Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Student Opportunities

Environmental Law Institute

Research and Publications Intern (Spring 2021 January – May), Washington, DC, but it will be a fully remote position, so interns do not need to be in DC. Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff. Closing date: November 15, 2020 11:59pm. Application link here.

Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen, LLP

(paid) Summer 2021 legal clerkship, Oakland, CA. MPKGC is a boutique Indian law firm. We are seeking a current law student with a demonstrated interest in tribal issues to assist with a wide range of matters, such as tribal governance, gaming, economic development, housing, ICWA, and more. The position will be based in Oakland or remote, to be determined closer to start date. Applications are due Friday, November 13. Please see attached posting for details. For more information or inquiries, please contact Bethany Sullivan at

US EPA Region 8 Office of Regional Counsel

Summer intern and spring and fall externship, in Denver, CO. We are looking for rising 2L students who are able to commit to a full-time (40 hours a week) summer or spring externship. We are requesting that applications be submitted by October 15 for a spring externship, and by November 15 for summer internships. We are unable to offer any remuneration; however, we endeavor to accommodate requests for academic credit consistent with your law school’s externship policy. At this time, we are uncertain whether the office will continue to work remotely into the spring and summer. Our office is currently remote and worked remotely this past summer.


The Quinault Indian Nation

RFQ, Taholah, Washington. Seeking a Chief Judge for the Quinault Tribal Court. Please contact Kelly Billie at or (360) 276-8215, ext. 1400 to obtain a copy of the detailed RFQ document for proposal qualifications and requirements. Proposals must be submitted by October 9, 2020. Anticipated start date will be early January, 2021. Proposals and/or questions about the RFQ should be submitted to

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Durant, OK. Responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, quasi-civil, wildlife, traffic and deprived actions on behalf of the Choctaw Nation as assigned by the Lead Tribal Prosecutor. For more information please see the job description. Application closes October 31, 2020.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Prosecutor, Department of Prosecutor’s Office, Manistee MI. This position serves as the chief law enforcement officer responsible for the prosecution of violations of the Tribe’s Constitution, criminal laws, conservation laws, ordinances, regulations, and resolutions in Tribal Court. The incumbent acts independently, exercising his/her own prosecutorial discretion. Please see the job announcement for more information. Application closes October 13, 2020.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Government Center

Paralegal, Fulton, MI. Develops and maintains archive files for all legal projects and tasks undertaken by the Legal Department; Develops procedures for file management and tracking of open project files for work assigned to the Legal Department; and more. For more information please see the job description. Posting Ends 10/14/2020 8:30 AM ET. Apply at the NHBP Careers page

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Water Attorney, Ignacio, CO. Under the supervision of the Legal Department Director, attorney will serve as a member of the Tribe’s Legal Department, with principal responsibility for representing the Tribe on water matters. Where time allows, the attorney will represent the Tribe in other matters that require the Legal Department’s attention, including code review and drafting, litigation, contract review, and employment matters. Apply online at Closes October 13, 2020, 5:00pm MST.

RFP – Social Services Attorney. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is requesting contract proposals from attorneys or law firms to represent Social Services in child/elder/at-risk adult protection cases. Approx. ½ time. For full RFP email or call 970-563-2141. Proposals due October 26h at 5 p.m.


Communications Director, Missoula, MT. The Communications Director has a unique opportunity to set and guide the strategy for communications, elevate the mission and the brand of the ACLU of Montana, grow our supporter base, expand the public’s understanding of civil rights and civil liberties, and advocate for positive change in the civil rights and liberties landscape in Montana. Our current top priorities are Indigenous justice, criminal legal reform and ending the criminalization of poverty, LGBTQ equality, and voting rights. We will begin reviewing applications October 5, 2020. Applications after that date are encouraged and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information please visit the website and see the job description.

ACLU National Office

Senior Advisor, Affiliate Equity Programs in the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, National office, New York, NY. The Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department (ASNI) builds state capacity and strengthens the connections between the ACLU and its network of 54 state affiliates and their 1,500 staff members across the country. Their work constitutes an unparalleled bulwark defending and advancing our civil liberties and civil rights. For more information please visit the link.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney. New Mexico Legal Aid has received a multi-state grant from AmeriCorps to host one-year AmeriCorps members to facilitate the medical-legal partnership (MLP) program serving American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout the US. 14 members will be recruited throughout the US as follows: six attorneys in Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Nome, Sitka), four attorneys in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), and one attorney in each Arizona (Phoenix), Nebraska (Omaha), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and Utah (Montezuma Creek). The attorney selected will be located primarily at the clinic site but also the at host site’s local office. AmeriCorps Member will ideally begin November 15th, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter and continue for one year. For more information and to apply visit

Rosette LLP

Attorney, Oklahoma City, OK. Preference will be given to attorneys who are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, as well as those who have an established commitment to protecting the interests of federally-recognized Indian Tribes and matters involving Native American heritage, as well as a keen interest and experience in Federal Indian law including in the areas of litigation (in tribal, state and federal courts), transactional law, gaming law, internal tribal governance matters, lobbying, water law and/environmental law. Position will close in two weeks. Please see the announcement for more information.

The Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC

Director of Indigenous Advocacy, Washington, D.C.The Firm is currently recruiting for a Director of Indigenous Advocacy based in our Washington, D.C. office.  The Director of Indigenous Advocacy will have experience working on Capitol Hill and will interact primarily with the firm’s Managing Principals led by Robert Odawi Porter, Esq., a former President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Communication with other Firm personnel, clients, and people outside of the Firm will be required to accomplish the duties of the position. Closing Date: November 15, 2020. Please see the job description for more information.

See posts from September 25, 2020.

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes
    • position title,
    • location (city, state),
    • main duties,
    • closing date,
    • and any other pertinent details such as links to application;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Student Opportunities

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Intern. Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group offers 10-week paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Interns join a nationwide network of the next generation of Native American Law attorneys in an active alumni program consisting of judicial clerks, governmental attorneys and associates at law firms. Applications are due Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5PM PST. Visit or see the job announcement. Application here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

2L Summer Associate. Washington, DC. See attached PDF. October 9, 2020

Berkey Williams LLP

Fellowship, Davis, CA. Over the course of the year, will work with each of the Firm’s partners in as many of our practice areas as possible.  Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, litigation, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, and administrative advocacy, among other kinds of work. Deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. Please see the description for more information.


Bay Mills Indian Community

Tribal Prosecutor, Brimley, MI. Move up to the wild and beautiful Bay Mills reservation, which sits on the bluffs of Lake Superior in Northern Michigan. The Bay Mills Indian Community is seeking a qualified attorney to carry out, on a contractor basis, the duties of the Prosecutor for the Bay Mills Tribal Court. The Tribal Prosecutor will represent Bay Mills Indian Community in proceedings before the Bay Mills Tribal Court, and is responsible in preserving and upholding the Bay Mills Indian Community Constitution and By-Laws, Law and Order Code, Tribal jurisdiction, ordinances and resolutions, and all applicable federal laws. This position will remain open until closed.

Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS)

Part-time Attorney, Traverse City, MI. The focus of this position will be simple estate planning with individuals in the Native American communities throughout the state. Open until filled. Please see the job description for more information.

The Wind River Tribal Court

Public Defender (Attorney), Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Essential duties include representing all adult and juvenile defendants charged with violations of the Shoshone & Arapaho Law and Order Code (SALOC). Works closely with legal services, Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement, tribal social service programs, tribal Federal, state probation officers, juvenile probation officers; and other Federal, State, county and city law enforcement services. A full description, qualifications, and special eligibility conditions are in the job description.

Ute Indian Tribal Court

Health and Wellness Court Judge, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Judge of the Ute Tribal Health and Wellness Court is responsible for presiding over all alcohol and drug addiction related cases referred by the Ute Tribal Court or other applicable entity. Team. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position and the successful applicant will be expected to perform all duties necessary to meet the objectives of Court. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Public defender, Fort Duchesne, UT. The Public Defender oversees the representation of defendants/respondents in proceedings initiated in the Ute Indian Tribal Court. The applicant must be willing to work within an environment conducive to the position’s location and purpose. Will remain open until the position is filled. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District, Chinle AZThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UTThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District, Kayenta, AZThis position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. For more information, please see the position description or to apply, visit 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 This position is open until filled.  ​

Ziontz Chestnut

Associate, Seattle, WA. Seeking candidate with a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and 0-3 years of experience (including judicial clerkships) to join its practice beginning in fall 2021 (and possibly earlier depending on availability).  Applicants should send their application by September 30, 2020, to Hiring Attorney at For more information, applicants should visit our website at  The full job announcement is in the attached PDF. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson, & Perry, LLP

Litigation Associate, Washington, DC. See attached PDF for duties. Position Open until Filled.

See posts from September 18, 2020.

Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities with the American Indian Health in Family Services in Detroit, Michigan

Information on Apprenticeships

American Indian Health and Family Services I-LEAD has five (5) paid apprenticeships available. These apprenticeships can help master the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to help you become successful. If interested, please submit a letter of interest that includes who you are, why you want to work at AIHFS, what types of experiences and skills you hope to gain or improve, and how this apprenticeship will help you achieve and reach your long term goals. For questions and submission please email Teia McGahey at no later than Thursday, June 21, 2018. We will schedule a 30 minute meet and greet with you on June 23rd from 9am-5pm. All applications are due no later than Thursday, June 23, 2018.

Information on Internships

American Indian Health and Family Services is seeking interns in the following capacity:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting/Payroll
  • Medical Billing/Reception

If you are interested in an internship with AIHFS, please email Chasity Dial at


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

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 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 (please also copy

·         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

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
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:

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

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  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