Job Announcements

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

In the email body: 

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

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California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Providing exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. (2) Providing brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals. (2) Developing and maintaining effective relationships with tribes and Indian organizations in the service territory, including all funding sources, and ensuring that the office pursues and secures meaningful opportunities to work with tribes, Indian organizations and Indian individuals. (3) Developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, EUR-hiring@calindian.org. The position is open until filled.

Legal Administrative Assistant. Eureka, CA. Duties include: (1) Answering and directing incoming calls including intake screening and providing telephone referrals to clients. (2) Greeting and maintaining professional tact in dealing with or assisting CILS clients, tribal members, tribal officials, outside counsel or other CILS visitors. (3) Creating, maintaining, and organizing case and correspondence files including case file tickling with minimal supervision. (4) Representing attorney by communicating and obtaining information; following-up on delegated assignments. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas, Director of Administration, California Indian Legal Services via email EUR-hiring@calindian.org.

University of Idaho College of Law

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Moscow, ID or Boise, ID. The Assistant Dean will: (1) Report directly to the Dean of the College of Law and serve as a member of the senior leadership team. (2) Recruit for the College’s Native American Law Program, which enjoys significant support from the faculty and administration, as demonstrated by the development of our recent Tribal Homelands Scholarship. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should apply here. The application will remain open until the position is filled.

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico

Attorney. Las Cruces, NM. Duties include: (1) Providing training and assistance to CJA Panel attorneys. (2) Completing case assignments. (3) Assisting CJA Panel attorneys and the Court with the efficient processing of vouchers for reimbursement. (4) Participating on the CJA Panel selection committee. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should, In one PDF document, submit a statement of interest, detailed resume, and three references to: Margaret A. Katze, Federal Public Defender FDNM-HR@fd.org by October 1st, 2021. Reference 2021-12 in the subject.

Legal Assistant. Las Cruces, NM. Duties include: (1) Case management to include opening and closing cases. (2) Screening and referring telephone calls and visitors. (3) Organizing and photocopying legal documents and case materials. (4) Case file creation and management. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should  submit, in one PDF document, a statement of interest and resume and three references to: Melissa Read, Administrative Officer FDNM-HR@fd.org by September 15, 2021. Reference 2021-11 in the subject.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representation of the Navajo Nation government, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. (2) Child Support Enforcement: Presenting child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. (3) Participating in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers. (4) Providing 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). Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing 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. (2) Working 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. (3) 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. Office of the Attorney General. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. (2) Facilitating implementation management information systems. (3) Performing diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network. This position is open until September 7, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney Candidate, Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing legal direction to Navajo Nation divisions, departments, and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations. (2) Preparing and presenting civil cases in tribal, municipal, state, federal courts and administrative bodies. (3) Assisting in routine operations of Department of Justice. Other duties as assigned. This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Chief Prosecutor. Office of the Chief Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ. Duties include: (1) Performing administrative, managerial, and prosecution work in directing the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and component districts including the Juvenile Justice and White Collar Crime programs. (2) Administering short and long range planning, organizing, directing, strategic planning for annual, external, and supplemental budgets, and related activities of the Office of the Chief Prosecutor. (3) Coordinating and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the assigned program offices and districts. This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney. Office of the Prosecutor. Ramah, NM. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation government. (2) Providing and assisting several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. (3) Reviewing investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents. (4) Establishing case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc. (5) Providing legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation. 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. Office of the Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Representing the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS). (2) Researching and studying 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. (3) Attending juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research. (4) Drafting complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings. (5) Identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. 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.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Judicial Hearing Officer. Judicial District. Chinle, AZ. Duties include: (1) Exercising authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation. (2) Performing related work as assigned. (3) Engaging in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. For more information, please visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Judicial District, Chinle AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance. (2) Conducting legal research and drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. (3) Providing legal representation for the court in various legal arenas; attends meetings. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZ. Duties include: (1) Providing complex legal advice and guidance. (2) Conducting legal research, drafting legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. (3) Providing legal representation for the court in various legal arenas. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. Duties include: (1) Presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases. (2) Providing policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District. (3) Hearing and deciding cases within the jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation courts, including but limited to evidentiary hearings, motions writs and trials. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.courts.navajo-nsn.gov/vacancies.htm. This position is open until filled.  

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

Summer 2022 – Incoming 2L Student Associate. 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. Please see the position description for more information. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Mary Pavel, Partner at mpavel@sonosky.com and also copy kwray@sonosky.com. Applications are due by Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Associate Attorney. Oklahoma City, OK. Duties include: (1) Legal representation of Tribes and Tribal organizations. (2) Promoting and defending tribal rights. (3) Ability to participate in a highly-collaborative environment. (4) Familiarity with tribal communities and cultures and a commitment to tribal representation. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and recent writing sample to Cindy Bonewitz at cbonewitz@hobbsstraus.com. This position is open until filled. 

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Associate Tribal Attorney. Duties include: (1) Reviewing and negotiating contracts and government grants. (2) Researching and drafting tribal ordinances. (3) Advising the Tribal Council and Chairman. (4) Coordinating litigations and investigations. (5) Handling employment matters.  Please see the position description for more information. Submit application, cover letter, resume and writing sample to: melia@hoopainsurance.com. Contact Leah Offins, HR Coordinator l.offins@hoopainsurance.com with questions. 

Seneca Nation of Indians

SNI Peacemakers Court Legal Advisor. Seneca Nation Allegany & Cattaraugus Territories, New York. Duties include: (1) Providing accurate and timely legal advice to the SNI Peacemakers Judges on a variety of legal topics that come before the courts. (2) Providing the Judges with substantive legal advice on resolving the cases before the courts. (3) Performing legal research, providing written as well as verbal legal opinions, draft legal memoranda, proposed orders and opinions, and discussing legal analysis and judicial procedures. Please see the position description for more information. Contact Karlene Familo, Judicial Conference Chair, Seneca Nation of Indians Seneca Nation Karlene.familo@sni.org.

Request for Proposals for Legal Services. For special counsel legal services for the Nation’s Peacemakers Court, the trial level court. Interested attorneys are invited to submit a letter of interest, statement of qualifications, and a detailed rate and service proposal to the Court Administrator. Proposals are due Friday, September 24, 2021. The Nation plans to schedule interviews the fourth week of September and select the attorney by October 8, 2021. Proposals should be submitted to: Karlene Familo, Judicial Conference Chair, Seneca Nation of Indians, Karlene.Familo@sni.org.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, MN. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. (2) Preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions. (3) Representing the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court. The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

The Office of the Solicitor, Northeast Region, Twin Cities.

Spring/Summer Law Clerk/Internship. Bloomington, MN. Desired Class Level(s): 2L, 3L. Duties include: (1) Drafting legal memoranda and litigation reports. (2) Drafting title opinions for land acquisition. (3) Participating in conference calls and strategy sessions with client agencies and the Department of Justice. The part-time schedule is flexible and remote work may be necessary due to the pandemic. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover Letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample and letter of recommendation from law professor to Mrs. Lori Keller at lori.keller@sol.doi.gov by September 22, 2021.  

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska

Senior Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK. Duties include: (1) Litigating every step of the docket of complex cases, from initial client contact to final resolution at trial or appeal. (2) Expanding and defending civil liberties throughout Alaska and beyond. If interested, please email PDFs of your résumé; a professional writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others three professional references; and a letter describing why you think you’d be great at this job to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Senior Staff Attorney.” Please state in your letter how you learned of this position. To be assured of consideration for the position, interested applicants should apply before 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2021. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Integrated Advocacy Director. Seattle, WA. Duties include: (1) Implementation and coordination of the ACLU-WA’s strategic work in the areas of: Legal/Litigation; Political Strategy; Policy Advocacy; Information and Referral; Communications. (2) Providing supervision and support to the Legal Director, Political Director, Director of
Policy Advocacy Group, the Information and Referral Program Managing Attorney. (3) Development of evaluation and learning tools to assist in determining the best strategic use of resources and determination of advocacy areas. (4) Developing and strengthening partnerships with organizations working with communities most impacted by civil liberties and civil rights violations. Please see the position description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your name and Integrated Advocacy Director. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2021. ACLU website.

Berkey Williams LLP

2022-2023 INDIAN LAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Beginning September 2022. Duties include promoting and protecting Indian Nation sovereignty. Interested law school graduates and 3rd year law school students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative/ICWA Assistant, at gcoronado@berkeywilliams.com.  No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Gaming and Compliance Attorney Omaha, NE or Winnebago, NE. Duties include: (1) Reviewing, negotiating, analyzing, and drafting key company contracts. (2) Providing strategic and proactive legal advice to applicable business clients. (3) Assessing applicable gaming laws and regulations for possible changes and reforms. (4) Inspiring confidence in business clients by consistently providing well-reasoned legal advice and practical solutions to complex issues. For more information, please see the position description. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to careers@bigfirelaw.com. 

Tribal Government and Housing Attorney – Omaha, NE. Duties include: (1) Working on cases in a variety of areas including representation in tribal governments in tribal, federal, and state courts, before federal and state legislative bodies and agencies. (2) Drafting of ordinances, regulations and policies, negotiation and review of contracts and commercial transactions. Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to careers@bigfirelaw.com.  For more information, please see the position description. 

Wilderness Workshop

Associate Attorney, (One-year term position). Carbondale, CO. Duties include: (1) Advocating at the federal level to achieve our conservation goals, in collaboration with our Legal and Policy Directors. (2) Bringing legal and policy expertise to our engagement in public land plans and projects, national policy efforts, federal legislation, and strategic litigation. (3) Supporting our major campaigns with legal and policy strategy and tactics. Please see the position description for more information. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a letter of interest and resume to Jobs@wildernessworkshop.org with the subject: “Associate Attorney.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as possible. We anticipate beginning interviews in late-September.

Rincon Band of Luseño Indians Reservation

Federal Law Summer Internship. Northeastern San Diego county, CA. For law students who have completed at least one year of law school. Duties include: (1) Assisting the Attorney General in research and drafting Tribal ordinances, policies, and resolutions. (2) Reviewing and revising agreements. (3) Researching and preparing legal memoranda on a wide variety of legal matters handled by the office. Please see the position description for more information. This is an 8-week, full time, on Reservation internship (some telecommuting permitted). The position will be filled as soon as possible. To apply, please submit the following to Laurel McKee by email at lmckee@rincon-nsn.gov by no later than Friday, October 15, 2021: a cover letter, current resume, a brief writing sample, and a copy of your transcript.

Muskogee (Creek) Nation

Chief District Court Judge. Okmulgee, OK. Duties include: (1) Hearing and deciding matters. (2) Remaining faithful to tribal law, custom, and ordinances. (3) Requiring lawyers in proceedings to refrain from conducting bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. (4) Accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or that person’s lawyer, the right to be heard according to Muscogee (Creek) Nation law. Please see the position description for more information.

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 indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Right of Way Specialist, Cloquet, MN.  The Right-of-Way Specialist, located at the Band’s Natural Resource/Tribal Court building, performs all tasks relating to trust and fee right-of-way activities for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. This includes the subjects of deeds, leases, acquisitions, easements, mapping, surveying, legal descriptions, data management, document recording, planning, National Environmental Policy Act, land use, zoning, and project management. Please see the job description for more information and find the application here or email Lisa at lisashabaiash@fdlrez.com.

Michigan Indian Legal Services, Inc (MILS)

Staff Attorney, Traverse City, MI. MILS represents individuals, families, tribes and organizations in cases that span a range of tribal and federal Indian law cases. This position will focus on tribal and state law legal issues; with an emphasis on tribal court child welfare and criminal defense matters. This position will require overnight travel in the Upper Peninsula. Please see the job description for more information.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Request for Proposals, Manistee, MI. Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Election Board would expect the Attorney to become familiar with election regulations and procedures, provide assistant for election disputes, and provide legal defense to actions initiated against the Election Board. Please see the description for more information. Proposals are due January 25, 2019.

Port Madison Enterprises

General Counsel, Suquamish, WA. The General Counsel oversees all legal advice and services, including outside counsel in providing such advice and services, to Port Madison Enterprises and its wholly owned subsidiaries on a broad range of legal and political matters arising in the operation of PME’s various businesses and interests. Please see the position description for more information.

Staff Attorney, Mission, SD. The Mission office serves the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and Gregory, Jones, Mellette, Todd and Tripp counties in South Dakota. Applicants must be a bright, motivated, self-starter and have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law. For more information, please see the job description. Closing date is February 28, 1019.

Managing Attorney, Eagle Butte, SD. Applicant must have at least one year’s experience in the practice of poverty law or Indian law, with trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts or two years’ experience in the general practice of law. For more information, please see the job description. Closing date is February 28, 1019.

Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Tribal Child Support Attorney, Juneau, AK. The Incumbent will provide legal services and representation to the Tlingit & Haida Tribal Child Support Department by preparing legal documents, drafting policy, reviewing cases, and more. Application Deadline is January 22, 2019, COB 4:30 p.m., electronic applications only.  Click on the position link to apply. For questions contact Human Resources: humanresources@ccthita-nsn.gov or call 907/463-7707. Please see the position description for more information.

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP

Associate Attorney, Louisville, CO. Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP is a nationwide law firm dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and organizations. Our firm goes beyond basic legal services to include legislative and governmental issues, corporate and financial affairs, energy and tax issues as well as litigation in many forums, including state, federal, and tribal courts. Please see the job description for more information.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Attorney, Banning, CA. Under the direction of the In House Counsel, the Tribal Attorney shall represent the interests of the Morongo Tribe, Morongo Tribal Government, Morongo Tribal Administration, and Morongo Tribal programs, in matters such as construction, employment law and economic development. For more information please see the job description.

Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC)

Executive Director, Mandan, ND. The WPLC is a non-profit organization providing legal support, advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and climate justice movements. The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for the administrative, fiscal and programmatic health and effectiveness of the organization, managing WPLC’s resources soundly, and building WPLC’s overall public image. This position is open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFP, Northern California, 95526. The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court is soliciting proposals to develop, compose and facilitate a community needs assessment and strategic plan. These two deliverables are sequential and interlinked. The Hoopa Valley Tribe encourages Indian owned businesses and contractors to submit proposals and provides a preference. The proposal is due January 25, 2019. Please see the request for more information.

RFS, Northern California, 95526. Address the immediate and long-term needs of crime victims that best match each person’s needs and priorities. Our intended outcome is for victims and survivors to have access and services with low and no barriers. The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court is soliciting statements of intent from Indian owned economic enterprises/contractor(s) to respond to requests for qualifications. Please see the attachment for more information. The statement of intent is due January 28, 2019.

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA)

Executive Director, Albuquerque, NM. NMLA is committed to helping low income people in their struggle to access food, shelter, security and to preserve their unique cultural heritages. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by February 8, 2019. Please see the position description for more information.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Associate Attorney, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position provides a variety of legal advice, research and related legal services in support of the overall operation of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch; assists with judicial administrative functions, such as researching and recommending policy changes and improvements for overall Judicial Branch. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Court Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ.  This position provides a variety of legal advice, counseling, research and related legal services in support of the overall operation of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch; assists with judicial administrative functions, such as recommending policy changes and improvements for overall Judicial Branch; shall supervise and oversee all licensed attorneys, law clerk, hearing officers, supreme court clerk, and law clerk interns of the Judicial Branch.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

See job posts from January 11, 2019.

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 indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice

Tribal Counsel, Black River Falls, WI. Perform a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Counsel will prepare pleadings for hearings and other legal proceedings; perform legal research; and more. Interested applicants should submit an application, resume and transcripts if they are within 2-5 years. This position is open until filled. See the application here and please see the job description for more information.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Right of Way Specialist, Cloquet, MN.  The Right-of-Way Specialist, located at the Band’s Natural Resource/Tribal Court building, performs all tasks relating to trust and fee right-of-way activities for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. This includes the subjects of deeds, leases, acquisitions, easements, mapping, surveying, legal descriptions, data management, document recording, planning, National Environmental Policy Act, land use, zoning, and project management. Please see the job description for more information and find the application here or email Lisa at lisashabaiash@fdlrez.com.

Michigan Indian Legal Services, Inc (MILS)

Staff Attorney, Southwest Michigan. 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 a range of tribal and federal Indian law cases. The ideal applicant will be licensed to practice law in Michigan or eligible to be admitted by waiver and have three to five years relevant experience. Please see the job description for more information.

Staff Attorney, Traverse City, MI. MILS represents individuals, families, tribes and organizations in cases that span a range of tribal and federal Indian law cases. This position will focus on tribal and state law legal issues; with an emphasis on tribal court child welfare and criminal defense matters. This position will require overnight travel in the Upper Peninsula. Please see the job description for more information.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Attorney General, Sells, AZ. Provides legal advice and representation to all officials, agencies, departments, divisions and branches of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The attorney general represents the Nation in all legal proceedings, and in other matters that affect the legal interests of the Nation; advises senior management and tribal officials; and supervises assistant attorneys general and contract attorneys. Please see the job description or visit this link for more information. Application closes February 1, 2019.

ACLU of Montana

Indigenous Justice Legal Internship Program, Missoula, MT. Seeking applications from current law students. Current top priority areas include: Indigenous Justice, criminal justice reform, and immigrants’ rights. We work on a range of additional issues including reproductive justice, voting rights, freedom of speech and religion, LGBTQ rights, and informational and digital privacy. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with initial review beginning on January 25, 2019. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please see the position description for more information.

Pueblo of Isleta

Chief Judge, Isleta, NM. Achieves the Tribal Court’s goals and objectives by adjudicating all criminal and civil cases brought before the Isleta Tribal Court in accordance with the legal code of the Pueblo of Isleta. Duties include conducting court sessions and hearings, reviewing procedural content, providing advice as needed to people of the community, and more. Please see the job description for more information. Application closes February 6, 2019.

Associate Judge, Isleta, NM. Works with the Chief Judge in achieving the Tribal Court’s goals and objectives by adjudicating all criminal and civil cases brought before the Isleta Tribal Court in accordance with the legal code of the Pueblo of Isleta. Manages and oversees all Tribal Court staff. Please see the job description for more information. Application closes February 6, 2019.

Tribal Prosecutor, Isleta, NM. Presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating civil and/or criminal laws. Serves as presenting officer in persons at risk cases. Please see the job description for more information. Application closes January 18, 2019.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge, Mescalero Apache Tribal Court, Mescalero, NM. The Chief Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court and ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the Court. Please see the position description for more information, and a full position description is available upon request.

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Asst Professor – Native American Environment, Health and Community, Madison, WI. The faculty member in this position will conduct research and participate in teaching that addresses environmental components essential to a healthful and culturally rich environment. Please see the position description for more information. Application closes February 1, 2019.

Havasupai Tribe

General Counsel, Flagstaff AZ.  The General Counsel provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Havasupai Tribal government as indicated by the Tribal Council. The General Counsel works closely and independently with the Tribal Council and the Tribal Government staff. Please see the description for more information. This position is open until filled.

Chief Judge, Supai, AZ. The Tribal Chief Judge presides over a broad range of civil and criminal cases for the Havasupai Tribal Court.  This position would require an individual to review a broad range of civil and criminal matters, and render decisions under Havasupai laws. Please see the description for more information. This position is open until filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Request for Proposals, Manistee, MI. Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Election Board would expect the Attorney to become familiar with election regulations and procedures, provide assistant for election disputes, and provide legal defense to actions initiated against the Election Board. Please see the description for more information. Proposals are due January 25, 2019.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Prosecuting Attorney, Wellpinit, WA. The Tribal Prosecutor represents the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Tribal Court in all criminal prosecutions, both adult and juvenile, dependency actions, exclusion proceedings, truancy filings, and certain civil code violations. Please see the job description for more information. The application closes February 7, 2019.

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Chief Judge, Camp Verde, AZ. The Chief Judge presides over and ensures the proper operation for the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court. The Chief Judge is the primary judicial officer of the Tribal Court and administrator of the Nation’s Courts. Please submit your resume and application to: hrfrontdesk@yan-tribe.org. Application close Janaury 28, 2019. See the description for more information.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Associate Attorney, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position provides a variety of legal advice, research and related legal services in support of the overall operation of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch; assists with judicial administrative functions, such as researching and recommending policy changes and improvements for overall Judicial Branch. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Court Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ.  This position provides a variety of legal advice, counseling, research and related legal services in support of the overall operation of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch; assists with judicial administrative functions, such as recommending policy changes and improvements for overall Judicial Branch; shall supervise and oversee all licensed attorneys, law clerk, hearing officers, supreme court clerk, and law clerk interns of the Judicial Branch.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court, Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ. This position shall perform work of unusual difficulty, hear arguments, read briefs and conduct research necessary to pass judgment and issue rulings on cases brought before the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.navajocourts.org. This position is open until filled.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

RFP, Northern California, 95526. The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court is soliciting proposals to develop, compose and facilitate a community needs assessment and strategic plan. These two deliverables are sequential and interlinked. The Hoopa Valley Tribe encourages Indian owned businesses and contractors to submit proposals and provides a preference. The proposal is due January 25, 2019. Please see the description for more information.

Columbia Riverkeeper

Staff Attorney, Hood River or Portland, OR; possibility of working remotely from Olympia or Seattle, WA. The Staff Attorney is responsible for working with Riverkeeper’s staff to develop and execute Riverkeeper’s legal and policy work, including representing Riverkeeper in litigation and administrative processes. The Staff Attorney’s work plan focuses on campaigns to protect the Columbia from fracked gas, oil-by-rail, and other fossil fuel infrastructure. Please see the position description for more information. The application closes February 6, 2019.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Law Clerk, Tacoma, WA. Under the general direction of the Chief Judge, this position is responsible for researching and analyzing intricate, complex and sensitive legal issues and questions for the Tribal Court Judges. Application closes February 14, 2019. Please see the position description for more information.

DNA- People’s Legal Services, Inc.

The following positions are vacant. To apply email Hresources@dnalegalservices.org, or visit https://dnalegalservices.org.

• Managing Attorney, Public Defender, Keams Canyon, AZ
• Staff Attorney, Public Defender, Keams Canyon, AZ
• Managing Attorney (Civil), Keams Canyon, AZ
• Staff Attorney (Civil), Keams Canyon, AZ
• MLP Attorney, Tuba City, AZ
• Receptionist, Flagstaff, AZ
• (2) Staff Attorney, Farmington, NM
• MLP Managing Attorney, Farmington, NM
• NMVOCA Project Attorney, Farmington, NM
• Director of Litigation, Window Rock, AZ
• Director of Information Technology, Window Rock, AZ
• Community Outreach/Legal Education Coordinator, Window Rock, AZ

 

See posts from January 4, 2019.

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 indigenous@law.msu.edu.

DNA-People’s Legal Services

Multiple positions. DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is a fast-paced non-profit law office committed to providing high quality general civil legal services to persons living in poverty in the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. Staff is passionate about what they do and the clients we serve. And as an organization, they care deeply about our employees and their well-being. They are also committed to providing significant professional development opportunities for staff. Please see the attachment for a list of open positions as well as respective locations.

Lakehead University

Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Thunder Bay, Ontario. This is a unique law school with a focus on Northern Ontario that graduated its first class in 2016. Three mandates are embraced within the Faculty’s curriculum: Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum. For more information please see the position description.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Community Development Specialist, Portland, Oregon.  is responsible for mobilizing and assisting tribal communities and programs to respond to the needs of tribal children. The position builds and maintains partnerships and networks resulting in resources to support children’s mental health, child welfare, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The community development specialist has the overall responsibility of ensuring the coordination and management of the following specific responsibilities. Please see the position description for more information.

Havasupai Tribe

Chief Judge, Havasupai Tribal Court.  Supai, AZ.  Chief Judge is a part-time, contracted position and will be responsible for presiding over court hearing in person in Supai every other weekend, and conduct arraignments telephonically, as needed.  Chief Judge will also serve as court administrator and supervise court clerks and manage grants. Position open until filled. See attached announcement for details.

General Counsel, Havasupai Tribe. Flagstaff, AZ.  General Counsel is the principal legal counsel of the Havasupai Tribe and provides professional, in-house legal counsel to the Tribal government and departments, and manages all outside legal counsel.  Position closes on January 11, 2018.  See attached announcement for details.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe

In-house Prosecutor, Olympia, WA. The Prosecutor will represent the Tribe in all criminal matters in Nisqually Tribal Court, will advise the Tribe on a wide range of criminal and civil matters, and may also be asked to represent the Tribe in civil or child dependency matters in Tribal, State or Federal Court. While the primary role of this position is Prosecutor, the attorney will also be asked to perform general tribal attorney duties as assigned. Closing date is January 3, 2019. Send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Office of the Tribal Attorney, Nisqually Indian Tribe, 4820 She Nah Num Dr. SE, Olympia, WA 98513. Contact the Nisqually Legal Department at 360-456-5221 with any questions. See job description for more information.

Rosette Law, LLP

Litigation Attorney, Folsum, CA. Seeking a litigation attorney with 2-3 years civil motion practice and trial experience in tribal, state and/or federal courts. The firm specializes in representing federally recognized Indian tribes and their businesses. Please see the job description for more information.

Transactional Attorney, Folsum, CA. Seeking a transactional attorney with 0-2 years experience for contract review and drafting, secured financing transactions, and in-house counsel work advising clients on material contracts. Please see the second section in the job description for more information.

Osage Nation

Staff Attorney, Pawhuska, OK. Research laws, investigate facts, and prepare letters and documents necessary to assist the Office of the Attorney General in day-to-day activities and litigation. Please see the job description for more information. Here is the direct link to the job details and online application: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=8078&clientkey=C7F1082DFD630A67D2F9CB5635D8679F

The Legislative Commission on Indian Services (LCIS)

Executive Officer, Salem, Oregon. The LCIS was created in 1975 for the purpose of improving services with American Indians in the State of Oregon and promoting communication and relations between the State of Oregon and the federally recognized Indian Tribes in Oregon. For more information please see the job description. Application closed February 4, 2019.

New Mexico Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office

State Prosecutor, Silver City, NM. This district is largely rural communities (but only 2 hours to Tucson, AZ and El Paso TX). An opportunity for both new and experienced attorneys. Contact Sara L. Schlack at SSchlack@da.state.nm.us for more information.

Owens Valley Indian Water Commission

Communications Specialist, Bishop, CA. Shall be responsible for building and maintaining a positive public image for the Commission and its member Tribes.  Will utilize a variety of platforms to develop strategies that influence public opinion and promote the goals of the Commission with respect to Tribal water rights, land acquisition, land stewardship, and sustainable natural resource management; develop partnerships, promote environmental justice, and assist with coordinating activities related to water and land goals of the Commission and its member Tribes. Please see the job description for more information. Position is open until filled.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (LBTC)

RFP for Code Revision. LBCT completed a court assessment recommending comprehensive review and update of the Tribes’ Codes (criminal, civil, juvenile). The LBCT seeks to contract with a firm or attorney to assist in reviewing, editing, amending, and organizing existing codes. Please see the description for more information. Proposals will be accepted until January 31, 2019 and should be submitted via email to Chief Judge Morrie Miner at morrieminer@lowerbrule.net.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Legal Staff Assistant, Washington, DC. Major Duties include, but are not limited to: Assists the attorneys, prepares administrative and appeal records and indexes, case files and other records or documents in support of enforcement actions, appellate review and other similar actions. Maintains and organizes files, databases, and office reports; prepares travel vouchers; maintains office calendar and time sheets. For more information please see the job description or visit this link. Application closes December 31, 2018.

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Court

Request for Qualifications. Request for Qualifications.  Soliciting statements of intent from Indian owned economic enterprises/contractor(s) to respond to bid advertisement or request for proposals, limited to Indian owned firms to develop, compose and facilitate a community needs assessment and strategic plan. These two deliverables are sequential and interlinked. Proposals may be sent to Falene Blake Lewis, Court Administrator, FaleneLewis@gmail.com. Please see the description for more information.

 

See posts from December 7, 2018.

 

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 and a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Request for Proposals. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is soliciting proposals from qualified, licensed attorneys to provide judicial services for the Band’s tribal court. The Band expects to select one individual to serve as the Band’s Chief Judge. The Chief Judge position is the Band’s primary trial court judge. The current Chief Judge is retiring. Please see the description for more information. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. central time on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Counsel, Black River Falls, WI. The Tribal Counsel performs a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Counsel will prepare pleadings for hearings and other legal proceedings; perform legal research; provide courtroom representation; and more. The position hours are Monday-Friday 8a-430p. Pay depends on qualifications. We would like interested applicants to submit an application, resume and transcripts if they are within 2-5 years. For more information please see the job description. For the job application click here.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Tribal Attorney – ACFS, Sault Ste. Marie MI. Under the direction of the Child Placement Program Director and the General Counsel, the Tribal Attorney – ACFS represents the interests of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Indian Child Welfare cases in state courts.  The position is also responsible for performing the duties of the Prosecutor’s Office related to child welfare and related cases in the absence of the Tribal Prosecutor.  For a full description of the position, or to apply, see: https://saulttribe.hirecentric.com/jobs/146685.html

General Counsel, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. General Counsel works under the primary supervision and direction of the Tribal Board to provide legal advice and representation to the Board and to the various governmental programs, departments, and enterprises of the Tribe. The General Counsel also provides legal services to the Tribal government’s Executive Director for operational direction consistent with the laws, budgets and policy directives enacted by the Tribal Board of Directors. The position entails performing a broad range of legal work for all departments and divisions of the Tribal government, as well as, appearing in Courts of the Tribal Court, Michigan State Courts and federal courts on behalf of the Tribe as authorized and directed.  For a full description of the position, or to apply, see: https://saulttribe.hirecentric.com/jobs/145919.html

The National Council of Urban Indian Health

Communications/Events Manager, Washington, D.C. The Communications & Events Manager (CEM) is the principal position in charge of communications for NCUIH. The CEM represents NCUIH on behalf of the Executive Director (ED) to develop community relationships. The CEM works with NCUIH to facilitate and coordinate community relations, collaborations, networking and sponsor recruitment activities. Please see the job description for more information or click here.

Administrative Assistant, Washington, D.C. The Administrative/Office Assistant will be responsible for providing high-level administrative support and performing administrative duties that contribute to the day-to-day operations of the organization. Secretarial and clerical tasks are a main component of the Administrative Assistant’s duties. Please see the job description for more information or click here.

The Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for typical in-house counsel duties, including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts; advising departments in the areas of human resource management, compliance, and risk management; and maintaining and updating corporate governance records. For more information please see the job description.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Assistant Executive Counsel Sells, AZ. The Assistant Executive Counsel provides legal counsel and representation to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation as well as to executive branch departments, offices, and programs in all areas of Indian law. The position will handle a combination of transactional work and litigation. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and at least three years of civil litigation experience within a large to mid-size law firm. Must be a member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing OR eligible to become a member. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and two writing samples to Wendell R. Matt, Executive Counsel, via email at wendell.matt@tonation-nsn.gov.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney,  Traverse City, MI. This position will focus on tribal and state law
legal issues; with an emphasis on tribal court child welfare and criminal defense
matters. This position will require overnight travel in the Upper Peninsula. For more information please see the job description.

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Associate Judge, Camp Verde, AZ. The Associate Judge presides over cases before the Tribal Court and helps ensure the proper operation of Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court under the supervision of the Chief Judge. Application closes 10/29/2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Counsel, Pine Ridge, S.D. The Oglala Sioux Tribe has three (3) In-House Counsel positions open. The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. Salary based on experience and budget. Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience specializing in Indian Law.

Please submit:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume with three references
  • Certificate of Good Standing,
  • Copy of valid state bar license(s)
  • State and Federal background checks and hair follicle drug test results mailed directly from the facility to the Legal Department.

CLOSING DATE:  OCTOBER 31, 2018.

SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Guardian Ad Litem, Sitka AL. Part-time position to serve as a resource for the Tribal Court. Interested individuals must submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references. The letter of interest should include a proposed hourly rate and should illustrate the individual’s background and interest in Sitka native culture. Must have comprehensive familiarity and cultural competency with traditions and values. Must be able to pass a criminal background check. For a full job description, questions or to apply; contact Kathy Mathews at 907-747-7178,  via e-mail at Kathy.mathews@sitkatribe-nsn.gov, or mail to 456 Katlian Street, Sitka, Alaska 99835, Attn: Kathy Mathews. Deadline for applications is October 17, 2018 at 4:00pm.

See posts from October 12, 2018.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Student Internships, Petoskey and Harbor Springs, M.I. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Tribal Court is seeking two clerks, one paid position and one position funded through your school or other external source.  The Tribal Court is looking for applications from students interested in working on a huge variety of legal issues. No prior Indian law classes are required, but strong legal research and writing skills are necessary. Please email cover letters and resumes to Joetta Gasco at jgasco@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov and state your GPA in your cover letter.  We will request transcripts and writing samples for people we are interested in interviewing.

Sonosky Chambers

Summer Associates, Washington D.C. 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. We are currently recruiting incoming 2L students for 2019 summer associate positions.  If you know of students who may be interested, please pass this note along to them.  Interested applicants should send the following to William Stephens, Partner at wstephens@sonosky.com (please also copy kwray@sonosky.com):

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

Interested applicants should send this information no later than August 31, 2018.  More detail about the firm is available at www.sonosky.com.

Office of the Solicitor

Associate Solicitor, Washington D.C. The Associate Solicitor for General Law provides executive leadership over three programs within the Division; (1) The Branch of Acquisitions and Intellectual Property, responsible for legal matters related to the Interior acquisition and procurement functions and related litigation; (2) The Branch of General Legal Services, responsible for legal matters and litigation related to budget, financial management, legal ethics, FOIA, records management, electronic data management, partnerships, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Privacy Act, rule making, administrative law matters, internal delegations of authority, departmental law enforcement policies, insular areas, and all other related and general matters not specifically the responsibility of any other branch or division; and, (3) Employment and Labor Law Unit, responsible for formulating and setting legal policy and standards of practice in employment and labor law. The Division provides legal assistance and counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, to the Endangered Species Committee and manages the Department’s FOIA and Privacy Act appeals program. Applications close on May 3, 2018.

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Domestic Violence Civil Legal Aid Attorneys, Arlington, W.A. The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians requests proposals to provide domestic violence civil legal services for domestic violence victims for a term of one year commencing on approval of a professional services agreement by the Stillaguamish Tribe’s Board of Directors. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks responses from both private law firms and public agencies. The Tribe seeks Domestic Violence Civil Legal Aid Attorneys (“DV Attorney”) to provide full representation to domestic violence victims to seek a Domestic Violence Protection Order (“DVPO”) within the jurisdiction of the Stillaguamish Tribal Court. The DV Attorney will also provide full representation to a domestic violence victim who has petitioned the court for a DVPO in modifying parenting plans in the Stillaguamish Tribal Court. The DV Attorney will provide advice and counsel to domestic violence victims, including coordinating services for victims, and assisting pro se litigants in the selection and completion of proper forms, communicating victim rights, and outlining legal options for domestic violence victims.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Summer Legal Intern, Traverse City, M.I. Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS), a statewide provider of free legal services to low income Indians and Indian tribes, seeks two summer legal interns/externs (Traverse City and Southwestern Michigan). MILS represents Indian individuals, families, tribes and organizations in cases that span the complete range of federal Indian law and tribal representation. MILS is an equal opportunity employer. Please send resume, references, cover letter, writing sample to:

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

Kadiak LLC

Project Administrator, Anchorage, A.K. This is a full time position supporting Kadiak and our customer. We offer competitive compensation and an extraordinary benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, 401K with company matching, flexible spending accounts, paid holidays, three weeks paid time off, and more. Work with project team in co-project management role to conduct Tribal Court Assessments for the identified Alaska villages on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The team will conduct 15 tribal court assessments in Alaska each year.

Department of Health and Human Services

General Attorney Advisor, San Francisco, C.A. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking an attorney to join its Region IX, San Francisco, CA office. Region IX provides comprehensive legal services to almost all components within HHS. OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates. For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at:http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html.

Penobscot Nation

Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Consulting Services, Indian Island, M.E. This request for proposals (RFP) is to contract for consulting services to be provided to the Penobscot Nation, a federally recognized Indian tribe, located at Indian Island, Maine to assist in developing policies and procedures, guidelines, and a data collection system for its Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court.  Please see the announcement for more information on RFPs. Submissions close on May 4, 2018.

Frye & Kelly, P.C.

Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. Frye & Kelly, P.C. is a boutique firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico that focuses on Indian law. We are seeking a seasoned attorney with three or more years’ experience in litigation, business development, and/or governmental law. The firm principally provides legal counsel and representation to Indian tribes, tribal business entities, and other tribal organizations, including schools and hospitals. The firm is an equal opportunity employer. A demonstrated history of providing high quality legal services and significant accomplishments is required. To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resumé, (3) three writing samples, (4) a list of three references, and (5) a law school transcript, to Office Manager, 10400 Academy Rd. NE, Suite 310, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111. For additional information about the firm, please visit our website at http://www.fryelaw.us.

National Congress of American Indians

Policy Analyst, Washington D.C. NCAI has openings for Policy Analysts in the Washington, D.C. office. Reporting to the NCAI Director of Government Affairs, the Policy Analyst will support the policy and advocacy functions of NCAI and manage several  NCAI grants to advance the priorities of tribal governments. This is a salaried position offering competitive compensation and benefits, with salary based on experience. Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter to jobs@ncai.org.  Positions will be open until filled, with interviews occurring regularly to qualified, timely applicants.

Zuni Tribe

Associate Judge, Zuni, N.M. The Associate Judge is assigned primarily to the Children’s Court and assists the Chief Judge in performing judicial work of considerable and varying difficulty, including adjudication of cases and administration of the tribal courts (during the absence of the Chief Judge). Work is performed in a business like, efficient, economical, and ethical manner. Position is open until filled. See the job anouncement for more information.

Last week’s postings: March 30, 2018

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Paralegal, W.A. Provides support to attorneys. Under the direction of an attorney, the paralegal will resolve routine legal issues, complete substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Researches and analyzes law sources as requested and performs clerical duties as needed.

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Court Investigator (RFP), Juneau, A.K. The Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Court Investigator(s) for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) Court Investigators for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one-year Options for a maximum of four years.

Stockbridge-Munsee Community

Appellate Judicial Services (RFP), Bowler, W.I. The Stockbridge-Munsee Community, a federally-recognized Indian tribe, is seeking proposals from qualified firms or individuals to provide judicial services to the Stockbridge-Munsee Court of Appeals for three (3) open judicial positions on the Court of Appeals.  The successful bidder will be expected to participate on a panel of three (3) appellate court judges and preside over appeals of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Tribal Court. Proposals are due no later than April 10, 2018 by 4:00pmCST.

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. The Albuquerque Office has three vacancies in its Criminal Division. The mission of the office is to represent the Criminal and Civil interests of the United States. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico will enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation’s laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. Applications close on April 9, 2018.

Comanche Nation

Tribal Attorney (RFP), Lawton, O.K. The Comanche Nation is requesting proposals from qualified attorneys or law firms experienced in American Indian Law to provide competent, effective, and timely legal representation. Candidates must be licensed with the Oklahoma Bar Association. Please submit a resume and a proposal demonstrating the capacity and capability of the attorney or law firm to perform the work involved. Proposals must be submitted by April 16, 2018 by 5pm.

National Congress of American Indians

Staff AttorneyWashington D.C. NCAI has an opening for a Staff Attorney in the Washington, D.C. office. Subject areas may include (but are not limited to): tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, tribal lands, environment and natural resources, public safety, tribal justice systems, juvenile justice, federal agency consultation, taxation, economic development, and other issues of importance to Indian tribal governments. Applicants must have a JD degree and active bar membership, with eligibility for D.C. bar admission. This is a salaried position offering competitive compensation and benefits, with salary based on experience. Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter to Derrick Beetso at dbeetso@ncai.org. Deadline to apply is April 13, 2018.

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Opioid Litigation Attorney (RFP), Toppenish, W.A. The Yakama Nation is requesting proposals for an attorney or firm who can represent the Nation in opioid-related litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Proposals are due April 6, 2018.

Public Defender, Toppenish, W.A. Due to an increased staffing, our office is seeking both a full-time and part-time attorney.  Our attorneys are tasked with representing individuals in many jurisdictions, including state, municipal, and tribal courts.  Both challenging and rewarding, our office works as a team in providing defense in criminal and civil matters.  The positions pay $33.37 per hour with excellent benefits.  Please contact Bevra Jacobson for any questions.

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe

Tribal Court Judge (RFQ), Tuba City, A.Z. The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Court is accepting requests for qualifications for tribal judge. The Judge for the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Court is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice for all cases and controversies within the jurisdiction of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe. The Tribal Judge shall administer all cases and controversies arising in law or equity under the Constitution of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, and may assign cases and other matters to lower courts of special jurisdiction, such as traditional dispute resolution, as the Tribal Council establishes in accordance with the Constitution. Responsibilities will also include establishing and overseeing the administrative operations of the Tribal Court and providing assistance and recommendations to the Tribe to seek out and secure funding to support Tribal Court operations. Additional duties and responsibilities may include the development of Tribal Court rules of procedure, Tribal ordinances and Tribal codes for approval by the Tribal Council.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Tribal Code Review and Revision (RFP), Cass Lake, M.N. The Leech Lake Tribal Court (LLTC) is engaged in a comprehensive review and update of the Tribes’ Code and Court Rules. The LLTC seeks to contract with a firm or attorney to assist in reviewing and editing the existing Child Welfare and Family Relations portions of the Leech Lake Code and the Leech Lake Rules of Court.  The Court is also seeking recommendations for revision and development of additional codes for the benefit of the Band.  Much of the drafting work can be completed remotely. However, the successful candidate will need to be available to travel to the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota as needed to meet with the judges, attorneys and other stakeholders throughout the drafting process. Proposals are due no later than April 20, 2018.

Grand Traverse Bay of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribe

Appellate Judge, Peshawbestown, M.I. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribe serves notice to the Tribal Membership and licensed attorneys about a judicial vacancy on the Tribal Appellate Court.  The judicial vacancy on the Tribal Appellate Court may be filled by a Tribal Member or a licensed attorney for the balance of the unexpired six (6) term, due to end on September 30, 2020. Submissions due no later than April 12, 2018.

Last week’s post: March 30, 2018

Request for Proposal for Legal Services (California)

The Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians in Redwood Valley, C.A. is requesting proposals for legal services from attorneys who are currently licensed to practice law in California or from law firms who currently employ attorneys licensed to practice law in California. Please see the attached document for more information on requested qualifications and how to submit the proposal. Please contact Mary Camp at admin@rvrpromo.net if you have any questions.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Little River Holdings (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians)

Little River Holdings LLC, a wholly owned enterprise of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, is accepting proposals from consultants to facilitate a development project.  If you have experience in some or all of the following areas and are interested in bidding, please contact us for a Request for Proposal Packet. Areas of expertise required are: Real Estate Development Planning, Financial Projections, Debt/Equity Projections, Grant Procurement, Securing of Investors/Lenders, Construction Monitoring, and Compliance and Asset Management. You can show interest and request the packet at tomstdennis@lrboi-nsn.gov or crystalnewman@lrboi-nsn.gov. Deadline for showing interest is April 1, 2018, and the deadline for submitting the proposal is April 30, 2018.

Pueblo of Isleta

Associate General Counsel, Isleta, N.M. Under the direction of General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel provides professional legal counsel in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, jurisdiction issues, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, tribal business enterprise, and employment issues. Works to protect tribal assets and preserve tribal sovereignty. The Pueblo is looking for someone who is a member of the New Mexico bar and has at least three years of relevant experience.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Summer Law Clerk, Office of Legal Counsel, Pendleton, O.R. The OLC is looking for a summer law clerk, who may work on up to two projects: (1) research concerning historic CTUIR specific cases; and/or (2) work with a project team research project concerning reservation boundaries. Clerk(s) will work on site with occasional remote locations for associated tasks. Applications close April 18, 2018.

Navajo Nation

Summer Law Clerk, Department of Justice, Window Rock, A.Z. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking energetic and motivated candidates for multiple funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice:

  • Natural
  • Tax and Finance,
  • Litigation,
  • Employment,
  • Human Services,
  • Government Services,
  • Economic Development,
  • Gaming,
  • Water Rights, and
  • Direct Legal Services for Navajo Relocate

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, should have at least taken Federal Indian Law, and should submit their cover letter, resume, transcript and a short (5-10 page) writing sample to Cherie Espinosa at cespinosa@nndoj.orgComplete application packets must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, April 20, 2018. Externally funded applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Crow Tribe of Indians

Legislative Attorney, Crow Agency, M.T. The Legislature is seeking an attorney to work alongside them in developing and implementing policy that protects and develops the Nation, its people and assets. The job requires both administrative experience and trial experience (to respond to challenges of new, or enforcement of existing, law).

Tohono O’odham Nation

Mining Attorney, Sells, A.Z. The Tohono O’odham Nation is in the preliminary stages of searching for a Mining Attorney on a contract basis. This is not an official request for proposals but we are scoping out the interest and will be sending bid packets to those interested. Please see the attached RFP for the scope of work. Any further questions can be directed to Joshua Rees, Deputy Attorney General at joshua.rees@tonation-nsn.gov

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Strategic Communications Manager, Portland, O.R. The National Indian Child Welfare Association to promote NICWA’s public image and visibility through a variety of communications media. They will support and work directly under the supervision of the executive director. The strategic communications manager has four key areas of responsibility. Applications close on April 4, 2018.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship, Washington, D.C. The Association on American Indian Affairs seeks a recent graduate of an undergraduate, graduate or law degree program to join AAIA for a year in the metro DC area for a paid internship to work on National policy on protecting cultural resources/heritage and Indian child and youth matters. Applications are due by April 23.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP

Attorney, Anchorage or Juneau, A.K. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP announces an attorney position opening in either our Anchorage, Alaska or Juneau, Alaska office.  The Sonosky Chambers firm specializes in representing Native American interests in a wide range of work involving tribal sovereignty and self-governance, complex litigation, appellate and Supreme Court work, legislative affairs, health care, and a wide range of additional matters.  Additional information about our firm is available at www.sonosky.com.  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  We are ideally looking for an entry-level candidate with 0 to 2 years of experience, but all qualified applicants will be considered.  If you have any questions or would like to submit application materials, please send them to Office Manager Sue Tyree at sue@sonosky.net.  All applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but we encourage serious applicants to apply by April 15th.

Last week’s postings: March 9, 2018

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Additional announcements may appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Department of Justice

Trial Attorney, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington D.C. The Natural Resources Section seeks to hire and cultivate talented trial attorneys and provides its lawyers with frequent and meaningful court experience in a variety of jurisdictions on a broad range of issues. Because of the diverse nature of our docket, the ideal candidate should be comfortable in a “first-chair” role in multiple complex cases, and have demonstrated and substantial experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including pre-trial discovery, presentation of oral argument, and examination of fact and expert witnesses. Applications close on March 27, 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Oklahoma City, O.K. The office is currently seeking applicants to fill one or more Assistant U.S. Attorney positions in the Criminal Division. Assignment to the Criminal Division may include responsibility for all phases of criminal prosecution from providing guidance to law enforcement officers, initiating criminal charges, conducting grand jury proceedings and trials, handling appeals, or asset forfeiture matters. Applications close on March 15, 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Albuquerque, N.M. The attorney selected will serve in the Civil Division in the Albuquerque office. In this capacity, the attorney will be assigned to litigate civil defensive cases, including torts, employment discrimination, Administrative Procedures Act cases, immigration cases, and miscellaneous actions. Applications close on March 23, 2018.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Bishop, C.A. This is a full-time position devoted to increasing and enhancing the legal services we provide to individuals with Indian law and non-Indian law issues, including general poverty law. Staff attorney will work with individuals, families, organizations and tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, cultural resource protection, Indian education, tribal governance, employment, tribal justice systems, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Responsibilities may range from the provision of brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals to representing individuals and tribes in state and federal court, negotiating contracts, advising tribal clients and developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients. For instructions on how to apply, please see the job announcement.

 

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Litigator, Nesplem, W.A. The abuse of opioids is a widespread problem on the Colville Reservation. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (“Tribes”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to qualified law firms interested in providing legal services consisting of representation in litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors on behalf of the Tribes. Applications close on March 26, 2018.

DNA People’s Legal Services

Finance Director, Window Rock, A.Z. The Director of Finance is a full-time position that provides overall financial management and analysis for DNA. The position will oversee and review all financial transactions; perform complex budgeting and accounting functions, conduct financial, statistical and analytical studies and projections; prepare financial reports for management, the board and others; oversee all DNA law offices budgets in the preparation for and execution of the annual audit, tax and other regulatory filings; periodically consult with the program team on financial reports of grantees; and ensure that DNA adheres to the best, most reliable and most transparent financial policies and procedures.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Staff Attorney, Lansing, M.I. Legal Services of South Central Michigan is hiring two (2) attorneys to provide a range of individual advocacy and impact work as a generalist, including family, consumer, public benefits and housing law. Applications close on March 28, 2018.

Falmouth Institute

Are you interested in providing Professional Development Training and Technical Assistance to Tribal Governments and Organizations? Founded in 1985, The Falmouth Institute is seeking to expand its Faculty. We will be conducting interviews with experienced candidates March 21-22 in Phoenix and April 16-18 in Las Vegas. We are currently recruiting instructors in the following fields:
·         Finance
·         Law
·         Human Resources
·         Governance
·         Boards and Councils

Do you have at least 5 years of experience in your field, a degree related to your specialty, and experience presenting before an audience in Indian Country? If so, send your resume and interest to: basla.andolsun@falmouthinstitute.com.

Last Week’s Job Announcements: March 2, 2018.