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:

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  • 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
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Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel

GS-11 Attorney Advisor. Washington D.C. The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation and performs other legal services as assigned. Closing date: 11/07/2022.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Law Clerk. Cherokee, NC. Law school graduate who assists the Tribal Court in researching issues and drafting court and administrative documents, and ordinances and regulations.  The Law Clerk performs others duties as assigned by the Chief Justice, Chief Judge, or Associate Judge(s). Position is open until filled.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court

Prosecutor.  Lower Brule, SD. The prosecutor is responsible for the prosecution of crimes that occur with the jurisdiction of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, including juvenile delinquency cases, child abuse/neglect and status offenses.

Colville Tribal Federal Corporation

Corporate Counsel. Omak, WA. The Corporate Counsel reports to the CTFC Board of Directors with day-to-day supervision from the CTFC Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  The Corporate Counsel works with the CTFC CEO and Executive team providing legal services, representation and advice on legal issues confronting the corporation within the scope established by law. Open until filled with first review on November 1, 2022.

Environmental Law Institute

Senior Manager, Attorney Training. Washington D.C. As a part of ELI’s Education team, the Senior Manager of Attorney Training’s primary objective is to help develop and deliver programs for members consistent with ELI’s mission, with a focus on developing ELI’s Annual Boot Camps and CLE events. Associated tasks involve tracking current events and legal policies relevant to environmental law and policy, as well as developing concepts and write-ups for trainings, master classes, programs, major conferences, and cosponsored conferences. Application Deadline: 11/6/2022.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Sex Crimes Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Durant, OK. Responsible for prosecuting criminal, juvenile, quasi-civil, wildlife, traffic and deprived actions on behalf of the Choctaw Nation as assigned by the Lead Tribal Prosecutor. Closing Date: 11/10/2022.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Tribal Attorney – Legislative Specialist. Ignacio, CO. The primary responsibility of the Tribal Attorney – Legislative Specialist is to review, revise, and draft the Tribe’s codes and ordinances.  This attorney will develop a plan for regular review of all tribal codes and will develop and establish a process for code prioritization and revision. The Legislative Specialist will also be responsible for maintaining the Tribe’s official code. The person in this position will work with the other attorneys in the Tribe’s growing in-house Legal Department. Requires a minimum of three years of full-time experience practicing law, including significant experience drafting codes, statutes, or ordinances. Position closes December 1, 2022, 5:00 pm MST.

Tribal Attorney. Ignacio, CO. This position works with other attorneys in the Tribe’s in-house Legal Department to provide legal representation, advice, and support to Tribal Council, Tribal officials, and Tribal Departments on a broad range of subjects. A strong command of Federal Indian law and understanding of tribal sovereignty in this position is essential, as is an ability to provide legal advice on a variety of topics in a fast-paced environment. A Tribal Attorney’s primary responsibilities include: (1) Advising on questions that require understanding of, or ability to efficiently research, a broad array of subjects. (2) Drafting Tribal policies, procedures, and resolutions; comment letters on legislation impacting the Tribe; intergovernmental agreements; letters to government officials; and testimony for federal and state governmental hearings. (3) Reviewing routine legal documents.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Native Law Staff Attorney. Fairbanks, AK. The Fairbanks attorney will be expected to manage a caseload of state court child in need of aid cases, in addition to some civil and Native law matters. The attorney will also have the opportunity to participate in strategic coordination with state-wide teams, and participate in appellate and impact litigation. A successful applicant will have a background in communicating and interacting effectively in cross-cultural situa­tions, and a commitment to race equity work. Open untiled filled.

Native Law Staff Attorney. Anchorage, AK. This position primarily involves representation of tribal clients in state child welfare proceedings and enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act and may also involve litigating other matters on behalf of AVCP Tribes and tribal members. The AVCP ICWA attorney will serve clients in cases primarily heard in Anchorage, Alaska courts, serving clients in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but will also be expected to manage cases arising elsewhere in the state as needed. Open until filled.

Native American Rights Fund

Technical Services Librarian. Boulder CO. The Technical Services Librarian is responsible for providing general library and technical services functions that support the mission of the National Indian Law Library (NILL), which supports the legal work of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the Indian law information needs of the general public. Open until filled.

Cowlitz Tribe

Tribal Court Judge. Ridgefield, WA. Appointed by the Cowlitz Tribal Council, serves as the chief judicial officer for the Cowlitz Tribal Court system. Hears and decides judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Cowlitz Tribal Court system in a fair and impartial manner and pursuant to the laws of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Accomplishes the Court’s strategic objectives by overseeing Tribal Court staff and all operations of the Tribal Court system. Honors and represents the mission, vision, values of CIT and Tribal Courts. Open until filled.

Fort Lewis College

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, School of Culture and Environment. Durango, CO/ The teaching load will include undergraduate and graduate courses in public affairs, including courses such as institutions, policy making, justice, and data management and analysis. This position builds on the strengths of a growing area of interest and importance at Fort Lewis College. Application materials received by October 23, 2022, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

California Tribal Families Coalition 

2023 Summer Law Clerk. Sacramento, CA/Remote. The 2023 Summer Clerkships are paid positions dependent on resources and experience. Clerkships are flexible but must be no less than 10 weeks between May 15, 2023, and September 8, 2023. Law clerks work 32 hours per week. CTFC may also support clerks seeking class credit for externships. Candidates are preferably rising 3Ls, however, rising 2Ls with relevant experience prior to or while in law school will be considered. The application deadline is November 6, 2022.

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Sacramento, CA. Assist in taking on a variety of federal Indian law and Tribal law matters including but not limited to estate planning for trust lands, dependency and conservatorship matters, code drafting, conducting Tribal government elections, community education, and more. Position open until filled.

Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation

Supreme Court Law Clerk. Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation. Window Rock, AZ. This position analyzes supreme court cases; conducts legal research; drafts opinions and orders; and provides legal advice related to appellate cases, petitions, notices and other documents filed with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.  This position closes October 31, 2022.

Court Solicitor. Administrative Office of the Courts. Window Rock, AZ. Under the general direction of the Chief Justice or his/her designee, provides a variety of legal advice, counseling, research and related legal services in support of the overall judicial operation of the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch; develops and implements improved court processes and supports courts in their use; provides legal advice, research and drafting documents for court operations; performs related duties as assigned. This position closed October 31, 2022.

Judicial Hearing Officer, Shiprock Judicial District. Shiprock, N.M. Under supervision of the Chief Justice, exercises authority to preside over hearings and dispositions involving the Domestic Abuse Protection Act and Álchíní Bi Beehaz’áannii Act occurring within the respective jurisdiction of the District Courts of the Navajo Nation; performs related work as assigned. The JHO will engage in legal research and writing in child welfare, domestic abuse, temporary minor or adult guardianship, child custody and other family matters. One Year Grant Funded with Benefits. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Aneth Judicial District, Aneth, UT. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Chinle Judicial District. Chinle, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. This position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney, Kayenta Judicial District. Kayenta, AZ. This position provides complex legal advice and guidance, conducts legal research, and drafts legal documents in support of judges and other court staff. This position is open until filled.

District Court Judge, Judicial District Court. Navajo Nation Wide. The District Court Judge is responsible in presiding over civil, criminal and family court cases; provides policy direction and guidance in the operation of the Judicial District.  This position is open until filled. 

Anishinabe Legal Services

Staff Attorney. Cass Lake and Ogema, MN. Provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums.  One position will be housed out of our Leech Lake Reservation office in Cass Lake, and the other out of our White Earth Reservation office in Ogema.  This position will be open until filled.

Office of Legal Counsel

RFB – Legal Aid Services Attorney. NE Oregon in one of the following counties: Umatilla, Gilliam, Morrow, Wallowa or Union. Attorneys bids should identify any or all of matters in which they are interested, indicate availability for in person or remote advising, and availability for court representation.  The practice areas include benefits (social security, veterans, Medicare/Medicaid, assistance for food, general needs and tribal assistance), tribal child dependency, DV protection orders, unemployment compensation, housing, employment disputes, child custody and visitation, consumer rights, probate, civil rights, family law, personal injury, community education and torts. Bids are accepted on a routine basis.

Judicare Legal Aid

Staff Attorney. Wausau, WI.: (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 (ICW), custody/placement, guardian ad litem (GAL), 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. Open until filled.

The Capacity Building Center for Tribes

Tribal Child Welfare and Permanency Planning Specialist. Remote. This position is a full time, exempt position responsible for a range of duties involving the delivery of capacity building services for Tribal child welfare systems. The responsibilities of the Tribal Child Welfare and Permanency Planning Specialist includes working with federal partners and CBCT teams to build supports and improvements for tribes receiving Title IV- b and Title IV-e funding. This position is collaborative in nature, and work is provided as a part of the Tailored Service Area of the CBCT. This position will remain open until filled.

Berkey Williams LLP

Indian Law Fellowship 2023. Davis, CA. Fellows typically engage in legal research and writing, historical research, communication with the firm’s clients, litigation, and legislative advocacy, depending on client needs and the Fellow’s interests. Closing date: October 28, 2022.

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.

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.

Legal Secretary (Litigation Unit). Window Rock, AZ. Provides customer service by greeting clients and answering phone calls. Provides general office support by distributing incoming/outgoing mail; schedule meetings, conferences, conference calls and travel arrangements for assigned professional staff. Maintains all case files for the Litigation Unit. Finalizes pleadings to be submitted for filing in a tribal, federal, state or administrative tribunal. Files documents in-person and via fax, email, and internet. Assists in maintaining office files in accordance with the Department of Justice filing system which includes but is not limited to: logging in documents for review and following up with professional staff on timely completion or review, securing all necessary signatures, scanning all documents, contacting the program to retrieve the reviewed documents. This position is open until October 21,2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Legal Secretary (Water Rights Unit). Window Rock, AZ. 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. Other duties as assigned. This position is open until October 21,2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Attorney, (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. 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 October 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Attorney, (Human Services and Government Unit). Window Rock, AZ. 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 October 28, 2022 at 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 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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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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Nevada Legal Services

Legal Secretary. Statewide, offices in Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko and Yerington, Nevada. Ability to file legal documents in court and converse with court personnel. Perform outreach and communicate with community partners as needed. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team. Ability to work independently, handle changes or unexpected events, and establish cordial working relationships with courts and administrative personnel, coworkers, service providers, and clients. Capability to work with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities and clients with limited English proficiency. Closing date:  Open until filled.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Employment Law Attorney. Omaha, NE.  Seeking candidates with at least 5 years of Employment Law experience to join our Firm. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour matters, workers compensation, contracts, harassment claims, advising on HR policies, and compliance with the law relating to the formation and cessation of employee relationships. Open until filled.

Navajo Tribal Unity Authority

Associate Attorney. Fort Defiance, AZ. Provides legal guidance and advice involving various areas of law. Reviews, researches, interprets, and prepares both written and oral opinions on a wide variety of legal issues, pleadings, motions, discovery and stipulations. Drafts, reviews, and approves legal documents. Writes, develops and recommends company policy. Negotiates, prepares, and manages contracts related to construction projects, purchase power, finance, joint ventures and related utility service agreements. Performs other duties as assigned. Position is Open Until Filled.

Judicial Legal Aid

Staff Attorney. Wausau, WI. 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 Act (ICWA), custody/placement, guardian ad litem (GAL), divorce, and estate planning; Educate and serve Native Americans statewide on areas of civil and criminal law; Participate in tribal court development, code drafting, and community education projects; and carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys. Open until filled.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Services

Directorate of Environmental and Natural Resources Management. Lakewood, CO; Boise, ID; Albuquerque, NM. The Directorate ensures that appropriate measures and compliance are designed and implemented to improve land, wildlife, fire management, climate resilience, environmental, cultural and natural resources with proper relation between policy and operational activities. Closing Date: 10/23/2022.

Columbia Riverkeeper

Policy Director. Portland, OR, or Hood River, OR. This is a leadership position at an inclusive, effective, place-based organization. The right person would ideally have some legislative experience, a familiarity with clean water and clean energy issues in the Northwest, and experience working with or for Tribes. Closing date: October 20, 2022.

Berkey Williams LLP

Of Counsel. Davis, CA. Advocate for clients in a variety of practice areas, including ICWA, employment, healthcare, natural and cultural resource protection, land rights and acquisitions, water rights, and governance.  Includes drafting tribal codes, policies, and ordinances; litigation in state, federal and tribal courts; advocacy before administrative and legislative bodies; and conducting trainings on various topics for tribal leadership. Closing date October 14, 2022.

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy

Attorney-Advisor. Washington D.C. TLC attorney-advisors enjoy the privilege of shaping domestic tax matters (other than employee benefits, employment tax, and pension matters) with their experiences and perspectives as they consult with colleagues in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to develop regulations and other administrative guidance under the Internal Revenue Code and offer their technical expertise to Congressional staff drafting tax legislation. Closing Date: October 3, 2022.

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

Social Security Law Clerk. Seattle, WA or Tacoma, WA. The law clerk in this position will work for the court on Social Security appeals and will perform legal research, draft reports and recommendations, proposed orders, and orders in consent cases. Open until filled.

Fort Lewis College

Assistant Professor of Political Science (tenure-track). Durango, CO. The primary responsibility for this position is teaching courses on constitutional law and criminal justice, and we strongly prefer candidates with experience and expertise regarding tribal law, tribal sovereignty, federal Indian law, and related topics. All applications received by October 16, 2022.

American Civil Liberties Union

Staff Attorney – Indigenous Justice, Racial Justice Program. New York, NY. Responsible for advancing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and public education to further RJP’s Indigenous Justice work, as well as the other programmatic priority areas described above. We welcome applications from both seasoned lawyers and junior attorneys who are seeking to develop and establish an expertise and leadership role in the field of Indigenous Justice. Open until filled.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

RFP – Native American Graphic Designer. Remote. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is soliciting RFPs for proposals from qualified individuals to provide Native American Graphic Design for the Front-Page of Citizen and Legislative Newsletters. Closing time for receipt: October 14, 2022.

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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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.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Assistant Executive Counsel, Sells, AZ. The Assistant Executive Counsel provides legal counsel and representation to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation as well as to executive branch departments, offices, and programs in all areas of Indian law. The position will handle a combination of transactional work and litigation. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and at least three years of civil litigation experience within a law firm. Must be a member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing OR eligible to become a member. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and a writing sample to Wendell R. Matt, Executive Counsel, via email at wendell.matt@tonation-nsn.gov. If you have any questions, please call (520) 383-2028.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation

RFP. Seeking proposals from qualified, licensed attorneys to provide judicial services to the Tribal Court as a Second Associate Judge. For more information please see the description.

DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.

See the available positions here. To apply, email hresources@dnalegalservices.org and visit http://www.dnalegalservices.org.

The Redding Rancheria Tribe

Staff Attorney, Redding, CA. Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, Staff Attorney will provide legal advice and legal assistance to the Tribal Council and the Tribal administration. Consults directly with the Legal Department and as directed with the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Team, department heads and casino management. Please see the description for more information. This position will be open until filled.

Sound Transit

Tribal Relations Manager, Seattle, WA.  Under general direction, the Tribal Relations Manager (or Tribal Liaison) is responsible for overall coordination of Sound Transit’s relationships, interactions and consultations with Puget Sound Indian Tribes. Although this is not an attorney position and does not require a law degree, attorney applicants will likely be very competitive given the knowledge and skills required for the position.  Details can be found at the  link, no closing date specified.

Earthjustice

Staff Attorney and Director of Tribal Partnerships, Bozeman, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle location strongly preferred. To apply for this position Earthjustice has retained the services of Swan Legal Search for this job search.  For more information please see the job description. Interested candidates should submit the application to Delia Swan via email at: delia@swanlegal.com.

Associate Attorney for Tribal Partnerships, Bozeman, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle location strongly preferred.  Given these geographic considerations, associate attorney applicants may increase the strength of their application by being willing to reside in multiple locations, depending on where the Director is hired. Please see the job description for more information. To apply for the Associate Attorney position we ask that candidates apply through Jobvite: https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=o9mF8fw2&s=Turtle_Talk

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

RFP. Gun Lake Investments is seeking proposals from qualified law firms/lawyers to provide legal representation of the Gun Lake Investments Board of Directors and management. The primary contact for this project is June Mamagona Fletcher and all questions during the proposal period can be emailed to jmfletcher@gunlakeinvestments.com by November 28, by 5:00 p.m.  For more information please see the description.

The Udall Foundation

Native American Congressional Internship, Washington, D.C. The Foundation seeks candidates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, and an interest in working with Native American issues and policy. Interns are provided round-trip airfare, lodging, per dium, and an educational stipend. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. For more information please see the description.

 

See posts from November 7, 2018.

Sanders on Genomic Research in Indian Country

Marren Sanders has posted “Genomic Research in Indian Country: The New Road to Termination?” on SSRN.

The abstract:

Genomic science has generated controversy in the social, legal, and ethical arenas for decades, and indigenous populations continue to be a subject of great interest in this area. This article looks at the recent concept of population genomics, a biotechnology used to help scientists understand how genetic variation relates to human health and evolutionary history. Parts II and III examine the debate among scientists as to the migration of the “first Americans” into North America, a debate that is quickly being influenced by the DNA markers found in the human genome. Part IV surveys the history of scientific research involving indigenous peoples – a history predominantly colored by ignorance and bias – as science was presented as conclusive proof of their savage nature and inferiority as a race. Scientists today proffer evidence that the ancestors of Native Americans were, in reality, colonists who immigrated from Africa, Europe, and/or Asia, and Part V analyzes a number of indicators that point to the possibility of genomic research providing justification for another termination of the special status and rights of Native Americans. Part VI looks at a number of tools that tribes may wish to consider using to help protect the genetic information of their members as they are faced with the seemingly endless need of researchers for Native American DNA. The article concludes that while suppositions of geneticists are in actuality just theories of historic migration, these theories have gained acceptance as fact in mainstream society. Given current indicators, Congress and/or the courts may very well use genomic science to justify another termination of the federal/tribal trust relationship.