Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP

Summer Law Clerk 2021, Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C., please specify your preferred location in your cover letter. Paid Law Clerk position for a candidate who has completed 2L year by Summer 2021.  Candidate will perform research, writing and other duties. Closing date is December 4, 2020. Please see the attached job description with details on how to apply.

UCLA Law’s Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program

Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship. The deadline for the Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship for 2021-2023 has been extended to November 20th, 2020. Applicants who intend to pursue a career as an assistant professor of law are invited to apply if their research interests concern topics at the intersection of race/racism, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We invite applications from those working in law, policy, and other disciplinary traditions such as the various social sciences, ethnic studies, history, etc. For more information and to apply, please see the description. 

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Policy Fellow, Minneapolis, MN. Seeking a temporary Project Manager/Director that would serve in a two-year term fellowship to support the Community Development and Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) divisions, respectively. The Project Manager/Director will contribute to Community Development and the CICD’s goals by coordinating and performing a range of administrative, project management, and communication tasks related to community affairs in Indian Country nationally and economic development in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. The Project Manager/Director must possess a strong commitment to public service and the values of the Federal Reserve System.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Capitol Hill Policy Group

Director of Indigenous Advocacy, Washington, D.C. The Director of Indigenous Advocacy will have experience working on Capitol Hill and will interact primarily with the firm’s Managing Principals led by Robert Odawi Porter, Esq., a former President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Serve a lead role in advocating for American Indian and Alaska Natives on Federal government relations issues before the Congress, the White House, and Executive branch agencies. Advocate, communicate, and interface with Federal government elected officials, appointees, and staff. Coordinate the monitoring and reporting of legislative, regulatory, industry, and client-based areas of interest. Conduct legislative and/or fact research and compile memoranda and summaries of information for internal and/or client consumption. Interested applicants should send by email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to kisha@capitolhillpolicygroup.com. The application period is open through November 15, 2020.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Public Defender Director, Durant, OK. Job Purpose or Objective(s): To lead the Office of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Public Defender.  The Office of Public Defender is responsible for defending all indigent clients in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases that are punishable by incarceration in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma District Court. Closing Date: 11/23/2020.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Prosecutor, Black River Falls, WI. The Tribal Prosecutor shall represent the Ho-Chunk Nation in the prosecution of criminal code and civil offenses committed within the jurisdiction of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Coordinate with Ho-Chunk Nation law enforcement for investigations, evaluating evidence, and case preparation. Facilitate all inter-governmental agreements necessary for the execution and implementation of the criminal code. Establish all aspects of a prosecution office, including development of case management/protocols, and process for outside case referrals. Open until filled. Apply here.

The ACLU of Montana

Legislative Program Manager. This is a temporary position. ACLT-MT seeks a passionate, energetic, and committed individual to manage the legislative program before and during the 2021 Montana Legislative Session. The Legislative Program Manager job description can be found online here. We will begin reviewing applications next week. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Contract Lobbyist. ACLU-MT is soliciting short proposals to provide lobbying services before and during the 2021 Montana Legislative Session. The Contract Lobbyist RFP can be found online here. We will begin reviewing applications next week. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Director of Child Welfare, Portland, OR. The director of child welfare of NICWA is responsible for empowering and supporting Native communities to improve the lives of their children and families. This challenging and rewarding position has overall responsibility for the management and delivery of all aspects of this program including technical assistance, training activities, respond to requests for information regarding the navigation of ICWA and the child welfare system, project management, and supervision of future programmatic staff. This position closes end of day December 4, 2020. Complete application materials here. Please submit completed application materials to nstewart@nicwa.org.   

University of Colorado Boulder

Dean of the Law School. The Dean is the Law School’s chief academic and administrative officer, providing thoughtful and equitable leadership, strategic planning, and management of a nationally renowned academic program. The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020, but applications will continue to be accepted after that date. To apply, please submit your application through CU Boulder Jobs.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

RFP. The CTUIR seeks proposals for an attorney to appear virtually for a series of approximately 5-8 sexual harassment/discrimination prevention trainings sessions geared to supervisors and directors. These must be completed before December 30, 2020. The successful bidder would enter into a contract agreement administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). Please see the link to apply.

RFP. The CTUIR seeks attorney proposals designed to assist the CTUIR protect its interests as a member of the Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council and the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council. The successful candidate would enter into a contract agreement administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and begin services no later than January 2021. Apply here and see the description for more information.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager of Educational Programs, Washington, DC. ELI is seeking a Senior Manager of Educational Programs who will help in delivering high quality educational programming. The successful candidate for this role will work in coordination with the Director of Associates, Education and Corporate Partnerships, along with the Vice President of Development and Membership, to help with recruiting new members of ELI’s various membership programs, maintaining relationships with members, developing and delivering programming for members, and working with ELI staff to strengthen the membership program.  To apply, please visit https://www.eli.org/employment.  Applications will be accepted until November 27, 2020.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

RFP. Notice is hereby given that the Oglala Sioux Tribe will accept Proposals for Special Counsel for various legal services for the Oglala Sioux Tribe until November 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Late proposals will not be accepted. The Tribal Council seeks individuals or law firms to provide legal counsel services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for the following areas: Advise and consult on federal budgets and legislation; Draft memoranda on proposed legislation, comment letters, and prepare testimony for congressional hearings; and more.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

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

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

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Transactional Matters Associate, San Diego, CA. Duties as assigned. Seeking an transactional matters associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience in federal, state or tribal courts. Application is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP

Associate Attorney, Juneau or Anchorage, AK. Additional information about our firm is available at www.sonosky.com.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests, a clerkship is also highly preferred.  We are ideally looking for an entry-level candidate with up to 3 years of post-law school experience, but all qualified applicants will be considered.  If you have any questions or would like to submit application materials, please send them to Sarah Buzard at sarah@sonosky.net.  Serious applicants should apply by January 15, 2021.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, International Program, San Francisco, CA. Accepting applications for a Staff Attorney position to join our growing team of lawyers who work to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy solutions in key countries around the world. The attorney will collaborate with our foreign partners to develop and implement legal strategies to stop the extraction, export, and consumption of coal and natural gas, and to ensure regulatory frameworks to accelerate the deployment of clean energy, in key countries and regions around the world. Please see the position description for more information.

See last week’s post.

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.

AmeriCorps

Attorney Member, Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership, Albuquerque, NM. The AmeriCorps Member will provide direct legal assistance to low-income patients at First Nations Community HealthSource Health Center http://www.fnch.org/ in Albuquerque. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The AmeriCorps Member will be an attorney authorized to practice in state and/or tribal court, and before administrative agencies. The AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities, as well as for regularly consulting with medical providers. Open until filled. More information at: https://newmexicolegalaid.isolvedhire.com/jobs/188561.html.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney, Miami, Florida Regional Office. Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney our Florida Regional Office. The Staff Attorney will help expand our outreach to and partnerships with environmental justice groups and others advancing the rights of disproportionately burdened communities, especially in South Florida community-based groups. Additionally, they will coordinate community-based environmental advocacy with national strategies and litigation in other program areas, as appropriate.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, North County San Diego, CA.Main duties include: Management of non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court, perform fiscal, accounting, and budgetary duties, facilities maintenance, information technology, human resources and a variety of court support work. See more at www.Sciljc.org or see the position description.

Peebles Kidder 

2021 Summer Law Clerks, Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Washington D.C. Whether clerks will work from a firm office or remotely will be determined closer to the start date.  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.  Peebles Kidder 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 Solveig Monson at smonson@ndnlaw.com by November 15, 2020.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department

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

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

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

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU of Hawaii)

Legal Director, Honolulu, Hawaii.  We will be taking applications until November 13, 2020 or until the position is filled.  Please visit our website at  https://acluhi.org/ for the full details of this job announcement or to check out our organization.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, 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), Navajo Tax Commission (NTC), Department of Retirement Services (NDRS), Retirement Plan Administration Committee (RPAC), Budget and Finance Committee (BFC), 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.

NNDOJ Office of the Chief Prosecutor

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

NNDOJ 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. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  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.

See posts from October 10, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

Vice President and General Counsel, Anchorage, AK. The Vice President (VP) and General Counsel is a chief legal representative on legal issues related to Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and affiliate and subsidiary operations regarding contracts, transactions, and risk management of the organization. This position performs complex legal work for CITC and Administration, and advises the President and CEO and Leadership Councils. This position also provides legal support to management and serves as an advisor to the President and CEO business and risk matters. Open until Filled. Apply online and see the position description for more information.

Peublo of Tesuque

Tribal Court Judge (Part-time), located approximately 6 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Judge is responsible for the operation and administration of the Tribal Court and all programs operating through it. The Judge will preside over criminal, civil, and child welfare matters. Applicants must be licensed to practice law and have at least three years’ litigation experience in state, federal, or tribal court systems and five years’ experience in federal Indian law. This vacancy is open until filled. This vacancy is open until filled. To be considered for the position, send a letter of interest and resume to hr@pueblooftesuque.org. For more information and an application, please email HR.

Bear River Tribal Court

In House Counsel. Provides advice, instruction and guidance to Tribal Council, Tribal Administrator, Chief of Public Safety and other department directors on legal work matters. The incumbent will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Bear River Band Tribal Council and governmental departments as assigned. Please see the job description for more information.

Court Attorney. Under the direction of the Chief Judge and direct supervision of the Court Administrator, the incumbent will assist the Chief Judge and Bear River Band Tribal Court in its legal matters. The incumbent will complete a variety of professional assignments on behalf of the Bear River Band Tribal Court as assigned. Attorney will work closely with the Chief Judge and department staff. Please see the job description for more information.

Peebles Kidder

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

Tulalip Tribe

RFP. Contract for legal services to be provided as a victim advocate attorney for the Tulalip Tribal Victims Set-Aside program for the calendar year of 2020, administered by the Tulalip Tribes Office of Reservation Attorney. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on September, 18, 2020. Please see the RFP for more information.

Legal Representation, Tulalip Tribal Court. You will establish an attorney/client relationship with the indigent client and determine what services to provide to the client in order to ensure adequate representation. You shall maintain professional practice standards in providing a level of legal service that does not fall below the minimum professional standards, Rules of Professional Conduct of the Washington State Supreme Court, the Washington State Bar Association, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and any applicable case law and court rules that define the duties of counsel to their clients.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Staff Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, Choctaw, Mississippi. The staff attorney is responsible for providing general staff legal services including on-reservation and off-reservation court appearances and litigation, including some prosecution in tribal criminal court. Applications are open until filled.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships, Washington, D.C. While each of our offices work with local communities, the Community Partnerships Program consists of six attorneys located in New York, DC, and Los Angeles.  The associate attorney will add cross-organization capacity but will focus on matters handled by the DC team whose work includes issues involving waste mismanagement and toxic air pollution. 

Legal Intern, Midwest Regional Office. The Midwest Regional Office partners with impacted communities to fight for clean air, drinking water, and soil. We partner with Tribal Nations and other groups to fight for the protection of the Straits of Mackinac from the risk of an oil spill, defending the Boundary Waters of Minnesota from copper-nickel sulfide mining and fighting to correct years of flooding and inadequate sewage infrastructure in the town of Centreville, Illinois. Our team of attorneys bring a mix of matters under federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, as well as state and local statutes, to protect the environment and promote healthy communities. The Midwest Regional Office is currently adding to its docket of work with potential cases in almost every Midwest state. The Fall 2020 position being offered will be remote, based out of New York, Washington DC, Illinois, Philadelphia, Florida, Colorado, Montana, Washington, California, Hawaii, or Alaska.

Director of Strategic Legal Advocacy. Our Director of Strategic Legal Advocacy will help our 150-lawyer team identify and counter these doctrinal trends in the context of our ongoing substantive work. The Director will serve as a resource for monitoring relevant legal developments, as a thought partner for teams confronting relevant doctrinal issues in their matters, and as lead counsel in impact litigation where appropriate. While the Director will focus primarily on Earthjustice’s own advocacy, we anticipate that they will routinely work with Earthjustice’s peers in the broader progressive legal community.


Staff Attorney, Toxic Exposure and Health Program. We expect the staff attorney we hire for this position to play a leading role in developing and leading litigation and seeking opportunities to further the Program’s work using litigation as well as other forms of legal advocacy.  The ideal candidate for this position will have experience with all aspects of complex litigation—including developing cases, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, oral argument, and appeals.  Prior experience with environmental law is not required, but prior experience with administrative law, as well as a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a public-interest environment, is strongly preferred. While a science background is not required, candidates should be comfortable reading and working with scientific material.

Staff Attorney, Tribal Partnerships. The Tribal Partnerships team works across Earthjustice’s regional offices and programs to develop cross-cutting strategies on behalf of our tribal and Indigenous partners and to provide added capacity and expertise to work on matters of concern to tribes and Indigenous communities. Tribal Partnerships attorneys litigate cases themselves, collaborate and consult with program and regional office attorneys, conduct outreach with tribes and Indigenous communities, and work with Earthjustice’s other teams as needed.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator, Virtual, with the possibility of relocating to the D.C. area (Maryland) after the pandemic. This position is a full-time non-exempt position overseen by the Executive Director. The Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator is an ambassador for the Association responsible for delivering the Association’s vision, mission and goals to Tribal Nations, Indigenous Peoples and the broader national population, utilizing the Association’s website, social media, press, video and other media and marketing tools. You can find the job posting and information on how to apply here.

The University of Tulsa College of Law

Visiting Professor. Invites applications from both entry-level and experienced faculty for possible visiting faculty positions beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.  The areas of interest may include, but are not necessarily limited to, contracts and related UCC courses, corporate law, business law, transactional law, energy and natural resource law, torts and other first year and/or required or elective courses. Learn more about the College generally at http://www.law.utulsa.edu.  Please submit letters of interest, résumés and diversity statements to Prof. Robert Butkin, Chair, Appointments Committee, University of Tulsa College of Law, 3120 E. 4th Place, Tulsa, OK 74104, or by email to robert-butkin@utulsa.edu.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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

See posts from August 28, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Lewis & Clark Law School

(2) Faculty, Portland, OR. invites applications from entry level candidates for two positions to begin in the 2021-22 academic year. We seek candidates who could teach constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and related courses. Information about Lewis & Clark Law School is available here. Interested persons should send a resume or c.v., references, a writing sample, and an indication of specific teaching interests to Kerry Rowand, Executive Assistant, by email. For more information please see the position description or visit the website.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

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

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Staff Attorney, Longview, WA. Draft legal documents, contract language, letters, and testimony; Review and analyze contracts and legal documentsconducts legal research; Assists with litigation for the Tribeincluding negotiationsmediationlegal research, discovery, motion practice, oral argument, trial and appeal; and more. The application is open until filled. Please see the attached job description for more information.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge, Mescalero is located in southcentral New Mexico (2 hours north of El Paso, TX and 3 hours south of Albuquerque, NM). Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court and ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the Court. For more information and to apply, please see the job description.

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

Development Director, Portland, OR. Interested applicants may visit our website at https://www.nicwa.org/employment/, or see the attached job description for instructions on how to apply. The closing date for this position is September 11. Questions and submissions may be directed to nstewart@nicwa.org, or (503) 222-4044.

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate Attorney, Seattle, WA. Seeking an entry-level associate with a strong academic background and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their cover letter, resume, law school transcript and one writing sample representing predominantly their own written work as a single PDF file by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at applicant@ziontzchestnut.com or 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1230, Seattle, WA, 98121.  For more information, visit the website.  Please see the job description for more information.

Rossette LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Advise tribes and tribally owned businesses on all things related to non-gaming economic development, including but not limited to the following: business entity creation and dissolution, corporate governance, contract review, conduct legal diligence necessary for real estate transactions and corporate acquisitions, compliance with tribal law, compliance with federal consumer protection law, and advise on appropriate corporate legal structures for acquisitions and new ventures. Application closes September 4, 2020.

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

Upper Midwest Regional Seed Cooperative Manager. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic individual who is deeply passionate about the Indigenous food and seed sovereignty movement with excellent virtual and online communication and project management skills. Research and co-facilitate the pilot year of setting the foundation for the first regional Indigenous Seed Growers Cooperative; Works with National Program Director to develop and implement curriculum and listening sessions based on the needs of the region; Works with National Program Director to develop strategic plans for the regional Seed Cooperative and ISKN network; and more. Deadline to apply is Sept 15th by 11:59 pm PST.

See posts from August 10, 2020

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court

Chief Judge (part-time), Placerville, CA. Please see the link for a description of the main duties and application process. The position will be open until filled but we hope to have a Chief Judge selected and installed by October 1, 2020.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Isabella County, MI. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the Tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, as directed by General Counsel. The Senior Associate General Counsel will supervise and coordinate the work of the all Associate General Counsel positions. Please visit the link for more information and to apply.

Native American Rights Fund

Summer 2021 Law Clerks. NARF is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2021 Clerkships. Each year, NARF conducts a nation-wide search for law students to participate in its Law Clerk Program. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices: Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Application closes September 18, 2020. For more information and how to apply, please see the flyer.

Lummi Nation

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor I, 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 Legal Director evaluates the job performance of the Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Application is open until filled. To obtain application click here or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney or Senior Associate Attorney, Mid-Pacific regional office, Honolulu, HI. Depending on the successful candidate’s years of experience, this position can either be an Associate Attorney or Senior Associate Attorney level. The term for this position is three years. For more information please see the job description.

Quinault Indian Nation

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

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Native Law Staff Attorney, Bethel, AK or Anchorage, AK. 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 (“ICWA”) 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 https://www.alsc-law.org/job-opportunities/ for more information. Resume, writing sample, and references should be sent to ppickett@alsc-law.org, referencing “Native Law Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Posting remains open until position filled. 

Michigan State University

Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, East Lansing, MI. The position is responsible for implementing, facilitating, and supporting diversity and inclusion training efforts in the ODEI. Will create and implement programming for faculty, staff, and student professional development, and structural and cultural diversity and equity initiatives in the college. Will also advise and support currently enrolled graduate students in CANR and represent graduate student concerns. For more information please visit the link. Application closes August 27, 2020 ET.

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

See posts from August 7, 2020.

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.

Tohono O’odham Employment Rights Commission

Contracted Attorney (part-time), Tohono O’odham Nation, Sells, AZ.  Most services may be provided virtually by computer, with occasional trips to Sells, Arizona, located one-hour west of Tucson, Arizona.  The position is open until filled. Applicants must be licensed in Arizona. Applicants should email their resume, proof of Arizona law license, and letter of interest to Mr. Vernon Smith, Legislative Committee Staffer,  at Vernon.Smith@tonation-nsn.gov. Please see the job announcements for more information.

Havasupai Tribal Court

Tribal Public Defender, Supai, AZ. Provide legal representation in the Havasupai Tribal Court for Tribal Member clients in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency, and severance of parental rights cases, and perform related duties as required. Application closes August 31, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

U.S. Attorney District of Alaska

Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Anchorage, AK. The successful candidate primarily will be responsible for handling the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. This will include prosecuting cases such as fraud, embezzlement, other white collar crimes, as well as firearms offenses, drug crimes, child exploitation and other violent crimes. In addition, the candidate may also be called upon to assist in the prosecution of a wide variety of other criminal cases as needed to address the district’s priorities. Assistant United States Attorneys work their cases from inception through appeal, and thus, in addition to district court work, the successful candidate will be responsible for drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments. First consideration for applications received by 9/2/20. Closing Date: 11/2/20. More information here and the job description.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, SW Michigan. The attorney will provide legal services to members of two tribes and their spouses under contracts with those tribes. Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc.

Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, DC (remote work available temporarily). Conduct advocacy on behalf of the collective interests of member Tribal Nations before all branches of the federal government, as well as other partners both within and outside of Indian Country. Develop and maintain an on-going communication between USET SPF and these entities. This position is open until filled. The application link is https://www.usetinc.org/resources/job-opportunities/.

The Kalispel Tribe’s Legal Department

Natural and Trust Resources Attorney, Airway Heights, WA. This position provides legal representation in a broad range of areas concerning Tribal legal rights, obligations, and privileges with an emphasis on matters related to the Kalispel Tribe’s natural and trust resources including land acquisition and development. For the full job description and to apply, please visit the website. Visit our website to learn more about our Legal Team. For any questions, please feel free to reach out to Britaney Francis bfrancis@ktea.com. Open until position is filled.

The Pokagon Band Department of Social Services

RFP. The Pokagon Band Department of Social Services, through the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program grant from the Office of Victims of Crimes (OVC) in the Department of Justice (DOJ), is seeking a vendor for a Community Assessment for the Pokagon Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.  The open bidding period is July 31st-August 31st.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney, Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”), Port Angeles, WA, near Olympic National Park. OTA was established in 2008 and handles most of the Tribe’s legal workload while also supervising outside counsel. This is a new position and will be the third Attorney in OTA. Associate will have a significant caseload spanning the full spectrum of tribal legal work. Open until filled, but desire to fill ASAP. First review of applications on August 24. For details on how to apply, please click on position title to see attached announcement.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

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

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

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

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

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney, Grand Rapids, MI. Advise tribes and tribally owned businesses on all things related to non-gaming economic development, including but not limited to the following: business entity creation and dissolution, corporate governance, contract review, conduct legal diligence necessary for real estate transactions and corporate acquisitions, compliance with tribal law, compliance with federal consumer protection law, and advise on appropriate corporate legal structures for acquisitions and new ventures. September 4, 2020.

See posts from August 1, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

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

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

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Isabella County, MI. Responsible for representing the Tribe in all judicial and administrative forums and in the Tribe’s governmental and business relations with all persons, organizations and entities, public and private, as directed by General Counsel. The Senior Associate General Counsel will supervise and coordinate the work of the all Associate General Counsel positions. Please visit the link for more information and to apply.

State Bar of Georgia

Executive Director, Atlanta, GA. Responsible for managing and executing the operations of the State Bar of Georgia and its offices, and implementing the policies, programs and objectives set by the Board of Governors. The position encompasses the management of a large staff as well as supervision of large budgets and responsibility for financial matters. For more information please see the position description.

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Staff Attorney, Swinomish Indian Reservation located on Fidalgo Island across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner, WA. The Office of Tribal Attorney is hiring a staff attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. For more information please see the position description.

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Attorney, Buffalo, New York. Our team provides legal and strategic advice to American Indian tribal governments, tribal courts and other entities committed to advancing tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and economic development in Indian country. To assist with accomplishing our clients’ legal, political and business goals, our attorneys work with clients to design effective legal strategies, defend tribal rights and formulate innovative approaches to transactional issues. A few of our focus areas include: representing and advising tribes on environment and energy issues, representing tribal interests in the state, federal and tribal courts and representing tribal parties in economic development transactions. All interested applicants shall submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of careers@lippes.com. Application is open until filled.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Guardian Ad Litem Attorney, Agency Village, SD. Guardian Ad Litem Attorney is to represent the best interest of the child in the SWO child protection cases, commencing in tribal court.  Closing Date:  August 14th, 2020 at 04:30PM. Application can be emailed to ArnoldW@SWO-NSN.GOV or DeniseH@SWO-NSN.GOV. Contact can also be at Arnold Williams 698-8238 or Denise Hill 698-8251 with questions. (Tribal preference will apply).

Earthjustice

Senior Counsel, Contracts and Compliance, San Francisco, CA (once our office opens back up; we are currently all remote). The Senior Counsel will draft contracts, conform contracts to Earthjustice standards and help to negotiate contract terms with vendors. There will also be some focus on completing implementation of the Ironclad contract management system, expanding use of the platform features to benefit other departments in their work and perhaps integrating the Ironclad with other platforms at use in the organization. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample here.

(2) Legal Externships, New York; New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The New York Office has undertaken campaigns to improve air and water quality, promote clean energy and transportation policies, and ensure that all state residents are protected from toxic substances. The Northeast Regional office currently has work focusing on clean energy, air quality, and oil and gas development, and water supply and quality. These positions are open in our New York office and expected to be a remote position as Earthjustice has temporarily closed offices and transitioned staff to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeking current law students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and are eligible for receiving academic credit for the externship.

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 non-attorney 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.

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, 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.  ​

Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Director of Finance, Dowagiac, MI. Accomplish the Pokagon Band Department of Finance objectives by planning, organizing, and directing all work required to operate and maintain departmental and other Tribal enterprise activities and services. Ensure financial and accounting policies, functions, resources, and programs are maintained in accordance with established laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Government Accounting Standards. Application open until filled. Link to apply here.

See announcements from July 10, 2020.