Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Department of Justice

Trial Attorney, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington D.C. The Natural Resources Section seeks to hire and cultivate talented trial attorneys and provides its lawyers with frequent and meaningful court experience in a variety of jurisdictions on a broad range of issues. Because of the diverse nature of our docket, the ideal candidate should be comfortable in a “first-chair” role in multiple complex cases, and have demonstrated and substantial experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including pre-trial discovery, presentation of oral argument, and examination of fact and expert witnesses. Applications close on March 27, 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. The office is currently seeking applicants to fill one or more Assistant U.S. Attorney positions in the Criminal Division. Assignment to the Criminal Division may include responsibility for all phases of criminal prosecution from providing guidance to law enforcement officers, initiating criminal charges, conducting grand jury proceedings and trials, handling appeals, or asset forfeiture matters. Applications close on March 15, 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. The attorney selected will serve in the Civil Division in the Albuquerque office. In this capacity, the attorney will be assigned to litigate civil defensive cases, including torts, employment discrimination, Administrative Procedures Act cases, immigration cases, and miscellaneous actions. Applications close on March 23, 2018.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Bishop, C.A. This is a full-time position devoted to increasing and enhancing the legal services we provide to individuals with Indian law and non-Indian law issues, including general poverty law. Staff attorney will work with individuals, families, organizations and tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, cultural resource protection, Indian education, tribal governance, employment, tribal justice systems, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Responsibilities may range from the provision of brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals to representing individuals and tribes in state and federal court, negotiating contracts, advising tribal clients and developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients. For instructions on how to apply, please see the job announcement.


Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Litigator, Nesplem, W.A. The abuse of opioids is a widespread problem on the Colville Reservation. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (“Tribes”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to qualified law firms interested in providing legal services consisting of representation in litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors on behalf of the Tribes. Applications close on March 26, 2018.

DNA People’s Legal Services

Finance Director, Window Rock, A.Z. The Director of Finance is a full-time position that provides overall financial management and analysis for DNA. The position will oversee and review all financial transactions; perform complex budgeting and accounting functions, conduct financial, statistical and analytical studies and projections; prepare financial reports for management, the board and others; oversee all DNA law offices budgets in the preparation for and execution of the annual audit, tax and other regulatory filings; periodically consult with the program team on financial reports of grantees; and ensure that DNA adheres to the best, most reliable and most transparent financial policies and procedures.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing, M.I. Legal Services of South Central Michigan is hiring two (2) attorneys to provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work as a generalist, including family, consumer, public benefits and housing law. Applications close on March 28, 2018.

Falmouth Institute

Are you interested in providing Professional Development Training and Technical Assistance to Tribal Governments and Organizations? Founded in 1985, The Falmouth Institute is seeking to expand its Faculty. We will be conducting interviews with experienced candidates March 21-22 in Phoenix and April 16-18 in Las Vegas. We are currently recruiting instructors in the following fields:
·         Finance
·         Law
·         Human Resources
·         Governance
·         Boards and Councils

Do you have at least 5 years of experience in your field, a degree related to your specialty, and experience presenting before an audience in Indian Country? If so, send your resume and interest to:

Last Week’s Job Announcements: March 2, 2018.

California Indian Legal Services’ 50th Anniversary Celebration

The event will be 9/22 in Sacramento. More information here. Congrats to CILS and thank you for all that you do!

I got my start as a law student interning there in the late ’90s and have great memories of my time there.

Contract Legal Aid Attorney Position at Muckleshoot

This is a one-day-a-week position.

The Muckleshoot Tribal Court has an immediate opening for a contract attorney to staff the Court’s free, weekly legal aid clinic. The attorney will provide direct legal services to community members on a wide range of civil matters, including consumer law, family law, federal Indian law, domestic violence, housing, public benefits, employment, health, disability, and elder law. The attorney must be available to handle emergency telephone consultations as well. The attorney may also occasionally represent clients in tribal, state, and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. The attorney will work closely with the Tribal Court Director and court staff to provide excellent legal services to the community. The application period closes on March 30, 2017.

Qualifications: J.D. from an accredited university and licensed to practice law in Washington State. The attorney will need to become a member of the Muckleshoot Tribal Bar before advising clients. The ideal candidate will hold licenses to practice law in other Tribal courts in Washington State, as the attorney will asked to provide legal advice with regard to those jurisdictions. The attorney should have experience handling the kinds of matters listed above.
Applicant Submissions: A cover letter indicating why the candidate wants the position, a writing sample, and resume. The materials should be submitted by email or regular mail to:

Bobbie Jo Norton
Muckleshoot Tribal Court Director
Legal Building
39015 172nd Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Indian Law Firms’ Letter to N.D. Supreme Court Re DAPL Arrestees’ Right to Counsel

Downloads(PDF): 12.29.2016 – Comment Letter re Emergency Petition – Misc Attorneys an Firms across countryAPB Co Comment Letter North Dakota Supreme Court December 2016

Link: “Debate generated by petition for expanded legal representation” by Caroline Grueskin from the Bismarck Tribune,

Previous posts: N.D. Supreme Court Accepting Comments Until December 30th on Proposed Temporary Rule to Allow Out of State Lawyers PracticePetitioners Request Out-of-State Lawyers Be Allowed to Represent Protesters

N.D. Supreme Court Accepting Comments Until December 30th on Proposed Temporary Rule to Allow Out of State Lawyers Practice

This temporary rule would allow out of state attorneys to practice in North Dakota so long as the “judicial emergency” (i.e., representing those water protectors who have been arrested) ends.

Notice here. Send comments to

Anyone can and should comment. Generally speaking, comments from N.D. barred lawyers in support of this rule would be very helpful. Comments out-of-state lawyers who would practice under this rule would be also helpful. Short comments from non-lawyers in support of the rule would also be good, and especially from those who live in-state.

Proposed rule here.

A lawyer authorized to practice law in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred, suspended from practice, or otherwise restricted from practice in any jurisdiction may provide legal services in this jurisdiction on a temporary basis. The legal services must be assigned and supervised through the North Dakota Bar Association, which shall adopt an admission application substantially comporting with that used by the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.


Tribal Public Defenders Listserv and Webpage

From Cami Fraser at Michigan Indian Legal Services:

We’ve create a national list serve and web page through yahoo groups for tribal public defenders and we’re trying to get the word out that it exists. So far – we have 26 members from various states (ie Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota). We have public defenders from Swinomish, Lummi, Tulalilp, Umatilla, Pascua Yaqui, Navajo, Gila River, Tohono O’odham, Sault Ste Marie, Bay Mills, etc. As you can imagine, it is hard finding and contacting all the tribal public defenders out there. It would be great if you could do a blog mentioning the group and giving the web site to join. (It requires moderator approval to join.) The web site is

Also – University of Washington law school is looking at doing a national conference for tribal public defenders next fall – Ron Whitener mentioned it on the list serve.

Cameron Ann Fraser,Michigan Indian Legal Services,814 S Garfield Avenue, Suite A,Traverse City, MI 49686, (231) 947-0122,