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.

Procopio Now Accepting Applications for Native American Law Internship

Procopio Native American Law Internship Accepting Applications

Procopio has a long standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group extends this tradition to the Native American law community by offering its fourth internship for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law.

Mission and Projects

This opportunity allows students to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing the Native American community. The selected intern will be exposed to matters that deal with specific Indian law related legal practice matters and other legal problems which do not raise inter-tribal or intra-tribal issues. The intern will assist in legal research on various Native American matters for tribal clients, pro bono matters affecting Indian country, and gain experience working in a law firm. Projects may include the development of programs for tribes that they can use in their governmental operations, including tribal histories, Program Audits and development, strategies for cultural resource protection, tribal healthcare, employment, and legislative and rulemaking review and analysis.

Application Process

Applicants should have completed at least their first year of law school prior to the start of the internship. This is a summer internship position, which typically lasts 8 to 10 weeks commencing after June 15, 2013. Internships are paid a stipend of $700 per week.

Applications are to be submitted to the attention Ted Griswold no later than January 15, 2013. All applications should include a short cover letter expressing applicant’s interest in Native American law, along with a brief resume, and law school transcript.