Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an open Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the position and a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Udall Foundation

Native American Congressional Internship, Washington D.C. This fully funded, ten-week summer internship offers distinctive opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students who are interested in learning more about the federal legislative process while gaining an insider’s view of the government’s unique trust relationship with tribes. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Please visit the job description for more information.

Waséyabek Development Company, LLC

Administrative Assistant, Grand Rapids, MI. WDC is a legal entity, created and wholly owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to WDC and subsidiary companies. Assist with scheduling and calendaring of meetings, travel arrangements and expense reports. Provide graphics and formatting for presentations and provide a broad variety of administrative duties. Please see the job description for more information.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute

(2) Program Specialists, West Hollywood, CA. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is a Native American operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. Responsibilities will primarily focus on the Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program. Submissions should be sent to Jessica Harjo, Operations Director, at jessica@tlpi.org. Application deadline: October 26, 2018 5:00pm PST. Please see the job description for more information.

World Intellectual Property Organization

2019 Indigenous Fellowship Program. WIPO has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest to be the next WIPO Indigenous Fellow. In line with the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program, the new WIPO Indigenous Fellow will be appointed for one year, renewable once for another year. Please note that the deadline for submitting expressions of interest has been extended until October 8, 2018.

Northwest Justice Project

Staff Attorney, Mount Vernon, WA. The Skagit Justice Project is a collaboration between NJP and Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (SDVSAS) in an innovative program to provide legal services and advocacy to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking throughout Skagit County. Provide outreach, legal representation, and collaboration with DVSAS and community agencies to improve victim services to underserved Skagit County communities, including immigrants, tribal members, migrant workers and isolated rural residents. Work closely with a DVSAS legal advocate and community groups to lower challenges to access such as language barriers and lack of information about legal rights. The position is funded by a 3-year grant. Please see the description for more information.

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Office of the Attorney General

2019 Summer Law Internship, Valley Center, CA. Seeking one or two law students who have completed at least one year of law school in an ABA accredited institution.  This internship will offer the opportunity to obtain practical knowledge and experience regarding both tribal and federal Indian law.  The selected law student(s) will assist the Attorney General with preparing legal memoranda on a wide-variety of legal matters handled by the office, and researching and drafting Tribal ordinances, policies and resolutions.  This position is full-time, working remotely from home with some scheduled on-reservation attendance required.  Application closes November 19, 2018. Please see the full description for application details.

Frederick Peebles & Morgan LLP 

Associate Attorney, Sacramento, CA. FPM has developed a reputation as aggressive litigators, advocates, and accomplished negotiators. Our dynamic team offers a diverse skill set and are able to tackle the toughest and most complex issues facing tribal governments, tribal corporations, and Native Americans. Candidates must possess strong academic credentials as well as excellent organization, research, writing, and analytical skills. In addition, membership to the California State Bar is required. To be considered, please provide a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your law school transcript to: Ann Hacker, Director of Human Resources, ahacker@ndnlaw.com. Accepting applications through October 31, 2018.

Berkey Williams LLP

Indian Law Fellowship, Berkeley, CA. Our Indian Law Fellowship Program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides the Fellow with an opportunity to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian country. The Fellowship intends to contribute to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths in the field might be. Please see the description for more information. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2018.

HOBBS, STRAUS, DEAN & WALKER, LLP

2019 Summer Law Clerk Program, Washington D.C. Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Please see the job description for more information.

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Litigation Associate, Green Bay, WI. This business law firm provides legal solutions to clients ranging from privately-held businesses to Fortune 500 companies. We seek an attorney with a minimum of two years of commercial litigation experience (trial experience a plus). Most importantly, we are looking for individuals who bring a positive attitude and team-focused approach to their work. Talented, creative, entrepreneurial, trust-worthy attorneys with a sincere commitment to living in Northeastern Wisconsin are encouraged to apply. In addition to an excellent compensation and benefit package, we offer an award-wining work environment and the opportunity to work with clients doing business both locally and around the globe. Interested candidates should submit their resumé via our website at www.gklaw.com.

The Environmental Law Institute

Intern, Washington D.C. ELI seeks individuals to support the research and publications departments of the Institute. Substantive areas of focus include: air and water quality, climate change, renewable energy, hazardous waste and brownfields, international environmental policy, sustainable land use, biodiversity conservation, wetlands management, freshwater and ocean policy, environmental health, environmental enforcement, and mining law. Applications for the spring internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm Thursday, November 15, 2018. Please direct all inquiries to internsearch@eli.org. Phone calls are not accepted. Please see the description for more information.

Blackfeet Tribe

In House Staff Attorney, Browning, MT. Seeking full time in-house attorney to represent the Tribe in administrative and civil proceedings in federal, state, and tribal forums. The staff attorney will primarily be responsible for general ligation matters, employment relations, legislative advocacy, and assisting tribal programs. Please see the job description for more information.

 

See posts from September 28, 2018.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the job and a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

HOBBS, STRAUS, DEAN & WALKER, LLP

2019 Summer Law Clerk Program, Washington D.C. Hobbs Straus specializes in Federal Indian Law and has worked for over 35 years to realize positive change in Indian Country. Our attorneys are dedicated to promoting and defending tribal rights, expanding opportunities for tribes, and improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Please see the job description for more information.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Deputy Public Defender, Tuscon, AZ. The Deputy Public Defender delivers professional and competent legal service in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Public Defender’s Office. The incumbent provides representation to adults and juveniles, charged with criminal offenses, in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court. This representation includes court appearances, investigation, preparing and arguing motions, conducting bench, jury trials, and appeals. Please see the job description for more information.

Navajo Nation

Attorney,  Department of Justice in Natural Resource Unit, Window Rock, AZ.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation.  New law school applicants as well as experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply.  Please see the job announcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html for more information.  Please contact Ms. Cherie Espinosa, Acting Deputy Attorney General for further information at cespinosa@nndoj.org.   This position is open until filled.

Tax Attorney, Office of the Tax Commission, Window Rock, AZ.  New law school applicants as well as experienced attorneys are encouraged to apply.  Please see the job announcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management website http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html for more information.  Please contact Ms. Cherie Espinosa, Acting Deputy Attorney General for further information at cespinosa@nndoj.org.  This position is open until filled.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Summer 2019 Law Clerk, Banning CA. It is the goal of the Morongo Legal Department to provide a tailored Clerk program that responds to the interests and goals
of the Law Clerk. The Law Clerk program includes the opportunity to get to know the Morongo Tribal Community, lands, and Enterprises. By clerking with the Morongo Legal Department, we are confident you will improve your lawyering skills, learn first-hand the demands of in-house legal counsel, and gain meaningful exposure to substantive Indian law projects. The position is paid and only 20 miles west of Palm Springs. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the description for more information.

The Yankton Sioux Tribe

(3) Supreme Court Judges, Wagner, SD. Seeking applicants for three (3) law trained Supreme Court Judges positions for the Yankton Sioux Tribal Supreme Court as established in Title I, Chapter II of the YST Law and Order Code to hear cases as needed taken on appeal from the Yankton Sioux Tribal Court under Rule 37 of the YST Rules of Civil Procedure and Chapter V of the YST Rules of Criminal Procedures. Resumes shall be submitted to and reviewed by the YST Business and Claims Committee at P.O. 1153, Wagner SD, 57380, (605)384-3641, who will make appointments, determine further qualifications, terms of office and compensation as set forth in Title I, Chapter II, Sec. 1-2-2(2) of the YST Law and Order Code. The positions shall be considered open until filled.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Executive Director, Okmulgee, OK. The Executive Director assists the Gaming Commission charged with investigating regulated activities to assure compliance with federal/tribal laws. Assist with preparation of quarterly report and budget. Assist Commission and supervises staff. Please see the job description for more information.

Berkey Williams LLP

Indian Law Fellowship Program, Berkeley, CA. Our Indian Law Fellowship Program encourages recent law graduates to work in the field of Indian law and provides the Fellow with an opportunity to pursue a wide variety of projects in Indian country. The Fellowship intends to contribute to the development of the Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths in the field might be. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2018. Please see the description for more information.

Last week’s job posting: September 7, 2018.

 

 

 

Minnesota Supreme Court Rule Recognizing Tribal Court Orders

Over 15 years ago, the Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to adopt a robust rule for recognition of tribal court orders. Due in large part to public concern about the efficacy of tribal courts, the supreme court adopted a more cautious rule, one that provided limited guidance and delegated excessive discretion to district courts. The consequences were delays and inconsistencies in the recognition process.

In 2016, the Forum petitioned the supreme court to amend the rule, arguing that any concerns about today’s tribal courts are unfounded. It asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to enhance the rule and extend due deference and respect to tribal courts. The petition received overwhelming support from state court judges, local attorney associations, and the national Indian law community. In a 4-2 decision on July 2, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted the Forum’s petition with minor amendments.

Thank you to all of the state and tribal court judges of the Forum for their leadership and thanks also to Peter Rademacher (Hogen Adams PLLC) for his tireless work as scrivener of the Forum.

Administrative – Order – Other

Northern Michigan Healing to Wellness Court Training

On Monday, July 9, 2018,  the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court are holding a free one-day Wellness Court and Treatment Court training. The training will be held at the Odawa Hotel in Petoskey, Michigan.

Please visit this website and/or the attached agenda for more information.

Pawnee Nation sues several oil and gas companies in Tribal Court for quake damage

We noted last November that the Pawnee Nation sued the Dept. of Interior in federal district court to challenge the approval of federal oil and gas leases on tribal lands here.

Today, several news agencies here, here, and here report that the Pawnee Nation has sued 27 oil and gas companies in the Pawnee Nation Tribal Court for damage caused by earthquakes.  Earthquakes have been associated with wastewater injection practices used in conjunction with hydraulic frackingLast September, the Pawnee Nation suffered damage to historic buildings due to a 5.6 magnitude earthquake.

We’ll post a copy of the complaint as soon as it becomes available.

 

Casino Patron Brings Federal Suit over Interpretation of Tribal Tort Claims Act

Here is the complaint in Wilson v. Umpqua Indian Development Corporation (D. Or.):

1 Complaint

1-7 Tribal Court Decision

Update:

15 Motion to Dismiss