Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send all of the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

In the email body:

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes:
  • Position title
  • Location (city, state)
  • Main duties
  • Closing date
  • Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description

The Hopi Tribe

Chief Tribal Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. The Chief Prosecutor ensures that the Office performs professional attorney-level legal work in carrying out these responsibilities in the highest ethical manner. Open until filled.

Deputy Tribal Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. This position is responsible for executive and administrative control of the Hopi Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”), as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders within the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Reservation, and presentation of minor in need of care matters in the Hopi Children’s Court. The Chief Prosecutor ensures that the Office performs professional attorney-level legal work in carrying out these responsibilities in the highest ethical manner. Open until filled.

Deputy General Counsel. Kykotsmovi, AZ. The Deputy General Counsel performs highly professional and advisory work involving considerable depth of knowledge and analytical/organizational skills in a broad range of subject areas of the law, and exercises broad and independent judgment in providing legal advice on any political/legal dimension and its effects on Tribal entities. Open until filled.

Legal Aid Native American Program

Staff Attorney. Portland, OR. The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied caseload, with an emphasis on Estate Planning and Probate, and for providing other legal services to Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members. Review of resumes begins November 18, 2022.

Native Law Group

2023 Summer Law Clerk. Louisville, CO or Washington DC. This is a 40 hour/week in-office clerkship. Completed 2L year by Summer 2023. Native American Law coursework completed by clerkship start date. Excellent research abilities. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Closing date: December 2nd.

Yakama Nation Public Defender – Legal Aid Services Program

Attorney. Toppenish, WA. The employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender-Legal Aid Services Program and is responsible for providing quality professional legal representation and advice to tribal member clients in Tribal, Municipal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to tribal members in areas such as, criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney-Program Manager. Services include legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analyzes and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. Closing date is November 28, 2022.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Forest Protection Advocate. San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, or satellite office. Work with coalitions, the media, affected communities, and decision-makers to safeguard the biological, climate, and traditional Indigenous values of North American forests. The advocate’s time will be split evenly between two forest conservation campaigns, one to save mature stands and trees in U.S. federal forests, and the other to combat bioenergy threats to hardwood bottomlands in the Southeast U.S. and the boreal forests in Canada. This role will be open until the ideal candidate is selected.

Port Madison Enterprises

Associate General Counsel. Suquamish, WA. Essential functions of the position include legal research and writing necessary to advise the Board of Directors, Executive Leadership, and Staff; development and maintenance of PME policies and procedures; drafting, review, and negotiation of commercial contracts; and handling of PME legal disputes. The position is open until filled.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Sacramento, CA. Supervised by the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of federal Indian law.  Our fast-paced office provides legal services on issues of jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Closing date: Open until filled.

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Office of Public Health Studies. Assistant Professor (Position #0082227, Epidemiology). Honolulu, HI. Main duties include the following: Teach online and in-person courses in topics related to epidemiology and other public health topics to undergraduate and graduate public health students and other health professionals, conduct and maintain a program of research on topics related to epidemiology as evidenced by extramural grants, publications, and scholarly activities and products, plan and establish new courses and programs, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate public health students, participate in student recruitment and retention efforts, serve on departmental and university committees, provide service to professional and community stakeholders as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty Perform other related tasks as assigned. Continuous recruitment until filled.  Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Office of Public Health Studies. Assistant Professor (Position #0083002, Epidemiology/Data Science with a focus on sustainability, Indigenous, and environmental health). Honolulu, HI. Main duties include the following: Teach online and in-person courses in introductory and advanced biostatistics and quantitative methods courses and other public health topics to undergraduate and graduate  public health students and other health professionals, conduct and maintain a program of research on topics related to biostatistics and data science with a focus on sustainability, Indigenous, and environmental health as evidenced by extramural grants, publications, and scholarly activities and products, plan and establish new courses and programs, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate public health students, participate in student recruitment and retention efforts, serve on departmental and university committees, provide service to professional and community stakeholders as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty, perform other related tasks as assigned. Continuous recruitment until filled.  Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Office of Public Health Studies. Assistant Professor (Position #0082302, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health). Honolulu, HI. Main duties include the following: Teach online and in-person courses in topics related to Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and other public health topics to undergraduate and graduate public health students and other health professionals, conduct and maintain a program of research on topics related to Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health as evidenced by extramural grants, publications, and scholarly activities and products, plan and establish new courses and programs, advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate public health students, participate in student recruitment and retention efforts, serve on departmental and university committees, provide service to professional and community stakeholders as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty, perform other related tasks as assigned. Continuous recruitment until filled.  Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Judicare Legal Aid

Indian Law Office Staff Attorney. Wausau, WI. Main duties include:  1) maintain caseload on behalf of Native American clients in both civil and criminal matters in tribal court or arising under federal or tribal law. Civil case areas include Indian Child Welfare, custody/placement, guardian ad litem, divorce, estate planning;  2) educate and serve Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law;  3) participate in tribal court development, code drafting and community education projects; and 4) carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. The position will remain open until filled.

Tribal Lay Advocate. Wausau, WI. The Lay Advocate position will assist in estate planning for tribal members, be required to become a notary and will also generate documents and assume authority for their own files and case management.  Advocate will assist in the preparation of legal memos, coordination of projects and reports, coordinate communication with volunteers, pro se parties, courts, and community partners.  Advocate will compose general and legal correspondence, both for distribution within JLA and to outside third parties.  Advocate will attend meetings and relevant law trainings within JLA and outside to obtain necessary information and plan and conduct meetings as requested by attorneys. The position will remain open until filled.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

2023 Summer Law Internship. Valley Center, California. The Rincon Band is looking for 1L or 2L law students to assist the Attorney General with legal research and drafting memoranda on the wide variety of matters that come before the tribe. Application deadline is December 2, 2022.

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Legislative Services Attorney. Harbor Springs, MI. The primary function of the Legislative Services Attorney is to serve the Tribal Council and provide legal advice in order to promote and protect Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal Self-sufficiency, and Tribal Self-determination. The Legislative Services Attorney shall interact and communicate with Tribal Council and Tribal Council committees, representatives from other tribes, local, state, and federal units of government when necessary; and in some cases, the Tribal citizens, while maintaining effective cooperative relationships. The Legislative Services Attorney will provide representation of Tribal Council; provide advice and analysis of the Tribal Constitution, Tribal Codes, state and federal laws and regulations; negotiate and draft legal, business and State/Tribal documents; and draft Resolutions, Statutes, Certified Motions, policies, procedures, Legislative Directives, Declarations, Special Tributes, agreements, proposals, legal memorandums, Memorandums of Understandings (MOU), Leases and contracts for the Tribe and Tribal Council. Open until filled.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides legal direction to other attorneys and advocates in providing complex legal representation of Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments, and Programs regarding a wide range of legal issues. Some legal issues may include statutory and regulatory review, contract disputes and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; performs professional legal work, research; presents cases in court and performs related duties as required; confers with, gives advice to and prepares opinions for various departments and branches of the Navajo Nation; drafts legal and judicial processes; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, mortgages, leases, permits and related documents; conducts interviews on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents. Advises clients and members of the various oversight committees of the Navajo Nation Council, as is required, on legal questions. Provides opinions on Navajo Nation law and policies and/or legislations/resolutions that may impact the Navajo Nation. Assist in routine operation of the Department of Justice. This position is open until filled.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Under the direction of the Administrative Legal Secretary and the Assistant Attorney General, provides general office support by greeting clients, answering telephone calls, and screening and routing calls, requests and visitors to Unit staff. Records messages accurately left by clients, callers, visitors, etc. Understands and utilizes software and technology necessary to perform duties, i.e. Microsoft Office, Outlook, Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Operates a variety of office equipment, including transcribing machines, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, scanners, binding machines, printers, paper shredders and other types of equipment as technology changes. Schedules meetings, conferences, conference calls and other types of appointments. Prepares agendas and meeting materials. Prepares and assists in the preparation of notices, petitions, pleadings, complaints, briefs, summons, orders, affidavits and other legal forms and documents. Transcribes hearings, depositions, and minutes for use by attorneys. Develops and maintains case files for the Water Rights Unit. Prepares and/or assists with travel arrangements and required and related travel documents for Unit staff. Assists with administrative duties of other NNDOJ Units when assigned. Participates in general building maintenance in partnership with other NNDOJ Units. This position is open until December 01, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter. This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. Reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. This position is open until filled.

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Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send all of the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu:

In the email body:

  • A typed brief description of the position which includes:
  • Position title
  • Location (city, state)
  • Main duties
  • Closing date
  • Any other pertinent details, such as a link to the application
  • An attached PDF job announcement or link to the position description

The Hopi Tribe

Deputy General Counsel. Kykotsmovi, AZ. The Deputy provides legal advice to the Hopi Tribal Council, its Committees, Officials and Programs and Departments. The position requires the ability to analyze legal issues and provide that analysis to decision makers.  It will also involve the development of tribal codes on a wide variety of subject matter areas. Further, the position may have litigation requirements within tribal, state and federal courts. The position is open until filled.

Chief Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. The position includes administrative responsibilities and staff supervision.  The position interacts with law enforcement, the tribal court, the tribal council, and federal and state authorities. The position is open until filled.

Deputy Prosecutor. Keams Canyon, AZ. This position is a prosecutorial position that include acting as the tribe’s attorney in child welfare matters before the tribal courts.  The position interacts with law enforcement, the tribal court, the tribal council, and federal and state authorities. The position is open until filled.

University of Arizona College of Law

Administrative Associate. Tucson, Arizona. This position will assist with recruiting prospective students and program partners, arranging and preparing logistics for meetings, conferences, and appointments for IPLP faculty and staff and IPLP sponsored events. Other duties include providing guidance on policies, practices, and procedures regarding enrollment management and course registration, assisting with website development and maintenance, and creating and distributing IPLP promotional materials through social media platforms. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Evergreen State College

Master of Public Administration, Tribal Governance Concentration. Olympia, WA.  The primary responsibility for this position is teaching courses in Evergreen’s MPA program’s tribal governance cohort which include core courses in the MPA curriculum (Context of Public Administration; Doing Democratic Public Administration; Policy, Finance, and Budgeting for Public Administration; Analytical Techniques for Public Service; and Capstone) and teach concentration courses (Path to Sovereignty, Intergovernmental Relations, Tribal Organizations, Tribal Economics, and Tribal Policy). We seek a candidate with broad knowledge of and professional experience in public administration and tribal governance. Review of applications begins October 17, 2022.

Rosette, LLP.

Associate Attorney. Tempe AZ.  Strong research and writing skills required.  Experience in Federal Indian Law is preferred but not required.  Juris Doctor and an Arizona bar license are required. Open until filled.

Law Clerk. Washington, DC.  Strong research and writing skills are required   Remote working options for this position will be considered. Open until filled.

The University of Montana

Dean of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law. Missoula, MT. Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the Blewett School of Law. The dean is responsible for administering the school’s departments and programs, including maintaining accreditation by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), developing and implementing strategies to enhance academic innovation and quality, recruiting students and members of the faculty and staff, and managing organizational and financial structures that promote excellence in teaching, research, and service.  The dean will maintain and build upon relationships with the legal and public administration and policy communities in the state of Montana and greater region. Closing Date: October 28, 2022.

Colin Bradley Law, PLLC

Paralegal. Phoenix, AZ. The Paralegal will assist with client contact, communication with other law firms, scheduling, reviewing, writing, preparing exhibits, organizing files, filing documents, and preparing correspondence. Closing date: Until filled.

Earthjustice

Executive Assistant, Litigation Programs. Washington, DC. The position provides a broad range of administrative support to two Vice Presidents of Litigation – the Vice President of Healthy Communities and the Vice President of Litigation Practice – through communications, facilitation of workflow, schedule and travel management, budget tracking, and meeting planning.  The primary responsibilities of this role are to act as a seamless extension of the VPs by providing effective executive support to each individually and by working collectively to provide program support to their teams. Interested applicants should submit via Jobvite by October 23.

Litigation/Legal Practice Assistant, Gulf Regional Office. Houston, TX. The Litigation / Legal Practice Assistant is an exciting opportunity for a creative administrator to use their skills, the power of law, and the strength of partnership to help deliver meaningful results for the Gulf region. This position is located in Houston but supports the litigation and administrative work throughout the Gulf region. Interested applicants should submit via Jobvite by October 30.

Rothstein Donatelli, LLP

Associate Attorney. Santa Fe, NM & Tempe, AZ. Indian law practice in Santa Fe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, water rights, land rights, civil litigation, and transactional matters. Tempe specializes in federal Indian law, including gaming, economic development, Indian Child Welfare Act, Indian health law, labor and employment law, and transactional matters. Open until filled.

The Puyallup Tribe

RFP. Tacoma, WA. Seeking proposals for two (2) additional attorneys to provide civil legal aid services to its members. Representation may include those pertaining to general family law, guardianship, orders of protection, landlord tenant issues, and advocacy or assistance in fee to trust property or probate and more. Proposals to be submitted by Thursday, December 15, 2022, but may fill earlier with the right candidates.

The Circle Law Group, P.C.

Attorney. Sacramento, CA. The Circle Law Group is a leading majority-Indian owned law firm representing tribal governments and tribal businesses located in Sacramento, California. Our dynamic approach and practice area diversity is unparalleled for a firm our size.  We specialize in the field of tribal, state and federal law and its application to tribes, tribal businesses, government negotiations, financial transactions, tribal housing, land use and planning, human resource management, tribal energy development and representation related to internal tribal governance matters.  We represent tribes and tribal businesses across the state of California and western states. A qualified attorney candidate may work in the Sacramento office or in a hybrid mode. Open until filled.

Washington State University

Assistant Professor. Pullman, WA. Developing and maintaining a productive program of scholarship (which may be multi-disciplinary, appear in non-traditional or specialized venues, share authorship with non-academic or community partners, or speak to teaching), seeking appropriate grant funding, mentoring graduate student research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on topics in the law, policy and Native American/Indigenous studies, collaborating with members of other departments and programs (e.g., WSU’s Center for Native American Research and Collaboration (CNRC); https://native.wsu.edu/cnrc/), and participating in meaningful community engagement.

Michigan State University College of Law

Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law invites applications for full-time, entry-level, tenure-track faculty positions. Curricular needs include contracts and commercial law, family law, health care law and policy with an emphasis on inequities in public and private health care systems, race and the law, criminal law, trusts and estates, international law, and constitutional law. Open until filled.

Associate Professor – Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law invites applications from entry-level or lateral candidates for the inaugural 1855 Professorship in the Law of Democracy. This full-time, tenure-system position will focus on legal inequities in the democratic process. Open until filled.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law seeks entry-level and lateral candidates with research and teaching interests related to Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, or the International Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples who will also affiliate with the Law College’s Indigenous Law and Policy Center. Open until filled.

Specialist – Teacher-Fixed Term. East Lansing, MI. The College of Law Special Projects Coordinator will teach in the Global Food Law Program, develop new areas of curricular needs, recruit instructors and an advisory board, develop a web blog and social media outreach plan, assist Advancement with fund-raising efforts as needed, and oversee the application for a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Open until filled.

Senior Director of Development / Development Officer III/S. East Lansing, MI. Michigan State University College of Law seeks an accomplished, strategically minded, results-oriented development professional to serve as Senior Director of Development. In partnership with a dynamic dean, the Senior Director will plan, implement, lead, and provide strategic direction to a program that includes major gift fundraising, leadership annual giving and alumni engagement. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate. Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy. This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled.

Principal Attorney. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Legal work related to federal, Navajo Nation, and state court and administrative tribunal representation of the Navajo Nation Government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General of the Litigation Unit or the Office of the Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General, including legal research, pleading drafting, and settlement negotiation for Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice. Review of proposed disciplinary actions by Navajo Nation government programs for compliance with Navajo Nation Personnel Policies Manual and Navajo Preference in Employment Act. Drafting of proposed Navajo Nation legislation, regulations, and policies. Other duties as assigned.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist. Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government in reviewing documents, such as services contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participates in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled.

Attorney Candidate. Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the Deputy Attorney General, provides legal direction to Navajo Nation Divisions, Departments and offices, regarding a wide range of legal issues, including statutory and regulatory authority, contracts and procurement issues, and intergovernmental relations; Assists Attorneys; prepares and presents civil cases in tribal court and administrative bodies; confers and provides guidance, and prepares advisory opinions for assigned departments and branches of the government; prepares interpretations of new legislation and judicial decisions; reviews contracts, leases, permits and related documents; interviews witnesses, complainants, and others on a variety of legal matters; conducts legal research, prepares briefs, pleadings and other legal documents.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Attorney (Tax and Finance Unit). Window Rock, AZ.  Respond to Requests for Services and other legal inquiries from clients, particularly in the area of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and federal Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). Perform legal research and provide legal advice orally and in writing.  Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; as well as advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects. Participate in Legislative Branch and Executive Branch meetings, including Standing Committee meetings and Council Sessions, regarding approval of FRF expenditure plans and the planning and implementation of FRF programs and projects, in order to respond to legal questions pertaining ARPA and the use of FRF.  This position is open until filled.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor. Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Senior Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM. Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code and present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts. Reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; and negotiates settlement with opposing parties. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Crownpoint, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

Prosecutor. Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled.

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American Indian Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director. Albuquerque, NM. The Executive Director communicates long range vision and strategy that enables board, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the AILC; directs all operations including the Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI), the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) and other training and technical support for tribal leaders and tribal courts; formulates and implements programs and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Promotes image and reputation of the AILC. Sets strategy for fundraising and development efforts to fund AILC programs and staff salaries. Closing date is May 20, 2022. Visit the website for the full description.

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC)

Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist. Fairbanks, Anchorage or Juneau, AK. Position is until filled. AKNWRC seeks an organized, detail oriented and dedicated individual to fill the position of Law and Policy Court and Legal Advocacy Specialist.  Applicants must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the Alaska State Bar, or become licensed within one year of the position, and have experience working with Tribal Communities and work in public advocacy is required.  It is preferred for the applicant to have experience with domestic violence or harassment protection orders in state or tribal forums.  This person will report to the Law and Policy Director. See the position description for more information.

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2Ls and 3L summer and term clerkships, and recent graduates for our three-year fellowship program. The firm hires five 2Ls each year as full-time summer clerks. Applications for Summer 2023 clerkships will be considered on a rolling basis beginning in mid-July; the application deadline is September 5, 2022. The firm also hires 2Ls and 3Ls as law clerks during the academic year, with a minimum of 15 hours of work per week; though we have returned to our San Francisco offices, remote clerkships are possible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for work during the spring and fall semesters. Finally, the firm also offers a three-year fellowship for highly qualified recent law school graduates. Fellows function as the junior associates of the firm. Applications must be submitted by September 5, 2022 for fellowships beginning in Fall 2023. Please see the position descriptions for more information and to apply.

Earthjustice

Senior Attorney, Oceans Program. Seattle, WA or Remote (US). Earthjustice is hiring a Senior Attorney to join the Oceans Program in Seattle, WA or remote. Apply By 5/23/22. See the position description for more information and to apply.

Galanda Broadman, PLLC

Paralegal Litigation Assistant. An Indigenous rights firm with nine lawyers and offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an experienced paralegal/litigation assistant to our growing civil rights practice in Seattle. The firm seeks an individual with solid litigation and case management experience and proven abilities under pressure, and who exhibits the following attributes: attention to detail; solid writing and organization; tech savvy; critical, proactive and creative thinking; strong work ethic; and sound ethics and morals.  The position will also support office managerial and administrative efforts. Closes: June 1, 2022 or When Filled.

Pueblo of Isleta

Paralegal. Isleta Pueblo, NM. Supports General Counsel Office with tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting, reviewing, and managing of legal documents.  Responsible for communicating with clients, preparing for hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.  Performs specialized administrative services, including but not limited to case management and budget oversight. Position Closes-05/27/2022. Apply at www.isletapueblo.com/careers.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Assistant General Counsel, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, AZ. Under the direction of the General Counsel, Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court. Closing date is May 19, 2022. To view full job description see above and  applications are available at www.fmyn.org

Public Health Law Center (affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law)

Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney. Saint Paul, MN. The Public Health Law Center (or, The Center), a dynamic, public interest affiliate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is seeking a Staff Attorney who has a passion for working for the social good and who shares our commitment to continued learning on issues related to racial and social justice, including the social determinants of health, implicit bias, and systemic oppression. The Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney will support our Health Eating and Active Living Programs. To apply for the Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney (Health Eating and Active Living Programs) position, click here. Application review will begin on May 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Interested applicants can apply here.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP

2023 Summer Associate. Washington, D.C.; San Diego, CA; Anchorage, AK; and Juneau, AK.Under the supervision of an attorney, the summer associate performs duties such as cite checking, editing attorney work, conducting legal research, and drafting memoranda.  Summer associates may also have the opportunity to attend and take notes on government briefings and hearings on tribal issues. Closing date: June 30, 2022. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Experienced Attorney. Albuquerque, NM. Experienced Attorney (5 or more years) in litigation, transactional, water, natural resources or Indian law matters. Duties may include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revising contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers.

Full Time Associate Attorney. San Diego, CA. Main duties include legal research; drafting pleadings and other written advocacy; oral advocacy; providing advice to clients; drafting and revision contracts and related documents; and meeting with clients. Application is open until filled. Link to Firm: www.Sonosky.com/careers

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Protective Services Attorney. Contract & remote. Protective Services Attorney will provide support in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Adult In Need of Care litigation on behalf of and representing the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Indian Child Welfare Services Department (ICWS). Department: Prosecutor’s Office. Reports to: General Counsel. Overtime: Exempt. Salary: DOE. To apply please contact Cristina Collett Jensen at (830) 421-5389 or via Email: cristina.collett@ktttribe.org. Please see the position description for more information.

Region 6, Office of Regional Counsel, Department of Regional Counsel

Attorney Adviser. Dallas, TX. A 2-year full-time fellowship focusing on air counseling and grants. Applications close May 20, 2022. See the position description for more information.

Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Infrastructure and Economic Development Coordinator.  Washington, DC. 1) Assists with development of policies, standards, procedures, and directives related to program functions and requirements, to include initiating and directing research projects necessary to resolve complex or technical issues; 2) Coordinates work activities, assignments, and projects with managers internal to the  Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) and across the Federal programs implementing infrastructure projects and economic development to ensure their understanding and the effective completion of initiatives and requirements; 3) As the OIED Interagency Coordinator, the incumbent works closely with the Indian Affairs bureaus and offices to guide and coordinate Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) implementation and related economic development strategies and policy initiatives; 4) Initiates report’s, position papers and memoranda regarding proposed policy and program changes affecting Indian Affairs interagency programs related to BIL implementation, including interdepartmental matters, proposed regulations and policies, legislative proposals, and stakeholder initiatives; 5) Contributes to the management and coordination of projects for the OIED Director by researching, writing/editing, collaborating on, and performing the initial review of time-sensitive information, correspondence, papers, policy, and briefing materials in response to taskings and action items from internal and external sources.  Closing Date: 05/12/2022.  Additional details: https://go.usa.gov/xuvvX.

Legal Services of South-Central Michigan

Staff Attorney. Lansing, MI. This position is part of the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project (CVLAP), a partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Legal Services of Northern Michigan, and Lakeshore Legal Aid to provide outreach and a wide range of legal representation and advocacy to victims of crime, primarily domestic violence and elder abuse survivors, under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). CVLAP is a statewide program with attorneys throughout Michigan.

Native American Rights Fund

Two (2) Staff Attorney Positions. Boulder, Colorado Office or Washington, D.C. Office. The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills to assume a litigation docket. Open until filled, with interviews beginning late May. See the position description for more information.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Tribal Prosecutor. Reno, NV. Closing date: Open until filled. Performs a variety of professional legal work; develops, prepares and presents cases requiring court and/or administrative tribunal appearances; trial and/or administrative tribunal and/or appellate work; represents the Colony in criminal or enforcement proceedings; and performs related work as required. Ensures the proper maintenance of prosecution records and compliance with Tribal, State, and National regulations and guidelines. Additionally, ensures all prosecution records comply with the guidelines regarding confidentiality and security of sensitive documents. Other duties as assigned. For more information, please see the job description.  Applications can be found online at https://www.rsic.org/   Submit completed applications to bsmithpeger@rsic.org and esanchez@rsic.org.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Staff Attorney – Full Time Exempt. Tribal Government. Fulton, MI. Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings as requested. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provides timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues. For a full description please see the position. Posting Ends 06/02/2022 at 9:30 AM ET. Apply through the NHBP Careers page.

Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs

Attorney-Adviser. Washington, D.C.  The attorney will provide legal counsel to the Bureau of Indian Education, including on all elements of federal Indian law, federal education law, and administrative law (funding, rulemaking, etc.).  The position closes on May 23, 2022.

Pueblo of Laguna

Associate Prosecutor; Dept: Pueblo Courts / Prosecutor’s Office; Closing date for application submission – May 23, 2022. Please visit the Pueblo of Laguna website for more information and application instructions at www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov or you can contact the Human Resources office at (505) 552-6654. See the position description for more information.

The National Council of Urban Indian Health

Director of Congressional Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Public Policy, the Director of Congressional Relations will have both internal and external facing responsibilities to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system.

Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst has both internal and external facing responsibilities grounded in serving Urban Indian Organizations (health care providers to American Indians and Alaska Natives in urban areas) to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discrete research projects and related programs.

Tribal Law & Policy Institute

Tribal Wellness Court Specialist. Remote/Telework. Develop customized technical assistance plans to meet the specific needs of Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts; Provide expert onsite and offsite assistance to tribal justice systems, including but not limited to Healing to Wellness Courts seeking to plan, implement, or enhance their programs; Plan, implement, and oversee peer-to-peer tribal healing to wellness court mentor court program; Plans and presents educational workshops for Tribal nations and organizations on issues pertaining to tribal justice. See job announcement for a full list of duties. Closing date: May 31, 2022 or until filled.

Program Assistant. Remote (Oklahoma City, OK; Twin Cities, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA preferred – applicants from other locations will be considered). The Program Assistant is a full-time position responsible for a range of administrative and program support duties. Open until position is filled. See the position description for more information.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, represents the Navajo Nation government; Review documents, such as service contracts, sub-recipient and grant agreements, legislation, proposed policies, etc., for legal sufficiency. Participate in negotiations regarding legal documents/agreements with parties outside of the Navajo Nation. Respond to Request for Services and other legal inquiries from clients. Perform legal research and provide legal advice verbally and in writing. Legal advice and services will include: conducting initial eligibility determination reviews on proposed FRF expenditure plans; interpreting federal, state, and Navajo laws, regulation, policies, and procedures; and advising on legal compliance in the implementation of FRF programs and projects.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programs and Projects Specialist, Window Rock, AZ.  Under the supervision of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will provide high level assistance to the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Justice (DOJ) with program/project management related to DOJ’s work with Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) matters. Assists in analyzing, developing, and achieving short and long term goals and objectives; establishes performance criteria; and plans, evaluates and improves program delivery; Attends a variety of meetings related to FRF/ARPA; assists OAG with preparation for meetings and events; coordinates program activities and communications with other Navajo Nation offices and the general public. Administers FRF funding for DOJ in compliance with FRF and American Rescue Plan Act requirements, policies and procedures under federal and Navajo Nation law. Assists in development of budget. Assists with procurement of goods and services pertaining to DOJ’s FRF-related work; reviews contracts; troubleshoots issues with procurement and vendors; monitors expenditures; prepares funding reports.  This position is open until June 9, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Tuba City, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 26, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (White Collar Crime Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government in the area of White Collar Crime prosecution; and assist as needed, in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases and in the litigation of child neglect, dependencies, juvenile criminal and civil cases, and related juvenile matters as needed. Attend arraignments (as required), trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing and disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with investigators, law enforcement, and related governmental agencies specializing in white collar crime and most other serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters. Provides supervision to the White Collar Crime Unit and ensures the continued daily operation and management of the unit.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 24, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until June 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

2022 Summer Law Clerk – Intern Positions Available with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) is comprised of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Navajo-Hopi Legal Services Program, and provides legal services to the Navajo Nation government, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, and to the 110 local governing chapters.  These are paid positions and working remotely is an option. Minimum Qualification: Enrollment in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Preferred Qualification: Completion of a law school course on Federal Indian Law. To apply, please submit the following: 1) a letter of interest that specifies area(s) of practice of interest; 2) resume; 3) law school transcript; and 4) a brief  (5-10 page) writing sample to DOJ at general@nndoj.org

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Job Announcements

Thank you for your patience with Friday Job Announcements as the ILPC undergoes staff changes! Below, find announcements from Tribes (3/18/22-current).

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send all of the following information to indigenous@law.msu.edu: 

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  • A typed brief description of the position which includes: 
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    2. Location (city, state) 
    3. Main duties 
    4. Closing date 
    5. Any other pertinent details such as links to the application 
  • An attached PDF job announcement. 

Job Announcements from Tribes

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Tribal Prosecutor. Remote or hybrid (Petoskey, MI). Responsible for independently prosecuting criminal, juvenile, and other cases in tribal court and handling Indian child welfare cases in state court. Provides advice and prepares formal legal documents on a wide range of problems dealing with complaints and citations filed in Tribal Court. Responsibilities range from interviewing conservation enforcement officers, law enforcement officers, and individuals; to gathering and analyzing evidence in cases; to preparing and presenting evidence in Court. Open until filled. Please see the description for more information.  Please contact the Tribal Chairperson’s Office at (231) 242-1418 or tribalchair@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov with any questions.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

(Staff Attorney – Full Time Exempt. NHBP Tribal Government Center, Fulton, MI. Attend meetings of the Tribal Council, Committees, regulatory board/commissions and Membership meetings as requested. Researches and drafts resolutions, Tribal laws, regulations, and policies for Tribal Council approval. Provide timely legal advice/counsel to, and draft legal opinions for, the Tribal Council and other subdivisions and instrumentalities of the Tribal government on a broad range of legal issues. For a full description see the job description and apply here. Application closes 05/05/2022 at 9:30 AM ET.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Prosecutor. Mt Pleasant, MI. Under the supervision of Tribal Council, work closely with tribal law enforcement and judicial officials to effectively administer justice on the Isabella Indian Reservation on behalf of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.  Prosecute crimes under the jurisdiction of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe within the exterior boundaries of the Isabella Reservation.  Act as Tribal Presenter in Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  All staff in Prosecutor’s office must adhere to mandated reporting laws. Please apply at www.sagchip.org click on employment at the top then click apply now.

Chief Judge. Mt. Pleasant, MI. This position will be open until filled. Oversees the administration of the Tribal Court, the control and management of the court budget and the supervision and oversight of all court personnel. Improve staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; planning, delegating, monitoring, appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner, and approving time sheets. For a full description, please see the job description and apply here.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Legal Department

Associate Tribal Attorney. Cass Lake, Minnesota office.  The Associate Tribal Attorney assists the Legal Director with analysis of ongoing cases and legal issues in a broad range of subject areas central to the needs of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.  The tribal attorney is responsible for preparing and analyzing contracts, legal documents, Tribal Codes, ordinances and Resolutions.  The attorney will represent the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in tribal, State and Federal Court.  The position is open until filled and the application materials can be found on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website at https://www.llojibwe.org/jobs/llbojobs.html.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Deputy Solicitor General. Onamia, MN. The Deputy Solicitor General performs legal work involving interpreting laws and regulations; preparing legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with trial attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for trial; drafting bills for legislative consideration, and assisting the Solicitor General in managing the affairs and duties of the function of Solicitor General. Closing Date: Until Filled. For more information see the description and apply here.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Legal Department

Associate Judge. Agency, SD. The Associate Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters at the Tribal Court level within the jurisdiction of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate pursuant to tribal laws, codes, rules, and regulations. Extensive background in Indian law as it applies to Indian country. Closing Date: April 22, 2022. For more information and to apply, contact terrahaug@swo-nsn.gov.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Marijuana Commission (2 positions: Commissioner and Alternate). The Commission is the regulatory entity responsible for carrying out the licensing and managing the possession, cultivation, transportation, laboratory testing and use of marijuana and marijuana products withing the territory of the Tribe pursuant to OST Ordinance No. 20-66, as amended. Duties include Seeking out and obtaining the latest training on marijuana laws and scientific and commercial developments involving marijuana cultivation and use, as well as the latest information on the accepted scientific methods utilized to test marijuana and marijuana-related items, and more. See the description for more information and to apply.

Lower Elwha Tribal Court

Chief Judge. Port Angeles, WA. The Chief Judge is chief judicial officer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court, the trial court of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Chief Judge is appointed to a four-year term by the Lower Elwha Business Committee, the elected governing body of the Tribe. This position is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Lower Elwha Tribal Court pursuant to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Judicial Code, ordinances, regulations, and applicable Federal and local laws. The Chief Judge conducts hearings and trials and performs other judicial duties. The Chief Judge is also the administrative supervisor of all Tribal Court staff and as such is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all aspects of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s trial-court-level judicial system and for proper administration of justice. The Chief Judge has no direct authority over the Lower Elwha Court of Appeals, which consists of Justices appointed by the Business Committee under contract. To apply: Send resume, cover letter, legal writing sample (preferably a judicial writing sample), and three references via email to Sandra Johnson, Human Resources Director: sandra.johnson@elwha.org. Please also fill out an employment application.

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Attorney General. Omaha Tribal Court Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The position of Attorney General shall be responsible for protecting all Tribal assets, defending the integrity of the Tribe, assisting and advising all Tribal entities in their pursuit of progress on behalf of Tribal members, and managing and providing legal services and representation to the Tribe, the Tribal Council, the Tribal Government, and its Tribal Entities. The Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individual members, but instead serves to protect the rights of all members of the Omaha Tribe administering fair and impartial justice. Open Until Filled.

Tribal Prosecutor. Omaha Tribal Court – Macy, Nebraska Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Shall prosecute all criminal matters in the name of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, making independent decisions on whether to file formal charges, the nature of those charges, whether to recommend plea bargains and trying both jury and non-jury cases. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Open until filled.

Tohono O’odham Legislative Branch

Assistant Legislative Attorney (Level II – IV). Under the direction of the Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation to the Legislative council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O’odham Nation; works with tribal, federal and state officials as well as national- and state-level tribal advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information. For more information, please read the description.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Chief Judge. Warm Springs, OR. Protect all individual rights as guaranteed by the Constitution, By-laws, and the Law and Order Code of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the United States of America. Interact with Tribal Council, other judges and Tribal employees, prisoners, and the public. Work closely with police department, prosecutor’s office, parole & probation, Human Services, county, state and federal agencies. Closing date – 04/15/2022. For more information, please see the description.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Government Affairs Coordinator. Palm Springs, CA. The Government Affairs Coordinator will: (1) act as a liaison for the ACBCI Government and Legislative Affairs Department, serving as the primary contact between local, state, and federal jurisdictions and ACBCI; (2) coordinate administration of all political contributions; and (3) perform necessary administrative/clerical support for the Department as needed.  The successful applicant will be highly motivated and be able to independently provide to Tribal Council: (1) recommendations regarding strategic direction in government and legislative affairs working in collaboration with the Tribal Council, General Counsel, and existing state and federal lobbyists, (2) local, state, and federal policy analysis as it relates to short and long-term Tribal policy objectives. Apply to Brian Estenson,  bestenson@aguacaliente.net or apply online.

Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Principal Tribal Court Advocate, Window Rock, AZ.  Performs legal work related to representation of the Navajo Nation government, as assigned by the Assistant Attorney General, including legal research, negotiations, legal writing, drafting pleadings, briefs, memoranda, resolutions and other documents for the divisions, departments, or programs assigned. Child Support Enforcement: Present child support enforcement cases before the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Participate in case staffing with Child Support Enforcement officers; provide legal advice and case strategy.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Principal Attorney (Water Right Unit), Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Assistant Attorney General or the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, professionally represents the Nation in multiple water rights adjudications pending in state and federal courts, in state administrative water rights matters and in any settlement negotiations concerning the Nation’s water rights. The Principal Attorney works closely with technical staff within the Water Rights Unit Staff, Department of Water Resources and other programs within the Navajo Nation, and with consultants retained to provide technical support to the Nation or to serve as expert witnesses. The Principal Attorney provides legal advice on all water rights matters to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Office of the Speaker, the Navajo Nation council, and its committees and subcommittees and the Navajo Nation Water Rights commission (NNWRC) to ensure that the water rights of the Navajo Nation are effectively pursued and protected.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Programmer Analyst, Window Rock, AZ.  Under general direction of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, performs a variety of complex duties such as installing, programming, maintaining, and saving of organization’s digital information within the Office of the Attorney General. Responsibilities: Serves as a resource person with regard to matters relating to information systems, development and implementation of security controls, efficient use and maintenance of system and equipment; Facilitates implementation management information systems; Installs and maintains servers on local area networks; performs network device configurations, workstation set ups and assigns nodes or network address definitions; installs and monitors performance of servers on local area networks; coordinates system and LAN changes in users; performs diagnostic and problem resolution with staff; participates in formulation of integrated support plans for multiple local are network; Maintains knowledge of current trends in hardware and software technology relating to the practice of law, selecting the most feasible and economic methods to operate existing system.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor

Prosecutor, Kayenta, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in juvenile adjudications, dependencies, Children in Need of Supervision (CHNS); research and study of litigation of juvenile proceedings and child neglect cases including appellate cases, reviews police, social service, and related reports/complaints, and other law enforcement documents and reports; prepares oral arguments, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; attends juvenile related hearings in Navajo Nation Courts; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case, prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Makes decisions in sensitive case and seeks assistance as needed in the juvenile matter.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Senior Prosecutor, Shiprock, NM.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research. Attends staff meetings, training, law seminars and workshops; provides training to Prosecutors and Juvenile Presenting Officers and on request to law enforcement personnel; collaborates with law enforcement agencies; negotiates settlement with opposing parties. Present major and complex litigation in District and Family Courts; perform extensive legal research; and perform other work-related tasks/assignments as assigned. This position is sedentary with a potential for high levels of stress. This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until filled, please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Attorney (2 positions), Window Rock, AZ.  Under supervision of the Chief Prosecutor/Deputy Chief Prosecutor represents the interest of the Navajo Nation government. Provides and assists several district prosecutor offices in prosecution of criminal and civil cases representing the interests of the Navajo Nation government. Will attend arraignments, as needed; trials, adjudications, child dependency adjudications, motion hearings, sentencing/disposition hearings, pretrial conferences, preliminary hearings, and other related issues to court attendance; prepares all required legal documents; reviews investigative reports, legal pleadings from defense counsel, law enforcement reports and related documents; determines nature of the criminal offense; establishes case plan with law enforcement personnel from various governmental agencies on most serious criminal offenses such as vehicular homicide, sexual assault, aggravated batteries, child neglect or spousal abuse, etc.; assigns case plans; provides legal guidance and advice to law enforcement personnel in proceeding with investigation; prepares and obtains search warrants as necessary, conducts follow ups on cases and elements of cases, conducts legal research, review criminal complaints, interview witnesses, included but not limited to other legal matters.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until April 29, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.

Prosecutor, Window Rock, AZ.  Represents the interest of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Chief Prosecutor.  This position is open until May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., please see the position description or to apply, visit http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html.