Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Kewerak, Inc.

Staff Attorney, Nome, A.K. Kawerak Incorporated is recruiting for a regular full time Staff Attorney. Our offices are located in Nome, AK. The Staff Attorney provides legal services to the tribal governments in the Bering Strait region. This position will work closely with and be supervised by the General Counsel. The Staff Attorney will provide advice and legal services to the region’s tribes and to Kawerak program staff regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA),  development and implementation of tribal justice systems, tribal laws and policies and other tribal legal matters. The Staff Attorney will also develop programs and take actions which support and expand tribal sovereignty and self-governance, and monitor and analyze legal and political developments affecting tribal government in Alaska and disseminate such information to the tribes. The Staff Attorney is expected to travel frequently to meet with Tribal Councils, and to provide training in such subject areas.

Qualifications include: Law degree from accredited law school required.  Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Alaska, or able to become licensed in Alaska within six months of employment. Working knowledge of Alaska Native legal issues such as ICWA and tribal jurisdiction, preferred. Experience in cross-cultural and rural environments preferred. Two years active practice as an attorney preferred.

This position is subject to requirements regarding criminal and civil child protection history established by Kawerak as incorporated from the Alaska Barrier Crimes Act AS 47.05.310-47.05.390, 7 AAC 10,900-10. Native Preference per PL 93-638. For more information about the position please email To obtain a Kawerak application, please visit – employment opportunities job posts.

Oneida Nation

Family Court Judge, Green Bay, W.I. Responsible for administering the judicial authorities and responsibilities of the Oneida Nation. This position exercises the inherent power to apply and enforce Oneida law as it pertains to children and families. This position will be under an employment contract. Continuation of this position is contingent upon funding allocations. UPDATE 12/19/17: Now open to all applicants.

Department of Justice

AUSA, Criminal Division, District of South Dakota, Pierre, N.D. Advises federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, prepare and argue a broad range of motions, and try criminal cases before the United States District Court. Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex criminal prosecutions, including Major Crimes Act violations involving murder, child sex abuse, rape; white collar and economic crime; narcotics and immigration. Closes 12/26/2017.

Previous Friday Job Announcements12/08/17

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

California Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney, Escondido, C.A. Will assume a varied case load that may include: brief counsel and services to low income Indian individuals; state and federal court litigation; contract negotiation; advising tribal clients; developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients; making presentations; and ICWA related dependency cases.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Court Investigator/GAL (RFP), Juneau, A.K. Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the interests of minor children and a Court Investigator for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) GALs and/or Court Investigator for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one year Options for a maximum of four years.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Facilitator, 2018 Board of Trustees Retreat. The Executive Director is seeking cost quotes from vendors for facilitation services related to the Board of Trustees (BOT) strategic planning retreat. In November of odd years, the Board of Trustees is elected and takes office by early December for a 2-year term. The incoming BOT usually holds a 2-3 day retreat in its first few weeks in office to lay out their collective goals and
priorities for the coming two years. The 9-member board typically has had 2-4 new members with the balance being returning members from the previous term (although all nine positions are up for election). Due Friday, November 3, 2017.

Yurok Tribe

Summer 2018 Law Clerks, Klamath, C.A. The Law Clerk position is unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to seek financial support through relevant public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships. If you intend to seek school credit if selected for this position, please briefly summarize the supervisor obligations in your cover letter. To apply to the Law Clerk position, please email the application materials to Legal Secretary, Shawna Bowen, at by Monday November 13, 2017.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Staff Attorney, Manistee, M.I. Provide in-house legal services to the Tribe. The duties and obligations of the Tribal Staff Attorney are primarily governed by the Tribe’s Unified Legal Department Act of 2015.

Department of Justice

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, O.K. Serve in the Criminal Division prosecuting a wide range of violations of federal criminal law.

Previous Friday Job Announcements10/20/17

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Chief Judge. Responsible for all judicial work and will preside over three (3) active Tribal Courts for the Northern California Intertribal Court System.

Falmouth Institute

Instructors, Self-Determination and Self-Governance. Are you looking to share your knowledge and expand your reputation in Indian Country? Falmouth Institute, the premier provider of culturally relevant education and information services for North American Indian tribes and organizations, is seeking adjunct faculty to teach 2-day courses on Understanding the Indian Self-Determination Act: Contracting and Compacting under P.L. 93-638 and Self-Governance: The Future of Compacting for Tribes. If you have a passion for teaching and in-depth knowledge of the practical application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act,  including contractibility, declination, contract support cost negotiation, appeals and reporting requirements, write to to apply.

Maynes, Bradford, Shippe and Sheftel, LLP

Associate Attorney, Durango, C.O. The firm seeks an attorney with 2-5 years of experience to join our Indian law practice.  We offer an interesting and diverse practice, a competitive salary, and a collegial working environment.  Candidates with a Navajo bar license strongly preferred. Please email resume and writing sample to:

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Staff Attorney, Eagle Pass, T.X. Work with Native American individuals, families, organizations and Tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian Law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, estate planning, trust assets, tribal governance, employment, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. May represent clients in court or before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.

Nisqually Indian Tribe

General Tribal Attorney, Olympia, W.A. Assist and advise the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Closes Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Office

Assistant U.S. Attorney(2), Pheonix, A.Z. AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.  Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Closes 10/06/17.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Appellate Judge(2), Tuscon, A.Z. Appellate Justices are contractors and not tribal employees. The work is dependent upon the number of matters appealed from the trial court, and is not equivalent to full-time (40 hours per week). The Appellate Court convenes when necessary to hear oral arguments and issue opinions.

Other jobs posted this week:

RFP For CR Trainer/Consultant, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (9/27/17).

Previous Friday Job Announcements9/22/17

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

University of California at San Fransisco

Associate Director, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. Represents UCSF on behalf of the OPHD Director and serves on various UC and UCSF committees. The Associate Director ensures that UCSF faculty and staff employment policies and procedures comply with all relevant federal, state, and University equal opportunity/affirmative action requirements.

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Staff Attorney, Cloquet, M.N. Provides general legal services to the Band. The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include contract drafting, litigation, working with administrative agencies, preparing tribal ordinances, and other duties assigned by the Tribal Attorney.  To apply, please submit an application(PDF), resume, and any other supporting documentation to: Fond du Lac Human Resources, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720.

Nisqually Indian Tribe

General Tribal Attorney, Olympia, W.A. Assists and advises the Nisqually Tribal Council, Legal Department Director, and tribal departments in the legal matters related to the management, affairs, and interests of the Tribe. Closes Saturday, October 15, 2017.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Human Resources Director, Flandreau S.D. responsible for strategically managing and leading the Human Resources and employees benefit functions of the Tribe, the Tribe’s Health Clinic, and all Tribal Businesses except the Royal River Casino and Hotel. The Director plans and implements Human Resource and employee benefit policies, and updates them periodically. Director ensures that all organizational personnel actions are carried out properly, strictly adhering to tribal and federal laws, and ethical standards. The position also ensures that employee benefits are actively managed and compliant. Applications due Friday, October 6, 2017.

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Government Relations Manager, Native American/Tribal Government Practice Group, Washington D.C. Supports Native American advocacy and policy efforts by helping clients design and implement strategies to achieve their social, business and economic goals within a complex legal regulatory framework. A key component of the role is direct lobbying and advocacy. The Manager will advocate on behalf of client interests, monitor and research legislative and regulatory policy developments, draft analyses, prepare correspondences and other documents, as well as facilitate logistics for briefings, agency, and Capitol Hill visits. Qualified candidates will have 3-5 years of relevant regulatory and legislative experience to include at least 2 years of direct lobbying experience. The manager must possess strong analytical, research, and writing skills. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample (3-8 pages in length) to In the subject of your correspondence, note “Tribal Relations Manager.” EOE. No search firm submissions, please.

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is a law and government relations firm located in Washington, DC, with a national practice focused in four main areas: health law, education law, tribal law, and the law of tax-exempt organizations. Our professionals have served in senior positions in Congress, the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, presidential commissions and advisory boards, corporate positions, and the private practice of law. The firm remains philosophically committed to the initial vision of remaining mid-sized and independent.

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Summer 2018 Native American Law Internship(2), San Diego, C.A. gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Procopio Interns reach out to local Native American youth to provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities. Applications are due Tuesday, October 31st by 5 p.m. PST.

United States Attorneys Office, District of New Mexico

AUSA (Indian Crimes), Albuquerque, N.M. The attorney selected will be working in the Indian Crimes Section in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will handle prosecutions of a wide variety of federal offenses. Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Application Deadline: October 4, 2017.

AUSA (Criminal), Las Cruces, N.M. The attorney selected will be working in the Las Cruces Branch office and will handle prosecutions of a wide variety of federal offenses. Application Deadline: October 4, 2017.

AUSA (Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement), Albuquerque, N.M. The attorney selected will be working in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section. The attorney selected will handle prosecutions of a wide variety of federal offenses, with an emphasis on the prosecution of narcotics crimes. Prosecutions of narcotics offenses include enforcement of Title 21 and cases involving organizations responsible for the trafficking of heroin, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other controlled substances. Application Deadline: October 4, 2017.

United States Attorneys Office, District of Colorado

AUSA (Appellate), Denver, C.O. Represent the United States in criminal and civil cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He or she also will handle district court actions filed by federal prisoners under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Additionally, the AUSA will be required to provide support to lawyers in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. Closes October 3, 2017.

United States Attorneys Office, District of Arizona

AUSA(3), Tuscon, A.Z. Represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in ay other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division. Closes October 4, 2017.

Other jobs posted this week:

RFP for Guardian ad Litems, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (9/20/17).

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 9/15/17

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP

2018 Summer Law Clerks. Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP (“FPM”) is a nationwide firm dedicated to the practice of Federal Indian Law.  FPM represents Native American tribes and organizations in a wide spectrum of areas including business transactions, litigation, and governmental affairs. FPM is seeking applications from second year law students for 2018 Summer Law Clerks for offices in Louisville, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; and Sacramento, California. Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Experience or coursework in tribal and Federal Indian Law is required and/or preferred  at most FPM office locations. Applicants must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work well independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.  FPM offers a competitive hourly wage for a 10 – 12-week summer position.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcripts to Ann Hacker at no later than September 30, 2017.  The cover letter must indicate preference for each FPM office location by completing the chart below (i.e.: #1 is for the top location preference followed by 2, 3, etc. If you are not applying for consideration at a particular office location please note N/A). The cover letter should be addressed to Ann Hacker. If your preferred office location includes our Colorado office a separate cover letter needs to be addressed to the attention of Thomas W. Fredericks.

Louisville, CO
Omaha, NE
Sacramento, CA

Department of Justice

Assistant United States Attorney, District of Colorado. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is currently interviewing for an Assistant United States Attorney to serve in Durango, Colorado, as part of the Criminal Division. Closes Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Executive Communications Manager, Portland O.R. responsible for promoting NICWA’s public image and visibility through a variety of communications media and provides communications support to the executive director and NICWA staff. Closes Monday, October 2, 2017.

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska

Appellate Court Administrator, Juneau, A.K. Responsible for developing and managing the Appellate Court expansion project for the Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court, which will include code drafting, hiring and administratively supervising consultants for drafting statutes, policies and procedures; working closely with the Judiciary Committee and Judges; and providing administrative support for the development of the Tlingit & Haida Trial Courts and other Southeast Alaska Tribal Courts.

National Indian Gaming Commission

FOIA Officer, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C. Oversees the Commission’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) program. Responsible for directing the work of the FOIA office staff and developing program policy. Closes Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Ain Dah Yung Center

Indian Child Welfare Compliance Monitor, St. Paul, M.N. Provides court monitoring, education and outreach, and advocacy to ensure court compliance.

Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP

Attorney, Anchorage, A.K. The Sonosky Chambers firm specializes in representing Native American interests in a wide range of work involving tribal sovereignty and self-governance, health care, complex litigation, appellate and Supreme Court work, legislative affairs, and a wide range of additional matters. Additional information about our firm is available at Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests. One to four years’ experience is preferred but all qualified applicants will be considered. Please send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and transcripts to All applications will be kept confidential.

Blackfeet Tribe

Staff Attorney, Browning, M.T. Responsible for general litigation matters, employment relations, legislative advocacy, and assisting tribal programs. It is preferred that an applicant have at least five (5) years experience in the practice of law. The applicant must be licensed in the State of Montana and produce a Certificate of Good Standing with the Montana State Bar. The applicant should have demonstrated interest and knowledge of federal Indian Law, administrative law, and trial advocacy.  The position requires personal integrity and the ability to produce timely and accurate written work.  Full-time with salary negotiable.  Applicant must submit to a criminal background check and pass a pre-employment drug screen. Please send a resume, three (3) references and a short writing sample to Blackfeet Legal Department, P. O. Box 849, Browning MT 59417 7777 or email The position will remain open until filled. If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Blackfeet Legal Department at (406) 338-7777.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Tribal Health Attorney, Anchorage, A.K. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium anticipates expanding it legal team to support new and exciting initiatives to improve health care quality and access for Alaska Native patients and communities. We are seeking additional legal expertise to assist with new and developing partnerships and transactions, health care and medical staff issues, personnel matters, information technology and security issues, and regulatory compliance.

Ideal candidates will have at least seven years of experience in health law or another relevant field; an understanding of “Indian law,” the intersection between medical staff and employment issues, and government contracting; demonstrated experience working for complex clients in a team-oriented environment; exquisitely good judgment; and the ability to reconcile competing legal principles to assist ANTHC in finding innovative ways to achieve its vision that “Alaska Natives are the healthiest people in the world.”

The Consortium works with Alaska’s Tribal health organizations and over 229 federally recognized Tribes to administer the Alaska Tribal Health System. The Consortium partners with Southcentral Foundation to co-manage the 150+ bed Alaska Native Medical Center, which is a Level II Trauma Center and has achieved Magnet status in recognition of nursing excellence. ANTHC also provides community and environmental health services; constructs health clinics and water and sanitation systems in rural Alaska; develops and deploys telehealth technology; administers an epidemiology center; develops training for allied health providers; and provides technical assistance and support to other members of the Alaska Tribal Health System.

The Consortium’s main office is located in Anchorage, Alaska. In accordance with federal law, ANTHC applies Native Preference in hiring and contracting. Learn more about ANTHC at and ANMC at For more information, please direct inquiries and resumes to Nacole Heslep, General Counsel at with “Tribal Attorney B” in the subject line.

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 9/8/17

AUSA Vacancy – Western District of Oklahoma

The Department of Justice is currently accepting applications for one or more Assistant U.S. Attorney positions (experience with civil and/or criminal asset forfeiture matters preferred).  Duties may include criminal and civil litigation. The announcement is open until Thursday, December 31, 2015.

If interested, please use the link below to view the announcement and for instructions on submitting your application. Also, feel free to forward the link to anyone you know who may be interested in applying.  The announcement should also be in the next OBA Journal.

Agency:  Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:  16-OKW-1562553-A-01

Indian Country Investigation & Prosecutions Report to Congress

Link to DOJ report for 2014 here.


  • FBI’s CY 2014 statistics are similar to 2013. The majority of Indian country criminal investigations opened by the FBI were referred for prosecution.
  • The majority of Indian country criminal cases opened by the USAOs were
  • The most common reason FBI Indian country investigations were closed administratively without referral for prosecution was that the investigation concluded that no federal crime had occurred. Analysis of CY 2014 data indicates that 657 FBI Indian country investigations were closed administratively without referral to a prosecuting authority — approximately 32% of the investigations that were opened. Reasons for non-referral include deaths determined to be the result of natural causes, accident, or suicide (i.e., non-homicides; 20% in CY 2014 of all investigations not referred), and insufficient evidence of criminal activity (21% in CY 2014).
  • All but 37 of the 148 death investigations that the FBI closed administratively in CY 2014 were closed because the FBI established that the death was due to causes other than homicide; i.e., accidents, suicide, or death due to natural causes.
  • In 2014, the USAOs resolved more cases than in 2013. In 2014, the USAOs resolved 535 more cases than in 2013. A total of 3,930 Indian country matters were resolved in CY 2014, as compared to 3,395 cases in 2013.
  • The USAO declination rate remained steady. USAO data for CY 2014 show that 34% (989) of all Indian country submissions for prosecution (2,941) were declined. In CY 2013, USAOs declined approximately 34% (853) of all (2,542) Indian country submissions for prosecution. USAO data for CY 2012 indicate that just under 31% (954) of all Indian country submissions for prosecution (2,542) were declined.
  • The most common reason for declination by USAOs was insufficient evidence (59.6% in CY 2014, 56% in CY 2013, and 52% in CY 2012). The next most common reason for declination by USAOs was referral to another prosecuting authority (16.3% in CY 2014, 21% in CY 2013, and 24% in CY 2012).

Over $4 million awarded to Michigan Tribes through tribal-specific grant program with DOJ

Yesterday, the Department of Justice awarded over $97 million to 206 federally recognized Tribes that had applied to the Department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.  The program has awarded more than $620 million since it launched in 2010.  $30.5 million have been granted to Michigan Tribes in that time.  Its purpose is to improve public safety and victim services.

Link to DOJ awards list here.

Link to DOJ statement here.