Iowa SCT Acknowledges End of State Jurisdiction over Indian Lands, but Federal Statutory Repeal Not Retroactive

Here are the materials in State v. Cungtion (Iowa S. Ct.):

Appellant Brief

Appellee Brief


Supplemental Brief

United States Amicus Brief

Sac and Fox Tribe Amicus Brief

Cungtion Opinion

And here are the materials in the companion case, State v. Bear:

Appellant Brief

Appellee Brief

Supplemental Brief

United States Amicus Brief

Sac and Fox Tribe Amicus Brief

Bear Unpublished Opinion

Ratified Indian Treaty 216: Sauk and Fox-Rock Island, Dubuque, Wisconsin Territory September 28, 1836 RG 11 General Records of the U.S. Government

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Legal Department Director, Ignacio, C.O. Will lead a well-established staff of three Tribal Attorneys, a Deputy Director, and a Legal Assistant. Position closes at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on 12/18/2017.

Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (NAPOLS)

Tribal Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Specialist, limited-duration, Portland, O.R. Will work with the Burns Paiute Tribe to strengthen the Tribe’s response to DV, SA, dating violence, and stalking.

Havasupai Tribe

Chief Judge, Supai, A.Z. Presides over a broad range of civil and criminal cases for the Havasupai Tribal Court.

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Associate Judge, Tama, I.A. Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters at the Trial Court level within the jurisdiction of the Sac and Fox Tribal Court pursuant to the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa tribal laws, codes, rules and regulations.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Attorney, Banning, C.A. Represents the interests of the Morongo Tribe, Morongo Tribal Government, Morongo Tribal Administration, and Morongo Tribal programs, including but not limited to direct representation in tribal and state court of Morongo Tribal government / programmatic interests as directed by the In House General Counsel.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Family Law Attorney, Sitka, A.K. Provides holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – Salary DOE –  Full-time benefitted. Grant-funded position that will begin in January 2018 and continue for approximately three years. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to or by mail to Sitka Tribe of Alaska, 456 Katlian St., Sitka, AK 99835. Electronic applications preferred. First review November 27th, 2017.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Attorney, Black River Falls, W.I. Performs a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Attorney will prepare pleadings for hearings and other legal proceedings, perform legal research, provide court representation; and other duties as assigned. Applicants may visit the Ho-Chunk nation website to apply.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Associate, Native American Affairs Group, Washington, D.C. Seeking to hire an associate with 1-3 years of experience and a background or interest in Indian law and litigation.

Department of the Interior

Supervisory-Attorney Adviser, Federal and Indian Royalties Section, Office of the Solicitor, Lakewood, C.O. Oversees the provision of legal services to the offices and programs of the ONRR with particular emphasis on legal issues related to the appropriate interpretation and implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), codified as amended at 30 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq., and what is commonly known as the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, codified as amended at 30 U.S.C. §§ 181 et seq.

Other jobs posted this week:

Alaska Fellow, Native American Rights Fund (11/29/2017)

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/17/2017

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

Iowa Legislature Passes Resolution Requesting Congress to Repeal 1948 Statute Authorizing Iowa to Assert Jurisdiction over Meskwaki Settlement

Here are the materials:

Iowa Senate Resolution passed requesting Repeal of 1948 Law

IA Sen. Steve Sodders remarks supporting repeal of 1948 Law

National Park Service Releases Effigy Mounds Desecration Report



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