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

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potowatomi

Legal Intern, Fulton, MI. Work up to 10 hours per week during the school year. Open to first and second year law students.

Water Protector Legal Collective

Summer Intern, Mandan, N.D. The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is seeking (1L/2L) law students for a summer internship to work on the ground supporting water protectors, movement justice, and the Pro Hac attorney program.

Pueblo of Isleta

Tribal Prosecutor, Isleta, N.M. The position presents criminal complaints and prosecutes individuals accused of violating civil and/or criminal laws. Serves as presenting officer in Person-at-risk cases. Application.

National Congress of American Indians

Project Attorney, Washington, D.C. Responsible for day to day management of NCAI’s VAWA implementation technical assistance project.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fountain Hills, AZ. Closes May 1, 2017.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Senior Associate General Counsel, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Associate General Counsel, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

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

DNA-People’s Legal Services

Interim Executive Director, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Has overall responsibility for the leadership and operation of DNA, including general administration of the program; working with Senior Management in Litigation, Administration, Finance, Development, IT, and Facility Maintenance; personnel management; implementing programmatic policies; providing necessary litigation support; and working with the Board of Directors.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Summer Policy Fellow, Washington D.C. This fellowship is unpaid but available for college credit. Please send resume and cover letter to Francys Crevier, Closes April, 30, 2017.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Tribal Attorney. Responsible for working with departments on legal issues dealing with tribal government offices and services.

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

Tohono O’odham Nation

Part Time Attorneys, Advocate Program, Sellz, AZ. Provide legal aid and criminal defense to tribal members.

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Cass Lake, MN. Providing free legal assistance and court representation to low-income individuals living on or near the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Indian Reservations in northern Minnesota. Applications are preferred by April 10th but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Seattle University Center for Indian Law & Policy

Indian Wills Paid Summer Internship, Seattle University School of Law, WA. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Jan 1, 2017 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Paid Summer Legal Intern, Manistee, MI. Will assist the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Applications must be received by April 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications will be reviewed on a revolving basis until the position(s) is filled.

Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

Chief of Police, Loleta, CA. Responsible for leading the entire Public Safety Department and carries all duties and functions of the department. Apply here.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Paid Summer Law Interns, Valley Center, CA. Will assist the Attorney General to research and draft Tribal ordinances, policies and resolutions and prepare legal memoranda on a wide-variety of legal matters handled by the office. Applications are due by close of business on May 1, 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

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

RFP for tribal prosecutor, proposals will be accepted until January 31, 2017.

Department of the Interior

Senior Advisor (Tribal Relations), Office of the Secretary, Arlington, VA. Closes 1/4/2017.

Senior Advisor (Tribal Relations), Status Applicants. Closes 1/4/2017

Advisor for Tribal Relations, Office of the Secretary, Arlington, VA. Closes 1/5/2017.

Advisor for Tribal Relations, Status Applicants. Closes 1/5/2017.

Department of Justice

Grants Management Specialist (Senior Tribal Policy Advisor), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Washington D.C.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Summer Legal Interns, Traverse City, Southwest Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie.

News Release: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Applications Now Being Accepted for Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute 2017

WASHINGTON – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced today that applications to the Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a 10-week paid internship for post-secondary Native students now in its second year, are being accepted for 2017.  The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016.

The Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute program provides American Indian and Alaska Native post-secondary students with a unique opportunity to learn about federal policy and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout Indian Affairs.  The program’s mission is to engage and support the next generation of Native leaders in the federal government through an introduction to the government-to-government relationship between tribal nations and the United States.  Through their experiences students will gain an understanding of how Indian Affairs carries out its trust responsibilities and how consultation with tribes guides policy development and implementation.

The Institute’s inaugural class consisted of 17 Native undergraduate and graduate students placed in the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regional offices and at the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs where they worked on a variety of projects that dealt with, among other topics, environmental and natural resources, land management, social work, the Tiwahe initiative, and the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference.  They also traveled to Rapid City, S.D., to attend a Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC) meeting, and around the city of Washington where they visited the Departments of the Interior and Justice, as well as the White House, U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court.

American Indian and Alaska Native students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs are encouraged to apply.  Between 15 and 20 students will be selected to work in the Indian Affairs headquarters offices in Washington, D.C., and in BIA regional offices around the country.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for the program:

  • Be a member of a federally recognized tribe,
  • Be currently enrolled and in good standing in an undergraduate or graduate degree program,
  • Be at least 18 years of age, and
  • Have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree.

The application requirements are as follows:

1) Personal Statement (700 word limit):

The statement should discuss the applicant’s interest in the Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute and how it fits into his or her future goals of serving Indian Country.  It should also describe the applicant’s personal qualities or previous leadership experiences that will enhance the experience of other American Indian and Alaska Native program participants, and an area of her or his education, experience in a certain field of policy, cultural background/familiarity (close ties to region) or any other information that would help determine the applicant’s proper placement or secure a placement preference within a specific Indian Affairs office.

2) Resume:

The resume should be no more than two (2) pages in length.  Please include a list of education, honors and awards, work experience (including internships), school activities (clubs, research, presentations, etc.) or any community activities (volunteer activities, leadership roles).

3) Verification Form BIA 4432:

Because preference in filling vacancies within Indian Affairs offices is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472), an applicant must include Verification Form BIA-4432 with their application package prior to the closing date of the announcement, but only if claiming Indian Preference on the application. Applicants selected under Indian Preference will be appointed under Excepted Service, Schedule A, 213.3112 (a) (7) appointing authority.  Click here to access the form.

4) Transcripts:

A full set of unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended are required.  They will be used to evaluate the level for which an applicant qualifies which will, in turn, determine the grade level and salary offered.

5) Assessment Questionnaire:

Applicants will be required to submit an online assessment questionnaire.  Click here for a preview of what questions will be asked.

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and should be submitted through via  Send questions about the application to .

Internship for Native American and Alaska Native students

The Udall Foundation offers exceptional opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students, and we would love for you to forward this information to students involved with your organization.

Native American Congressional Internship: This ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., is for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The Udall Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program. View the application and sign up for free webinars. You may also visit to see what some of our alumni are up to now.

Please share this information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’d also love to see you on Facebook, where we share application tips and alumni share job announcements: Native Education @ Udall Foundation.

Application Deadline: January 31st

NIGC Summer Intern Opportunity

Download(PDF): Summer Intern Position with NIGC 2017

The National Indian Gaming Commission’s Office of General Counsel is seeking applicants for a paid intern position for the summer of 2017 in Washington, DC. The Office of General Counsel’s summer internship program is for students who have completed at least their first year of law school. The intern is expected to work at least 40 hours per week.

Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Call for 2016 DC Interns for NABA-DC Mentorship and Brownbag Lunch Program

Do you know a student that will be in D.C. to intern or clerk at an organization or firm that works in Indian law and policy? If so, please encourage them to sign up for the NABA-DC Brown Bag Series and Mentorship Program!


Interns sign up here:


If you are an attorney and would like to sign up as a mentor, click here:


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.


If you have any questions about the Brownbag lunch series please contact


Mentorship Program: NABA-DC also coordinates a Mentorship Program each summer to give legal interns 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

Native America Humane Society’s Summer Legal Research Intern

Download job announcement here.

Legal research interns for NAHS’s Tribal Animal Legal Code Database Project will gather animal codes from tribal communities in an assigned region of the United States. The gathered codes then go into a database to be hosted by Michigan State University College of Law.