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

Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Policy Advisor/Counsel, Office of the Vice Chairman, Senator Tom Udall, Washington D.C. Covers legislative portfolio including economic development, law enforcement, energy, tax, and related issues impacting Indian Country. Additional duties include developing and executing legislative initiatives; monitoring legislative developments; conducting oversight; working with stakeholders; preparing materials for meetings, briefings, and hearings; and coordinating closely with senior staff and the Vice Chairman.  This position requires excellent communication, strong research and writing skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.  Ideal candidate will have work experience in the legislative and/or executive branch, as well as extensive knowledge of, experience with, and/or contacts with Indian Country.  J.D. preferred but not required.  The Office is an equal employment opportunity employer and encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.  Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to

U.S. Department of Justice

Task Force Member, Office on Violence Against Women, Washington D.C.  The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for tribal leaders to serve on a task force to advise us about research activities to help reduce violence against women in Indian country.  Task Force duties include:

  • Providing feedback on research and evaluation priorities, design strategies, protocol, and findings.
  • Assisting in disseminating results that influence policy and practice.
  • Drafting and reviewing reports and recommendations.

Members must be representatives of:

  • Tribal governments
  • National tribal domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit organizations
  • National tribal organizations

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Special Magistrate (RFQ), Onamia, M.N. Hears court cases specifically every Monday, except for designated holidays, beginning in January 2018 to September 2019. Cases heard are primarily family law, truancy, domestic abuse, harassment, criminal arraignments; however, there may be other case types added throughout the term of contract. Resumes are due by Friday, December 18, 2017 by the end of business.

Comanche Nation

Chief District Judge, Lawton, O.K. Conducts court proceedings and issues all orders and papers incident thereto, in order to administer justice in all matters within the jurisdiction of the Comanche Nation Court. Deadline for submission is December 19, 2017 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department.

Associate District Judge(2), Lawton, O.K. Handles, presides over and adjudicates all criminal, civil, juvenile, and traffic cases and litigation as assigned by the Chief District Judge within the jurisdiction of the Comanche Nation Court. Deadline for submission is December 19, 2017 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department.

Elk River Law Office, PLLP

Associate Attorney, Billings, M.T. The firm seeks an experienced associate attorney with three-years legal experience in a civil law firm including Federal Indian law.  Current and former judicial law clerks with experience in administration of civil cases are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be licensed to practice law in Montana, and must have strong research and writing skills. Competitive salary based upon experience. Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to: Georgette Boggio, P.O. Box 928, Billings, Montana 59103, or you can submit your information by e-mail to  All applications are confidential.

Nevada Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Indian Law Project, Reno, N.V. Will be handling criminal defense cases in Tribal Courts in northern Nevada and will do some civil representation in Tribal Courts in northern Nevada. Our staff attorney’s salary begins at $42,154 and goes up based upon your experience. We provide medical, dental, and vision insurance and you may participate in the 403(b) TDA. A great deal of travel with some over-night stays is required in this position. If you are interested in the position, send a resume, writing sample, and list of three references to: Roberta O’Hara, Human Resources at

Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

Legal Counsel(RFP), Cedar City, U.T. The Tribe is seeking proposals for general and/or special Legal Counsel Services from one or more firms or individuals who can demonstrate proficient expertise in Tribal Governance, Economic Development, and Tribal Employment as needed.

Claremont Graduate University

Native American Fellowship, Claremont, C.A. CGU has recently received a grant from the US Department of Education that will allow twelve Native Americans (in two cohorts of six each) to receive a 100% tuition fellowship and a living stipend ($1400/month for 15 months) to support their earning of a k-12 teaching California teaching credential and master’s of education from Claremont Graduate University.  Given that the first cohort will start classes in May 2018, recruitment has already begun. Contact either Rachel Camacho,, or DeLacy Ganley,, if you are interested or have questions.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Attorney, Division of Commerce, Durant, O.K. Primarily responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for business and internal support units. This will include service agreements, franchise agreements, organizational documents, marketing agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, construction contracts and other general business contracts. Manage an array of general contractual and legal matters. Offer sound legal advice and counsel to Sr. Legal Director and internal clients on strategies, actions and decisions related to all such transactions and legal matters.

Other jobs posted this week:

Indian Child Welfare Attorney(RFP)(2), Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (12/4/17)

Probate/Estate Planning Attorney(RFP)(2), Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (12/4/17)

Previous Friday Job Announcements12/1/17

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

Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Spring 2018 Law Clerk, Washington, D.C. The Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is offering an unpaid legal clerkship to a current law student or recent law graduate for the Spring of 2018.  The law clerk will be responsible for performing legal research, preparing memoranda for professional staff, participating in preparation for hearings, and composing a variety of written materials.  Law Clerks must be able to write quickly and clearly, be flexible in adjusting to changing circumstances and legislative priorities, and be self-starters capable of taking responsibility for ongoing projects.  Applicants should have an interest in Federal Indian Law.  The clerkship provides an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on how a Senate Committee works to pass legislation and conducts oversight on federal agencies, programs and policy implementation. Full-time applicants preferred; part-time applicants welcome.  Interested applicants should apply by emailing a cover letter indicating availability (start date and hours per week), a resume, and brief writing sample to Indicate “Spring 2018 Internship” in the subject line.  All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on November 9, 2017. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

National Indian Country Training Coordinator

Behavioral Health Program Manager, Washington, D.C. Will work with the Director of Public Health Policy and Programs to implement project activities, conduct evaluation, prepare reports, identify and address areas for program quality improvement, and write grants to ensure the sustainability of current programs and advance the organization’s behavioral health/public health goals.

Chickasaw Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Ada, O.K. Provides legal advice and consultation to various departments, divisions, or programs of the Nation, participates in routine legal actions, may provide support and/or participate in major legal actions, prepares and reviews contracts and other documents for departments of the Nation.

Previous Friday Job Announcements10/27/2017

Testimony from Recent Senate Hearing on Juvenile Justice in Indian Country


The Honorable Robert Listenbee
Administrator-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
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Mr. Darren Cruzan
Deputy BIA Director-Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
View Testimony

Ms. Addie C. Rolnick
Associate Professor-William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
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Ms. Carla Knapp
National Director of Native Services-Boys & Girls Club of America, Fort Myers, FL
View Testimony

ABA submission here.

Senate Indian Affairs Hearing Today on Land into Trust at 2:30pm

Panel 1
The Honorable Jerry Moran
Senator-United States Senate

Panel 2
The Honorable Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs-Department of the Interior

Panel 3
The Honorable Brian Cladoosby
President-National Congress of American Indians

The Honorable Nathan Small
Chairman-Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

The Honorable Elwood Lowery
Chairman-Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

The Honorable David “D.K.” Sprague
Chairman-Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan

SCIA Hearing on the 75th Anniversary of the Indian Reorganization Act (Prepared Materials)


Panel #  1

Professor Frederick E. Hoxie
Swanlund Chair and Professor of History
University of Illinois

written materials

Professor William Rice
Associate Professor of Law
University of Tulsa, College of Law

written materials

Professor Carole E. Goldberg
Jonathan D. Varat Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law

written materials

Panel #  2

Mr. Steven Heeley
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

written materials

Professor Richard Monette
Associate Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

written materials

Panel #  3

Mr. John E. Echohawk
Executive Director
Native American Rights Fund

written materials

The Honorable Jefferson Keel
National Congress of American Indians

written materials

The Honorable Michael O. Finley
Confederation Tribes of the Colville Reservation

written materials

Written Testimony in SCIA Hearing on Trust Land Acquisition Delays

From SCIA:

Panel 1
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

Accompanied by: MS. VICKI FORREST, Deputy Bureau Director for Trust
Services, Ll.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

Panel 2
Esquire, Professor of Practice, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Chairman, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Ind ians, Peshawbestown, Michigan