Arizona Tribes Sue Army Corps over Mine Approval on Santa Rita Mountains

Here is the complaint in Tohono O’odham Nation v. Helmlinger (D. Ariz.):


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

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Prosecutor (originally posted 9/8/17), Black River Falls, W.I. The position hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM. Pay depends on qualifications. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and transcripts if they are within 2-5 years of graduating law school. Applicants may visit the Ho-Chunk nation website to apply.

DNA-People’s Legal Services

Attorney vacancies, various locations in A.Z. and N.M. (some originally posted 9/8/17)

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

Staff Attorney. Provides legal advice, representation, and services regarding a broad range of matters arising in the operation of the Snoqualmie Tribal Government and its various departments, subject to the direction and oversight of the In-House Tribal Attorney. This is an exempt position that reports to the In-House Tribal Attorney. Closes Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

Public Defender(RFP), Kingston, W.A. Seeking proposals from qualified candidates to provide Public Defender services in criminal matters within the jurisdiction of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Community Court. The Public Defender shall assist individuals understand the criminal charges filed, possible outcomes of those charges, the procedures the court is required to follow and to represent defendants throughout the process. The Public Defender must be licensed to practice law in Washington State or eligible as a Rule 9 and under the direction of a supervising attorney. Proposals due by 4:30 PM PT on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Prosecuting Attorney, Lower Brule, S.D. Represent the Tribe in prosecution of adults committing criminal acts within tribal jurisdiction, including fish and wildlife offenses.

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University

(3) Faculty Positions, Indigenous and Aboriginal Law, Northern Land Use Law, Thunder Bay, O.N. Candidates will be appointed as Full, Associate or Assistant Professors, depending on qualifications, teaching, and research experience. These appointments will commence in the summer of 2018 and offer excellent opportunities to join Ontario’s newest law school and contribute to its unique focus on the legal issues of Northern Ontario.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Deputy Prosecutor, Tuscon, A.Z. Provide professional legal services of considerable difficulty in criminal and juvenile prosecution, some child-welfare (custodial) litigation and occasionally may assist the Chief Prosecutor with managing the Prosecutor Office.

Columbia Riverkeeper

Staff Attorney, Hood River, O.R. Responsible for working with Riverkeeper’s legal team and other staff to develop and execute Riverkeeper’s legal and policy work, including representing Riverkeeper in litigation and administrative processes. The Staff Attorney work plan will focus on deepening Riverkeeper’s relationship and solidarity work with Columbia River tribes and tribal organizations. Application deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Summer 2018 Interns, Washington D.C. NIGC’s internships are highly competitive. Interns are selected on the basis of their overall applications. Due to the nature of NIGC’s practice, experience or demonstrated interest in Indian law or a background in Indian affairs or gaming is highly desirable. Deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017.

Other jobs posted this week:

Contractual Evaluator(RFP), Grand Traverse Bands of Ottawa and Chippewa (11/6/17)

Previous Friday Job Announcements11/3/17

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

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Chief Judge. Responsible for all judicial work and will preside over three (3) active Tribal Courts for the Northern California Intertribal Court System.

Falmouth Institute

Instructors, Self-Determination and Self-Governance. Are you looking to share your knowledge and expand your reputation in Indian Country? Falmouth Institute, the premier provider of culturally relevant education and information services for North American Indian tribes and organizations, is seeking adjunct faculty to teach 2-day courses on Understanding the Indian Self-Determination Act: Contracting and Compacting under P.L. 93-638 and Self-Governance: The Future of Compacting for Tribes. If you have a passion for teaching and in-depth knowledge of the practical application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act,  including contractibility, declination, contract support cost negotiation, appeals and reporting requirements, write to to apply.

Maynes, Bradford, Shippe and Sheftel, LLP

Associate Attorney, Durango, C.O. The firm seeks an attorney with 2-5 years of experience to join our Indian law practice.  We offer an interesting and diverse practice, a competitive salary, and a collegial working environment.  Candidates with a Navajo bar license strongly preferred. Please email resume and writing sample to:

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Eagle Pass, T.X. Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.

Nisqually Indian Tribe

General Tribal Attorney, Olympia, W.A. Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Closes Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Office

Assistant U.S. Attorney(2), Pheonix, A.Z. AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Closes 10/06/17.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Appellate Judge(2), Tuscon, A.Z. Appellate Justices are contractors and not tribal employees. The work is dependent upon the number of matters appealed from the trial court, and is not equivalent to full-time (40 hours per week). The Appellate Court convenes when necessary to hear oral arguments and issue opinions.

Other jobs posted this week:

RFP For CR Trainer/Consultant, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (9/27/17).

Previous Friday Job Announcements9/22/17

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

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Tribal Court Solicitor. Provides legal review and advice to SRPMIC Court. Through legal expertise with Tribal laws, provides research for the Court, working to resolve legal issues as they arise. Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that tribal sovereignty is protect and enhanced. This position may be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed and is not subject to standard work schedule. The position will close on 9/16/2017.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Deputy Attorney General (Civil) UPDATED 1/19/18. Provides legal representation to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, its Tribal Council, departments, and enterprises. The Office is a diverse and dynamic working environment.

Native American Disability Law Center

Attorney, Farmington or Gallup, N.M. Represents Native American children in state custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Also represents clients in administrative hearings, and tribal, state and federal court actions – with a focus on systemic change. Additionally, Attorneys work with tribal governments on legislation & policies effecting individuals with disabilities.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Assistant Attorney General. Tasked to provide non-partisan legal advice and act as in-house counsel for Tribal Council.  The Office of the Attorney General provides support to Tribal Council, Department Directors, Oversight Committees, and any other entities that Tribal Council shall authorize. For more information please contact Cecilia Damron or Ruben Valenzuela at (520) 883-5040.

Last Friday Job Announcement: 8/25/17

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

Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing

Chief Executive Officer, Pine Ridge, N.D. Closes September 15, 2017, at 4:30PM.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Deputy Public Defender, Tuscon, A.Z. provides representation to adults and juveniles, charged with criminal offenses, in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court. This representation includes court appearances, investigation, preparing and arguing motions, conducting bench, jury trials, and appeals. To apply, please visit our website or contact Alyssa Preciado or Ruben Valenzuela at (520) 883-5040.

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Clerk of the Tribal Court, Tama, I.A. Responsible for administration of the Trial Court and the Court of Appeals for the Meskwaki Tribal Court and for such other administrative and ministerial duties prescribed by the Code or assigned to her/him by the Meskwaki Tribal Council or the Chief Justice. This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Attorney, Litigation and Employment Unit. 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. Open until filled.

Last Friday Job Announcement: 8/18/17

“First Non-Indian Jury Trial Conviction In Indian Country Prosecuted At Tucson, Arizona’s Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court”


An excerpt:

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe recognizes that its strength is family, and that the safety of victims of domestic violence must be ensured by immediate intervention. The protection of victim and defendant rights and due process are also of paramount importance of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s justice system. The Tribe’s justice system was recognized as a progressive court system when the United States government selected it as one of three pilot tribes to implement Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction in February 2014. Since then, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe has conducted three jury trials with non-Indian defendants, extradited two non-Indian defendants back to its tribal court from the State on tribal court warrants, and convicted 14 non-Indian defendants.

Pascua Yaqui Tiwahe Coordinator Opening

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The Tiwahe Family Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, continuation, monitoring, and improvement of the Tiwahe Project under the Office of the Attorney General. The Tiwahe Project’s goal is to strengthen American Indian and Native American (Al/AN) communities and families through a tribally driven and culturally relevant service model with an emphasis on intervention and prevention services. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating project goals and objectives of the BIA’s Tiwahe project with local tribal, federal, state partners and service providers. This individual will also be responsible for working alongside the BIA and the National Tiwahe Coordinator.

Responsibility and Requirements:

Provide project oversight and coordination on the Tribal Tiwahe Project, including but not limited to serving as primary point of contact for the Tribe.

Under the direction of the Attorney General, will coordinate project goals and objectives including other key tribal service programs including the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Prosecutor, Department of Health, Department of Housing, Tribal Courts, Social Services, Law Enforcement, Department of Education, Job Placement and Training/477 Program and/or other Tribal programs.


Pascua Yaqui Review of the Impact of Sentencing Guidelines on Tribal Communities

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The United States Sentencing Commission’s Tribal Issues Advisory Group visited the Reservation last week.  The issue they were investigating was whether there was disparity between a tribal member sentenced in federal court, when compared to a similarly situated defendant in state court. The information and data collected over the past year showed no disparity for the Tribe.