President Trump’s action to revoke and replace the Bears Ears National Monument is not only an attack on the five sovereign nations with deep ties to the Bears Ears region, it is a complete violation of the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. No president has ever revoked and replaced a national monument before because it is not legal to do so. Only Congress may alter a monument. In light of this blatant violation of law, the Native American Rights Fund, representing the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe filed a lawsuit today to protect Bears Ears.
Five tribes—Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Indian Tribe, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe—led the effort to establish the Bears Ears National Monument, an area still used for cultural and religious purposes. Increased looting of the estimated 100,000 plus structures, sites, and objects within every reach of the monument dictated the need for protections in the form of a monument designation.
According to NARF Staff Attorney Matthew Campbell, “Bears Ears is one of the most important places for Indian Country, and that is why Indian Country came together to advocate for this important place. Trump’s attack on Bears Ears is an attack on all of us, and we will fight to protect it.”
NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth said “The Administration is not telling the truth. The Bears Ears monument as created by President Obama preserved hunting, fishing, gathering and grazing rights, and protected these incredible lands from widespread looting and oil, gas and mineral development.” No matter what the President said today, his action does the opposite: by its own terms, in 60 days the revoked lands are open to “entry, location, selection, sale” and “disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing” and “location, entry and patent under mining laws.” Landreth continued, “this is taking public lands that belong to the American people and selling to the highest bidder, there is just no other way to understand it.”
This latest action follows on the heels of the Administration’s other actions against Tribes: (1) issuing the permit to the Dakota Access Pipeline, (2) issuing the permit to the Keystone XL, and (3) revoking the Executive Order to protect the Bering Sea on April 28th. Tribes vigorously opposed all of these efforts. The Administration uses the term “tribal sovereignty” but clearly does not understand what that means.
Read more about NARF’s work to protect Bears Ears National Monument.
Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email email@example.com.
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Legal Department Director, Ignacio, C.O. Will lead a well-established staff of three Tribal Attorneys, a Deputy Director, and a Legal Assistant. Position closes at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on 12/18/2017.
Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (NAPOLS)
Tribal Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Specialist, limited-duration, Portland, O.R. Will work with the Burns Paiute Tribe to strengthen the Tribe’s response to DV, SA, dating violence, and stalking.
Chief Judge, Supai, A.Z. Presides over a broad range of civil and criminal cases for the Havasupai Tribal Court.
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
Associate Judge, Tama, I.A. Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters at the Trial Court level within the jurisdiction of the Sac and Fox Tribal Court pursuant to the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa tribal laws, codes, rules and regulations.
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Tribal Attorney, Banning, C.A. Represents the interests of the Morongo Tribe, Morongo Tribal Government, Morongo Tribal Administration, and Morongo Tribal programs, including but not limited to direct representation in tribal and state court of Morongo Tribal government / programmatic interests as directed by the In House General Counsel.
Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Family Law Attorney, Sitka, A.K. Provides holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – Salary DOE – Full-time benefitted. Grant-funded position that will begin in January 2018 and continue for approximately three years. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Sitka Tribe of Alaska, 456 Katlian St., Sitka, AK 99835. Electronic applications preferred. First review November 27th, 2017.
Tribal Attorney, Black River Falls, W.I. Performs a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Attorney will prepare pleadings for hearings and other legal proceedings, perform legal research, provide court representation; and other duties as assigned. Applicants may visit the Ho-Chunk nation website to apply.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Associate, Native American Affairs Group, Washington, D.C. Seeking to hire an associate with 1-3 years of experience and a background or interest in Indian law and litigation.
Department of the Interior
Supervisory-Attorney Adviser, Federal and Indian Royalties Section, Office of the Solicitor, Lakewood, C.O. Oversees the provision of legal services to the offices and programs of the ONRR with particular emphasis on legal issues related to the appropriate interpretation and implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), codified as amended at 30 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq., and what is commonly known as the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, codified as amended at 30 U.S.C. §§ 181 et seq.
Other jobs posted this week:
Alaska Fellow, Native American Rights Fund (11/29/2017)
Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/17/2017
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 email@example.com.
Native American Rights Fund
Summer Clerks. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices. Must have completed 2L year by Summer 2018. Application deadline is September 29, 2017.
Navajo Nation Department of Justice
Attorney, Litigation and Employment Unit. The qualified applicant will focus on litigation for the Navajo Nation government before federal, Navajo Nation, and state courts and administrative tribunals in a variety of subject areas, including natural resources, public safety, and jurisdictional issues, with some work with Navajo Nation government programs advising and representing programs on labor and employment matters.
Previous Friday Jobs Announcement: 6/23/17
The Native American Rights Fund in Washington, D.C. has a staff attorney position opening. See the announcement at: http://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/
Apply by May 22, 2017.
Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (“NARF”) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide. NARF’s practice is concentrated in five key areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of Native American human rights; the accountability of governments to Native Americans; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.
NARF is currently seeking candidates for its Summer 2017 Clerkships! Each year, NARF conducts a nation-wide search for law students to participate in its Law Clerk Program. Positions are available in all three of NARF’s offices: Anchorage, AK; Boulder, CO; and Washington, D.C.
Here is the advertisement. The deadline to apply is September 2, 2016.
The Native American Rights Fund has an opening for a Paralegal in its Boulder, Colorado office.
See the announcement and full job description at http://www.narf.org/contact-us/join-team/
NARF’s Alaska office is seeking applicants with a strong background in federal Indian law and public service for a two-year fellowship as NARF’s Alaska Fellow. Applicants must have a law degree from an accredited law school, a license to practice law in Alaska or the ability to be admitted by reciprocity or intention to sit for either the July 2016 or February 2017 bar exams, and experience working with American Indian or Alaska Native tribes. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, May 20, 2016, and more information can be found on the NARF website.