Today is 25th Anniversary of Pokagon Band Potawatomi, Little Traverse Odawa, and Little River Ottawa Federal Acknowledgment Statutes

public-law-103-323.pdf [Pokagon Band Restoration Act]

public-law-103-324-2.pdf [LTBB/LRB Reaffirmation Act]





Little River Band Ottawa Lake Sturgeon News

On Thursday 4/12/18, the Little River Band of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Department staff, led by Corey Jerome – Sturgeon Biologist, have recaptured a Lake Sturgeon from Manistee Lake that was raised and released in 2008 from our sturgeon Streamside Rearing Facility at Rainbow Bend on the Manistee River.  This is the first released sturgeon that has been documented returning into the Manistee River system from our rearing facility and is thought to be on its way up the Manistee River to spawn this spring.  Corey Jerome was able to confirm the identity of this sturgeon by using the unique identification number scanned from the PIT-Tag in the fish, this tag was implanted into this sturgeon before its release in 2008.  The sturgeon was released on September 20, 2008 and was 7.3 in., 0.05 lbs. and is now 10 years old and 45.27 in., 28 lbs. To our knowledge this is the first documented lake sturgeon from a Streamside Rearing Facility to return to its natal stream within the Great Lakes.  Corey Jerome began in the spring of 2017, and has continued in 2018 to look for adult lake sturgeon returning to the Manistee River from our Streamside Rearing Facility.  It is our plan to continue these efforts to look for returning sturgeon in the Manistee River that have been released from our Streamside Rearing Facility to evaluate the success of our efforts.  (Pictures Attached; Corey Jerome holding the returning sturgeon; Corey Jerome and Josh Beaulaurier taking ultrasound images to determine the sex of the sturgeon.)


LRBOI employee Corey Jerome Holding the returning SturgeonLRBOI Employees Corey Jerome and Josh Beaulaurier taking an ultrasound to determine the sex of the sturgeon

Friday Job Announcements

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

Regional Native Public Defense Corporation

Public Defender, White Earth Reservation, M.N. Candidates with criminal defense experience and knowledge of Indian law are preferred, but all are welcome to apply. Candidates must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota. RNPDC seeks justice and fair treatment for Native Americans facing criminal charges in and around the White Earth and Leech Lake reservations in Northern Minnesota. We act to respond to historical mistreatment and the racial disparities prevalent for Native people in the criminal justice system today. Salary depends on qualifications. Health & dental insurance, annual Minnesota attorney registration fee and malpractice insurance are provided by the firm at no cost to the employee. To apply, email or mail a cover letter, references and resume to:

James Hughes
Executive Director
Regional Native Public Defense Corp.
P.O. Box 487
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Fort Belknap Indian Community

Associate Judge, Child Welfare, Harlem, M.T. Serves as hearing judge for the Fort Belknap Indian Community tribal court, in accordance with the Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal Law and Order Code and under the general supervision of the Chief Judge. Submit complete application and resume.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, C.A. Responsible for the management of the non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to Position is open until filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

2018 Summer Legal Intern, Manistee, M.I. Assists the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Unified Legal Department provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. The position is paid at a rate of $15.00-$17.50 per hour, depending on experience. The position is temporary part-time and will last eight to twelve weeks. Applications must be received by March 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council

Tribal Court Positions, Fort Washakie, W.Y.  The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes for the Wind River Reservation located in Wyoming are re-establishing the Wind River Tribal Court.

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence 

Training Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie, M.I. Determines, develops, coordinates, and administers culturally sensitive anti-violence education services for Native American individuals and groups within the State of Michigan.  Responsible for implementing specific Uniting Three Fires Against Violence (UTFAV) funded grant activities and projects, as defined by the specific goals and objectives.

Department of the Interior

Regional Solicitor, Northeast Region, Bloomington, M.N. Represents and acts for the Solicitor as the chief legal officer for the Department of the Interior for legal matters covered in the Northeast Region. Closes 12/18/2017.

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/10/2017

Friday Job Announcements

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

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Escondido, C.A. Will assume a varied case load that may include: brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals; state and federal court litigation; contract negotiation; advising tribal clients; developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; making presentations; and ICWA related dependency cases.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Court Investigator/GAL (RFP), Juneau, A.K. Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the interests of minor children and a Court Investigator for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) GALs and/or Court Investigator for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one year Options for a maximum of four years.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Facilitator, 2018 Board of Trustees Retreat. The Executive Director is seeking cost quotes from vendors for facilitation services related to the Board of Trustees (BOT) strategic planning retreat. In November of odd years, the Board of Trustees is elected and takes office by early December for a 2-year term. The incoming BOT usually holds a 2-3 day retreat in its first few weeks in office to lay out their collective goals and
priorities for the coming two years. The 9-member board typically has had 2-4 new members with the balance being returning members from the previous term (although all nine positions are up for election). Due Friday, November 3, 2017.

Yurok Tribe

Summer 2018 Law Clerks, Klamath, C.A. The Law Clerk position is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek financial support through relevant public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships. If you intend to seek school credit if selected for this position, please briefly summarize the supervisor obligations in your cover letter. To apply to the Law Clerk position, please email the application materials to Legal Secretary, Shawna Bowen, at by Monday November 13, 2017.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Staff Attorney, Manistee, M.I. Provide in-house legal services to the Tribe. The duties and obligations of the Tribal Staff Attorney are primarily governed by the Tribe’s Unified Legal Department Act of 2015.

Department of Justice

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, O.K. Serve in the Criminal Division prosecuting a wide range of violations of federal criminal law.

Previous Friday Job Announcements10/20/17

Friday Job Announcements

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

Tohono O’odham Nation

Part Time Attorneys, Advocate Program, Sellz, AZ. Provide legal aid and criminal defense to tribal members.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Cass Lake, MN. Providing free legal assistance and court representation to low-income individuals living on or near the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Indian Reservations in northern Minnesota. Applications are preferred by April 10th but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Seattle University Center for Indian Law & Policy

Indian Wills Paid Summer Internship, Seattle University School of Law, WA. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Jan 1, 2017 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Paid Summer Legal Intern, Manistee, MI. Will assist the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Applications must be received by April 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications will be reviewed on a revolving basis until the position(s) is filled.

Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Chief of Police, Loleta, CA. Responsible for leading the entire Public Safety Department and carries all duties and functions of the department. Apply here.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Paid Summer Law Interns, Valley Center, CA. Will assist the Attorney General to research and draft Tribal ordinances, policies and resolutions and prepare legal memoranda on a wide-variety of legal matters handled by the office. Applications are due by close of business on May 1, 2017.