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 Indian law or leadership job, please send a PDF job announcement and a brief description of job to

Office of Indian Education

Program Manager, Washington D.C. This position serves as the Director, Office of Indian Education (OIE), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The OIE administers the Indian Education Program, Title VI, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The office executes program requirements and provides technical assistance for supporting local education agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, post-secondary institutions and other entities in meeting the unique educational and culturally relevant academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Formula grants are provided to school districts and tribal schools for the purpose of meeting the unique educational needs of Indian students. In addition, discretionary grants are awarded to support tribal education agency planning and development, demonstration projects serving Indian children, professional development for American Indian/Alaska Native teachers and administrators, and Native American language projects. OIE also supports national research activities. Please see the website for more information. Applications close on June 22, 2018.

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, Rapid City, S.D. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota is seeking an experienced attoreny to fill one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Criminal Division of its Rapid City office. AUSAs in the Criminal Divsion advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, perpare and argue a broad range of motions, and try criminal cases before the United States District Court. Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex criminal prosecutions, including Major Crimes Act violations involving murder, child sex abuse, rape; white collar and economic crime; narcotics and immigration. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Please visit the website for more information. Applications close on June 8, 2018.

Department of the Interior

Regional Solicitor-Pacific Southwest, Sacramento, C.A. The Regional Solicitor represents the Solicitor, Secretary or other Departmental officials in meetings, negotiations and conferences with Governors and key officials of state and local governments, Members of Congress and their staffs, State and Federal Judges, distinguished private attorneys, and high officials of other Federal agencies and the Department. Please visit the website for more information. Applications close on June 25, 2018.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Summer Legal Intern, Sells, A.Z. The Office of Attorney General (OAG) is hiring two (2) Interns, for an exciting eight (8) week Summer Internship that starts on June 18, 2018 and continues through August 10, 2018. The Office of Attorney General represents the interests of the Tohono O’odham Nation in tribal, state, and federal venues. Attorneys and staff in the office enjoy a diverse practice and challenging jurisdictional issues while protecting the sovereignty of the Nation. The OAG is committed to investing in the next generation of Native leaders. An internship with the OAG offers a unique opportunity for young Tohono O’odham students with an interest in tribal legal affairs, to help the Nation with legislative efforts, legal advocacy, research and analysis, and policy development from within the Nation’s top legal agency. Duties will vary, depending on the nature of the issues being addressed by the OAG and the interests and experience each student brings to the position. Legal Interns will have an opportunity to attend legislative committee hearings, attend meetings of attorneys and departments that work on government matters related to the Nation’s priorities; research and analyze important issues; assist attorneys and staff; and perform additional duties to support the work of the OAG. Please see the announcement for more information. Applications close on June 11, 2018.

Last week’s postings: May 25, 2018.

Call for Mentors: NABA-DC Intern Mentorship Program

NABA-DC is gearing up for its summer programming for interns. Below is the sign up link for interns to receive NABA-DC summer event information, request a mentor, and more!


Interns sign up here


Mentorship Program: NABA-DC coordinates a Mentorship Program each summer to give legal interns (both undergrads and law students) working in Indian law a personal networking experience.  Interns are matched with professionals working in Washington D.C., with efforts made to find mentors who are working in the same fields the interns wish to enter, enriching the interns’ educational experience in D.C. and connecting practitioners with the next generation of Native leaders.


If you have any questions about the NABA-DC mentorship program, please contact


Brownbag Program: Every year, the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (NABA-DC) organizes events for summer interns working in the field of Indian law and policy. Events include brownbags lunches at government agencies, law firms, and non-profit organizations, as well as happy hours and a summer picnic. The Brownbags are a wonderful opportunity for interns to network with fellow interns and potential employers.

Native American Pipeline to Law Workshops at Arizona State University (August 1-5, 2018)

Are you, or someone who you know, a Native American undergraduate student or college graduate interested in attending law school? Then, perhaps you should consider the Native American Pipeline to Law Pre-Law Workshops. These workshops educate and help students successfully navigate the law school application process. Additionally, these workshops will assist participants in preparing competitive applications.

This year’s workshop’s will be held August 1-5, 2018 at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. For the application and additional information, please see the visit the website here. Deadline to apply is July 18, 2018.

Press Release for ILPC Student (and Udall Intern!) Chloe Elm

The ILPC is pleased to announce that first-year ILPC student Chloe Elm (Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians) is one of twelve recipients selected for a 2018 Native American Congressional Internship in Washington D.C! Additionally, Chloe Elm recently won NNALSA’s 1L of the Year Award. Please see below the cut for the press release describing Chloe’s background and her impressive qualifications. Congratulations, Chloe!Chloe Elm Continue reading

Sovereignty Symposium Writing Competition

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.

In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXXI, which will be held June 6-7, 2018 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings will be presented to all participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections.   The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2018 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length.  The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size.  The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page.  Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text.  The author’s name should appear on the cover page only.  Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format.  E-mail the formatted version to  Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format.  Again, the document should be single spaced.  The left and right margins must be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2018.  Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money.  Email entries to e-mail

Gensaw v. Del Norte School District – Yurok Civil Rights Complaint

The ACLU brought this claim on behalf of a class of Yurok middle school students objecting the closure of the school. In the words of the district court, “Plaintiffs allege that the Del Norte County Unified School District, its Superintendent, and five members of its Board discriminated against Native American students on the basis of race and/or national origin by deciding to close middle school grades of Margaret Keating Elementary School, located on the Yurok Reservation in Klamath, California.” Slip op. at

The district court granted parts of the motion to dismiss, leaving a Section 1983 and a Title VI claim.

Here are the materials:


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Student Trip to Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians


Students in the Federal Law and Indian Tribes class at MSU Law traveled to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians for a day of meetings titled “Sovereignty in Practice.” Students were kindly hosted by the Tribe at the government buildings, where they met with tribal judges, the tribal council, the chief of police, the director of the Natural Resources department, tribal attorneys and members of the Office of Cultural Preservation.

The class Federal Law and Indian Tribes primarily provides a base in federal Indian law through Supreme Court cases. This unique trip gave students a different perspective of tribes and how the Supreme Court cases they study affect day-to-day tribal operations.