Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC)

Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist. Fairbanks, Anchorage or Juneau, AK. Position is until filled. AKNWRC seeks an organized, detail oriented and dedicated individual to fill the position of Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist.  Applicants must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Alaska State Bar, or become licensed within one year of the position, and have experience working with Tribal Communities and work in public advocacy is required.  It is preferred for the applicant to have experience with domestic violence or harassment protection orders in state or tribal forums.  This person will report to the Law and Policy Director. See the position description for more information.

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2Ls and 3L summer and term clerkships, and recent graduates for our three-year fellowship program. The firm hires five 2Ls each year as full-time summer clerks. Applications for Summer 2023 clerkships will be considered on a rolling basis beginning in mid-July; the application deadline is September 5, 2022. The firm also hires 2Ls and 3Ls as law clerks during the academic year, with a minimum of 15 hours of work per week; though we have returned to our San Francisco offices, remote clerkships are possible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for work during the spring and fall semesters. Finally, the firm also offers a three-year fellowship for highly qualified recent law school graduates. Fellows function as the junior associates of the firm. Applications must be submitted by September 5, 2022 for fellowships beginning in Fall 2023. Please see the position descriptions for more information and to apply.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Oceans Program. Seattle, WA or Remote (US). Earthjustice is hiring a Senior Attorney to join the Oceans Program in Seattle, WA or remote. Apply By 5/23/22. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC

Paralegal Litigation Assistant. An Indigenous rights firm with nine lawyers and offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an experienced paralegal/litigation assistant to our growing civil rights practice in Seattle. The firm seeks an individual with solid litigation and case management experience and proven abilities under pressure, and who exhibits the following attributes: attention to detail; solid writing and organization; tech savvy; critical, proactive and creative thinking; strong work ethic; and sound ethics and morals.  The position will also support office managerial and administrative efforts. Closes: June 1, 2022 or When Filled.

Pueblo of Isleta

Paralegal. Isleta Pueblo, NM. Supports General Counsel Office with tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting, reviewing, and managing of legal documents.  Responsible for communicating with clients, preparing for hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.  Performs specialized administrative services, including but not limited to case management and budget oversight. Position Closes-05/27/2022. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, AZ. Under the direction of the General Counsel, Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closing date is May 19, 2022. To view full job description see above and  applications are available at www.fmyn.org

Public Health Law Center (affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney. Saint Paul, MN. The Public Health Law Center (or, The Center), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is seeking a Staff Attorney who has a passion for working for the social good and who shares our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. The Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney will support our Health Eating and Active Living Programs. To apply for the Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney (Health Eating and Active Living Programs) position, click here. Application review will begin on May 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Interested applicants can apply here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

2023 Summer Associate. Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK.Under the supervision of an attorney, the summer associate performs duties such as cite checking, editing attorney work, conducting legal research, and drafting memoranda.  Summer associates may also have the opportunity to attend and take notes on government briefings and hearings on tribal issues. Closing date: June 30, 2022. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Experienced Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Experienced Attorney (5 or more years) in litigation, transactional, water, natural resources or Indian law matters. Duties may include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revising contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Main duties include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revision contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Contract & remote. Protective Services Attorney will provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult In Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Department: Prosecutor’s Office. Reports to: General Counsel. Overtime: Exempt. Salary: DOE. To apply please contact Cristina Collett Jensen at (830) 421-5389 or via Email: cristina.collett@ktttribe.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Department of Regional Counsel

Attorney Adviser. Dallas, TX. A 2-year full-time fellowship focusing on air counseling and grants. Applications close May 20, 2022. See the position description for more information.

Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Infrastructure and Economic Development Coordinator.  Washington, DC. 1) Assists with development of policies, standards, procedures, and directives related to program functions and requirements, to include initiating and directing research projects necessary to resolve complex or technical issues; 2) Coordinates work activities, assignments, and projects with managers internal to the  Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) and across the Federal programs implementing infrastructure projects and economic development to ensure their understanding and the effective completion of initiatives and requirements; 3) As the OIED Interagency Coordinator, the incumbent works closely with the Indian Affairs bureaus and offices to guide and coordinate Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) implementation and related economic development strategies and policy initiatives; 4) Initiates report’s, position papers and memoranda regarding proposed policy and program changes affecting Indian Affairs interagency programs related to BIL implementation, including interdepartmental matters, proposed regulations and policies, legislative proposals, and stakeholder initiatives; 5) Contributes to the management and coordination of projects for the OIED Director by researching, writing/editing, collaborating on, and performing the initial review of time-sensitive information, correspondence, papers, policy, and briefing materials in response to taskings and action items from internal and external sources.  Closing Date: 05/12/2022.  Additional details: https://go.usa.gov/xuvvX.

Legal Services of South-Central Michigan

Staff Attorney. Lansing, MI. This position is part of the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project (CVLAP), a partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Legal Services of Northern Michigan, and Lakeshore Legal Aid to provide outreach and a wide range of legal representation and advocacy to victims of crime, primarily domestic violence and elder abuse survivors, under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). CVLAP is a statewide program with attorneys throughout Michigan.

Native American Rights Fund

Two (2) Staff Attorney Positions. Boulder, Colorado Office or Washington, D.C. Office. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. Open until filled, with interviews beginning late May. See the position description for more information.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Tribal Prosecutor. Reno, NV. Closing date: Open until filled. Performs a variety of professional legal work; develops, prepares and presents cases requiring court and/or administrative tribunal appearances; trial and/or administrative tribunal and/or appellate work; represents the Colony in criminal or enforcement proceedings; and performs related work as required. Ensures the proper maintenance of prosecution records and compliance with Tribal, State, and National regulations and guidelines. Additionally, ensures all prosecution records comply with the guidelines regarding confidentiality and security of sensitive documents. Other duties as assigned. For more information, please see the job description.  Applications can be found online at https://www.rsic.org/   Submit completed applications to bsmithpeger@rsic.org and esanchez@rsic.org.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney – Full Time Exempt. Tribal Government. Fulton, MI. Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings as requested. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues. For a full description please see the position. Posting Ends 06/02/2022 at 9:30 AM ET. Apply through the NHBP Careers page.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs

Attorney-Adviser. Washington, D.C.  The attorney will provide legal counsel to the Bureau of Indian Education, including on all elements of federal Indian law, federal education law, and administrative law (funding, rulemaking, etc.).  The position closes on May 23, 2022.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor; Dept: Pueblo Courts / Prosecutor’s Office; Closing date for application submission – May 23, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654. See the position description for more information.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Congressional Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, the Director of Congressional Relations will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system.

Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst has both internal and external facing responsibilities grounded in serving Urban Indian Organizations (health care providers to American Indians and Alaska Natives in urban areas) to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discrete research projects and related programs.

Tribal Law & Policy Institute

Tribal Wellness Court Specialist. Remote/Telework. Develop customized technical assistance plans to meet the specific needs of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts; Provide expert onsite and offsite assistance to tribal justice systems, including but not limited to Healing to Wellness Courts seeking to plan, implement, or enhance their programs; Plan, implement, and oversee peer-to-peer tribal healing to wellness court mentor court program; Plans and presents educational workshops for Tribal nations and organizations on issues pertaining to tribal justice. See job announcement for a full list of duties. Closing date: May 31, 2022 or until filled.

Program Assistant. Remote (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA preferred – applicants from other locations will be considered). The Program Assistant is a full-time position responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties. Open until position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until June 9, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, NM.  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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. 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.

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  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 May 26, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (White Collar Crime Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government in the area of White Collar Crime prosecution; and assist as needed, in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases and in the litigation of child neglect, dependencies, juvenile criminal and civil cases, and related juvenile matters as needed. Attend arraignments (as required), trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing and disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with investigators, law enforcement, and related governmental agencies specializing in white collar crime and most other serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. Provides supervision to the White Collar Crime Unit and ensures the continued daily operation and management of the unit.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 24, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until June 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

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Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

University of Idaho College of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tribal Economics.  The primary requirement is that this person needs to have a Ph.D, preferably in a field related to economics.  Beyond that, the position is designed broadly. The initial appointment is one year with the possibility of extension. The position will support interdisciplinary research in Native American law, economics in Indian Country, and tribal economic development with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, community-based observing, and place-based approaches. Projects will include working directly with regional tribal communities to develop research that supports tribal economic development goals, provides College of Law students experiential learning opportunities, and significantly contributes to the scholarship in the Fellow’s fields. Candidates with research interests that overlap with the College’s other Native American Law research and teaching priorities (natural resources, water law, treaty rights, climate change, family law, violence against women) are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be part of the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program and will help to develop program goals and support program students. The candidate will directly coordinate with the NAL Program Director to lead and/or co-lead NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. This will entail working with, co-leading, and leading, college and university interdisciplinary teams to develop funding opportunities and enhance the co-production of knowledge in tribal economic development. See the description for more information and to apply.

Faculty. Moscow campus (Business Associations, Contracts, Property, Torts). The University of Idaho College of Law seeks up to three entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as full-time, temporary faculty members for the Fall 2022 semester at our Moscow campus. The College of law is particularly interested in candidates to teach the following courses: Business Associations, Contracts, Property, and Torts. Other possible courses include, but are not limited to, Bankruptcy, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Sales, and Public Lands and Natural Resources Law.

Faculty. Boise campus (Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law). The University of Idaho College of Law seeks up to two entry-level or experienced faculty members interested in serving as full-time, temporary faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year at our Boise campus. The College of Law is particularly interested in candidates to teach the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigations, Constitutional Law II (individual rights and liberties), and Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudications.

Arizona Indian Gaming Association

Executive Director. Phoenix, AZ. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (Director) is responsible for overall management and operation of the AIGA with oversight of day-to-day operations and the development and implementation of AIGA’s strategic plan and policies. The Director serves as the leader providing overall management, planning, execution and leadership for all aspects of the organization. The Director’s primary responsibilities will be to administer the daily functions of the organization including managing membership and staff of AIGA, coordinating and leading membership meetings; providing oversight for policy and regulatory initiatives; and organizing its annual conference. Closing Date: April 29, 2022. Please see attached a job description for more information.

The ACLU of Montana

Policy Associate. We seek someone who is organized and detail-oriented, to use their understanding of political dynamics in Montana and the biennial state legislative session to increase the ACLU of Montana’s impact in the policy realm. The Policy Associate will track legislators and legislation to assist the Advocacy & Policy department’s programs, utilizing their understanding of the Montana political landscape and political process, including political dynamics, important political issues for community members, state legislators, and legislation. The job description can be found online here and above. We will begin reviewing applications May 16, 2022 and are aiming for a position start date in August.

California Indian Legal Services

Domestic Violence Advocate. Eureka, CA. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Domestic Violence Legal Advocate will work collaboratively with staff and support the CILS grant-funded attorney with referrals, forms, setting appointments and providing exceptional legal services in domestic violence cases. The Legal Advocate is a part-time position at 20 hours per work week Monday-Friday. This position includes general office and case management work.

New Mexico Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney. Represent individuals living on or near the 19 Pueblos and/or Mescalero Apache Nation. NAP supports and approaches tribal sovereignty through litigating and encouraging clients to use their tribal courts and assessing matters through tribal law. Most of NAP’s work is a variety of civil legal issues including family law, tribal housing, tribal employment, public benefits, consumer, and education law.  We also provide some criminal defense representation and represent respondent parents in child in need of services matters in Pueblo courts pursuant to the Pueblo’s codes.  Our work often involves travel throughout New Mexico.  NMLA offers and encourages an amazing work-life balance. Check out the benefits package here. Open until filled.   

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes

Tribal Project Manager. This position will be housed at the Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, and can be worked remotely. Significant grants and project management experience with Federal and state-funded initiatives, especially those involving tribal nations and/or communities of color. Experience in accounting/budgetary support, knowledge of federal grant submission databases, grant reporting requirements, and contract and sub-recipient management in required. Position will remain open until filled. Apply here.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Clean Energy Program | Earthjustice. Can be located in any of Earthjustice’s offices, with a preference for the position to be in one of our primary program offices – New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, or Los Angeles.  The Senior Attorney will reside in our Clean Energy Program, focusing on litigation, advocacy and strategy before state public utility commissions, administrative bodies, and in courts in support of an equitable transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. The work will include combatting fossil-fuel-fired generation, with a focus on emerging threats that could jeopardize progress toward a clean energy future. The deadline for applications is May 13, 2022.

Litigation Assistant, Northern Rockies Office. Bozeman OR Remote (US). Earthjustice seeks a full-time Litigation Assistant to join the Northern Rockies regional office, based in Bozeman, MT.  The successful applicant will provide litigative and administrative support to our growing team of six attorneys, a litigation assistant, and a legal practice manager.  This role may report to the Bozeman Office or be fully remote. Successful applicant must be able to travel to attend occasional team retreats. Apply hereby May 1, 2022.

Associate Attorney. Anchorage or Juneau, AK. The Alaska office of Earthjustice seeks an Associate Attorney to join our team working to protect the natural values and ecosystems of Alaska and the people who use and rely on them.  This role can be performed from our Juneau or Anchorage offices. Apply here by May 15, 2022.

Environmental Law Institute 

Lead, Technology & Innovation Lab Programs . Washington DC. As a part of ELI’s Research & Policy team, the Lead, Technology & Innovation Lab Programs would support ELI’s Innovation Lab and Technology and the Environment programs. You would be responsible for varied project and program assignments in collaboration with more senior research and policy staff including, but not limited to, project management, research tasks, writing, outreach, and support for fundraising activities. Applications due 5/20/2022. 

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. To apply: Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Please also fill out an employment application.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFQ, Education Outreach Coordinator. Victims of Crime Program, Humboldt County, CA. The Education Outreach Coordinator is a contract position that will assist the Program Director in collecting and cross-referencing all direct service information and mandatory performance measures related to the OVC award. In addition, assist the Victims of Crime program to provide secondary and tertiary prevention education to the greater public. For examples of this work, see the RFQ. Qualifications statement due by April 29th, 2022.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

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

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves 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; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains 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.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until May 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks 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, Shiprock, NM.  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. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. 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.

Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 29, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  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 May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters. These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will contact qualified applicants for an interview. This is a paid summer law clerk internship and working remotely is an option.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

Sonosky

Attorney. San Diego, CA. Seeking attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at www.sonosky.com. This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

Lippes Mathias LLP

Associate Attorney – Indian Law. Buffalo, NY. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Please see the description for more information.

Miller Nash LLP

Midlevel Transactional Indian Law Associate. Miller Nash’s lawyers are proud to provide legal counsel and guidance to tribal governments, organizations, and enterprises in many areas, including cannabis, gaming, tax, liquor, real estate, construction, intellectual property, labor and employment, data privacy, and other economic development matters. We are looking to expand our experienced Tribal team by adding an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience with, and a passion for, addressing the complex transactional needs of tribes and tribal enterprises, as well as non-tribal clients in transactions with tribes and tribal enterprises. For more information, please see the job description.

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Friday Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Staff Attorney. Reno, NV. Prepares and renders legal opinions concerning the RSIC, it’s functions, jurisdiction, procedures, and policies and performs the necessary legal research to support these opinions; Create a searchable data base of RSIC ordinances, laws, resolutions, and other RSIC documents, and assist in the development of an RSIC recorder’s office; and more. For more information, see the description. Application here. Position is open until filled.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Attorney General. Omaha Tribal Court Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Omaha Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Open Until Filled.

Tribal Prosecutor. Omaha Tribal Court – Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Shall prosecute all criminal matters in the name of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, making independent decisions on whether to file formal charges, the nature of those charges, whether to recommend plea bargains and trying both jury and non-jury cases. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Open until filled.

Redding Rancheria

Staff Attorney. Redding, CA. Main duties: Under the direction of the Tribal Attorney, provide general legal services to the tribal government and various arms of the Tribe, which may include appearances in tribal, state, and/or federal forums.  Closing date: May 15, 2022. Starting date: September 1, 2022 (flexible to accommodate for the bar exam).  Note – the Tribe agrees to waive the experience requirement if the candidate is a 3L or recent law school graduate with an educational background in federal Indian law. To apply, please email Michael Hollowell (Michael.Hollowell@reddingrancheria-nsn.gov) one pdf containing your cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, and a writing sample specific to federal Indian law or protecting tribal interests. See the description for more information.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Office of External Affairs.  This position will lead our Tribal engagement work, including standing up new resources to support Tribes.  This position works across the Commission in collaboration with numerous program offices such as the newly established Office of Public Participation, the Office of Energy Projects, and the Office of General Counsel’s Environmental Justice & Equity Team.  See the position description for more information.

Ørsted 

Offshore Wind Historic Permitting Specialist. Boston, MA / New York, NY / Annapolis, MD / Providence, RI. You’ll be part of the Strategic Permitting team where you, together with your colleagues, will direct work for our consultants to prepare defensible and streamlined onshore and offshore archaeological and visual impact assessments and serve as our lead internal SME on this topic. You’ll support the permitting team in preparing applicable sections of permit applications and lead portions of regulatory stakeholder engagement, working with our Tribal Liaison.. Apply here. Application deadline: May 7, 2022.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFQ, Program Attorney.  Humboldt County, CA. The tribe has over 67 statutes on a variety of subject matters. The court hears cases involving family law, child abuse and neglect, evictions, domestic violence restraining orders, juvenile delinquency, juvenile wellness court, traffic citations, and civil complaints for monetary damages. The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court Survivors of Crime Program intends to address crime victims’ immediate and long-term needs. Our intended outcome is for victims and survivors to have access and services with low and no barriers within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Remote Attorneys will be considered. Please see the RFQ for more information.

Earthjustice

The following Earthjustice offices and programs are accepting applications for full- or part-time legal externs for Fall 2022. We are seeking current law students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment, and who are eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement through this externship. Fall 2022 externships will be fully remote, but successful candidates may have the opportunity to visit their nearest Earthjustice office. Externs are unpaid and must receive academic credit or fulfill a graduation requirement for their work with Earthjustice. To apply, click here. The deadline to apply for all Fall 2022 externship opportunities at Earthjustice is May 15, 2022 via Jobvite. Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application.

  • Biodiversity Defense Program
  • California Regional Office, San Francisco
  • Clean Energy Program
  • Community Partnerships Program
  • DC Regional Office
  • International Program
  • Northeast Regional Office
  • Puerto Rico Team
  • Rocky Mountain Office
  • Sustainable Food & Farming Program
  • Toxic Exposure & Health Program

Science Externship. Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program is seeking a junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student for a part- or full-time (preferably full-time) science externship during fall 2022. The student must be eligible to receive course credit through their program for this role. This is a remote role, but the successful candidate may have the opportunity to visit the Earthjustice office nearest them. Our Sustainable Food & Farming Program is spearheading innovative strategies to reduce the climate, health, and environmental harms caused by industrial livestock and crop production, and to accelerate a shift to sustainable agriculture nationwide. We represent environmental organizations and consumer watchdogs as well as farmworkers and sustainable producers, grassroots organizations and environmental justice communities. Interested candidates should submit materials by May 15, 2022 via Jobvite. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC)

Staff Attorney I – Indian Child Welfare. Lummi Nation, Bellingham, WA. Works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney (ORA) on issues concerning or affecting tribal sovereignty and the exercise of tribal jurisdiction over Indian Child Welfare for the Lummi Nation. Duties may include representing the Nation primarily in state court proceedings involving Lummi children and youth and other staff attorney duties as assigned. Job performance of the Staff Attorney I is evaluated by the Legal Director or his/her designee. Closing Date: Until Filled. For more information and to apply, see the position description.

Staff Attorney I or II. Lummi Nation, Bellingham, WA. Works within the Office of the Reservation Attorney (ORA) for the Lummi Nation, and its departments and entities, on a broad range of issues concerning or affecting tribal sovereignty and self-governance.  Duties may include providing legal advice and representing the Nation, and its departments and entities, in judicial and administrative proceedings in tribal, federal and state forums. Job performance of the Staff Attorney I or II is evaluated by the Legal Director. Closing Date: Until Filled. For more information and to apply, see the position description.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Judicial Branch

(RFQ, Project Evaluator for new Tribal Healing to Wellness Court. The proposals are due June 1, 2022. Please see the RFQ for more information.

University of Colorado Law School

American Indian Law Program Fellow, Boulder, CO. Support AILP faculty, students, and staff on education and advocacy concerning Indigenous Rights. Closing date: May 1, 2022. Please see the position description for more information and to apply. 

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. To apply: Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Please also fill out an employment application.

ACLU of Washington

 Youth Policy Manager or Counsel. Seattle, WA.Seeks a passionate and strategic advocate to lead its efforts to break the school to prison pipeline, promote community-based interventions for young people who commit crimes, and ensure all K-12 youth in Washington are provided an equitable public education. In addition to providing leadership on youth issues, the Youth Policy Manager or Counsel will work as a member of the Policy Advocacy Group (PAG), collaborating with the PAG Director and PAG team members to develop additional policy priorities consistent with the ACLU-WA’s strategic plan. The Youth Policy Manager or Counsel will also work collaboratively with the entire office. Please note that we welcome applicants with or without a JD degree to apply for this position. The selected candidate will have the title that best matches their credentials. To view the full job description, as well as how to apply, please visit our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers. Application Deadline: May 15, 2022.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Supreme Court Law Clerk, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes April 30, 2022.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Shiprock Judicial District, Shiprock, N.M. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside 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; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

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

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

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

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

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Job Announcements

Thank you for your patience with Friday Job Announcements as the ILPC undergoes staff changes! Below, find announcements from schools, organizations, firms, and the federal government (3/18/22-current).

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

In the email body: 

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

Job Announcements from schools, organizations, firms, and the federal government


Schools and Organizations

University of Idaho College of Law

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tribal Economics.  The primary requirement is that this person needs to have a Ph.D, preferably in a field related to economics.  Beyond that, the position is designed broadly. The initial appointment is one year with the possibility of extension. The position will support interdisciplinary research in Native American law, economics in Indian Country, and tribal economic development with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement, community-based observing, and place-based approaches. Projects will include working directly with regional tribal communities to develop research that supports tribal economic development goals, provides College of Law students experiential learning opportunities, and significantly contributes to the scholarship in the Fellow’s fields. Candidates with research interests that overlap with the College’s other Native American Law research and teaching priorities (natural resources, water law, treaty rights, climate change, family law, violence against women) are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be part of the UI Native American Law (“NAL”) Program and will help to develop program goals and support program students. The candidate will directly coordinate with the NAL Program Director to lead and/or co-lead NAL Program projects and to advance NAL Program strategic goals. This will entail working with, co-leading, and leading, college and university interdisciplinary teams to develop funding opportunities and enhance the co-production of knowledge in tribal economic development. See the description for more information and to apply.

The Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. College of Law

Professor. IPLP is seeking a faculty colleague to lead the IPLP into its next phase. In its 20th year, the IPLP is unique in our approach to legal education in the fields of federal Indian law, tribal law and policy, and Indigenous peoples human rights. The IPLP hosts 7 full-time tenured faculty, 3 clinics, 6 degree programs, and nearly $2m in annual grants and contract funding. Students and alumni in the IPLP program are leaders in their communities, on campus, nationally and internationally.  Please visit the IPLP website for more information about the program.  The individual who is hired will take on the administrative role of running this global, multi-faceted program including recruiting students, developing educational programming, and seeking internal and external grant funding. The individual will also have the opportunity to teach in areas of interest and pursue their scholarly research agenda. Please feel free to contact the chair of the search committee, Teresa Miguel-Stearns (tmiguelstearns@arizona.edu), for additional information.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Escondido Office. California Indian Legal Services is a statewide, tribally controlled, non-profit corporation that provides legal services to Indian tribes, Indian organizations and low income individual Indians on issues involving Federal Indian Law. CILS provides a variety of legal services including brief counsel and advice and extended representation on core legal issues affecting Native Americans and Indian tribes. CILS is involved in litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and also provides transactional services to tribes involving economic development and tribal infrastructure. Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Escondido Directing Attorney Mark Vezzola via e-mail at mvezzola@calindian.org.

Legal/Administrative Assistant. Eureka Field Office. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this is a full-time position devoted to enhancing attorney effectiveness by providing information-management support; administrative and clerical support in a legal office environment. The work is specialized and requires knowledge of the preparation and processing requirements of legal documents, legal terminology, civil procedures and discovery, sources of law and the court system. For more information, please see the position description.

Columbia Riverkeeper

Staff Attorney. Portland or Hood River, Oregon. Depending on experience and qualifications, it may be possible to work remotely in Oregon or Washington, but periodic travel to Portland or Hood River would be necessary. Work is currently remote due to the pandemic, with the option to work from the office if preferred. The Staff Attorney is responsible for working with Riverkeeper’s team of community organizers, communications specialists, and attorneys to develop and execute campaigns, including representing Riverkeeper in litigation, administrative proceedings, rulemaking committees, and state legislatures. See the position description for more information and to apply. Application Deadline: April 18, 2022. Consider applying early; the Hiring Team will review applications on a rolling basis. 

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

Chief Executive Officer. South Dakota. CHMF is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to honor and accomplish the mission and vision of the organization. The CEO will manage and lead all aspects of the organization, including day-to-day operations, public relations, financial management, and oversight and implementation of the Board-approved strategic plan. Specific responsibilities and qualifications are listed below. For best chance of consideration, please submit your application by April 22, 2022. Apply here and see the description for more information.

Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project

Supervising Attorney. Northern Michigan, this position will be fully remote. The Supervising Attorney will provide case supervision for the CVLAP attorneys housed at Legal Services of Northern Michigan and the CVLAP Tribal Attorney, and work closely with the Managing Attorney and other CVLAP Supervising Attorneys in coordinating the activities of the CVLAP program. Responsibilities will include managing a caseload representing survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse (33-50%), working with the Managing Attorney to train/supervise 3 to 6 CVLAP staff attorneys, meet grant requirements including reporting, and coordinate intake and case assignment, and other administrative tasks as required. Complete this application form. Send your resume and cover letter as attachment(s) with “CVLAP Supervising Attorney” in the subject line to jobs@lsscm.org(link sends e-mail). For more information, see the description.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney. Northern Rockies Office. Bozeman, MT, or Remote from  ID, MT, WY. Earthjustice is hiring an Associate Attorney to join our Fossil Fuels Program and fight. We use the power of the law to challenge the onslaught of new oil and gas infrastructure development that threatens climate, communities and our environment. This role will work cross-regionally with a focus on the Ohio River Valley, based in Chicago, Illinois. See the description for more information.

Supervisory Litigation Paralegal, Fossil Fuels Program. San Francisco | Chicago | New Orleans | Houston. Earthjustice is hiring a Supervisory Litigation Paralegal to join our Fossil Fuels Program. This role may be based from San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans or Houston. See the description for more information.

Litigation Assistant. New York City. Earthjustice seeks a full-time Litigation Assistant to join the Northeast regional office, based in New York City.  The successful applicant will provide both substantive and administrative support to our team of attorneys, who litigate in federal and state courts and conduct administrative advocacy to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment and to speed our transition away from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy. See the description for more information. 

Policy Advocate, Northwest Regional. Seattle, WA or Remote from Western Washington State. We are looking to add a Policy Advocate to our team. The Northwest Policy Advocate will be responsible for developing and implementing both legislative and administrative strategies in Washington, focusing at first on clean energy and transportation issues through an equity lens. The Policy Advocate’s docket could eventually expand to include a broader array of environmental issues impacting the Pacific Northwest region. The Policy Advocate will be a member of Earthjustice’s Northwest Regional Office, based in Seattle. Travel to Olympia, WA will be expected, and hybrid/remote work from the Olympia area will be considered. Applicants should submit via Jobvite by April 17, 2022. We are looking to onboard this role between June and August 2022.

Associate Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health. This position will begin in September 2022 in New York, NY. Litigation Style Earthjustice seeks an Associate Attorney to join the Toxic Exposure & Health Program. Preference will be given to applicants who apply by April 18, 2022.

Environmental Law Institute

Development & Board Associate. As a part of ELI’s Development team, your primary objective will be to help raise funds and support the Board of Directors in order to contribute to ELI’s overall mission to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. ELI will accept applications for this position until 11:59 pm EST Friday, April 22, 2022. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the post may be filled prior to the closing deadline. Please see the description for more information.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)

ARP Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Technical Assistance and Training Specialist, full-time (remote). This position will help strengthen NIWRC’s culturally-based COVID-19 technical assistance and resources for Native survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, three professional references, two writing samples, and two examples of training slide decks to Brenda Hill, Director of Technical Assistance and Training, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022. 

ARP Technical Assistance and Training Specialist, full-time (remote). This position will help ensure NIWRC’s technical assistance and resource development in response to COVID-19 is culturally, historically, and legally relevant and supports the immediate crisis needs of Native survivors of violence. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, three professional references, two writing samples, and two examples of training slide decks to Brenda Hill, Director of Technical Assistance and Training, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022.

Data Specialist, full-time (remote). This position will provide technology and data support for NIWRC’s internal team projects and maintain an external ARP focused databases of resources for grantees. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and a portfolio demonstrating previous work to Tang Cheam, IT Director, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022.

IT Assistant, full-time (remote). This position will help provide NIWRC with technical support, tech support for virtual and onsite trainings, and assist with information requests. To apply, please complete and submit an employment application, a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Tang Cheam, IT Director, at careers@niwrc.org by April 15, 2022.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Associate Attorney (2 Positions). Fort Defiance, AZ. Provides legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law, such as contracts, proposals, leases, and employment. Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues, pleadings, motions, discovery and stipulations. Drafts, reviews, and approves policies and procedures, regulations, bylaws, and other legal documents. Writes, develops and recommends company policy, and more. Position is Open Until Filled. Interested candidates can apply here.

Public Rights Project

2022 Affirmative Leaders Fellows. We are looking for attorneys working in state, local, and tribal governments that are interested in bolstering their office’s affirmative litigation practice. Fellows must be current employees of a state, local, or tribal government law office with an active bar membership in the jurisdiction where their office is located. At least part of their job description should include affirmative litigation. Applications are due on May 6.  Apply by April 15 for a discount on the program fee. you can find our application online. You can also nominate someone to apply here. 

Save the Pine Barrens 

Attorney: environmental, Native American Indian law. Remote and in person, travel required, Based in Plymouth, MA (minimum 2 days a week in the office as COVID allows).STPB is a volunteer-led non-profit working to protect land and water in Southeastern Massachusetts from industrial sand mining and utility scale energy projects causing deforestation and threatening the groundwater aquifer, rivers, wetlands, environmental justice communities and Indigenous culture. STPB is part of a regional network of groups working to raise awareness about the role of forests, wetlands, and water and biodiversity protection in climate change mitigation and the impacts on Indigenous rights and land sovereignty from sand mining and deforestation. See the position description for more information and to apply.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation

Advocacy Corps organizers. FCNL a nonpartisan organization that lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace and justice. This is a program that trains young adults ages 19-30 to work in their own communities to organize peers to lobby Congress to support and ultimately pass just policy. The 2022-23 Advocacy Corps cohort will work with the Native American Policy portfolio on passing the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act. They will urge Congress to formally investigate the historic trauma of the boarding school era and develop recommendations for the government to take further action on this for the first time. Applications are due April 12th. Apply here.


Firms

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Antitrust Associate. San Francisco, CA. Our diverse team of antitrust attorneys have successfully challenged cartels and monopolies in the pharmaceutical, high technology, electronic component, and medical industries on behalf of consumers, hospitals, local governments, and small businesses.  Associates have lead roles in cases, investigating cases, consulting closely with clients, taking and defending depositions, writing and arguing motions and appeals, working with experts, participating in trials and mediations. Resumes in confidence to: Lin Chan, Hiring Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, 275 Battery St., 29th Fl, SF, CA 4111.  Email: jobs@lchb.com. Please apply here or send resumes in confidence to the attention of Michelle Reardon, Recruiting Coordinator, at mreardon@lchb.com.

Miller Nash LLP

Midlevel Transactional Indian Law Associate. Miller Nash’s lawyers are proud to provide legal counsel and guidance to tribal governments, organizations, and enterprises in many areas, including cannabis, gaming, tax, liquor, real estate, construction, intellectual property, labor and employment, data privacy, and other economic development matters. We are looking to expand our experienced Tribal team by adding an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience with, and a passion for, addressing the complex transactional needs of tribes and tribal enterprises, as well as non-tribal clients in transactions with tribes and tribal enterprises. For more information, please see the job description.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. We are seeking an experienced attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at http://www.sonosky.com. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a writing sample to Susan Jones at susan@abqsonosky.com.  This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.


Federal Government

Department of the Interior

Attorney-Adviser. Albuquerque, NM. As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Southwest Regional Office, your specific duties will include: Primary focus of this position will be on Federal Indian law, Federal water law, and other issues for BIA Navajo, including land and environmental law issues, National Environmental Policy Act and permitting matters, contracting issues (primarily under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), leasing and right-of-way issues, trespass issues, forestry issues, and grazing issues, and more. For more information see the full description above and apply here.  Closing Date: 4-18-22.

Library of Congress

Specialist in Natural Resources Policy (Native American Issues). The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Resources, Science and Industry Division (RSI), seeks a Specialist in Natural Resources. The analyst will address natural resources policy with an emphasis on lands, natural resources, and energy and mineral issues in a tribal, American Indian, or Alaska Native context. Closing Date: April 21, 2022. For more information, see the description.

See previous post.

Job Announcements

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Earthjustice

Associate Attorney – Tribal Partnership Program. Denver, CO; Seattle, WA. This position will focus on litigation and advocacy on behalf of our tribal clients and partners. Earthjustice is proud of our longstanding and productive relationships with tribes and Indigenous communities and is committed to expanding our tribal and Indigenous representation. Duties include: (1) Working with the Tribal Partnerships team to develop and implement strategies for expanding Earthjustice’s ability and capacity to partner with and represent tribes and tribal communities; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research and analysis, discovery, briefing, and oral advocacy; (3) Cultivating new clients, allies, and coalition partners; (4) Developing and executing effective media strategies; (4) Participating in long-term planning, strategy development, goal-setting, and work plan management that advances a collective vision for Tribal Partnerships; (5) Participating actively in efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and personally engage with colleagues, clients, and partners in a manner that is consistent with those efforts; and (6) Developing and participating in training and professional development opportunities appropriate to the role and the organization. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit via Jobvite a resume, cover letter (see description for details), writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and a list of three professional or academic references. For this position, we are looking to hire a candidate that is available to start between April and October 2022 with flexibility. Preference will be given to candidates who apply by January 10, 2021.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative 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.

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Staff Attorney. Washington, D.C. Office. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an attorney with excellent research and writing skills to assume a docket including complex litigation, appeals, some legislative matters, and assistance with the Tribal Supreme Court Project and Judicial Selection Project.

The Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC)

State-Tribal Policy Fellow. The Montana Budget & Policy Center (MBPC) is hiring for a State-Tribal Policy Fellow to be based in Montana. The fellowship is a two-year program sponsored by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; however, the position will be housed at MBPC. The Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity to develop in-depth policy expertise. Responsibilities include tracking and analyzing legislative proposals and state budgets as they relate to tribal communities, as well as conducting research and analysis on state budget, tax, and other issues to improve the lives of families. Fellows will produce reports and other materials for use by policymakers, journalists, advocacy groups, and civic organizations and collaborate with community-based advocates to engage the public on the impacts of public policies on their communities. Additionally, Fellows will participate in training and career development opportunities, work with mentors, and have access to ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth. Read more about the position here. To apply for a State Policy Fellowship, please complete the application form and submit the required materials by February 18th, 2022. If you have questions, please contact Eric Figueroa at efigueroa@cbpp.org or Preston Parish at pparish@montanabudget.org.

The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General – two openings. Sells, AZ. The Tohono O’odham Office of Attorney General is hiring two (2) Assistant Attorneys General.  The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues.  While the two postings are for an Assistant Attorney General IV, the Office of Attorney General will consider applicants with less than eight years of experience. Attorneys enjoy a diverse practice, face challenging jurisdictional issues, and protect tribal sovereignty.  Knowledge of federal Indian Law is preferred but not necessary. Position classifications are as follows: Assistant Attorney General I (1 year of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General II (3 years of legal experience); Assistant Attorney General III (6 years of legal experience); and Assistant Attorney General IV (8 years of legal experience). Interested candidates should send their resume to Attorney General Howard M. Shanker at Howard.Shanker@tonation-nsn.gov . Please call Mr. Shanker at (520) 349-0559 if you have any specific questions. 

Stanford Law School

Environmental Justice Clinical Fellow. Stanford, CA. The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applications for a full-time resident Environmental Justice Clinical Fellowship with the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) from attorneys with a demonstrated commitment to advancing environmental justice. The Fellow will be responsible for working with clinical faculty, staff, clients, and community partners to expand the ELC’s existing environmental justice partnerships, docket and pedagogy and to deepen the clinic’s engagement across a range of environmental justice domains. Areas of substantive focus for the Fellow may include: protecting and advancing indigenous rights, indigenous land management, and tribal cultural, economic, and religious practices as they relate to natural resources and the environment; fighting disproportionate impacts of oil and gas extraction, industrial agriculture, and other industrial activities; eliminating and abating exposures to lead, pesticides, and other toxins; advancing climate justice and food security; compelling civil rights enforcement on environmental issues; advancing participatory governance in environmental decision-making; and addressing water allocation and quality inequities and concerns for vulnerable and overburdened communities. This position is for a two-year fixed term, and the Fellow will work primarily in-person at the Mills Legal Clinic on the main Stanford campus. Applicants should submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as a resume, writing sample, list of three professional references, and a law school transcript through http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/, referencing job number 92380. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must be available to start no later than August 2022.

The Yurok Tribe

Summer 2022 Law Clerk. Klamath, CA. The Law Clerk position requires a minimum seven-week commitment and includes research, writing, or other work on Federal Indian law and/or Yurok specific-issues related to current OTA assignments. Our Law Clerk program provides the unique opportunity to work closely with our clients, Yurok Tribal Council and Department Directors, and experience the diversity of areas in which in-house tribal counsel regularly work. The Yurok Tribe currently has over 30 departments and programs, ranging from forestry, social services, economic development, and fisheries to governmental affairs. To apply to the Law Clerk position, please email Associate General Counsel, Alexandra Mojado, at amojado@yuroktribe.nsn.us the following materials: Cover Letter, Resumé, Law School Transcript, and a Legal Writing Sample (no more than five pages).

Legal Director. Longview, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing higher quality and more services in the areas we traditionally cover; (2) Creating new programs to respond to the needs of particular communities and families involved in the child welfare system; (3) Direct client service; and (4) Overseeing the coordination of services in partnership with a variety of legal partners in our community and our staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three attorney or judicial references including opposing council, to cwlap@live.com. Include in the subject line your name and Legal Director. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the job posting. Applications will be accepted until January 10th, 2022.

Crow Tribe of Indians

Johnson O’Malley Coordinator. Crow Agency, MT. Supervisor will be the education director. This position is primarily responsible for the overall coordination of the Johnson O/Malley program for the Crow Tribal Administration. This position is responsible for coordinating and administering the Johnson O’Malley program with schools. Work is performed in an office setting during normal business hours. Travel to attend meetings and conferences. This position requires skills and be knowledgeable in the use of a computer and various office equipment. Must be able to write quarterly reports and an annual report for JOM. Please see the position description for more information. This position is open until filled.

Song Bird Daycare Director. Crow Agency, MT. Duties include: (1) Overseeing the daycare’s daily operations; (2) Overseeing the training and professional development of all daycare staff; (3)Ensuring a safe and educational environment for young children; (4) Communicating effectively with parents, staff, and the community; and (5) Promoting a positive, caring climate for learning for children, staff, and parents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by January 10th, 2022.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Portland, OR. This position has remote/hybrid and less than full-time potential. Qualifications for candidates include: superior research and writing skills; strong academic performance; strong communication skills; and a commitment to tribal representation. We will consider all applicants but we are specifically looking for candidates who have between 2-5 years of legal experience. Prior experience in the field of Indian law is strongly preferred. This position is open until filled. Please see the Job Announcement for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Eleanor Manning at emanning@hobbsstraus.com.

The Nez Perce Tribe

Prosecutor. Lapwai, ID. Duties include: (1) Representing the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before the Nez Perce Tribal Court; (2) Reviewing reports and charging cases, drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents; (3) Representing the Tribe in civil prosecutions and Minor In Need of care/ICWA proceedings that come before the Tribal Court; and (4) Supervising an Administrative Legal assistant, deputy prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement attorney. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should fill out a tribal employment application here. Further details and the application are available here.

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. 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.

Attorney (Water Rights Unit) – Office of the Attorney General. Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation on water rights matters, including the adjudication of water rights in administrative, state and federal courts for the purpose of securing and protecting the Nation’s water rights; (2) Working directly and indirectly on settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights, including the implementation of successful settlements; (3) Working closely with legal and technical staff within the NNDOJ Water Rights and Natural Resources Units, Department of Water Resources, Water Management Branch, other programs within the Nation, contract counsel, and with consultants retained to provide technical support or to serve as expert witnesses; (4) Providing legal work, legal research, and preparing legal memorandums, briefs, pleadings and other documents necessary for litigation and settlement purposes; and (5) Drafting, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting judicial decisions, legislation, contracts, leases, permits and other related documents. 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.

Prosecutor – Office of the Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. 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 including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; (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) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case; (8) Preparing legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; (9) Assisting/collaborating other Juvenile Presenting Officers, law enforcement personnel, social services workers, and etc.; and (10) Presenting complex adjudication in family courts. 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. Tuba City, 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) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; (6) Preparing a legal strategy; (7) Identifying and subpoenaing witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; and (8) Assisting/collaborating other Juvenile Presenting Officers, law enforcement personnel, social services workers, and etc. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until January 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Judicial Hearing Officer – Judicial Branch. 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; and (2) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Supreme Court Law Clerk – Judicial BranchSupreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position closes January 31, 2022.

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

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

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

American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky

 Staff Attorney. Louisville, KY. Works under the direction of the legal director. Duties include: (1) Developing and litigating cases at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts on a wide variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues; (2) Engaging in pro-active litigation around our strategic priority areas with a likely focus on criminal legal reform; and (3) Working closely with communications staff and policy advocates in support of the ACLU of Kentucky’s integrated advocacy model, which unites legal advocacy, policy advocacy, organizing, and base building for maximum impact. Please see the position description for more information and for detailed application instructions. The position is open until filled.

Ute Mountain Ute Court of Indian Offenses

Chief Magistrate Judge. Towaoc, CO. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Ute Mountain Ute Agency is
seeking a Chief Magistrate Judge for the Ute Mountain Ute Court of Indian Offenses. The
Magistrate contributes to the mission of this office by assisting in the administration of judicial
services within the Southwest Region’s Court of Indian Offenses. The Magistrate serves as an
agent of the U.S. Government and is the official in charge of the Court of Indian Offenses of the
Ute Mountain Ute Agency which services the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Prior experience as a
judge is recommended, but not required. Indian preference will be given to qualified candidates.
To be considered, please submit a cover letter, current resume with references and BIA Form
4432 (Indian Preference Form) to Eric.Rodriguez@bia.gov by February 18, 2022.

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Policy Analyst – Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). Odanah, WI. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Commission in ensuring and demonstrating compliance with federal court orders, and in sustaining the effective implementation of off-reservation treaty reserved rights and the tribal self-regulatory systems related thereto; (2) Providing legal and policy research and analysis to affirm and implement member tribes’ rights and related sovereign prerogatives, including drafting intergovernmental agreements, and formulating codes and ordinances; (3) Providing legal and policy analysis on legislative, administrative, judicial and policy initiatives with potential impacts on treaty
reserved rights or resources; (4) Formulating and presenting recommendations related to treaty rights issues; and (5) Assisting and advising the Commission regarding legal or policy matters related to
compliance with GLIFWC’s PL 93-638 contract, appropriations issues, development of agreements with outside consultants, and compliance with Commission policies and procedures. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest with a resume (including 3 references) to Leanne Thannum, Litigation Support Specialist – E-mail: lthannum@glifwc.org – see position description for address. Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm on January 14, 2022.

Administrative Policy Analyst. Odanah, WI. Duties include: (1) Reviewing, analyzing, implementing and updating Personnel Policies and Procedures manuals in response to changing employment law, federal
regulations or other factors; (2) Researching, reviewing, integrating and ensuring consistency between policies or Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and developing new policies or SOP’s as necessary; (3) Tracking, analyzing, and providing advice and guidance related to the interpretation of federal employment, personnel, and financial laws and regulations, and their applicability to the Commission; (4) Providing advice and guidance on the interpretation of the Commission’s Personnel Policies and
Procedures; (5) Implementing various human resource functions including recruitment and orientation of new employees, employee development, and employee assistance; and (6) Reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations for all Commission contracts, leases, and insurance policies. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, writing sample, and resume (including 3 references) to: Leanne Thannum, Litigation Support Specialist, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission – E-mail: lthannum@glifwc.org – see position description for further submission requirements. Applications must be submitted by January 14, 2022.

The Catawba Nation

Summer 2022 InternshipRock Hill, SC; Remote. The Catawba Nation is seeking candidates for its summer 2022 Legal Internship.Interns 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, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 14th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Housing Staff Attorney. Bishop, CA (relocation incentive). Duties include: (1) Tenant advocacy and homelessness prevention across eastern sierra region; (2) Providing advice, consulting, and full representation in unlawful detainers; and (3) Providing limited legal services remotely to Native American clients of Urban Indian Health Organizations located in Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles (applicant must live in Bishop, CA area). Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Leann Ferry, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services, Re: Bishop Housing Staff Attorney, 117 J Street, Suite 201
Sacramento, CA 95814. E-mail: BIS-hiring@calindian.org. We will accept applications until the position is filled.  See job description with information about relocation incentive, and instructions to apply here: https://www.calindian.org/about-us/#employment.

Southwest Office of Native American Programs – US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist. Albuquerque, NM. Duties include: (1) Planning and supervising the technical functions and administrative duties of the AO Grants Management Specialists, as well as monitor and evaluate performance of AD Grants Management Division personnel; (2) Providing guidance to AO Grants Management Specialists, Indian tribes and TDHEs regarding the interpretation and application of program policies and Procedures; (3) Preparing reports concerning problem areas to the National and Program Offices in order to influence the development of national policies, procedures and guidelines; (4) Coordinating with the OGM Director and consultation with the AO Administrator to make decisions; (5) Assisting in the development of comprehensive training and technical assistance programs; (6) Representing ONAP in meetings with HUD Field Offices, meeting with Indian tribes, TDHEs, and others to explain issues regarding the administration of applicable programs; (7) Monitoring and participating in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences; and (8) Conducting market research and providing advice on any matters concerning solicitation and the reasonable need for proposed costs. Please see the position for more information. Internal candidates can apply here. External candidates can apply here. Applications are due January 17th, 2022.

Galanda Broadman

Litigation Associate. Seattle, WA. Galanda Broadman is an Indigenous owned firm dedicated to advancing tribal and tribal citizen legal rights and tribal business interests. The firm represents tribal governments, businesses, and citizens in critical litigation, business and regulatory matters, especially in the areas of Treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, land rights, cultural property protection, taxation, commerce, gaming, serious/catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, disenrollment defense, and Indigenous human/civil rights. The firm seeks an associate who is deeply committed to representing Indigenous interests, who is state bar licensed, preferably in Washington State; and who has civil litigation or a judicial clerk experience, preferably for at least two to five years. Proven motion and civil rules practice, if not trial experience, and the ability to self-direct are critical. Impeccable writing and research skills; critical and audacious thinking; strong oral advocacy; tremendous work ethic; tenacity; and sound ethics are required. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript, and three educational and professional references to Alice Hall, the firm’s Office Manager, at alice@galandabroadman.com. For more information about Galanda Broadman, visit galandabroadman.com.

Kanji & Katzen, PLLC

Associate Attorney. Seattle, WA; Ann Arbor, MI; or remote. Our nationwide legal practice focuses on the representation of tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal members.  Ideal candidates will have a keen interest in and knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, in addition to federal Indian law.  However, prior experience in the fields of Indian and/or environmental law are not pre-requisites to employment.  Applicants should have at least 2 years of litigation experience after a judicial clerkship or law school.  The firm offers competitive compensation and benefit packages, and an opportunity to hone advocacy skills in a wide variety of interesting settings. To apply, please send by email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, a writing sample, and references, to employment@kanjikatzen.com.  We prefer to receive the application documents combined into a single pdf file. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Phil Katzen at pkatzen@kanjikatzen.com. The position is open until filled.


Earthjustice Law Student Opportunity

Spring 2022 Legal Externship / Volunteer Opportunity – Drinking Water. Remote. Under the supervision of an attorney. Duties include: (1) Working in the development and prosecution of litigation and other advocacy; (2) Assisting in case investigation, including factual and legal research; and (3) Preparation of memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative and judicial proceedings. Interested candidates should submit the following materials: One-page cover letter (see position description for specifications), Resume, Unofficial law school transcript, Writing sample (preferably a legal memorandum less than ten pages that primarily reflects your work), and a List of references including at least one law professor or legal employer. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until January 5th, 2022.

Friday Job Announcements

University of Colorado Boulder

Director of American Indian Law Clinic (Clinical Faculty). Boulder, CO. The University of Colorado seeks a professor for appointment in the American Indian Law Clinic, deadline Jan 4th, 2022. Here is the post https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=35539… to share with your networks. With one of the country’s leading programs in American Indian Law, dating back to 1992, and an amazing faculty, student body, and set of Indian Country relationships, Colorado Law is excited about the opportunity presented here! We’re particularly eager for candidates who are able to educate the next generation in what we see as a seamless web of tribal, federal, and international law concerning Indigenous Peoples. This is a chance to join the legacy of David Getches, Charles Wilkinson, Rick Collins, Jerilyn Decoteau, Sarah Krakoff, Jill Tompkins, Carla Fredericks, and more recently Jim Anaya and Kristen Carpenter, in our vibrant community at the University of Colorado, participate in our joint projects with the Native American Rights Fund, and serve as a mentor to our students. Candidates may also be interested in learning about the campus-wide Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies. Duties include: (1) Creating a docket of cases and projects that will expose students to an array of issues in American Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Law more broadly, potentially including engagements in tribal, state, federal, and international venues; (2) Supervising students in their case or project work; (3) Organizing and teaching a companion clinical seminar; (4) Working with students, faculty, staff, and community members as part of Colorado Law’s American Indian Law Program, which focuses on domestic, comparative, and international law involving Indigenous Peoples; (5) Teaching an annual workload of 8 credits and providing instruction and student advising as assigned by the Dean or their delegate; (6) Holding class and evaluating students’ work and assigning grades within the policies of school and campus; and (7) Ongoing curriculum development and planning. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit applications via CU Boulder Jobs.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Associate Judge Part-Time – Omaha Tribal Court. Macy, NE. Duties include: (1) Presides over criminal and civil matters as assigned by the Chief Judge; (2) Handling all Juvenile Court matters, including cases involving the Omaha Nation Child and Family Services (“CFS”); (3) Assisting, as necessary, in issuing bench warrants, search warrants, subpoenas, court orders, judgments, and other documents as requested by the chief judge; (4) Carrying out the functions of the Chief Judge when necessary i.e., hearing civil and criminal court cases; (5) Abiding by the Omaha Nation Law and Order Code; (6) Rendering judgments by weighing arguments and evidence, studying relevant cases, writing and announcing opinion; and (7) Attending educational workshops in and out of state. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, writing sample, and three (3) professional references; please see the position description for submission requirements.

Paralegal – Tribal Administration Building. Macy, NE. Duties include: (1) Drafting and organizing Tribal and Enterprise Board resolutions and codes such as Tribal Legal Codes, Housing Codes, and other legal documents; (2) Preparing contracts, agreements, memorandum of understanding, and other legal pleadings and filings; (3) Working with THPO and Realty Programs on preparing land purchases and acquisitions; (4) Meeting with attorneys, clients, and other professionals; (5) Drafting legal documents including routine pleadings and motions, affidavits, and interrogatories; (6) Researching and analyzing statutes, regulations, legal articles, judicial decisions, and other legal sources, providing written analysis to attorneys; (7) Preparing, organizations, stores, and retrieves case files, which may include evidence, exhibits, depositions, pleadings, end exhibits. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter; please see position description for submission requirements.

The Catawba Indian Nation

Request for Proposals – Tribal Court Bailiff. Rock Hill, SC. Duties include: (1) Screening the public (attorneys, defendants, etc.) at the front door; (2) Removing the public or others if they are in unauthorized areas or are causing a disturbance to the public or employees of the Court and the Tribe; (3) Supervising the loading/unloading and security of prisoners transported to and from Court; (4) Standing watch in open court and assisting as deemed necessary by the In-Court Clerk and sitting Judge; (5) Ensuring the security of the In-Court Clerk, sitting Judge, attorneys, public and defendants as
necessary during open court; and (6) Serving Protective Orders and other relevant court paperwork to defendants/attorneys at the Judge’s instruction. Please see the request for proposal description for more information and submission requirements by 5:00pm December 24th 2021.

Request for Proposals – Tribal Court Judge. Rock Hill, SC. The duties include all normal duties of a drug court judge acting in that capacity for infractions and code enforcement cases. The Catawba Nation intends holds court twice a month on first and third Thursdays of the month, and will be proceeded by a meeting between all service providers and staff to make recommendations. Court will be held in a professional manner according to standards observed by the NADCP. The Judge shall maintain all education requirements for the position and comply with all the reporting requirements. The judge may review and make recommendations regarding court programs, court fines, court charges, and court procedures. The judge will help keep the court staff apprised of changes in laws and procedures. Please see the request for proposal description for submission requirements by 5:00pm December 24th, 2021.

Summer 2022 Internship. Rock Hill, SC; Remote. The Catawba Nation is seeking candidates for its summer 2022 Legal Internship.Interns 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, interns will be asked to work remotely. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and law school transcript by January 14th, 2022 to Lydia Locklear, Deputy Tribal Attorney, Lydia.locklear@catawba.com.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative 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.

UCLA School of Law

Emmett Institute Fellowships in Environmental Law & Policy. Los Angeles, CA. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows also assist the Institute’s Executive Directors with projects that advance the Institute’s work, including by organizing conferences, workshops, public education and outreach efforts, and other events. In addition to these responsibilities, which will continue year-round, Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Interested candidates should submit applications by Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.

California Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General – Indian and Gaming LawTwo vacancies. Sacramento and San Diego, CA. Duties include: (1) Counseling the State and the Governor regarding various Indian law issues including environmental impacts resulting from projects occurring on tribal land; (2) Providing counsel to the Attorney General on Indian law and gambling issues, including both unlawful and emerging forms of gambling; and (3) Advising and representing the Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control and the California Gambling Control Commission in administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with their respective compact, gambling regulatory programs, and gambling licensing programs, and the California Horse Racing Board and the California State Lottery in judicial proceedings.  Deputies’ duties also include work relating to Major League Sporting Event Raffles Program, and actions under the Unfair Competition Law relating to unlawful gambling. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 27th, 2021.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk InternAnchorage, AK. Our mission is justice for Alaska Native People. This internship seeks to encourage 1L, 2L, and 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 1L, 2L, and 3L law students are encouraged to apply here by January 14th, 2022.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Tribal Government and Housing Associate Attorney. Omaha, NE. Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 3 years of tribal government and housing 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 representation in tribal governments in tribal, federal, and state courts, before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies, drafting of ordinances, regulations and policies, negotiation and review of contracts and commercial transactions. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements 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 (remote possible). 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. 

Gila River Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Advising and representing the Community in tribal, state and federal courts and administrative bodies, including handling civil regulatory matters; (2) Advising Community officials, departments and programs; (3) Assistance in drafting ordinances and resolutions; (4) Drafting and reviewing programmatic policies; and (5) Drafting and reviewing contracts, business agreements and intergovernmental agreements. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org. Questions about the position can be directed to Tom Murphy at thomas.murphy@gric.nsn.us.

Protective Services Attorney. Sacaton, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing support in various child welfare matters (including dependency, child in need of care, abuse/neglect and juvenile offender cases) and adult protection matters in the Community’s courts; (2) Representation of the Community in cases arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act in Arizona and other state courts; and (3) Providing counsel and advice to the Community’s Tribal Social Services Department on substantive issues relating to child welfare. Additional details may be found and applications may be initiated at www.gilariver.org. Questions about the position can be directed to Sunshine Manuel at sunshine.manuel@gric.nsn.us.

Earthjustice

Associate Attorney – Fossil Fuels Program. Chicago, IL. Duties include: (1) Working with program staff and clients to investigate, develop, and litigate cases; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, comments, briefing, discovery, and oral advocacy; (3) Reviewing and analyzing administrative records and technical documents, and preparing comments on proposed agency actions, permits, and environmental review documents; (4) Engaging with clients, coalition partners, and experts, as well as internal communications and legislative staff; and (5) Hiring and supervising law students who work at Earthjustice as interns or clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite by January 10th, 2022.

Associate Attorney – Northwest Office. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Working closely with Earthjustice attorneys, scientists, and professional staff to build cases and supporting policies that serve a diverse set of clients; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in administrative advocacy and complex litigation, including factual investigation, legal research, memo writing, briefing, and oral advocacy; (3) Interacting with clients and working with experts to develop a clear understanding of the facts involved in each case and, ultimately, to support our litigation goals; (4) Representing Earthjustice on telephone calls and at meetings with clients, partners, co-counsel, and experts; (5) Developing skills required to serve as spokesperson with print and other media; and (6) Assisting with hiring and supervision of student law clerks. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite by January 10th, 2022.

Associate Attorney = Tribal Partnerships Program. Seattle, WA or Denver, CO. Duties include: (1) Working with the Tribal Partnerships team to partner with and represent tribes and tribal communities; (2) Participating in the full range of tasks involved in complex litigation; (3) Participating in cultivating new clients, allies, and coalition partners; (4) Developing and executing effective media strategies; (5) Integrating communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies; (6) Participating in long-term planning, strategy development, goal-setting, and work plan management that advances a collective vision for Tribal Partnerships; (7) Participating as an active member of a learning and mentorship culture, and engaging with colleagues in manner that is respectful, professional, and supportive; and (8) Participating in training and professional development opportunities appropriate to the role and the organization. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply via Jobvite by January 10th, 2022.

Rosette, LLP

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to clients as well as representing clients in a professional manner while maintaining express confidentiality; (2) Participating in business development functions (trade shows, seminars, etc.) to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business; (3) Traveling to off-site meetings with prospective and current clients as needed; (4) Applying knowledge of business issues, legal procedures, cases, statutes, and other
regulatory authority to effectively counsel clients; (5) Communicating with opposing attorneys through personal contact, telephone/email and facsimile to expedite cases to closure; (6) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of state, federal and tribal litigation matters; and (7) Drafting tribal codes, regulations, agreements, analyzing and reviewing legal documents. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, certificate of good standing from State Bar, and a writing sample.

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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State of Michigan Office of the Governor

Associate Compliance Counsel. Lansing, MI. Duties include: (1) Conducting research and preparing analyses on a range of ethics and compliance matters; (2) Tracking, analyzing, and managing reports under Executive Directives 2019-1, 2019-2, 2019-3, 2019-4, 2019-5, 2019-8, 2019-9, 2019-11, 2019-15, and 2021-8; (3) Organizing and creating other reports and metrics related to compliance; (4) Conducting compliance and ethics training within EOG; (5) Drafting executive directives on compliance matters as needed; (6) Reviewing and analyzing legislation relating to ethics and compliance; and (7) Assisting the Chief Compliance Officer in crafting policies and procedures related to ethics and compliance. Please see the position description for more details. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, copy of their law school transcripts, and a writing sample to Rachel Teegardin, Executive Assistant, teegardinr1@michigan.gov by January 14th, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed and may be interviewed on a rolling basis.

The Lummi Nation

Staff Attorney I or II, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice; (2) Representing the Nation, its departments, and entities in tribal, federal, and state forums; (3) Assisting with the revision of Lummi Code of Laws; and (4) Continue professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should fill out an application and submit a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and proof of education/transcripts to LIBCHR@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney I, Office of the Reservation Attorney. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Providing legal advice and representation to the Lummi Nation Child Support Program; (2) Maintaining knowledge of child support law in Lummi Code of Laws and state and other laws; (3) Representing the Lummi Nation in judicial and administrative proceedings to obtain and enforce child support and paternity actions; (4) Performing legal research and writings for the preparation of complaints, motions, pleadings, and other documents; (5) Completing other legal assignments and projects as designated by the Legal Director, including, but not limited to, code drafting, civil legal research, and proceedings that foster the goals and objectives of the Lummi Nation Child Support Program; and (6) Continuing professional development through Continuing Legal Education and/or training in the areas of Indian Law or other issues relevant to job duties. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application with a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and proof of education/transcripts to LIBCHR@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Bellingham, WA. Duties include: (1) Representing the Nation in Tribal Court and Court of Appeals; (2) Representing the Nation in Tribal trial and appellate Court; (3) Representing the Nation in other tribal, federal, state, and local courts; (4) Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, developing the theory of the case, and developing trial or case resolution strategy; (5) Performing pretrial investigations by consulting with tribal law enforcement officers, other law enforcement agencies, and witnesses; (6) Participating with other tribal, state, and federal agencies collaborating on regional responses to specific criminal efforts; (7) Collaborating with federal law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney on cases that may result in federal prosecution; (8) Continuing professional development, including continuing legal education and/or training in the areas of Indian law, criminal law, law enforcement, and other areas relevant to job duties; and (9) Completing other legal assignments and projects designated by the Legal Director. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit an application, cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and two reference letters to libchr@lummi-nsn.gov. The position is open until filled.

Trinidad Racheria

Housing Program Director. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Ensuring that all programs are operated in compliance with all applicable regulations and within contractual budget parameters; (2) Budget development and monitoring; (3) Managing grant proposals, housing management programs compliance; (4) Overseeing the development of future projects and redevelopment as requested by the CEO and Tribal Council; (5) Coordinating and assessing needs; and (6) Administering Housing and Community Development (NAHASDA; ICDBG; IHBG; BIA) with related agents and contractors. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.trinidad-rancheria.org.

Governmental Affairs Coordinator. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Representing the tribe’s interests before Federal, State, Tribal, and Local elected officials and other stakeholders; (2) Communicating with elected officials and working to foster positive community relations between the tribe and the general public; (3) Tracking and analyzing Federal, State, and Local legislative and regulatory activities impacting tribal interests; (4) Monitoring / reviewing policies, regulations, and guidelines concerning tribal government; and (5) Researching governance, legislation, and other Tribal issues and preparing written reports and recommendations based upon such research. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Environmental Program Director. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Annually applying for renewal of EPA grants and other grants as appropriate, including preparing draft work plans and budgets for tribal government review; (2) Preparing progress reports to EPA and comply with other administrative grant requirements and conditions; (3) Serving as the primary contact with EPA; (4) Representing the Rancheria’s environmental interests by interacting with local, state, and federal agencies as directed by the Tribal government; and (5) Provide clarification and clear analysis to tribal officials and tribal members as needed. This position is open filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Grants Accountant. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Researching, analyzing, developing, and administering a variety of policies, programs and procedures; (2) Analyzing and applying federal, state, and local regulations and policies related to new or existing programs and projects; (3) Conducting research, developing applications, and administering a variety of grants; (4) Updating staff and public regarding changes in federal, state, or local regulations and policies; (5) Preparing and administering Requests for Qualifications, Requests for Proposals, and/or contracts or agreements for program activities, equipment, or services; (6) Representing management at meetings of neighborhood, community, and/or policy groups; and (7) Developing presentation materials and coordinating informational meetings and notices to policy-making bodies, community groups, home owners, and others. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Licensed ClinicianTrinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Conducting mental health screenings and providing referrals as appropriate; (2) Development of policies and procedures for mental health services; (3) Delivering individual psychotherapy to Native American clients and other victims of crime; (4) Assessing clients to determine best practices and referrals as needed for their continued healing; (5) Participating in case review meetings and staff meetings; (6) Maintaining client files, records, and case notes; (6) Attending appropriate conferences and trainings to enhance education and awareness; (7) Working with other service providers who are part of a client’s support team; and (8) Working collaboratively with Tribal and Native American services such as mental health, social services and medical providers. This position is open filled. Please see the position description or to apply, visit http://trinidad-rancheria.org.

Court Project Planner. Trinidad, CA. Duties include: (1) Developing plans for projects identified in coordination with court and justice system staff; (2) Managing necessary steps toward implementation of projects; (3) For each project, researching options, alternatives, and best practices, and presents findings to the court staff or other involved individuals for decision making; (4) Researching potential partnerships and collaborations between the court and entities relevant to a project and develops relationships with key individuals; (5) Coordinating communication between court, tribal departments, and outside agencies; (6) Researching funding opportunities for projects and assisting in developing funding requests; (7) Identifying reporting metrics and designs systems for collecting required information for reporting; (8) Collecting and maintaining data; and (9) Attending seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply by visiting https://trinidad-rancheria.org/.

The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Chief Judge. Loleta, CA. Duties include: (1) Supervising, assigning, and reviewing Associate Judges; (2) Assisting the Tribal Court Clerks and the Court Director with effective maintenance of Court records, improving court-filing procedures; (3) Protecting and enhancing the Tribe’s sovereignty; and (4) Assisting the Court Director in Tribal code development to expand the Court’s authority and jurisdiction. Please see the position description for more information. Applicants should contact Aaron McKinney at 707-267-0316 or email aaronmckinney@brb-nsn.gov by December 30th, 2021.

Western Resource Advocates (WRA)

Spring 2022 Indigenous Communities Water and Land Intern. This position has the option to work remotely in the states within WRA’s region, from one of WRA’s six offices, or in a hybrid of the two. WRA has offices located in Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; and Carson City, NV. WRA employees and interns are encouraged to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. WRA is partnering with the Catena Foundation and the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy to offer the Indigenous Communities Water and Land Internship to individuals who wish to gain experience in the conservation field, by supporting water and land policy research efforts. This Internship is a step toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive water and land management workforce that represents all people. The Indigenous Communities Water and Land Intern will work closely with WRA’s Indigenous Peoples Engagement Manager and the Healthy Rivers and Western Lands Program teams, with opportunities to learn and grow while working with other conservation and policy professionals. Link to application and more information: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/careers/indigenous-communities-water-and-land-internship/

California Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General – Indian and Gaming Law. Two vacancies. Sacramento and San Diego, CA. Duties include: (1) Counseling the State and the Governor regarding various Indian law issues including environmental impacts resulting from projects occurring on tribal land; (2) Providing counsel to the Attorney General on Indian law and gambling issues, including both unlawful and emerging forms of gambling; and (3) Advising and representing the Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control and the California Gambling Control Commission in administrative and judicial proceedings in connection with their respective compact, gambling regulatory programs, and gambling licensing programs, and the California Horse Racing Board and the California State Lottery in judicial proceedings.  Deputies’ duties also include work relating to Major League Sporting Event Raffles Program, and actions under the Unfair Competition Law relating to unlawful gambling. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 12th, 2021.

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – Racial Justice Program. New York, NY. Duties include: (1) Creating and implementing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and public education to further RJP’s Indigenous Justice work; (2) Litigation in federal and state courts; (3) Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress; (4) Policy advocacy to affect change in state and federal administrative agencies; (5) Engaging in community outreach and public speaking; (6) Working closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals; (7) Working with ACLU National and affiliate staff across the organization on Indigenous Justice issues; (8) Developing strong relationships with tribes, tribal groups, and tribal advocacy organizations; and (9) Supervising legal fellows and support staff. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates can apply here.

Tanana Chiefs Conference

General Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Representing Legal Department at meetings and maintaining clear lines of communication with the TCC President and Executive Board; (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 and related matters; (3) Overseeing, developing, or reviewing required legal instruments; (4) Acting as expert consultant and legal advisor; (5) Preparing annual departmental budget and otherwise managing Legal Department; (6) Overseeing the coordination and technical guidance of TCC’s overall advocacy efforts on behalf of TCC and or member tribes; (7) Responsible for the TCC elections and updates to the TCC governing documents; and (8) 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.

Associate Counsel. Fairbanks, AK. Duties include: (1) Assisting the General Counsel in all matters assigned to the legal division; (2) Handling general legal matters within their areas of expertise or as assigned; (3) Participating in the development of TCC policies, procedures and programs and providing continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters; (4) Representing the company in legal proceedings and assisting with the coordination and management of outside counsel and litigation; (5) Interacting with members of TCC, the legal profession, officials of state and federal
government, and others as assigned by the President or General Counsel; (6) Assisting programs in negotiation and draft commercial, construction, contractual and other agreements; (7) Keeping informed of industry-specific regulations and ensuing that appropriate risk management strategies are in place; (8) Providing legal advice and services on issues concerning the rights, obligations, and privileges of the organization and member tribes.

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP Native Law Group

Senior Associate Attorney. Louisville, CO. Duties include: (1) Providing counsel and legal services to new and existing clients as well as representing clients in a professional and expedient manner; (2) Participating in business development functions (conferences, seminars, etc.) as requested to maintain and build client relationships as well as expand business opportunities; (3) Applying knowledge of legal procedures and previous cases to effectively counsel clients; (4) Conducting legal research by preparing legal memoranda and necessary pleadings required in all aspects of tribal, federal, and state litigation matters; (5) Appearing at hearings and trials including hearings in tribal courts; (6) Drafting agreements and analyzing legal documents; and (7) Complying with all court, state bar and inter-office policies and procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, professional references, and law school transcripts to Erin Obray, Firm Administrator, eobray@nativelawgroup.com. The position is open until filled.

Summer 2022 Law Clerk PositionNative 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.

Alaska Native Justice Center

Summer 2022 Native Law Clerk InternAnchorage, 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 1L and 2L law students are also encouraged to apply here by January 14th, 2022.

Rosette, LLP

Indian Law Attorney. Sacramento, CA. Rosette, LLP is a majority-Indian owned and operated law firm providing legal services to federally-recognized Indian tribes and their governmental entities and agencies nationwide. We are looking for a talented person who has at least three years of Indian law work experience or be a graduate of a law school that provides Indian law curriculum or a certificate in federal Indian law. Candidates must be a member in good standing of at least the California Bar. Preference will be given to attorneys who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated and willing to work in a dynamic atmosphere with targeted supervision. That person must have a valid California Driver’s License, the ability to travel to attend client meetings and attend court appearances. Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational, and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to build and maintain strong client relationships. Must also be willing to travel and work on client matters throughout the United States. Please see the position description for more information.

Criminal Division of the Yakima Office

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Yakima, WA. The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Criminal Division of the Yakima office. The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters involving violent crimes, firearms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, as well as white-collar fraud and economic crimes. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by Sunday, December 19th, 2021; 11:59pm EST.

Assistant U.S. Attorney. Yakima, WA. The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will serve in the Criminal Division of the Yakima office. The primary assignments for this attorney will be the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters involving violent crimes, firearms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, as well as white-collar fraud and economic crimes. Interested candidates should apply here by Sunday, December 19th, 2021; 11:59pm EST.

Humboldt County Human Resources

Social Worker Supervisor II. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Planning, assigning, directing, mentoring, coaching, and reviewing the work of employees providing the most advanced or complex casework such as adoptions and protective services; (2) Consulting with and guiding social workers in providing counseling, support, and guidance to clients with complex or specialized needs; (3) Reviewing and approving forms, applications, court reports, placements, reports of abuse, and other documents to verify information or determine proper course of action; (4) Reassessing and modifying case plans; (5) Testifying in court and supporting witnesses and victims who must testify in court; (6) Discussing or interpreting regulations, rules, policies, and programs to clients, applicants, staff and the general public; (7) Providing social services for sensitive or confidential cases; (8) Participating or interceding in interviews to defuse hostile or angry clients; and (9) Developing and preparing court reports, case plans, case narratives, and safety plans in automated computer systems. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here by December 12th, 2021 11:59 PM Pacific.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Washington, DC and Oklahoma City, OK. In Washington, we are accepting applications from 2022 law school graduates and attorneys with up to five years of experience. In Oklahoma City, we are accepting applications from attorneys with at least three years of experience. Hobbs Straus is a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; and Anchorage, AK. Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for almost 40 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending Tribal Nations’ rights and exercise of sovereignty, expanding opportunities for Tribal Nations, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Qualifications for candidates include: a strong academic performance; superior research and writing skills; strong communication skills; and a commitment to Federal Indian Law. Please see the position description for more information and for application requirements.

The Indian Law Resource Center – Request for Proposals

Strategic Communications / Public Relations. Helen, MT. The Center is seeking and accepting proposals from strategic communications/public affairs firms to create and implement a robust communications strategy to raise the profile of an Indigenous land rights case currently before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights through earned media opportunities and public affairs tactics reaching audiences in the United States, Guatemala, the European Union, and global Indigenous-led organizations. See the full RFP outlining the scope of work and proposal requirements here. Proposals are due by December 22nd, 2021, at 5:00pm MST, via email to lmyaya@indianlaw.org with the subject line: “Maya Q’eqchi’ Agua Caliente Indigenous Community RFP Response”

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 24th, 2021. Please find more information here.

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. 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.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit), Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit.  This position is open until December 10th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., 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.

The California Native American Heritage Commission

Legal Analyst. Yolo County, CA. The Native American Heritage Commission (Commission) has statewide jurisdiction over Native American human remains burials and sacred sites on public and private property. The Commission will begin to enforce the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Health and Safety Code section 8010 et seq. (CalNAGPRA) for the first time since it became law in 2001 and adopt regulations for its implementation. The Legal Analyst, CalNAGPRA, will provide paralegal support for the Deputy General Counsel, CalNAGPRA, by performing paralegal duties to support the implementation of, adoption of regulations, and conduct of mediations administrative proceedings for, CalNAGPRA. Interested candidates should apply here by December 20th, 2021.

University of California Los Angeles

2022-2024 Law Fellows. Los Angeles, CA. Emmett Institute Fellowships in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. Fellows work on issues relating to environmental law and policy and will generate policy-oriented publications and other products for the Institute, in collaboration with other UCLA Law faculty. Fellows typically work on projects related to climate change, natural resource conservation, environmental justice, pollution control, land use, international environmental governance, and other topics related to environmental law and policy. Fellows also assist the Institute’s Executive Directors with projects that advance the Institute’s work, including by organizing conferences, workshops, public education and outreach efforts, and other events. In addition to these responsibilities, which will continue year-round, Fellows sometimes take on teaching responsibilities. Applicants should apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07086. Please submit a letter discussing qualifications and interests, a resume, a transcript of studies in law school, a writing sample of no more than ten pages, and contact information for three references. Applications should be received by Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Visit our website at https://www.law.ucla.edu/emmett for more information about our program.

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

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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.