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

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:

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.

Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities with the American Indian Health in Family Services in Detroit, Michigan

Information on Apprenticeships

American Indian Health and Family Services I-LEAD has five (5) paid apprenticeships available. These apprenticeships can help master the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to help you become successful. If interested, please submit a letter of interest that includes who you are, why you want to work at AIHFS, what types of experiences and skills you hope to gain or improve, and how this apprenticeship will help you achieve and reach your long term goals. For questions and submission please email Teia McGahey at no later than Thursday, June 21, 2018. We will schedule a 30 minute meet and greet with you on June 23rd from 9am-5pm. All applications are due no later than Thursday, June 23, 2018.

Information on Internships

American Indian Health and Family Services is seeking interns in the following capacity:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting/Payroll
  • Medical Billing/Reception

If you are interested in an internship with AIHFS, please email Chasity Dial at


Michigan and Oregon Adopt Pro Hac Vice Court Rules for ICWA Cases

Edited to add that Nebraska deserves credit for codifying this back in 2015, which I knew and forgot until today when I was doing some research. The provision is at Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-1504(3), a citation which I have now memorized so I won’t forget it again. 

This spring both Michigan and Oregon have changed their court rules to allow out of state attorneys to appear in ICWA cases on behalf of a tribe (Michigan and Oregon) or parent or Indian custodian (Oregon). Both waive the pro hac fees, and do not require the attorneys to associate with local counsel.

Michigan’s rule, MCR 8.126, is here. The rule is effective September 1.

Oregon’s rule, UTCR 3. 170(9), is here. The rule is effective August 1.

In both of these cases, the rule was a result of a recommendation and work from the respective Tribal State Judicial Forums.

In the hopes this is something other states may be willing to take on (hi California! Oh hey, Washington!), we’ve started a page with resources here.

Michigan Superintendent of Schools Seeks to Fine Schools That Don’t Drop Mascots

Article here.

This is primarily in response to the most recent action of the Paw Paw School Board to retain their racist mascot (after a particularly contentious Board meeting). Article here.

This is also after the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (under the leadership of Matt Wesaw) attempted to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, which was dismissed.

Child Welfare Article in the Lansing State Journal


While not ICWA-specific, the concerns raised in this article regarding representation, admitting at adjudication, and the lack of independent experts are also reasons for ICWA non-compliance.

Parent advocates say Michigan erects a wall between kids and their families because DHHS is the only agency helping parents overcome their struggles and at the same time is their courtroom opponent, logging those struggles as possible evidence against them. In child welfare cases, judges can issue lifelong penalties based on far less evidence than is required in criminal court. Most parents’ only defense is an overworked, underpaid court-appointed attorney.

Michigan Foster Care Review Board Annual Report Addresses Areas of “Significant Concern” Relating to LGALs

Report here(pdf). LGAL portion starts on page 15.

In spite of such improvements, the quality of representation reported to and observed by our citizen review board members remains less than adequate, at best, and possibly fraudulent at times.
The FCRB is highly concerned with the fact that in Michigan, children and youth are rarely encouraged to participate in scheduled court hearings, despite the fact that these children are identified as parties to the case. This is unfortunate, as their present and future safety and well-being is addressed at these hearings, and the children often know best what has taken place in their own families and whether the system is functioning well for them or not. Therefore, the need to provide competent and dedicated legal representation is essential, as the LGAL is the one entrusted with the responsibility of objectively representing the child’s views and best interests before the court.


Michigan Tech Dissertation on Tribal-State Fishery Co-Management


Goals and objectives
The research goals were to assess and describe characteristics of a multi-cultural fishery co-management arrangement of state and tribal organizations in Michigan in order to provide information and recommendations to enhance the institutional
relationship. Information was collected through interview data and quantitative analysis of agency work plans of the Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the State of Michigan.
Objectives Included:
1. Determine extent of agency understanding for each other’s management priorities and knowledge systems used for guiding fishery management decisions and how they may influence views on the value of science in fishery management, and
suggest strategies for navigating multi-cultural institution building (Chapter 2).
2. Present how different participant values and perspectives shape priorities of biological assessments and restoration activities, identify and assess common and exclusive priorities and develop recommendations for collaboration (Chapter 3).
3. Describes how agency participants value collaboration, what barriers exist for successful collaboration and how an ideal relationship could be formed and function (Chapter 4).

How “Yooper” made it into Merriam Webster

Okay, so this story has a legal angle but not an Indian law angle (that I know of), but I couldn’t resist posting it anyway. As I found out from reading the Merriam Webster blog (here), the word “Yooper” was added to the dictionary after a lengthy campaign by a prosecuting attorney in Delta County, Michigan. Personally, I have yet to make it to the U.P., but it’s on my list.