Maurisa Bell, NNALSA 3L of the Year

 

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National NALSA 3L of the Year Award recipient, Maurisa Bell (right).

Maurisa Bell grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Riverton, Wyoming. She is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and was also raised around her Northern Arapaho family. In 2015, she graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT and completed the Pre-Law Summer Institute program during the summer of 2016. While in law school, Maurisa served as Vice President and Treasurer for the MSU-NALSA, an Area representative for National-NALSA, and volunteered as a student mentor for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.

She spent her summers in Washington, D.C. working for the Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice; the National Indian Gaming Commission; and Dentons, US LLP in their Native American Law and Policy practice group. She is a dedicated and driven leader who, in just a few weeks, will graduate from the Michigan State University College of Law.

Maurisa will work for Dentons upon graduation, pursuing her passion in helping tribes and tribal communities.

Congratulations, Maurisa!

Cert Stage Briefs in Eastern Shoshone/Northern Arapaho Tribes v. Wyoming

Here:

northern arapaho tribe – cert petition

eastern shoshone tribe v. wyoming — cert. petition

amicus brief of ncai nos. 17-1159 and 17-1164

law profs amicus brief

us brief in opposition

riverton and fremont brief in opposition

wyfb brief in opposition

reply brief

Lower court materials in State of Wyoming v. EPA here.

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 indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Regional Native Public Defense Corporation

Public Defender, White Earth Reservation, M.N. Candidates with criminal defense experience and knowledge of Indian law are preferred, but all are welcome to apply. Candidates must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota. RNPDC seeks justice and fair treatment for Native Americans facing criminal charges in and around the White Earth and Leech Lake reservations in Northern Minnesota. We act to respond to historical mistreatment and the racial disparities prevalent for Native people in the criminal justice system today. Salary depends on qualifications. Health & dental insurance, annual Minnesota attorney registration fee and malpractice insurance are provided by the firm at no cost to the employee. To apply, email or mail a cover letter, references and resume to:

James Hughes
Executive Director
Regional Native Public Defense Corp.
P.O. Box 487
Cass Lake, MN 56633
James.Hughes@rnpdc.org

Fort Belknap Indian Community

Associate Judge, Child Welfare, Harlem, M.T. Serves as hearing judge for the Fort Belknap Indian Community tribal court, in accordance with the Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal Law and Order Code and under the general supervision of the Chief Judge. Submit complete application and resume.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, C.A. Responsible for the management of the non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to jdixon@sciljc.org. Position is open until filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

2018 Summer Legal Intern, Manistee, M.I. Assists the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Unified Legal Department provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. The position is paid at a rate of $15.00-$17.50 per hour, depending on experience. The position is temporary part-time and will last eight to twelve weeks. Applications must be received by March 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council

Tribal Court Positions, Fort Washakie, W.Y.  The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes for the Wind River Reservation located in Wyoming are re-establishing the Wind River Tribal Court.

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence 

Training Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie, M.I. Determines, develops, coordinates, and administers culturally sensitive anti-violence education services for Native American individuals and groups within the State of Michigan.  Responsible for implementing specific Uniting Three Fires Against Violence (UTFAV) funded grant activities and projects, as defined by the specific goals and objectives.

Department of the Interior

Regional Solicitor, Northeast Region, Bloomington, M.N. Represents and acts for the Solicitor as the chief legal officer for the Department of the Interior for legal matters covered in the Northeast Region. Closes 12/18/2017.

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/10/2017

Motion for TRO Rejected in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. LaCounte

Here are the materials in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. LaCounte (D. Mont.):

115 NAT Motion for TRO

123 Federal Response

127 Reply

147 DCT Order Denying Motion for TRO

An excerpt:

Negotiations concerning the operation of the two courts are ongoing. Interactions between the courts are, and will be, varied, continual, and context-specific. An order from the Court would prove an undesirable and perhaps unwieldy solution, particularly as opposed to a protocol negotiated by the parties. The Court especially is not the proper arbiter for the dispute while the parties continue to negotiate an MOU. An MOU would provide a set protocol that the Court could evaluate. The addition of an MOU to the factual record would aid the Court in coming to a more accurate, useful resolution to the issues presented.

BIA Enjoined from Entering into Separate 638 Contracts with Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone

Here are the new materials in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. Lacounte (D. Mont.):

58-reply-in-support-of-26

66-us-motion-to-dismiss

68-us-response-to-17

78-reply-in-support-of-17

82-response-to-66

88-reply-in-support-of-66

113-dct-order

An excerpt:

Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction is GRANTED on the following terms: in accordance with the Gourneau Letter (Doc. 97-1), Defendants shall refrain from approving 638 contracts for multi-tribal, shared services without the approval, via tribal government resolution, of both the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

Prior pleadings here.

Updated Materials in Suit over N. Arapaho from Wind River Joint Business Council

Here are the new materials in Northern Arapaho Tribe v. Lacounte (D. Mont.):

17-1 NAT Motion for PI

26 Shoshone Business Council Motion to Dismiss

28 Tribal Court Parties Motion to Intervene

40 Shoshone Business Council Response to 17

44 DOI Response to 28

45 Shoshone Business Council Response to 28

49 NAT Reply in Support of 17

50 DCT Order Denying Motion to Intervene

51 NAT Response to 26

Complaint here.

Possible Hate Crime Motive in Fatal Wyoming Shooting

In late July, two Northern Arapaho men were shot while inside an alcohol and drug detox facility in Riverton, Wyoming. The FBI has started an investigation into a possible hate crime motive for the fatal shooting. Wyoming is one of only five states not to have a hate crime charge.

Full story here.