Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send all of the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

In the email body: 

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
    1. Position title 
    2. Location (city, state) 
    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
    5. Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description.

Come work with us! Indigenous Law and Policy Center and Michigan State University College of Law: Communications Coordinator

A description of the position is below, and the MSU HR link is here. The deadline for applying is May 3, 2022.

Position Summary

The College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center (ILPC) welcomes candidates who have a passion for working in indigenous rights advocacy; experience working with indigenous peoples and diverse groups of people; strong communication and organizational skills; and exhibit a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work in a self-directed environment or in a group setting.  The Indigenous Law & Policy Center Communications Coordinator supports the ILPC by assisting with developing website content, electronic newsletters, visual aids, social media posts, and other organizational communications aligned with the ILPC’s needs and strategic initiatives. The Communications Coordinator also maintains the ILPC office and assists ILPC faculty and staff in coordinating events, conferences, and student programming. The ILPC welcomes candidates who (1) have a passion for working in indigenous rights advocacy; (2) have experience working with indigenous peoples and diverse groups of people; (3) have strong communication and organizational skills; and (4) exhibit a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work in both a self-directed environment and in a group setting.

The ILPC currently includes a Director, Associate Director, Clinic Director, and Legal Counselor. The Center works very closely together to recruit students; provide services to students, clinical clients, and tribal governments; provide teaching and learning opportunities related to Indigenous law; produce original research and scholarship on Indigenous law; and host events at the law school.

The Communications Coordinator reports to the Director and Associate Director of the ILPC and assists the ILPC team in providing administrative support. In collaboration with the College of Law Director of Events and the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Communications Coordinator:

• Assists the ILPC faculty and staff with planning and coordinating all ILPC events.
• Coordinates lunches, speaking events, and ILPC visits for students interested in Indian Law.
• Plans and organizes the annual ILPC conference.
• Manages marketing materials that amplify and strengthen ILPC presence at MSU, Michigan tribal communities, and within Indian country.
• Drafts ILPC correspondence and creates newsletters for the ILPC community, students, and alumni.
• Manages the ILPC social media accounts, including Turtle Talk.
• Attends Indian law events and conferences 1-4 times per year to promote the ILPC and its objectives; requires overnight travel.

Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 10
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University College Of Law
Department: Juris Doctorate Programs 40001138
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Communications, Telecommunications, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in internal communications; news, broadcasting, and print media, and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; graphic design; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation software; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation; or radio production; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

• Experience working with Native American and Indigenous communities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience in event planning and logistics for on-campus events.
• Ability to work with a variety of individuals.
• Experience using WordPress and social media platforms.
• Ability to multitask.
• Experience using programs like InDesign and Photoshop.
• Experience in Communications, Development, Marketing, or related fields.
• Experience working in a university environment.


Applications close: May 3, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Attorney General. Omaha Tribal Court Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Omaha Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Open Until Filled.

Tribal Prosecutor. Omaha Tribal Court – Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Shall prosecute all criminal matters in the name of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, making independent decisions on whether to file formal charges, the nature of those charges, whether to recommend plea bargains and trying both jury and non-jury cases. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Open until filled.

Pueblo of Laguna

Family Legal Assistance Attorney; Dept: Government Affairs Office. Closing date for application submission – April 29, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654.

Pueblo of Isleta

Family Services Presenting Officer. Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. The Presenting Officer will be responsible to act as the legal representation for the Pueblo of Isleta Social Services, Truancy Department, and Intervention Officer in matters where court and/or legal interventions are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pueblo of Isleta community members. Open Until Filled. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney. Ignacio, CO. Join the in-house Legal Department on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southwest Colorado.  The team of attorneys in the Legal Department provides legal representation, advice, and support to the Tribal government, including Tribal Council, Tribal officials, and Tribal departments. A strong command of Federal Indian law and understanding of tribal sovereignty in this position is essential, as is an ability to provide legal advice on a variety of topics in a fast-paced environment.  This position requires a minimum of three years of full-time experience practicing law, including significant Indian law experience.  For more information about the position and to apply, please visit here. The deadline for applications is 5:00 MDT on May 16, 2022.

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Attorney General. Oakhurst, CA. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Position is open until filled. Visit the website for the full description.

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 

Assistant General Counsel/Assistant Prosecutor. Watersmeet, Michigan. This position will split their time between duties of Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Prosecutor. Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel provides legal services and representation to the Tribe, its agencies, and its enterprises in a broad variety of matters, including contract law, employment law, administrative law, real estate matters, Indian gaming regulation, taxation, tribal jurisdiction, environmental law, cultural resource preservation, child welfare, and legislation. Though we are looking for applicants with experience in one or more of the listed fields, you do not need experience in all the listed fields to be a good candidate. Please see the position description for more information. Posting is open until filled. Please see the full posting and application here. Any interested applicant should email a CV/resume to karrie.wichtman@lvd-nsn.gov.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

(3) Law Clerks. Judge Sunshine Sykes (Navajo Nation), Stanford ’97 and SLS ’01, and California Superior Court Judge, has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Sykes seeks to hire three clerks to begin upon her confirmation. The terms would be flexible for one to two years starting in June or early July 2022 and ending in the fall of 2023 or 2024.  The start dates are dependent upon the Judge’s confirmation vote, and the end dates are flexible. The positions would be located in the Riverside, CA courthouse.

Application materials: cover letter; resume; unofficial law school transcript; writing sample (any length, but not edited by others or only slightly edited by others); three letters of recommendation. Please submit applications ASAP but no later than 5 pm Pacific on Friday, May 6. Submit application materials by email to yunpovi@stanford.edu. Application materials should be emailed with the subject line “Sykes Application [Applicant Name]” and letters of recommendation with the subject line “Sykes Letter [Applicant Name].”

California Department of Justice – Office of Native American Affairs

Staff Services Analyst. Open in numerous cities, Sacramento, Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. Under the supervision of the Staff Services Manager (SSM) I, the Staff Services Analyst performs a variety of analytical tasks related to the efficient functioning of the Office of Native American Affairs. A high degree of initiative, professionalism, tact, and discretion are required. The incumbent performs duties that require independence of action, analysis, political acumen, excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, flexibility and the ability to work under pressure. Closing Date – May 5, 2022.

Staff Services Manager I (Specialist). Open in numerous cities, Sacramento, Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. The Staff Services Manager (SSM) I (Specialist) serves as a highly-skilled Department specialist for the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), Tribal Assistance Program (TAP). On behalf of the Director of ONAA, the SSM I serves as a subject matter expert, and acts as a point of contact and lead coordinator with other Department of Justice (DOJ) divisions and sections for TAP, such as the DOJ’s Research Center, external consultants, and the designated Special Agent in Charge (SAC) from the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE). The SSM I is responsible for providing lead direction to program staff, as well as serve as a liaison, as directed by the Director, with other government and community agencies, for all necessary and mandated activities and product materials for the successful implementation of the Tribal Assistance Program (Assembly Bill (AB) 3099). Closing Date – May 5, 2022.

California Indian Legal Services

Legal Administrative Assistant. CILS Office Eureka, CA. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this is a full-time position devoted to enhancing attorney effectiveness by providing information-management support; administrative and clerical support in a legal office environment. The work is specialized and requires knowledge of the preparation and processing requirements of legal documents, legal terminology, civil procedures and discovery, sources of law and the court system. Some duties include: Answer and direct incoming calls to appropriate staff including Intake workers, Greet and maintain professional tact in dealing with or assisting CILS clients, Maintain general organization and function of the office, and more. Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience. Closing date: May 10, 2022.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Summer Law Clerk. Valley Center, CA. Under the supervision of the court solicitor, this position has responsibility for the provision of legal research and writing in support of the operation of the Court. Duties include researching issues of federal Indian and tribal law raised in pleadings; assisting in drafting bench memoranda and judicial opinions as requested; analyzing member tribal ordinances, regulations, and policies; and assisting in developing court forms and bench guides as requested. Closing date is May 23, 2022. See position announcement for additional information.

Center for Indian Country Development

Data Operations Director. Minneapolis, MN. The new hire will co-lead the research side of the CICD’s new data initiative, which aims to supply the data that tribal leaders, stakeholders, and researchers need to support Indian Country economic prosperity. Responsibilities will include building and maintaining new datasets, working with data partners, and supervising research staff, among other activities. More details and the application portal can be found here. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and we look to conclude our search in the next 4-6 weeks.

Waséyabek Development Company  

WDC Board Member. Grand Rapids, MI. The individual appointed will serve an approximate four (4) year term of office ending June 30, 2026 but will be eligible for re-appointment to subsequent four (4) year terms. Members of the Board of Directors will receive a monthly stipend. WDC creates and stimulates the economy of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. For more information and RFQ information, please see the description.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP

Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry LLP is 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. Closing date:  Open until filled. Please see at the attached description for more information. Interested applicants should send the following to Kathryn Wray at kwray@sonosky.com (please also copy Lynne Hernandez at lhernandez@sonoskysd.com):

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Law School Transcript; and
  • Writing sample (a writing sample relevant to our practice area is preferred, but not necessary).

Attorney. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seeking attorney with 5 or more years of experience in litigation, transactional, water, natural resource, or Indian law matters.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  More details about the firm are available at www.sonosky.com. This position is open until filled.  Applicants should be licensed to practice or eligible to become licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until May 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (Natural Resources Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Review documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions and meetings with other clients, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until May 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Reviews major crimes cases investigated by the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not prosecuted in federal court. Determines whether to recommend to the Chief Prosecutor prosecutions within a relevant Navajo Nation District Court. Considers the weight of the evidence, the importance of the case, the necessity of uniform application of law throughout the Navajo Nation, and other considerations which bear on the advisability of initiating the filing of criminal charges. Prepares memorandum of fact and law where appropriate. Initiates filing of pleadings, petitions and motions with the appropriate Navajo Nation court, prepares and tries the case. Actively presents the cases, preparing witnesses, examining and cross-examining witnesses and composes lines of argument.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Legal Secretary, Shiprock, NM.  Provides legal office administrative support to prosecutorial office. Drafts legal correspondence and reports, develops and maintains legal case files; proofreads all legal documents for accuracy, completeness, and conformance; maintains and prepares for destruction legal documents with applicable policy and regulations; receives criminal complaints/police reports and juvenile referrals and processes them (via Justware) for prosecutor review and filing. Receives incoming motions and pleadings, generates subpoenas, affidavits, and notice for submission to the courts. Meets with prosecutors on case management support and assist in communicating with witness, defense council and victims for upcoming court hearing, Collects and compiles statistical information from Justware and related sources for special and quarterly reports and projects. Maintains court hearing dockets and court schedule for calendaring.  This position is open until May 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. 

Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association

Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law

To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice will contact qualified applicants for an interview.  Those selected for law clerk positions will be required to complete a Navajo Nation Employment Application at: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/Forms/NNAPP09162016_Fill_In.pdf

See previous job posts.

Call for Proposals & Art: 19th Annual ILPC & TICA Indigenous Law Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Proposals due March 21st, 2022

Indigenous Law & Policy Center & Tribal In-House Counsel Association 19th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

The Conference:

The conference has eight panels; one reserved for hot topics, plus a keynote speaker. Current TICA members with a focus on the tribal inhouse practice of law who are interested in presenting are invited to submit panel proposals with up to four speakers.

Want to Speak at the Indigenous Law Conference?:

Become a TICA member at www.tica.wildapricot.org
MSU Law will provide research support for speakers in preparing materials upon request. MSU Law will cover reasonable travel and lodging expenses.

Submit Panel Proposals:

Submit panel proposals as a PDF or Word document, 300 words or less, to MSU ILPC at indigenous@law.msu.edu

Include the following information for each panelist:

  • Name
  • Title (current position)
  • Contact information

Contact Us:

Doreen N. McPaul, President of TICA: dmcpaul@nndoj.org
MSU ILPC: indigenous@law.msu.edu
Gabriela Gendreau, MSU ILPC Communications Coordinator: ggendreau@law.msu.edu

CALL FOR ART

Submissions due March 21st, 2022

Indigenous Law & Policy Center & Tribal In-House Counsel Association 19th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Each year, the conference sponsors one American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian artist whose work is featured on digital and print conference materials which may be adapted for use. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to submit their work.

Submission Requirements:

To inquire about or to submit artwork, please email MSU ILPC at indigenous@law.msu.edu

Include the following:

  • PDF or Adobe Photoshop file
  • Artist biography / brief summary of work and artist or foundation contact information. To be included in the conference program if desired.

Contact Us:

Doreen N. McPaul, President of TICA: dmcpaul@nndoj.org
MSU ILPC: indigenous@law.msu.edu
Gabriela Gendreau, MSU ILPC Communications Coordinator: ggendreau@law.msu.edu

Past Conference Art:

View past conference artwork here: https://turtletalk.blog/indigenous-lawprogram/ilpc-artwork/

LIVE: PFAS Issues of Social Justice Webinar

Feb 15, 2022 12:00 PM ET & March 15, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Registration Link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OHCUfS6AQoWPJcRF4kLxjg

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Canadian and U.S. Perspectives on PFAS: Issues of Social Justice

Co-hosted by: The Center of PFAS Research, Canada Connect, and Indigenous Law & Policy Center

Join us for a speaker series on the history, science, impact, and challenges of PFAS in the Canadian and US context. Using a One Health framework, each webinar will include speakers from both Canada and the United States.

February 15 12:00-1:30pm

Registration Link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OHCUfS6AQoWPJcRF4kLxjg

Dr. Amira Akar is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universite Laval and the Center de reserche du CHU de Quebec. She is an environmental epidemiologist and her research centers around protecting systemically and structurally excluded populations from contaminants of emerging concern, with a particular interest in Arctic communities. Dr. Aker received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship a the University of Toronto Scarborough focused on chronic disease.

Melanie Lemire is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine at Laval Unviersity and researcher at the Population Health and Optimal Health Practices axis at the CHU du Quebec-Universite Laval Research Centre and the Institute for Integrative and Systems Biology (IBIS). She is the Canadian designated expert for the Human Health Assessment Group of the Arctic Monitoring an Assessment Program (HHAG-AMAP). Her projects are transdisciplinary, intersectoral and participatory, and focus on the study of environmental contaminants, ocean change, and nutrition related to the health of Indigenous and coastal populations. Her findings are used to inform decisions, decision making-tools, programs and policies at local, federal, and international levels.

Elyse Caron-Beaudoin is an Assistant Professor in environmental health at the University of Toronto – Scarborough. Her research focuses on the development of transdisciplinary community-based research projects to assess the impacts of anthropogenic pressures on health by combining information form multiple levels of biological organization. Elyse holds a PhD in biology with a specialization in toxicology from the INRS – Armand-Frappier Institute in Laval, Quebec. From 2018 to 2020, she was a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Universite de Montreal. She is implicated in several research projects on environmentalism and Indigenous health, including in oil and gas regions and in the Canadian Arctic.

Whitney Gravelle is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community Gnoozhekaaning (Place of the Pike) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2016 with a certificate from the Indigenous Law Program, Whitney worked for the Department of Justice with the Environmental and Natural Resource Division in the Indian Resource Section, where she worked on cases relate to the scope of tribal lands and jurisdiction, treaty rights, and the protection of lands held in trust for tribes and individual Indian lands. Currently, Whitney serves as President of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and serves on the Michigan Women’s Commission and the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.

Wenona Singel is an Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan. She recently completed a two-year leave of absence from MSU to fulfill an appointment as Deputy Legal Counsel and Advisor for Tribal Affairs for Governor Gretchen Whitmer. At MSU, Wenona teaches and publishes in the areas of Property, Federal Indian Law, and Natural Resources Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law of American Indians. She also received an appointment by President Barack Obama to the Board of Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, a position she held for five years. She received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Wenona is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

Join us for our next PFAS webinar: March 15th 12:00-1:30pm

Call for Art: 19th Annual ILPC & TICA Indigenous Law Conference

CALL FOR ART

Submissions due March 21st, 2022

Indigenous Law & Policy Center & Tribal In-House Counsel Association 19th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

Each year, the conference sponsors one American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian artist whose work is featured on digital and print conference materials which may be adapted for use. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to submit their work.

Submission Requirements:

To inquire about or to submit artwork, please email MSU ILPC at indigenous@law.msu.edu

Include the following:

  • PDF or Adobe Photoshop file
  • Artist biography / brief summary of work and artist or foundation contact information. To be included in the conference program if desired.

Contact Us:

Doreen N. McPaul, President of TICA: dmcpaul@nndoj.org
MSU ILPC: indigenous@law.msu.edu
Gabriela Gendreau, MSU ILPC Communications Coordinator: ggendreau@law.msu.edu

Past Conference Art:

View past conference artwork here: https://turtletalk.blog/indigenous-lawprogram/ilpc-artwork/

Call for Proposals: 19th Annual ILPC & TICA Indigenous Law Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Proposals due March 21st, 2022

Indigenous Law & Policy Center & Tribal In-House Counsel Association 19th Annual Indigenous Law Conference

The Conference:

The conference has eight panels; one reserved for hot topics, plus a keynote speaker. Current TICA members with a focus on the tribal inhouse practice of law who are interested in presenting are invited to submit panel proposals with up to four speakers.

Want to Speak at the Indigenous Law Conference?:

Become a TICA member at www.tica.wildapricot.org
MSU Law will provide research support for speakers in preparing materials upon request. MSU Law will cover reasonable travel and lodging expenses.

Submit Panel Proposals:

Submit panel proposals as a PDF or Word document, 300 words or less, to MSU ILPC at indigenous@law.msu.edu

Include the following information for each panelist:

  • Name
  • Title (current position)
  • Contact information

Contact Us:

Doreen N. McPaul, President of TICA: dmcpaul@nndoj.org
MSU ILPC: indigenous@law.msu.edu
Gabriela Gendreau, MSU ILPC Communications Coordinator: ggendreau@law.msu.edu

MSU Indigenous Law & Policy Center Winter Newsletter

As 2022 begins, the Michigan State University College of Law Indigenous Law & Policy Center invites you to join us in reflecting upon and celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of our students, faculty, alumni, and community in 2021. Please view our winter newsletter, and stay up to date on current events in Indian law with Turtle Talk and follow us on social media for information on future events!

Follow & Contact Us:

Twitter: @ILPCTurtleTalk 

Instagram: @ilpc_turtletalk 

Email: indigenous@law.msu.edu

End of the Semester Check-In and Lunch: Indigenous Law & Policy Center

🍂 End of the Semester Check-In! 🍂

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center will be hosting an in-person End of the Semester Check-In on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 from 12:15-1:15pm in room 472

Students, faculty, staff, and allies will come together to celebrate the end of the semester over a provided lunch! **RSVP Required**

RSVP by Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021. Please direct all RSVPs and questions to indigenous@law.msu.edu

We look forward to seeing you there!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Indigenous Law & Policy Center is at the forefront of Indian law issues and home to one of the most well-known Indigenous Law programs in the nation. 

Today on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we recognize this work and celebrate the next generation of water protectors, Indian childhood welfare defenders, and tribal judges supported by the Center, as well as the students and communities they serve.

Artwork: “The Seeds Are Planted” by Zoey Wood-Salomon

18th Annual Indigenous Law Conference – Call for Sponsors

18th Annual Indigenous Law Conference Call for Sponsors

– TICA Champion – TICA Supporter – Panel Sponsor – Reception Sponsor – Other Sponsor –

Our generous sponsors help make the Indigenous Law Conference possible each year, for which we are very grateful! We hope to repeat past success, but we need your help once again to ensure another wonderful conference. Please read below about the different sponsorship tiers and opportunities. Thank you all for your time and consideration!

For more information, please visit indigenouslawconference.com/sponsorship.

TICA CHAMPION $5,000

  • Complimentary conference registration and 2022 TICA membership for up to four (4) attendees
  • Acknowledgment on Turtle Talk, TICA List-serve, TICA Facebook Page, and conference Website
  • Daily acknowledgment of sponsorship during the conference
  • Logo on TICA and conference websites

TICA SUPPORTER $2,500

  • Complimentary conference registration and 2022 TICA membership for two (2) attendees
  • Acknowledgment in Turtle Talk, TICA List-serve, TICA Facebook Page, and conference website
  • Daily Acknowledgment of sponsorship during the conference
  • Logo on TICA and conference websites

PANEL SPONSOR $1,000

  • Name and logo on conference materials, including prominently on the agenda to indicate panel sponsorship
  • Logo on TICA and conference website

RECEPTION SPONSOR $1,000

  • Name and logo on conference reception materials, including prominently on the agenda
  • Logo on TICA and conference website

OTHER SPONSOR

  • Name on TICA and conference website