IPR: “Emails show Enbridge private security keeping tabs on activists in the Straits of Mackinac”


“The fact that myself and other elected leaders of tribes have taken a stance against the pipeline doesn’t mean that our law enforcement agencies don’t have an interest in understanding what’s going on at the Straits with the pipeline,” says Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community. “It would be just like Enbridge reaching out to the Michigan State Police despite the fact that our attorney general and governor are opposed to the pipeline in the straits.”

Kyle Whyte is a professor at Michigan State University and a citizen of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation who has written about Standing Rock. He says there’s a trend of companies trying to control public advocacy behind the scenes.

“Instead of companies proposing risky projects being subject to oversight, it’s citizens concerned about preventing risks who are subject to oversight from those seeking to impose the risks,” he says. “There is a problem of mutual accountability here.”

Saginaw Chippewa and State of Michigan to begin co-management of Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park


Ezhibiigadek asin//written on stone (Sanilac Petroglyphs) will mark the first state/tribal co-­management of a state park in Michigan. This comes during the centennial of the Michigan State Park Commission and the bicentennial of the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, in which the Anishinaabeg ceded Land to the United States encompassing ezhibiigadek asin.

Governor Whitmer Appoints Whitney Gravelle to Michigan Women’s Commission

Press release here.

“Whitney B. Gravelle, of Brimley, is the tribal attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the former chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Ms. Gravelle is active in the tribal community mentoring indigenous youth through the Boys & Girls Club Tribal Youth Program. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Gravelle is appointed to succeed Nicole DeMarco, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. “


Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Directors Seek Public Comment on Social Studies Standards


Announcement/guidance form here.

To comment online, use the online Social Studies Standard Survey. Scroll to the second paragraph and click “online survey.” For more information and suggestions, see pages 3-4 of the announcement.

Upcoming Listen & Learn Meetings

To comment in person, attend a meeting below and fill out a form requesting to speak. For more information, see page 2 of the announcement.

Lansing May 2 6:00-8:00pm today!
Michigan Historical Center and Library, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI 48915

Grand Rapids May 6 6:00-8:00pm
Kent Intermediate School District
2930 Knapp Road
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Gaylord May 7 6:00-8:00pm
University Center Gaylord
80 Livingston Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735

Sault Ste. Marie May 8 6:00-8:00pm
Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District
315 Armory Place
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Escanaba May 9 6:00-8:00pm
Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District
2525 3rd Avenue S.
Escanaba, MI 49829

Call for Proposals: Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium at MSU

Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium

Michigan State University

September 20-21, 2019

Proposals due May 30, 2019

PDF version here.


Marking the 200th commemoration of the Treaty of Saginaw, MSU’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Indigenous Law and Policy Center, and Native American Institute invite proposals for Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium.

All are welcome to submit proposals and can refer to the list of possible topics for presentation ideas.

Those interested should submit a 250-word proposal and 100-word biography to indigenous@law.msu.edu by May 30, 2019.

About the Symposium: The inaugural symposium addresses the history of the Treaty 1819 and its ongoing effects for Indigenous-settler relationships at Land-Grant institutions, such as MSU. More generally, this conference focuses on Indigenous histories, presence, and futures on Anishinaabewaki and across Turtle Island.

The event is free and open to the public. Youth are highly encouraged to attend, especially those interested in becoming familiar with opportunities at MSU.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an open Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the position (which includes position title and location) as well as a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Student Opportunities

Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.

Indian Law Office Summer Intern, Wausau, WI. (1) Assist Indian Law Office Attorneys with their cases. (2) Appear in Tribal Court on behalf of eligible clients. (3) Research relevant Indian Law Issues. (4) Participate in Indian Law office projects. Please see the position description for more information.

Michigan Indian Legal Services, Inc

(3) Summer Interns, Southwestern Michigan and Traverse City, MI. Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) is a statewide provider of free legal services to low income Indians and Indian tribes. MILS represents Indian individuals, families, tribes and organizations in cases that span the complete range of federal Indian law and tribal representation. For more information please see the internship position descriptions.

Job Opportunities

Zuni Tribe

Tribal Prosecutor, Zuni, NM. This position will provide prosecutor service for the Zuni Tribe in all classes of criminal offenses as well as investigate and prosecute criminal matters and related legal issues of crimes that occurred within the exterior boundary of the Zuni reservation. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

The Legislative Branch for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

(2) Legislative Staff Attorneys, Onamia, MN. Assist the Chief Legislative Counsel in the amending, revision, and creation of Band Legislation. In order to aid in the development of progressive and practical legislation for the Band, Legislative Staff Attorneys are required to collaborate on committees with staff from all three branches of the Band’s government, attend legislative sessions, and occasionally travel to the Band’s multiple districts within the state of Minnesota. Application closes March 6, 2019. Please see the description for more information.

The Hopi Tribe

Chief Prosecutor, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. Please see the job description for more information.

Redding Rancheria

Paralegal/Court Facilitator, Redding, CA. The Paralegal will provide legal advice on court process to litigants in tribal court. Consults directly with the Tribal Attorney and Judge and as directed with the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Team. Processes home loan program files for Tribal Members as directed. Application closes Friday, March 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Please see the attached job postings.  If you have any further questions, please contact the Redding Rancheria Human Resources Department (530-225-8979).

Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM)

Lansing Staff Attorney, Lansing, MI. The staff attorney position is in the Lansing – Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) – office, serving Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Livingston and Shiawassee Counties. The staff attorney will provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work as a generalist, including family, consumer, public benefits and housing law. This position is opened until filled. Please see the description for more information.

Waséyabek Development Company

Executive Assistant, Grand Rapids, MI. Provide high-level administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer of WDC as well as company executives and staff by conducting researching, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings. Please see our website to apply: www.waseyabek.com

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Associate Judge, Tacoma, WA. Serve as a hearing judge in accordance with trival Judicial Administrative Code. The term of the Associate Judge shall be three (3) years from the date of appointment by the Tribal Council. A judge may be reappointed at the expiration of a term in the discretion of the Tribal Council. Please see the job description for more information. Application closes April 1, 2019.

Center for Court Innovation

Senior Program Manager, NYC, NY. The Center for Court Innovation is seeking two Senior Program Managers to provide Technical Assistance to tribal courts. Duties will include working on a variety of tribal justice projects such as strategic planning, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice, tribal corrections, tribal/state relationships, healing to wellness courts, and other problem-solving initiatives. For more information please see the description. Application closes March 6, 2019.

See posts from February 22, 2019.