Native American Udall Congressional Internship

Even as Native nations achieve greater levels of self-determination, Indian Country continues to be influenced by U.S. federal law and policy. The Udall Internship places students in Senate, House, and federal agency offices to learn firsthand how the U.S. government works with Native nations. Interns will gain a better understanding of the government to government relationship and how they can use this knowledge on behalf of their tribes.

Program Dates: May 25th – July 30th

What It Is

  • A community of 12 American Indian and Alaska Native college, graduate, and law students who live and work in Washington, D.C., during the summer;
  • Access to a network of American Indian professionals and alumni who work on behalf of tribal nations; and
  • Housing, a living allowance, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and an educational stipend of $1,200.

The Udall Foundation arranges placements for law studentsgraduate students, and undergraduates.

Federal agencies, Senate and House offices that would like to host a Udall Intern should contact Jason Curley, (520) 901-8564.

Application deadline:  January 31th, 2022

Your complete Udall Internship application includes

  • A typed application form with your signature;
  • An 800-word essay on a legislative act or public policy statement by either Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and its impact on your interests and goals;
  • A one-page professional resume;
  • Transcripts for all university coursework, including undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate and law;
  • Three letters of recommendation; and
  • Documentation of your citizenship in a federally recognized tribe, state-recognized tribe, or First Nations of Canada (citizens of First Nations must also include proof of U.S. permanent residency).

Contact Jason Curley if you have questions about the Internship Program requirements and application process.

2022 Internship Application

More information about the program is available here: https://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/Internship.aspx

Friday Job Announcements

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

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    3. Main duties 
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Arizona State University

Tenure Track Position – Open Rank – American Indian Studies. Tempe, AZ. The American Indian Studies Program (AIS) in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position (open rank – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). The anticipated start date is August 2022. This is an academic year, benefits-eligible, tenure eligible position. For more information or to apply, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/95790.

Qualifications for the position include: Assistant, associate, or full professor level with a specialization or focus on Indigenous geographies. Areas of Specialty may be in any one or a combination of the following: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous methodologies, community and regional planning, design, architecture, environmental studies, sustainability, geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, cartography; placemaking, placekeeping, data sovereignty (GIS and mapping), TEK; Planning on Indigenous Lands, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Indigenous Design and Planning, Indigenized Mapping, Reclaiming Geospatial Data; Demography.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous research program; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in American Indian Studies; contribute to curriculum development and graduate advising; serve on school, college and university committees; and provide service to the school, professional associations and the community. The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

Questions concerning American Indian Studies and the position should be addressed to David Martínez at David.Martinez.3@asu.edu or (480) 727-9818.

Harvard University Native American Program

Executive Director Position. Cambridge, MA. Duties include: (1) Providing leadership in strategic planning, operational goal-setting, and program evaluation; (2) Managing annual budgeting process, proposal writing, grants management, and external relations; (3) Supervising and mentoring program staff; (4) Developing new initiatives, cultivating collaborative partnerships, and overseeing related activities; (5) Facilitating vibrant networking, collaboration, and consultation between and among students, faculty, and staff across campus; (6) Supporting innovative interfaculty and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects concerning NAI issues; (7) Initiating formal relationships between the program and Harvard schools and other administrative offices; (8) Serving as a campus resource for consultation on NAI issues and concerns; (9) Representing the program within the university and throughout the nation in visible consultations and meetings; (10) Liaising with NAI leaders throughout higher education and Indian Country to develop opportunities consistent with HUNAP’s mission. Please visit here to apply and view the position description for more information.

University of California, Los Angeles

2L & 3L Summer 2022 Law Clerk – Tribal Legal Development Clinic. Los Angeles, CA. Candidates are rising 2Ls or 3Ls. We seek to have the clerkship result in an excellent writing sample. Native law students are strongly encouraged to apply. The UCLA School of Law’s Tribal Legal Development Clinic connects law students directly with tribal leaders, officers, and attorneys, to provide legal development services to Indian tribes. The Clinic hosts non-litigation, tribally-driven projects that cover a wide cross-section of subjects. Students work in teams, consult regularly with a tribal liaison, and produce a work product under the supervision of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director. Summer Clinic law clerks are a paid, full-time position, either at the UCLA School of Law campus or remotely. The Clinic is designed to foster the next generation of tribal lawyers. Students are exposed to the complexities, historical contexts, and professional and ethical responsibilities of tribal lawyering. Whenever possible, Clinic law clerks travel to Indian country to meet with tribal clients to collaborate, deliver work products to governing bodies, and participate in relevant meetings and hearings. Clinic projects have included drafting statutes and other governing documents, researching and drafting appellate bench memorandums, building court infrastructure, and developing training materials. Prior projects have spanned the subject-matter spectrum and have included repatriation and cultural resource protection, family law, restorative justice, civil procedure, criminal procedure, non-profit development and more. The Clinic is a part of UCLA Law’s Native Nations Law & Policy Center, a national resource for the support of Native Nations. The Center successfully works to enhance Indian nations’ laws and governmental institutions while advancing cultural resource protection. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Heather Morphew at morphew@law.ucla.edu by December 15th, 2021.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters; (2) Representing the company in legal proceedings and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (3) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal government; (4) Assisting programs in negotiation and drafting agreements; and (5) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Representing the Legal Department and maintaining clear lines of communication to TCC President and Executive Board on a recurring basis; (2) Providing and overseeing legal representation to all levels of TCC Staff, Member Tribes and issues surrounding Member Tribes on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and tribal court proceedings; (3) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments, rendering legal opinions, providing management with legal guidance; (4) Serving as an expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and managing Legal Department; (5) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts including but not limited to reviewing advocacy documents, testimony, preparing for meetings and attending meetings on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; and (6) Serving as TCC’s point of contact for all communication between TCC and HHS’ Office of the General Counsel and is responsible for the management and processing of all FTCA / tort claims related activities. Please see the position description for more information. Apply here.

The Yakama Nation

Assistant Tribal Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring confidentiality of records used by Yakama Nation; (2) Prosecuting criminal and civil matters before the Yakama Nation Tribal Courts; (3) Developing and improving the Yakama Tribal Criminal Justice System, including Tribal Code development and amendments; (4) Providing service regarding Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) matters; (5) Developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative working relationships with staff from other tribal and state agencies and with other tribal departmental program staff; and (6) Representing the Yakama Nation. Please see the position description for details. Interested applicants should apply here by December 1st, 2021.

Chief Prosecutor. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Supervising the Prosecuting Attorney office responsible for prosecuting both civil and criminal matters in the Yakama Nation Tribal Court; (2) Representing the Yakama Nation in civil actions involving child abuse/neglect in civil ICWA proceedings; (3) Drafting notices of intervention and/or petitions to transfer which represents the best interests of the child(ren) and the tribe as provided under tribal and federal law; (4) Advising the Tribal Police, NNWS and CPS in investigation, evaluating evidence, case preparation and preparation of legal pleadings; (5) Working with and referring cases as appropriate to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution or the County Prosecutor for state prosecution of non-Indian offenders; and (6) Presenting and explaining key policy issues regarding tribal justice and victimization through written and/or oral reports to key stakeholders that include the JSA, Tribal Administration, and/or Tribal Council/General Council. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should contact Tamara Saluskin, Deputy Director of the Yakama Nation Justice Services Department at: tamara_saluskin@yakama.com. Apply here.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Special Advisor on Tribal Engagement and Consultation Strategy. Washington, DC, temporarily remote. Duties include: (1) Critically reviewing the agency’s Tribal consultation practices; (2) Working collaboratively to develop recommendations aimed at improving the processes; (3) Executing implementation of recommendations across multiple agency offices; (4) Engaging with internal and external stakeholders on the Commission’s consultation practices; (5) Developing written communications and providing verbal briefings to senior agency officials summarizing efforts and next steps; and (6) Expanding the Commission’s outreach capabilities to Tribal Nations, including developing outreach materials. Please see the position description for more information. Applications are viewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit their resume to Robert.Thormeyer@ferc.gov or Sarah.Venuto@ferc.gov.

Judicial Hearing Officer. Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Justice. Duties include: (1) Presiding over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; (2) Performing related work as assigned; and (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. Please see the position description for more details. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court JudgeJudicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Principal Tribal Court AdvocateOffice of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  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 (Water Right Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally 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; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing 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 and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst – Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performing a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Installing and maintaining servers on local area networks; (5) Performing network device configurations, workstation set ups, and assigning nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; and (6) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor – Office of the Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts; and (4) 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 – Office of the ProsecutorKayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; (5) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; and (7) Making decisions in sensitive case and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. 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.

Senior Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Shiprock, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; (2) Reviewing citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; (3) Interviewing witnesses, gathering facts and data, determining if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; (4) Conducting legal research, drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (5) Preparing a legal strategy; (6) Preparing and presenting criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; (7) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions, and other required documents for court presentation; (8) Providing training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; (9) Collaborating with law enforcement agencies; (10) Presenting major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. 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.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, Arizona. Duties include: (1) Finalizing prosecutor’s draft legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviewing for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) With prosecutor oversight, finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases in Justware using established procedures, completing case management, and closing of completed case files; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information, meeting regularly with team as required for renewals of program, and maintaining daily operations of district office. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ – White Collar Crime Unit. Duties include: (1) Under general supervision of Senior Investigator, maintaining office files; (2) Greeting the public, answering telephone calls, routing calls and taking messages; (3) Making travel and lodging arrangements; (4) Processing and distributing incoming and outgoing mail; (5) Taking and transcribing minutes of meetings; (6) Preparing work orders, supply requisitions, travel documents and related financial documents within established limits and procedures; (7) Maintaining court hearing dockets and court schedule tracks and maintaining records and status of processes used in department; and (8) Attending meetings, trainings and conferences as it relates to work, assisting in preparing, storing, and securing evidence, preparing legal documents, assisting with special projects and assignments. This position is open until December 9th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Civil Liberties Defense Center

Line 3 Defense Legal Fellow. Minnesota. Two positions. Duties include: (1) Providing movement aligned, defendant-centered legal representation for the duration of a criminal case – from arraignment to trial, dismissal, and/or sentencing – for
up to 100 Water Protectors each; (2) Coordinating with our groups, the Pipeline Legal Action Network (PLAN), Line 3 spokes council, and Indigenous leadership; (3) Ensuring legal representation for defendants; (4) Ensuring all high-risk defendants (Indigenous people, LGTBQIA+, those facing felony charges) receive direct representation from a highly-skilled defense attorney; (5) Incorporating movement-aligned legal arguments (necessity defense, treaty law, cultural genocide) are incorporated into defense whenever feasible; and (6) Organizing and participating in defendant-led legal support structures and working groups to the extent feasible (PLAN and Line 3 Legal Spokes Council. The fellows will work together but one will directly report to the Executive Direct of CLDC and the other will report to the Legal Director of WPLC. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, legal sample, and three references to office@cldc.org by November 15th, 2021. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Environmental Law Institute

Research Associate. Washington, D.C.. Each year, ELI hires college graduates to serve as Research Associates. These staff members work directly with the 15–20 lawyers and scientists in the Research and Policy Division on projects addressing environmental and natural resource protection, climate, public health, environmental justice, and pollution prevention. A typical workload combines research and administration. Please see the position description for more information, and apply here by January 21st, 2022.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Prosecutor. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Upholding the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Constitution and Tribal Code; (2) Representing the Tribe in criminal proceedings filed to protect the safety and wellbeing of the tribal community and the personal property and natural resources of the Mescalero Apache Tribe; and (3) Overseeing two Assistant Prosecutors and administrative staff. The position is open until filled. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Myra Lapaz, Human Resources at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Ms. Lapaz or Nelva Cervantes, General Counsel to the Mescalero Apache Tribe at ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com

Chief Public Defender. Mescalero, NM. Duties include: (1) Upholding the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s Constitution and Tribal Code; (2) Representing defendants in criminal proceedings before the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court; and (3) Overseeing an Assistant Public Defender and administrative staff. Please see the position description for more details. The position is open until filled. Please submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Myra Lapaz, Human Resources at mlapaz@mescaleroapachetribe.com. Inquiries regarding the position may be made to Ms. Lapaz or Nelva Cervantes, General Counsel to the Mescalero Apache Tribe at ncervantes@mescaleroapachetribe.com.   

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe seeks a full-time Associate Tribal Attorney for its on-reservation Office of Tribal Attorney (“OTA”).  Duties include: (1) Handling most of the Tribe’s legal workload; and (2) 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. Please see the position description for more information. Open until filled. Please apply by November 15th, 2021, to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. 

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk Position. Native Law Group is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2022 Clerkships in both of our office locations: Louisville, Colorado and Washington, D.C. Please indicate your office preference in your cover letter. Qualifications include: (1) Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2022; (2) Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date; (3) Excellent research abilities; and (4) Excellent written and oral communication skills. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, law school transcript, letter of recommendation, and references to Firm Administrator Erin Obray at eobray@nativelawgroup.com by the deadline of January 21st, 2022.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

The Catawba Nation

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Deputy Tribal Administrator. Duties include: (1) Coordinating the workforce to meet and support the needs of Tribal members and the general public; (2) Managing on-site training needs for staff and leadership; (3) Overseeing implementation of Tribal Ordinances in government operations and throughout all tribal entities; (4) Writing RFPs to engage consultants needed for government projects; (5) Reviewing policies and procedures of departments and recommending changes as needed; (6) Managing special projects as delegated by the Executive Committee and Tribal Administrator; (7) Attending meetings and compiling reports for the Executive Committee and General Council. Please see the position description for more information.

Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

  1. A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    • Position title 
    • Location (city, state) 
    • Main duties 
    • Closing date 
    • Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  2. An attached PDF job announcement. 

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Dartmouth College Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professorship. The Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Dartmouth College invites applications for a tenured full (or associate) professor to begin July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will have a Ph. D. in Global Indigenous Studies or a related field, and expertise in global Indigenous studies. This is a newly endowed chair, designated as the Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professorship in Native American and Indigenous Studies to support the study of Native American and global Indigenous Peoples. Specific areas of focus include, but are not limited to, Indigenous politics and sovereignty; law; economics; philosophy; kinship and social relations; transnational and/or migration studies; environmental and land management; gender studies and/or feminisms; and literature. In all contexts, we seek an established scholar whose academic training, scholarship and teaching are firmly grounded in global Indigenous studies. Applicants should state in their letter of application how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should submit a letter of application and CV through Interfolio, accessed here: http://apply.interfolio.com/93058 The review of applications will begin on November 29, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Tribal Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Reviewing all charges and complaints of violations of Tribal criminal and civil law; (2) Prosecuting individuals with criminal violations in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court system; (3) Establishing a working relationship with local, state, federal jurisdictions to establish protocols for coordinating criminal investigations and prosecution; (4) Providing advice and recommendations to the Tribal Council and Legal Council regarding the adoption of laws or amendments to existing law; and (5) Serving as the presenting officer in matters such as the SWO Elder/Adult Services and Protection Code, the Juvenile Code, and representing the Tribe in Indian Childhood Welfare Act cases. Please see the position description for more information.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Assistant Prosecutor/Presenting Officer. Tacoma, WA. Duties include: (1) Researching, evaluating, and analyzing laws and court decisions; (2) Preparing and presenting complaints, motions, and other legal documents for civil and criminal prosecutions; (3) Representing the Puyallup Tribe in the enforcement of the Criminal, Juvenile Justice, and Children’s Codes; (4) Working with Tribal agencies in the preparation and presentation in court of criminal and civil cases; and (5) Developing and maintaining cooperative and collaborative working relations with staff from other tribal and state agencies, victims of crimes, parents, and other relatives. Please see the position description for more information. The position is open until filled.

Judicial Hearing Officer. Chinle, Judicial District, Chinle, AZ. Under supervision of the Chief Justice. Duties include: (1) Presiding over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; (2) Performing related work as assigned; and (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. Please see the position description for more details. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyChinle Judicial District, Chinle AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff AttorneyKayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZDuties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance; (2) Conducting legal research; and (3) Drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court JudgeJudicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) 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.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General; (2) Conducting legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned; (3) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (4) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (5) Providing legal advice and case strategy.  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 (Water Right Unit). Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) 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; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; and (3) Providing 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 and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General; (2) Serving as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; (3) Facilitating implementation management information systems; (4) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; and (5) Maintaining knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Legal Secretary – Litigation Unit. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing customer service by greeting clients and answering phone calls; (2) Distributing incoming/outgoing mail; schedule meetings, conferences, conference calls and travel arrangements for assigned professional staff; (3) Maintaining all case files for the Litigation Unit; (4) Finalizing pleadings to be submitted for filing in a tribal, federal, state or administrative tribunal; and (5) Maintaining office files in accordance with the Department of Justice filing system. This position is open until November, 16, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Catawba Indian Nation

3L Spring 2022 Internship. Remote. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com. Application deadline is November 30th, 2021.

Request for Proposals. The Catawba Indian Nation is soliciting proposals from professional firms or qualified individuals to offer tribal court consulting services for the Catawba Indian Nation Department of Justice on a contractual basis. Please see the RFP for more details.

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Peebles Kidder Bergin & Robinson LLP

2022 Summer Law Clerks. Sacramento, CA; Kansas City, MO; Rapid City, SD; 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 Robert Frazer at rfrazer@ndnlaw.com by December 3rd, 2021. Please find more information here.

Drummond Woodsum

Associate Attorney – Tribal Nations Services Group. Portland, ME. Duties include providing high level, quality services to Tribal nations, Tribal enterprises, and companies that do business with Tribal nations or in Indian Country. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Jess Garretson, HR Manager, jgarretson@dwmlaw.com by December 31st, 2021.

University of New Mexico

Visiting Assisting Professor for Spring 2022 Semester. Albuquerque, NM. Seeking a visiting assistant professor to teach in the UNM Southwest Indian Law Clinic for the spring 2022 semester. Please see more information and apply here.

Staff Attorney I. Toppenish, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing a full range of legal services needed by the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and departments, as well as Yakama Nation enterprises as directed and where there is no conflict of interest; (2) Providing legal advice on questions related to federal, state and tribal law, the Treaty of 1855 and Tribal Sovereignty; (3) Assisting the Lead Attorney, Staff Attorney III’s and Staff Attorney II’s; (4) Performing legal research, reviews contracts and other legal documents; drafts memos, resolutions, letters, agreements, codes, contracts, policies, and any necessary pleadings; (5) As assigned, serving as co-counsel on cases in Yakama Nation, federal or state courts; (6) Researching and analyzing material on recent developments in Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, 5-7 page writing sample, law school transcripts, and a list of at least three professional references to both the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department and a courtesy electronic copy to OLC at jobs@yakamanation-olc.org. Applications are due November 22nd, 2021 and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

The Pueblo of Pojoaque

Chief General Counsel. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Hiring and managing of employees, establishing budgets, document control, client relations, litigation, and outside legal contracts; (2) Representing or overseeing legal representation of the Pueblo government, its business enterprises, non-profits entities, and Boards and Commissions in legal disputes, court actions, administrative, and legislative hearings, and any related activities; (3) Providing legal advice to the Tribal Officials as the Executive body and the Tribal Council as the Legislative body of the Pueblo government; (4) Assisting Tribal government and corporate entities with development of policies and procedures; and (5) Developing processes and procedures for effective and efficient legal representation of the various Pueblo government departments, corporate entities, Boards and Commissions. Please see the description for more information. Interested candidates should Stacey Ofstehage, HR Director, sofstehage@pojoaque.org.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Legal Director. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing vision, direction and support for the ACLU-WA’s legal program; (2) Coordination and management of the legal department and its docket, staff, and network of cooperating attorneys; and (3) Developing and pursuing litigation as part of an integrated advocacy strategy and a demonstrated ability to work with, support and inspire others in innovative advocacy. Please view the full job description, including how to apply, by visiting our website at https://aclu-wa.org/pages/legal-director. Position closes December 3rd, 2021.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Port Angeles, WA. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Tribe, its officers, and entities including in tribal, federal, and state courts, administrative tribunals, and before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies; (2) Drafting ordinances, regulations, and policies; and (3) Negotiating and reviewing intergovernmental agreements, contracts,
and commercial transactions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume, at least three professional references, and a legal writing sample to OTA’s Paralegal at anne.ronan@elwha.org by November 15th, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Applications submitted after that date may also be considered. Position open until filled. 

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Call for Papers: Journal of Criminal Justice

Call for Papers. Journal of Law and Criminal Justice is a refereed international journal that seeks to publish high quality research papers in the areas of socio-legal studies and the psychology of law, criminology and social justice studies. The Journal invites papers based on empirical research, theoretical analysis and debate, and policy analysis and critique. The journal is dedicated to presenting system-wide trends and problems on law, crime and justice throughout the world. It provides a forum for social scientists to report research findings for policy making with respect to crime and justice through innovative and advanced methodologies. The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at editor.aripd@gmail.com.

Request for Quotes: The Association of Village Council Presidents – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP)

Request for Quotes. The Association of Village Council Presidents seeks a contractor to write and publish a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) Service Delivery Guide for AVCP Tribal Communities and Families. Contractor will conduct interviews with approximately 20 AVCP staff and approximately five community organizations to identify and describe how services offered by AVCP prevent or reduce the likelihood of MMIP; identify other community, regional, or statewide services offered in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; and identify collaboration opportunities between AVCP, tribes, and other organizations. For more information, please see attached announcement. Send application materials to janderson@avcp.org.

Job Announcements

Earthjustice

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Northeast Regional Office. New York, NY or remote. Legal externs work under the direct supervision of attorneys in the development and prosecution of litigation and other advocacy. Externs will participate in a wide range of tasks, including: (1) Assisting in case investigation, legal research, and discovery; and (2) Preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifics), writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Los Angeles Office. Los Angeles, CA or remote. Duties include: (1) Working on case development and litigation; (2) Performing legal and factual research and developing case strategy and legal theories; (3) Preparing briefs and motions, meeting with clients and experts; and (4) Participating in moots of oral arguments and attend court proceedings and conferences with opposing counsel. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifics), unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and list of references. Applications will be viewed on a rolling basis.

Spring 2022 Legal Externship – Sustainable Food & Farming and Toxic Exposure & Health Programs. Two positions. New York, NY. Duties include: (1) Assisting with case investigation and legal research; and (2) Preparing memoranda and contributing to legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here and submit a cover letter (see position description for specifics), resume, unofficial law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of references by November 15th, 2021.

Senior Attorney. Denver, CO. Duties include: (1) Protecting public lands and wildlife from fracking, mining, and other threats; (2) Transitioning Colorado and Arizona from reliance on dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy; and (3) Defending disproportionately impacted and tribal communities from pollution and other environmental harm. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply through Jobvite and must submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifications), writing sample, and three professional references.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Farmington, NM, another DNA location, or remote. Duties include: (1) Providing legal assistance to low-income victims of crime under the New Mexico Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant; (2) Following all DNA and NM VOCA Grant policies, requirements, and all other applicable state, federal, and local regulations; (3) Participating in community outreach, training programs, legal clinics, and client education events; and (4) Participating in remote, local, or online intake. Interested candidates should submit an employment application, resume, cover letter, transcripts, and writing sample to HResources@dnalegalservices.org. The position is open until filled.

Community Development Institute (CDI)

Federal Interest Specialist. Remote. Duties include: (1) Researching real property in the public and federal records and providing information on property records to ACF (OHS and the Office of Grants Management); (2) Reviewing the SF-429 real property report and providing findings to OHS and the Office of Grants Management (OGM); and (3) Developing action plans, materials, and resources to guide OHS and OGM in taking next steps to resolve federal interest properties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to lgravelin@cditeam.org by October 29th, 2021.

Pueblo of Pojoaque

General Counsel. Santa Fe, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel; (2) Assuming diverse roles while working with the Pueblo people, their government, and Pueblo corporations; (3) Developing substantial knowledge and understanding of the Pueblo, its departments and businesses, and a general understanding of Indian Law and tribal-federal-state relations and the Pueblo of Pojoaque Law and Order Code. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a resume to sofstehage@pojoaque.org by October 31st, 2021.

The Federal Public Defender

Administrative Officer. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Acting as principal advisor to the Defender on all aspects of office administration and management; (2) Assisting with the management of key day-to-day planning, operations, and special projects; (3) Supervising the administrative, information technology, and legal support staff; (4) Managing the financial operations of the defender office; and (5)
Ensuring adherence to federal and local procurement practices and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should, in one pdf document, submit a statement of interest, detailed resume, and three references to Margaret A. Katze, Federal Public Defender, FDNM-HR@fd.org by November 19th, 2021. Reference 2022-01 in the subject.

Administrative Assistant. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Assisting in a variety of
administrative matters regarding operations, finance, procurement, property, space and facilities,
human resources, personnel, and policy; (2) Attending to administrative inquiries from staff in both offices as well as from other organizations; (3) Arranging travel and preparing travel vouchers for payment reimbursement, ensuring accuracy and compliance with government travel regulations; (4) Reviewing and preparing purchase orders and payments; and (5) Overseeing all office ordering and receiving, updating inventory, restocking and maintenance of equipment. Interested candidates should, in one pdf document, submit a statement of interest, resume, and three references to Margaret A. Katze, Federal Public Defender, FDNM-HR@fd.org by November 19th, 2021. Reference 2022-02 in the subject.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Project Director – Critical Race Studies Program (CRS). Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about the program here. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the creation of a publicly accessible, real-time tracking project that compiles and interactively presents information about new legislation and other formal policies suppressing anti-racist education, training, or research associated with CRT; (2) Producing briefs and other materials synthesizing and analyzing research and data collected; and (3) Convening academics, litigators, and advocates to discuss and develop the legal theories being used to contest these initiatives. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here by October 18th, 2021.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC)

Native Law Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Providing legal services to Association of Village Council Presidents (“AVCP”) member Tribes and tribal members; (2) Representing tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act; and (3) Litigating other matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Pearl Pickett, Supervising Attorney, ppickett@alsc-law.org. Please reference Native Law Staff Attorney in the subject line of the application. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk Intern. Anchorage, AK. Our mission is justice for Alaska Native People. This internship seeks to encourage rising 3L law students to work in the field of Native law.  Interns will have opportunities to pursue a wide variety of projects. We provide legal services to victims and survivors of crime, including representation in family law matters and protective order cases. We also support and partner with Alaska Tribes to build capacity, implement cultural values and remedies, and access resources for Tribal Justice Systems. Finally, we represent Alaska Tribes in State Child of Need Aid cases where the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) applies. The internship offers training; the opportunity to shadow experienced attorneys advocating on behalf of Alaska Tribes, tribal organizations and Native people; and a competitive stipend. Alaska Native/American Indian applicants, as defined in P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination Act, who are currently enrolled as 2L law students are encouraged to apply here by November 30th, 2021.

United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET)

Health Policy Analyst. Washington, D.C. Remote work temporarily available. Duties include: (1) Monitoring, identifying, and analyzing health-related developments in programs, policies, regulations, and legislation that may require USET SPF attention and action; (2) Working closely with USET’s Tribal Health Program Support Department and member Tribal Health Programs to identify and provide technical support around health policy issues at the regional and Tribal Nation levels; (3) Assisting in the preparation of talking points, testimony, comments, resolutions, technical reports, data analysis, and white papers on health-related issues to USET SPF member Tribal Nations; and (4) Providing technical support and occasional representation at relevant meetings and conferences, including the meetings of federal Tribal advisory committees. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply through Indeed.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here and the Hoopa Valley employment site here. The position is open until filled.  

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

Pechanga Indian Reservation

Chief JudgeTemecula, CA. Duties include: (1) Supporting and defending the sovereignty and Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band, its traditions, customs, and Tribal laws. (2) Exercising considerable independent judgement in managing the docket of the Tribal court, ruling on motions and adjudicatory cases, conducting hearings, and deciding cases in a fair and impartial manner. (3) Providing a tribal forum to resolve legal issues involving child welfare matters; child custody and child support; guardianship and adoption of minors; child welfare issues involving domestic violence, facts of birth and emancipation matters; business leases; employment matters; eminent domain; appeals from the Trust Review Board; cases arising from the Tribal Tax Code; disputes arising from the Pechanga Band Member Health Program; and any other subject matter as directed by the General Membership. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume and a letter of intent to HR@pechanga-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.

Indian Law Resource Center

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Attorney. Helena, MT, remote, or Washington, D.C. Duties include: (1) Researching and writing in Spanish and English; (2) Contact and consultations with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous organizations in Mexico and Central and South America; and (3) Asserting and defending Indigenous rights to self-determination and other related rights. Please see the position description for more information. To apply, submit a resume, a writing sample in English or Spanish, and two professional references to mt@indianlaw.org. Applications will be viewed as they are received.

Navajo Nation

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy. 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 (Water Right Unit), Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) 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; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; (3) Providing 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 and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues; (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; (3) Providing advice to and preparing advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; (4) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (5) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ. Under the general direction of Attorney General Office and the direct supervision of the assigned Assistant Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal assistance to the Division of Economic Development, Capital Projects Management Department, the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office, and other entities of the Navajo Nation; (2) Representing the Navajo Nation programs before courts and administrative tribunals; (3) Providing guidance to the Navajo Nation on gaming related matters and representing the Nation at various gaming meetings with tribes, states, and/or the federal government; (4) Monitoring, advising, and assisting the Navajo Nation on legal matters related to census, redistricting, and voting; and (5) Attending meetings with relevant stakeholders, state, and federal officials. This position is open until October 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Administering 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; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives. 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.

Attorney, Office of the ProsecutorRamah, NM. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation government; (2) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases; (3) Attending arraignments, trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; (4) Preparing all required legal documents; (5) Reviewing investigative reports and related documents and determines nature of the criminal offense; (6) Establishing case plan with and advising law enforcement personnel on most serious criminal offenses; and (7) Preparing and obtaining search warrants, conducting follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducting legal research, reviewing criminal complaints, interviewing witnesses. 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, Office of the Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathers facts and data; (4) Preparing 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; and (5) Making decisions in sensitive cases and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. 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.

Legal Secretary, Office of the ProsecutorDilkon, AZ. Duties include: (1) Drafting legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviews for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) Finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases, completing case management, and closing of completed case; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Request for Proposals

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) seeks proposals that would provide Will and Estate Planning legal services (Program) directly to CTUIR members (Client). The Program is a pass-through contract administered by the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel. Services include individual Client meetings, advising and drafting estate planning for trust land and other property they may own, accessing or coordinating with federal and tribal agencies related to the completion of the will drafting, and causing the documents to be filed with the CTUIR Enrollment Office. Apply via https://ctuir.org/contracting-opportunities/rfp-wills-estate-planning-attorney-services/ Umatilla is a tribal preference employer.

Job Announcements

The Catawba Nation Legal Department

3L Spring 2022 Legal Internship. Applicants will assist the Nation’s Legal Department by researching pertinent issues, attending meetings, and drafting ordinances, memoranda, and policies. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, applicants will be asked to work remotely. Please see the position description for more information and for a list of requirements. Interested candidates must be a 3L and should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript to Deputy Tribal Attorney Lydia Locklear (Lydia.locklear@catawba.com) by November 30th, 2021.

Procopio

Summer 2022 Native American Internship Program. Two positions available. San Diego, CA. The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for two law students to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Interested candidates should submit a writing sample, law school transcript, resume, cover letter by Friday, October 15th, 2021 by 5pm PST. The program is ten to twelve weeks and begins after May 15, 2022. Applications should be emailed (with “2022 Summer Internship” in the subject line) to: kerry.patterson@procopio.com.

Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Spring 2022 Research and Publications Internship. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects including: climate change, land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watersheds, armed conflict and the environment, environmental management systems, public participation, environmental justice, Indigenous issues, and environmental enforcement. Duties include: (1) Conducting in-depth research; (2) Reporting on outside events; (3) Analyzing, editing, and synthesizing material; and (4) Assisting with preparation for environment training courses. Internship is available to students who have completed their first year of college. Interested applicants. should submit a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 page analytical writing, and submit an application here by Friday, November 12, 2021.

California Tribal Families Coalition

2022 Summer Law Clerk. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. CTFC provides an opportunity for summer law clerks with demonstrated interest in Indian law and/or social welfare law and policy. It is helpful if candidates have completed advanced research, writing, and a clinical placement. Primarily remote, but may include an opportunity to meet in-person in Northern California. Projects will vary. Past projects have included drafting state court briefs, research and writing an opposition to appellate case de-publication, developing training materials on state law, and drafting legal and policy strategy for legislation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of two references to clerkapp@caltribalfamilies.org. Letters of recommendation are optional. All interviews will be conducted remotely. Deadline to apply is November 5th, 2021.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney, Midwest Regional. Chicago, IL. Duties include: (1) Conducting legal and factual research and preparing memoranda on issues relating to ongoing and potential litigation projects; (2) Drafting motions, briefs, and other pleadings; (3) Working closely with Senior Attorneys, Deputy Managing Attorneys, Managing Attorney, and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases; (4) Engaging in proceedings before state and federal courts, public utility commissions, and other
administrative tribunals; (5) Hiring and supervising law students who work as interns or law clerks; and (6) Engaging with clients, coalition partners, and experts, as well as internal communications and legislative staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should apply here and submit a resume, cover letter (see position description for specifics), writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references via Jobvite by October 31st.

Lummi Nation Office of the Reservation Attorney

Staff Attorney I or II. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to the Nation, its departments, and entities, in judicial and administrative proceedings in tribal, federal, and state forums; (2) Assisting in the resolution of complex legal issues impacting the Nation, and its departments and entities; (3) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties; (4) Traveling locally and out of state as necessary to represent the Lummi Nation, as approved in accordance with the Lummi Nation’s policies and procedures; and (5) Attending meetings of the LIBC, the General Council, and Lummi’s Commissions, Boards or Committees, and Inter-tribal or other conferences or meetings. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit an application, cover letter, resume, and reference letters here. Position is open until filled.

Coconino County Attorney’s Office

Attorney II. Two vacancies. Flagstaff, AZ. Duties include: (1) Managing caseloads, which include interviewing and advising clients on their legal rights and obligations; (2) Analyzing case material after investigations; (3) Conducting legal research; (4) Representing clients or the State at court hearings; and (5) Preparing and submitting legal documents to the courts on behalf of clients or the State. Interested candidates can view more information and apply here.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications; (3) Represent the company in legal proceedings; Interact with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal
government; and (4) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and
privileges of the organization and member tribes. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) Providing analysis for ongoing legal cases and issues including Business Transactions, Finance, Gaming, Government Affairs, Litigation, Environmental Law and Policy, Energy, Natural Resources, Taxation, Tribally controlled schools and colleges, and Tribal Housing; (2) Researching and drafting complex legal opinions, preparing drafts of
contracts, notices, ordinances, codes, resolutions and other legal documents; and (3) Defending and prosecuting on behalf of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in all actions arising under the jurisdiction of the Leech Lake Tribal Court, other state and federal district courts and forums as needed. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should fill out an application; see the position description for detailed instructions. The position is open until filled.

Foster Garvey PC

Indian Law Attorney. The position may be Associate, Principal, or Of Counsel, as appropriate. Seattle, WA (preferred), Spokane, WA, or Portland, OR. Remote work arrangements may be considered. Duties include: (1) Tribal treaty litigation; (2) Working with tribal clients on a broad range of tribal governance and economic development matters; (3) Developing experience in the attorney’s areas of particular interest; and (4) Representing tribes and tribal entities. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, recent writing sample, and list of at least three professional references via the firm’s Careers Portal. Review of applications begin next Friday (10/15/21).

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI)

Senior Staff Attorney. Highland, CA. Duties include: (1) Analyzing and drafting Tribal laws, regulations, and policies; (2) Advising on proposed and existing legislation, drafting proposed State and Federal legislation; and (3) Assisting and participating in State and national attorney work groups on matters related to Federal Indian law and gaming law issues, including legislative and litigation matters. Please see the position description and visit the career site for more information.

Navajo Nation

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals; (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; and (4) Providing legal advice and case strategy. 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 (Water Right Unit), Office of the Attorney GeneralWindow Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) 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; (2) Working closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses; (3) Providing 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 and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues; (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; (3) Providing advice to and preparing advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; (4) Conducting legal research, preparing briefs, pleadings and other legal documents; and (5) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney, Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Under the general direction of Attorney General Office and the direct supervision of the assigned Assistant Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Providing legal assistance to the Division of Economic Development, Capital Projects Management Department, the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office, and other entities of the Navajo Nation; (2) Representing the Navajo Nation programs before courts and administrative tribunals; (3) Providing guidance to the Navajo Nation on gaming related matters and representing the Nation at various gaming meetings with tribes, states, and/or the federal government; (4) Monitoring, advising, and assisting the Navajo Nation on legal matters related to census, redistricting, and voting; and (5) Attending meetings with relevant stakeholders, state, and federal officials. This position is open until October 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing 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; (2) Administering 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; (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts.; and (4) Adhering to the Plan of Operation and establishing annual goals and objectives. 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.

Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor. Ramah, NM. Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation government; (2) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases; (3) Attending arraignments, trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; (4) Preparing all required legal documents; (5) Reviewing investigative reports and related documents and determines nature of the criminal offense; (6) Establishing case plan with and advising law enforcement personnel on most serious criminal offenses; and (7) Preparing and obtaining search warrants, conducting follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducting legal research, reviewing criminal complaints, interviewing witnesses. 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, Office of the Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); (2) Researching and studying of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases; (3) Preparing oral arguments, gathers facts and data; (4) Preparing 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; and (5) Making decisions in sensitive cases and seeking assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. 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.

Legal Secretary, Office of the Prosecutor. Dilkon, AZ. Duties include: (1) Drafting legal correspondence, forms, documents, and/or reports, reviews for accuracy, completeness, and conformance with applicable rules and regulations; (2) Finalizing draft notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms; (3) Transcribing hearings, depositions, and meetings for use by the prosecutors/attorneys or as court exhibits; (4) Opening new cases, completing case management, and closing of completed case; and (5) Inputting reports, preparing and generating reports/statistical information. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Hoopa, CA. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants; (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances; (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman; (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations; and (5) Handling employment matters.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Please see the position description for more details. Please see the detailed minimum qualifications here. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and writing sample to Leah Offins, HR Coordinator at l.offins@hoopainsurance.com. The application form can be accessed here. The position is open until filled.  

U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental & Natural Resources Division, Indian Resources Section

Trial Attorney. Denver, CO or Washington, DC. Duties include: (1) Litigation on behalf of federal agencies when they are protecting the rights and resources of federally recognized Indian tribes and their members, (2) Defending against challenges to statutes and agency action designed to protect tribal interests and affirmative actions to protect tribal rights and natural resources. The rights at issue include water rights, the ability to acquire reservation land, hunting and fishing rights, and other natural resources. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants must apply online through USAJOBS. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents by 11:59 PM (EST) by October 13th, 2021 to receive consideration. Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter with brief statement of interest, law school transcript, writing sample, OF 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf and DD-214 , if applicable.

Hobb Straus Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Echo Hawk & Olsen

Associate Attorney – interested in Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law and who is enthusiastic about Indian law. Pocatello, ID. Duties include: (1) Drafting tribal codes, business contracts, policy & procedures, regulations & other critical documents; (2) Communicating legal developments clearly and effectively verbally as well as in writing; and (3) Attention to detail, ability to effectively manage time, work in an organized and detailed manner to meet tight deadlines, keep accurate records, and produce desired results. Please see the position description for more information. Please submit cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary requirements to reception@echohawk.com.

University of Idaho

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager – Technical Assistance. New York, NY or remote. Duties include: (1) Developing a broad range of subject matter expertise around tribal justice projects and community justice projects, including but not limited to, healing to wellness courts and treatment courts, strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile Justice, corrections and reentry, tribal-state relationships, risk-need responsivity tools, and other problem-solving initiatives; (2) Assisting with grant proposals; (3) Giving presentations at national conferences and training events; (4) Helping lead the planning and coordination of roundtables and national training events; (5) Leading the writing of publications, including monographs, fact sheets, toolkits, and other products; and (6) Engaging in projects that support research development for tribal justice system. Please see the position description for more information. See the job posting here. Interested applicants should apply by October 15th, 2021.

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.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Tribal Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney, Fulton, MI. Responsibilities include Prosecution of crimes and civil infractions in the Tribal Court, which arise under the Tribe’s criminal and civil laws, including arraignments, motions, trials and appeals; Work closely with the Tribal Court Administrator and Tribal Judge(s) to improve the delivery of services within the Tribal Court and to assist the Court in case management and docket preparation; and more. For more information, please see the position description. Application deadline is March 29, 2021 at 9am EST.

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Administrative Manager, Albuquerque, NM. Support the AILC staff who oversees its grant-funded programs and activities, including but not limited to its very successful Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The position supports and facilitates the pre-award grant-preparation and submission, advises and assists on compliance issues, supervises an administrative assistant, and leads associated projects.  Closing date:  March 30, 2021. More information at ailc-inc.org.

U.S. Department of Justice

Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination & Compliance Section. Washington, DC. Providing legal counsel to federal civil rights offices; investigating complaints of discrimination, including conducting site visits and interviews; conducting legal and factual research; developing legal arguments and drafting memoranda on substantive legal and policy issues; and more. Application closes 3/25/21. Full details and application instructions are posted here: USAJOBS – Job Announcement and see the position description for more information.

Law, college/grad student internships, Fall 2021, US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination & Compliance Section, Washington, DC [remote option if office reopens]. Legal interns will assist with legal research and writing projects related to ongoing investigations, federal agency coordination, and technical assistance. Legal interns may have the opportunity to assist with investigations, including on-site witness interviews, conducting document reviews, writing document requests, and participating in negotiations. They may assist with training presentations for federal agencies and recipients. Application closes June 30, but hiring is done on rolling basis, with applications open on 3/1/21. Application procedure here. Other info on this position here.

Department of the Interior

Attorney-Advisor, Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region, Twin Cities Regional Office, Bloomington, MN your specific duties will include: Providing legal advice and services to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (and when called upon, any other Bureau of the Department of the Interior) pertaining to all relevant federal laws, regulations, and policies, including but not limited to the Endangered Species Act. Act. Duties may include advising the client on Endangered Species Act permitting actions and on occasion assisting the Department of Justice in judicial litigation. And more. For more information, please see the job description. Closing date: March 26, 2021.

The Tulalip Tribes

Parent Advocate Attorney, Tulalip, WA. Seeking practicing attorney with 3 years of litigation experience, and thorough knowledge of child welfare/dependency laws, Indian Child Welfare cases, civil litigation, and/or public defense. For more information, please see the job description. Application closes March 26th, 2021. If interested in the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to, by Email Address: Alicia Horne ahorne@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov & Mika Jira Mjira@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov, or by mail.

Associate Judge. Main responsibilities include to provide a full range of judicial services by hearing cases in the trial court regarding, but not limited to such issues as, criminal, civil, fishing, hunting, youth dependency, traffic, housing, and gaming. For more information, please see the position description.

 The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Rapid City, SD. Primary responsibilities include representing individuals accused of federal crimes in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The majority of the position’s caseload involves representing individuals accused of federal crimes under the Major Crimes Act and other federal statutes on Oglala Sioux Tribal lands. The position is open until filled with priority consideration for applications received prior to March 23, 2021. Position announcement and application instructions can be found at www.sdnd.fd.org/careers. Applications are encouraged until the announcement is removed from the site. Questions are welcome and should be directed to Jason_Tupman@fd.org.  Please see the position description for more information.

Association on American Affairs

Office Manager, remote. Excellent candidates will have experience delivering measurable, cost-effective results that make the organization’s vision a reality. The Office Manager will create and mantain efficient, effective, and creative systems to increase the productivity of the organization, and be committed to the Association’s mission to create a world where diverse Native American cultures and values are lived, protected and respected. This position is a full-time employment position. Send your application or any questions to general@indian-affairs.orgThe full position description and application instructions can be found on our website.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

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

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Judge, Hoopa, CA. Presides over and adjudicates a variety of civil and juvenile wellness cases as assigned by the Chief Judge; makes evidentiary rulings, reviews pleadings and issues orders, judgments, and decisions; and, performs legal, judicial, and administrative duties associated with an Associate Judge. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. An application can be obtained by visiting the website of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, or by contacting the Hoopa Valley Tribe Human Resources program at 530-625-9200 or emailing hr1@hoopainsurance.com.

DNA – People’s Legal Services

Director of Litigation, Window Rock, AZ. As part of the DNA administrative team and working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation oversees all DNA litigation, advocacy, client education, intake, and outreach; and mentors, supervises, and works with all legal staff on major litigation and routine case work to ensure that DNA provides  high quality  legal services to DNA clients throughout DNA’s service area. The Director of Litigation also works with other DNA administrative staff to ensure compliance with all applicable professional and ethical standards. No closing date – open until filled. More information can be found at the website or see the position description.

Big Fire Law and Policy Group LLP

Summer Associate – Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Minimum 2nd year law student.  The purpose of Big Fire’s Summer Associate Program is to provide law students with opportunities to develop, challenge and broaden their skills and scope of work.  We are committed to the professional development and advancement of our summer associates. Our summer associate program offers challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities to help you launch your career. Open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description.

Gaming and Compliance Attorney – Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years’ experience possessing a strong background in gaming, regulatory compliance, employment law, transactional law, and general corporate law.  This position is a new, unique, and cutting-edge opportunity to work closely with a client on large scale, state-run gaming projects.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Litigation Attorney – Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with 5-10 years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.  Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

PEEBLES KIDDER BERGIN & ROBINSON LLP

(2) Associates, Sacramento, CA. Seeking two associates for our Sacramento office with 3-9 years of experience in corporate law and governance, business transactions and economic development, litigation and dispute resolution.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred.  Open until filled. Please see the position description for more information.

ALCU

(2) Summer interns, Affiliate EDIB. The positions are paid, remote, and open to undergrad or graduate students. Interns will be involved in strategic conversations relevant to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging at a Nationwide scale. Interns will research and build cutting-edge projects relevant to EDIB to support a culture of learning and growth. Students apply here. Resource Here. Priority deadline is March 22, 2021. Please see the position description for more information.

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.

Senior Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General.  Provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Division, departments, Navajo Nation Council and committees regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory compliance, contract and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work in research, trial and other legal work; and performs related duties as required.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assist Attorneys prepares and presents civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies; confers with, gives advice to, and prepares opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  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 general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents 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 Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney 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 and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until March 15, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Office of the Chief Prosecutor:

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

Office of the Prosecutor:

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

Prosecutor, Chinle, AZ.  Under the general supervision of the Chief Prosecutor, this position represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. 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.

Victim and Witness Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general supervision 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. Assist with protective services for victims. Prepares victims for hearings.  This position is open until March 19, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2021 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice:

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. 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.org.  Complete applications are due on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 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 5, 2021.

Summer Law Clerk Opportunities with Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

1) Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Harbor Springs/Petoskey, MI) Prosecutor’s Office is seeking one unpaid summer law clerk funded through your school or other external sources.

2) Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Harbor Springs/Petoskey, MI) Tribal Court is seeking two unpaid summer law clerks funded through your school or other external sources.

3) Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Harbor Springs/Petoskey, MI) Domestic Violence Court is seeking one summer law clerk; funded through the Justice for Families (JFF) grant awarded to LTBB Tribal Court.

Please email cover letters and resumes to Human Resources at hr@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov and state your GPA in your cover letter. We will request transcripts and writing samples for people we are interested in interviewing.

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

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking energetic and motivated candidates for a number of funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice:

  • Natural Resources,
  • Tax and Finance,
  • Litigation,
  • Employment,
  • Human Services,
  • Government Services,
  • Economic Development,
  • Gaming,
  • Water Rights, and
  • Direct Legal Services for Navajo Relocatees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must have completed a law school course on Federal Indian Law.

(To receive full credit for education, certification, or licensure, transcripts, copies of degrees, certificates, and other appropriate documents must be submitted along with employment application.)

Externally funded candidates are also strongly encouraged to apply.

DOJ provides legal services to and litigates on behalf of the three governmental branches of the Navajo Nation government, including its chapters and entities, in matters in which the Navajo Nation government has an interest. The Attorney General also defends litigation against the Navajo Nation and supervises outside attorneys who assist the Nation with various cases.

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, transcript and a short (5-10 page) writing sample to Rodgerick Begay at rbegay@nndoj.orgComplete application packets must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, March 18th.

Selected candidates will also be asked to fill out a formal Navajo Nation Employee Application, which can be found at http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

THE NAVAJO NATION GIVES PREFERENCE TO ELIGIBLE AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NAVAJO PREFERENCE IN EMPLOYMENT ACT AND VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

RFP for tribal prosecutor, proposals will be accepted until January 31, 2017.

Department of the Interior

Senior Advisor (Tribal Relations), Office of the Secretary, Arlington, VA. Closes 1/4/2017.

Senior Advisor (Tribal Relations), Status Applicants. Closes 1/4/2017

Advisor for Tribal Relations, Office of the Secretary, Arlington, VA. Closes 1/5/2017.

Advisor for Tribal Relations, Status Applicants. Closes 1/5/2017.

Department of Justice

Grants Management Specialist (Senior Tribal Policy Advisor), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Washington D.C.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Summer Legal Interns, Traverse City, Southwest Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie.

Native America Humane Society’s Summer Legal Research Intern

Download job announcement here.

Legal research interns for NAHS’s Tribal Animal Legal Code Database Project will gather animal codes from tribal communities in an assigned region of the United States. The gathered codes then go into a database to be hosted by Michigan State University College of Law.