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

Spokane Tribe

Conflict Public Defender, Wellpinit, WA. Responsible for representing defendants in criminal prosecutions in the Spokane Tribal Court. This position is open continuous. Applications can be downloaded at

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2018 Summer Clerkships and Fellowships. A boutique law firm in San Francisco, CA specializing in government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law. We have a growing federal Indian law practice, focusing on cultural resource protection, government-to-government consultation, tribal jurisdiction, land use, and renewable energy. Summer clerkships are open to students who will have completed their 2L year. The three-year fellowship is open to recent law school graduates. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, with a firm deadline of Labor Day for both programs.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney. Closes July 28, 2017.

Hualapai Tribe

Public Defender. Closes August 14, 2017.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Tribal Child Support Unit Attorney, Juneau, AK. This position’s duties and responsibilities include representing the Tlingit and Haida Tribal Child Support Unit (TCSU) in Tribal and State courts, drafting legal documents for child support and paternity cases, providing legal guidance to the TCSU agency, researching legal issues, interpreting statutes, rules and regulations relevant to child support and paternity. Salary range $68,872 – $87,825 per year.  Position open until 4 pm, August 18, 2017.  Tlingit & Haida accepts electronic applications only. For questions contact Human Resources: or Telephone 907-463-7707 or 463-7106.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge. This position is open until filled.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Court Clerk, Temecula, CA.

Previous Friday Jobs Announcement: 7/14/2017

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

Bora Lasking Faculty of Law at Lakehead University

(2) Limited Term Faculty, Ontario, CA. Term of 10 months to three years, dependent on qualifications and experience. The appointment(s) will commence August 1, 2017 at an academic rank commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. Review of the applications will begin May 24, 2017 and will continue until the position(s) are filled.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Alternate Judge (Pro Tem)/Appellate Court Judge, Mescalero, NM. Please submit an application, cover letter, resume and 3-5 page writing sample for employment to the Human Resources Department located at the Tribal Offices. Call 575-464-9273 for more information.

Public Defender. Shall work independently on all matters relating to the defense of any individual appearing before court.  The Public Defender shall be under the administrative supervision of the Chief Judge for budgetary and employee matters.

Frye Law Firm

Associate Attorney, Albuquerque, NM. The Frye Law Firm is seeking a seasoned associate attorney. We are a small firm in Albuquerque,New Mexico that focuses on Indian law. Three or more years’ experience in litigation, business development, and/or governmental law is preferred. The firm principally provides legal counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal business entities, and other tribal organizations, including schools and hospitals. The firm is an equal opportunity employer. A demonstrated history of providing high quality legal services and extraordinary accomplishments is required. To apply,please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resumé, (3) three writing samples, (4) a list of three references, and (5) a law school transcript, to 10400 Academy Rd. NE, Suite 310, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111. For additional information about the firm, please visit our website at

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Assistant Prosecutor, Rosebud, S.D. Those interested must fill out an Employment Application, a background check form entitled “Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions,” and a form called “Applicant Screening Questionnaire Indian Child Protection requirements” found at

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Tribal offices in southwest MI. The ideal applicant will be licensed to practice law in Michigan or eligible to be admitted by waiver and have three to five years relevant experience.


Mescalero Apache Public Defender RFP


Proposal Request for Public Defender Services The Mescalero Apache Tribe is seeking proposals to provide Public Defender Services to the Mescalero Tribal Court for criminal cases. SUMMARY: The Mescalero Apache Tribal Court is a court of general jurisdiction addressing crimes under the Mescalero Apache Law and Order Code. All crimes do not exceed one year sentencing. Attorneys licensed and in good standing with the State of New Mexico Bar is required; Proposed fees may be based on an hourly rate or a flat rate; Proposed fees may NOT exceed $50,000.00 per budget year; Final terms of submitted proposals are negotiable. SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO THE MESCALERO TRIBAL ADMINISTRATOR: DUANE DUFFY, MESCALERO APACHE TRIBE, MESCALERO, NM 88340; 575-464-4494 EXT. 211

New Mexico Court of Appeals Decision on State Worker’s Comp Jurisdiction in Indian Country

Here is the opinion in Antonio v. Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort.

An excerpt:

Michael Antonio (Worker) appeals from  an order of dismissal entered by the Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.  On appeal, Worker alleges that (1) the WCA erred in determining that Worker’s injury occurred on the Mescalero Apache Tribe reservation (Tribe) and that the Tribe was not conducting business within the State of New Mexico; and (2) the WCA had jurisdiction by default because the Tribe did not have a workers’ compensation program in effect at the time of Worker’s injury, and the compensation that was provided to Worker was not as good as the compensation required by the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act.  We conclude that the WCA did not have jurisdiction over the Tribe because the Tribe did not expressly waive sovereign immunity and, therefore, the WCA’s order reached the right result for the wrong reasons.  See Cordova v. World Fin. Corp. of N.M., 2009-NMSC-021, ¶ 18, 146 N.M. 256,208 P.3d 901 (noting that we may affirm on grounds not relied upon if those grounds do not require us to look beyond the factual allegations that were raised and considered below).  Weaffirm.

Oral Argument Tuesday in Supreme Court Criminal Restitution Case Involving Mescalero Apache Indian

Here are the briefs from the ABA website:

Merit briefs

Amicus briefs