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

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

General Counsel. Persons interested in applying should send a letter of interest, writing sample, and a resumé which includes references to:

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
Human Resources Department
5318 Chief Brown Lane
Darrington, WA 98241

With a copy to and to For additional information you may contact the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Office of Legal Counsel at (360) 436-0139.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

2018 Summer Associates. A national law firm dedicated to representing Native American interests in a wide range of endeavors – including trial and appellate litigation, federal Indian law, tribal law, Indian self-determination and self-governance matters, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources, and economic development, among others – is currently recruiting incoming 2L students for 2018 summer associate positions. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (a sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary) to Will Stephens, Partner at (please also copy Interested applicants should send this information no later than Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Executive Director, Hoopa Valley Housing Authority, F/T, Regular, Salary: DOE. Performs general administrative work with supervisory and management responsibilities; has constant contact with the public, Tribal Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Tribal Council, departments and federal agencies; requires knowledge of project development, planning, accounting, financial management, budgeting, investments, and knowledge of sound business practices. The HVHA operates under tribal and federal laws and is funded primarily through the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Directs operations to provide low-income housing, rentals, and related services to eligible recipients and manages existing Mutual Help housing units. Minimum Requirements: Master’s Degree (M.A.) or equivalent and two (2) years of related experience; or a Bachelor’s Degree with four (4) years of related experience including two (2) years of management or supervisory experience; or at least eight (8) years of experience working with HUD programs including management experience, and extensive knowledge of HUD and NAHASDA regulations. Must have a Valid CA Driver’s License and be insurable. Must successfully pass an employment background check in accordance with Title 30A; Employment Background Check Policy of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. DEADLINE: August 22, 2017.

These positions are classified safety-sensitive. For job descriptions and employment applications, contact the Human Resources/Insurance Department, Hoopa Valley Tribe, P.O. Box 218, Hoopa, CA 95546. Call (530) 625-9200 Ext. 13 or 17. Or email The Tribe’s Alcohol & Drug Policy and TERO Ordinance Apply.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorneys (2), Southwest Michigan, Upper Peninsula. Please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to:

James A. Keedy
Executive Director
Michigan Indian Legal Services
814 S. Garfield Ave., Suite A
Traverse City, MI 49686

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Staff Attorney. Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to Closes August 10, 2017.

Previous Friday Jobs Announcement: 7/21/17

Mille Lacs County Cancels Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement with Mille Lacs Band

Here is the news coverage.

The County resolution is available on Melanie Benjamin’s official Facebook page:

The Interior Solicitor’s M opinion on the reservation boundaries is here.

United States Accepts Concurrent Jurisdiction Over Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Department of Justice Press Release here.

The decision will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.  Tribal, state and county prosecutors and law enforcement agencies will also continue to have criminal jurisdiction on the reservation.

“We believe this decision – made after a careful review of the tribe’s application and the facts on the ground – will strengthen public safety and the criminal justice system serving the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe,” said Deputy Attorney General Yates.  “This is another step forward in the Justice Department’s commitment to serve and protect American Indian and Alaska Native communities, to deal with them on a government-to-government basis and to fulfill the historic promise of the Tribal Law and Order Act.  Strong law enforcement partnerships with the Tribe, as well as state and local counterparts, will be essential to the success of this effort.”

Mille Lacs is the second tribe to be granted concurrent jurisdiction under the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. White Earth received concurrent jurisdiction status in 2013.

Mille Lacs Tribe Seeks Housing Attorney

Here is the job description:

Deputy Solicitor General Housing



The Deputy Solicitor General – Housing assists the Solicitor General in litigating civil lawsuits, drafting of legal documents, providing advice for Tribal government Officials.  Practice other phases of law by performing the duties specified.



  • Graduate from an ABA accredited Law School.
  • Eligible to be licensed by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Bar.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and eligible for license in Federal Court.
  • Experience in civil litigation with an emphasis on housing and real estate issues.
  • Thorough knowledge of property and real estate issues.
  • Minimum of two years responsible legal experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of Federal Indian Law.
  • Ability to work well with American Indians and non-Indian people.
  • Demonstrate ability to work well without close supervision and to assume immediate responsibility for a heavy caseload.
  • Unblemished background record.
  • Compliance with the Mille Lacs Band’s Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian Preference
  • A high degree of familiarity with Indian legal system and court system is vitally important in this position.
  • Must have a valid MN driver’s licenses and be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Driver’s insurance policy.



  • Primary responsibility for Community Development and Housing Matters.
  • Reviews evidence in civil, criminal and other cases to formulate defense or to initiate legal action.
  • Conducts research, interviews clients, and witnesses and handles other details in preparation for trial.
  • Prepares legal briefs, develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation of cases.
  • Represents client in court, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of Tribal, Federal or state governments.
  • Provides advice to Tribal Officials on policy issues.
  • Advises and drafts documents for Administration Policy Board, Chief Executive and Band Assembly as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Mille Lacs Ojibwe District Court Judge Posting

Position Title:          District Court Judge (Repost)

Location:                Judicial Branch

Reports to:              Chief Justice

Opening Date:         August 14, 2014

Closing Date:           “Until Filled”


*** Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.***

            ****Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies****

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Briefs in Merrill v. Altman (S.D. ICWA Case Previously Posted)

We posted the South Dakota Supreme Court’s opinion from December here.

Here are the briefs:

Merrill Opening Brief

Altman Brief

Merrill Reply

Minnesota Ojibwe Tribal Leaders Op/Ed: “Minnesota Tribes are More than Gambling”

Here is the op/Ed, authored by

Here’s an excerpt:

Some Minnesotans refer to tribes not by their official names but by their casinos’ names, such as “Grand Casino” for the Mille Lacs Band or “Black Bear” for Fond du Lac.

Perhaps that is why many people seem to mistakenly believe that the main purpose of tribes is to operate casinos. This could not be further from reality.

Tribes are governments, with all the same duties and responsibilities that state governments have.

Minnesota is home to 11 American Indian tribal governments, whose main job is to serve the needs of our members through health care, education and other services.

Our people count on us to help them when they are sick, to prepare their children for college and careers, to make quality housing available, to care for the elderly, and to be responsible stewards of the lakes and lands on our reservations.

They want their voices heard in government, and they want to see solutions to community problems. In short, they expect their governments to meet their needs and make wise use of their resources.