Friday Job Announcements

Any posts for an open Indian law or leadership job received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that week’s announcement, when the following information is sent to

  1. In the email body, a typed brief description of the position which includes position title, location (city, state), main duties, and closing date;
  2. An attached PDF job announcement.

Please send all job announcements in this requested format.

Prairie Island Indian Community

Guardian ad Litem, Welch, M.N. The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC), a federally recognized Indian tribe, is seeking proposals from: attorneys, and non-attorneys who have received appropriate training as guardians ad litem, for minor children in CHIPS and CHINS proceedings, in private custody disputes and/or for elderly or disabled persons in Tribal or State Courts of Minnesota. Proposals should be sent via email If you have questions related to this request or to submitting a proposal, please contact: Deb English, Clerk of Court for the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Court, at 651-3854161.

Native American Disability Law Center

Advocate, Farmington, N.M. The Native American Disability Law Center (Law Center) is looking for qualified applicants for an Advocate position. The Law Center is a private non-profit organization that provides legal services to Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo and Hopi reservations. The Law Center is committed to ensuring that Native Americans with disabilities have access to justice and are empowered and equal members of their communities. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Development Director, Farmington, N.M. The Native American Disability Law Center is looking for an energetic and creative Development Director. The Law Center provides legal services to Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the Navajo, Hopi, and San Juan Southern Paiute reservations. Our offices are located in Farmington and Gallup, New Mexico; however, we serve a broad area around the Four Corners Region of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Development Director will be responsible for submitting up to eight annual grant applications, ensuring that periodic grant reports are submitted as required, and developing additional governmental and private funding streams. Applicants must have a demonstrable interest in issues facing individuals with disabilities. Past experience with writing successful grant applications and developing private donations is a plus. Please specify any experience working with Native American communities.  Please see the job announcement for more details.

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, Alaska. The AGC’s focus areas include contracts, human resources, risk management, and compliance. This position is available starting September 2, 2019 and will remain open until filled. Please see job description for more information.

Wisconsin Judicare

Indian Law Office Staff Attorney, Wasau, W.I. Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. is seeking a full-time staff attorney in its office located in Wausau, Wisconsin. WISCONSIN JUDICARE, INC. Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. (WJ) is a non-profit law firm funded by the Legal Services Corporation, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, and other public and private sources. WJ provides civil legal services to low income persons in the northern 33 counties of Wisconsin, as well as the 11 Federally-recognized Indian tribes. Please find more information in the job announcement.

ACLU of South Dakota

Indigenous Justice Organizer, Rapid City, S.D. The ACLU of South Dakota seeks applicants for a full-time Indigenous Justice Organizer position, which will be located in its Rapid City, South Dakota office. The Indigenous Justice Organizer will work to implement a community outreach strategy to build scalable public education and advocacy programs, while incorporating organizing, coalition-building, leadership development, communication, and lobbying tactics. Please send cover letter and resume by email to Reference [ASD-91] in subject line. Please find more information on the website.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Financial Adviser, Dowagiac, M.I. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe (Band) with offices at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047.  The Band is seeking to engage an independent contractor with Registered Investment Adviser credentials to assist the Band in monitoring and evaluating the services provided by asset management and banking partners.  In addition assist in special projects that help the Band achieve its financial goals.  The firm/individual selected will not directly provide asset management services and/or banking services.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

In-House Attorney, Agency Village, S.D. Under the administrative direction of the Tribal Chairman, the In-House Attorney provides practical and wide-ranging legal advice to the Executives, Tribal Council, departments, agencies, boards and committees and represents the Tribe in Tribal, State, and Federal Courts and hearings. Apply here. Position open until filled. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Nevada Legal Services

Indian Law Attorney, Reno N.V. Nevada Legal Services has an opening for a staff attorney within our Indian Law Program.  Nevada Legal Services is a statewide non-profit that provides free legal assistance to low income Nevadans. The Indian Law Program is based out of our Reno office and serves the 27 Native American tribes and colonies within the State of Nevada.  This position will be based out of our Elko office in order to serve the surrounding communities in eastern Nevada. The Program provides a wide range of services to both tribal members and tribal governments based upon the needs expressed by each community. In that capacity, the Program acts as public defender in a number of tribal jurisdictions and also serves as counsel to the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada. The Program also conducts clinical programs for a variety of tribal courts.  Frequent travel throughout Nevada, including overnight stays, is required.
Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants should be licensed to practice in Nevada or in another state and eligible for admission pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 72.1.  Recent graduates awaiting results from the July bar examination will be considered, but continued employment will be contingent on passing the bar.
  • Experience with and knowledge of federal Indian law or tribal law preferred.
    Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team.
  • Ability to work with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Paid sick and vacation time
  • Paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Salary DOE 46k – 64k
  • Full-time (34 hours per week)

Application Procedure:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but no later than August 31, 2019.  Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:  Human Resources, e-mail to Please reference “Indian Law Program” in your email.

Native American Rights Fund

Staff Attorney, Boulder, C.O. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please job announcement for more information.

Division of Indian Affairs (Student Opportunity)

Extern, Washington D.C. The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, welcomes applications for the Spring 2020 internship program.  The Division of Indian Affairs provides legal counsel and representation to the Secretary of the Interior acting as federal trustee to American Indian tribes and their members. The division also provides legal advice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs concern­ing the administra­tion of Indian service programs. Please see the announcement for more details.

Quinault Indian Nation

Senior Assistant Attorney General Children and Elder Services, Taholah, W.A. This is an in-house counsel position responsible for providing the Quinault Nation’s children’s and elders’ programs with an array of legal services. In addition, the incumbent, as a staff attorney, works closely with the Quinault Family Services Department (QFS), the Quinault Child Support Services Program (CSSP), the Quinault Tribal Police Department (QPD) and other tribal departments to protect and enhance the welfare and safety of the tribal community. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court

Tribal Court Director, Shingle Springs, C.A. Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator and the Tribal Court Judge, the core responsibility of this position is the operational function of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court.  The Tribal Court Director is responsible for ensuring that all court operations, programs and services are operating effectively and efficiently.  The Tribal Court Director is responsible for managing court security, overseeing records management, and improving public access and information. The Tribal Court Director is responsible for the supervision of staff and consultants relating to operational functions, wellness court programs and legal assistance programs.  The Tribal Court Director’s duties include financial and budget oversight, strategic and operational planning, and information technology and communications management.  The Tribal Court Director is responsible for preparation of court budgets, and for identifying and applying for additional grant opportunities to ensure the long term success of the court system. The Director will serve as lead administrator working collaboratively with other key staff including the Judge, tribal attorney, clerk of court, probation officer, tribal services, tribal health, cultural department and tribal advocates. In addition, the Director will maintain and strengthen relationships and county court Judges and administrators. Position open until filled. Apply here.

California Native American Heritage Commission

Enforcement Attorney, Sacramento, C.A. The California Native American Heritage Commission is hiring an Enforcement Attorney to investigate and enforce all Native American cultural resources protection and access laws under the Commission’s authority. Located in West Sacramento, CA. Applications due August 2, 2019.

Pueblo of Laguna

Court Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under administrative supervision of the Governor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Judge, Laguna, N.M. Under general direction of the Presiding Judge, adjudicates cases, prepares decisions, and carries out other functions of the judicial processes. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information. Applications close on August 1, 2019. Please see the announcement for more information.

Associate Prosecutor, Laguna, N.M. Under general administrative direction of the Court Prosecutor, presents/files criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating criminal laws, including status offenses the Pueblo of Laguna laws, codes, and/or ordinances of the Pueblo. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.  Applications open until filled. Please see the announcement for more information.

See posts from Friday, July 19, 2019.

Scholarship Announcement from California Indian Law Association

The California Indian Law Association (CILA) is proud to announce that it will be offering two $5,000 scholarships to current Native American law school students to assist with law school expenses. These new scholarships are made possible through a generous donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Please email all application materials to John Haney at by March 8, 2019.

More info and downloadable scholarship application available at:

Please share this scholarship announcement flyer.