensuring appropriate fund balances are maintained. For more information please see the job 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. Position is open until filled. Visit this link or see the description for more information.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Part-time Attorney, Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position (around 30 hours a month) will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Please see the position description for more information.

California Indian Legal Services

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

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

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.

Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Staff Attorney, Tulalip, WA. The Office of Reservation Attorney representing the Tulalip government seeks an Attorney with their main assignment focusing on environmental, land use, leasing, planning and zoning, and litigation.  Closing date is February 28, 2020.  Please see the Job Announcement for all details regarding this position.

Pueblo of Laguna

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

Native American Agriculture Law Center

Staff Attorney, St. Paul, MN. NAALC is a national program of the Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) serving Native American farmers, ranchers, fishers, their communities, and their advocates. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2020. The Staff Attorney could work from FLAG’s St. Paul office or potentially work remotely. For more information, please see the job description.

See posts from February 7, 2020.