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

Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, A.K. The Association of Village Council Presidents is searching for an Associate General Counsel to conduct typical in-house counsel duties, provide legal advice to a wide range of social services departments, help ensure federal grant compliance, and research issues pertaining to tribal law. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Alaska or be able to become admitted to practice law in Alaska within one year of hire. Three years of experience in corporate, non-profit, or Native law preferred. Please see the announcement for more information.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Associate Judge, Parker, A.Z. The Colorado River Indian Tribes is seeking an Associate Judge. The Associate Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters within the jurisdiction of the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Court pursuant to the CRIT Tribal Laws, Codes, Rules and regulations as assigned by Chief Judge. Applications close on November 30, 2018. Please see the job announcement for more information.

Swinomish Indian Tribe

Staff Attorney, Swinomish Village, W.A. The Office of Tribal Attorney advises and represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Federal, Swinomish and State courts. The Office of Tribal Attorney has seven attorneys and four legal assistants, and provides legal services covering a broad range of Tribal government, economic development, natural resource and Federal Indian law issues.  The Office’s practice includes legal advice, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish policy committees, departments and entities.  The Office’s work includes contract preparation and review; drafting ordinances; economic development activities; intergovernmental issues; treaty hunting and fishing rights and management; reservation lands governance and management; water rights; environmental protection; and Indian gaming, housing and utilities, among other areas.

Minimum Qualifications: Qualified applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school; preferably be currently licensed to practice in Washington, but consideration will be given to applicants able to become licensed to practice in Washington within six months of employment through reciprocity or passing the Washington Bar Exam; have or promptly obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license; have excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills; have strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills and an ability to thrive in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work environment; work well and bring flexibility to a fast-paced and dynamic work setting; enjoy and excel at creative problem-solving; have a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities and/or restorative justice; and a commitment to reside on or near the Reservation. Qualified applicants must have experience or demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following subject-matter areas, with at least five years of experience as a practicing attorney: drafting and negotiating contracts; drafting statutes, policies and procedures; litigation, preferably in Federal Court; representing public or private entities; legal support of incubation or operation of Tribal or commercial enterprises, including gaming, hospitality or health services;; taxation; or Indian law; and ability to use a personal computer with Office and timekeeping software and document database. Salary negotiable depending upon experience. Compensation includes a medical, dental & vision health plan, 401(k) plan, generous leave and other fringe benefits.

Native American hiring preferences under Swinomish Tribal Code 14-01.120 will be in effect during the selection of candidates. Applicants must pass a background check and a drug test. To apply, submit the following: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Employment Application (you may request this application via email); Office of Tribal Attorney Application Addendum; cover letter including an explanation of the applicant’s interest in the position, along with a current resume, the names and contact information for at least 3 professional references, and two samples of the applicant’s own independent writing to: Wendy A. Otto, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, 11404 Moorage Way, La Conner, Washington 98257, (360) 466-1134,

Last week’s postings: November 16, 2018.

Nooksack Update in Federal RICO Action

Here are new materials in Rabang v. Kelly (W.D. Wash.):

122 Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Summary Judgment Response

Ninth Circuit briefs in Rabang v. Kelly are here.

Reposting for Nottawaseppi Huron Band Potawatomi Associate Judge





The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi seeks an Associate Judge of the Tribal Court to be appointed for an initial term of two (2) years.  This is a part-time position (estimated 25 hours per month) and will be compensated on an hourly basis.


The NHBP Constitution requires that the Chief Judge, Supreme Court Justices and Associate Judges must: have attained the age of thirty (30); be a licensed attorney in good standing; cannot be a Member of Tribal Council or running for a Tribal Council position or a Tribal employee; and never been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a violent crime, felony, or a crime of fraud.  Candidates must have experience in the practice of Indian law, whether in tribal, state or federal court(s).  Judicial experience and 5 or more years experience as a licensed attorney and/or judge is preferred.


Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae and complete the Affirmation(s) that the applicant meets the requirements for appointment under NHBP Constitution.  Documents must be submitted to the Legal Department no later than 5:00 P.M. on March 18, 2015.  Applications may be submitted via mail or e-mail to: William Brooks, NHBP Chief Legal Counsel at: 1485 Mno-Bmadzewen Way, Fulton, MI 49052 or  Applicants will also be required to submit to a background investigation and drug screen before confirmation of appointment.


For more information, including copy of the Affirmation form(s) to be completed as part of the application process, please visit the NHBP Legal Department website at:

Omaha Tribe Judge and Prosecutor Postings

Reposting upon request:


POSITION                           :                   Chief Tribal Judge

SALARY                               :                   Negotiable

OPENING DATE                 :                   September 02, 2014

CLOSING DATE                  :                   Until Filled

LOCATION                          :                   Omaha Tribal Court

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Macy, NE  68039

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News Coverage of Alaska Legislative Hearing on ILOC Report

Here. Quotes from tribal judge David Voluck:

“One of the courts I work for issues something as controversial as child support orders, for children in need,” Voluck said, a touch of sarcasm in his voice. “We’re not locking up white people, I don’t have an electric chair, I’m not doing anything that’s frightening. I’m not taxing, I’m not zoning, it has nothing to do with land and everything to do with Native children.”

“Your state is battling us tooth and nail and we are now in the Supreme Court over whether it’s kosher for me to issue a child support order for a tribal child. This, ladies and gentlemen of this committee, I posit is a grave waste of your resources.”

LA Times Article on Yurok Tribal Court Judge Abinanti


Abby Abinanti squints at her docket. “The court is going to call — the court is going to put on its glasses,” she says dryly, reaching to grab her readers and snatch some candy from a staff member.

As chief judge of the Yurok Tribal Court, Abinanti wears no robe. On this day, she’s in jeans and cowboy boots, her silver hair spilling down the back of a black down vest. In contrast to her longtime role as a San Francisco Superior Court commissioner, she doesn’t perch above those who come before her; she shares a table with them.,0,320867.htmlstory#ixzz2v8BFclZJ

Puyallup Judicial and Prosecutor Job Postings

Here’s the Associate Judge posting:

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is soliciting applications for employment of an Associate Judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court. This is a full-time, Tribal Council appointed, position for an initial term of three years.

As an Associate Judge at the Puyallup Tribal Court, the judge will provide a full range of judicial services by hearing cases in the trial court regarding, but not limited to such issues as, criminal, civil, fishing, hunting, youth dependency, traffic, housing, gaming, and employment.

The statutory prerequisites for employment are: 1) must be a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe; 2) must be over the age of 28 years old; 3) must hold a Juris Doctorate degree and membership to a state bar; and 4) never have been convicted of an offense involving dishonesty or moral turpitude.

Salary for the Associate Judge position is based upon years of service as a judge with the Puyallup Tribe.  Current starting annual salary is $138,673.  In addition to salary, the Puyallup Tribe provides a very generous employee benefits package that includes medical/vision, dental, life insurance and retirement/ 401(k) plan.

Applications and a detailed job description are available at   Applications and inquiries regarding the Associate Judge position may be submitted or directed to Mr. Tim Reynon, HR Executive Director, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Human Resources Department, 3009 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404; telephone: 253-573-7866; or by email to

The Puyallup Tribe is an urban, Pacific Northwest tribe located on southern end of the Puget Sound near the city of Tacoma, Washington.

And the assistant prosecutor/Indian child welfare presenting officer posting:

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is soliciting applications for employment of an Assistant Prosecutor/ICW Presenting Officer for the Prosecutor’s Office. This is a full-time, position for an initial term of one year.

The Assistant Prosecutor/ICW Presenting Officer represents the Puyallup Tribe in the enforcement of the Criminal, Juvenile Justice and/or Children’s Codes in Tribal Court proceedings. This position performs the duties of the Assistant Prosecutor/Juvenile/ICW Presenting Officer as assigned by the Senior Prosecutor.

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