Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Boulder, Colorado Office

Position: Staff Attorney
Closing date: April 3, 2017

Description: The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit national Indian law firm representing Indian tribes, organizations and individuals in Indian law matters of major significance. NARF’s main office is in Boulder, Colorado, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska.  NARF is looking for an experienced attorney with excellent research and writing skills to assume a litigation docket.  NARF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Summary:
Representation of NARF’s clients, assistance to LMC in considering RFAs, and approved appearances at relevant conferences.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responds to and investigates requests for assistance (RFA) as directed by the Litigation Management Committee and makes recommendations to the Litigation Management Committee concerning the specific legal issues involved in each RFA and whether or not NARF should undertake representation.
  2. Undertakes representation of NARF clients as requested by the Litigation Management Committee. Assumes all the professional responsibilities of the attorney-client relationship.
  3. Enters time records as required by NARF policies and practice.
  4. Prepares reports for and attends Board of Director meetings, as requested.
  5. Conducts workshops, participates in panel discussions, or consultations with other programs as requested by the Litigation Management Committee.
  6. Assists in the preparation of legal materials in those areas of his/her expertise.
  7. Performs any other duties as requested by the Litigation Management Committee.

Application Procedure:  Submit a cover letter, complete resume (including representative sample of litigation matters), three letters of reference and a writing sample to: Karla Bowman, Office/HR Administrator, Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 or by email to kbowman@narf.org.

Download Vacancy Announcement and Attorney Job Description

SAVE THE DATE: ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception – April 6

Announcing the 18th Annual ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception to be held April 6, 2017 (5-7:30 p.m.) at Shadow Lounge, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We hope to see you there!

Friendly reminder – Don’t forget to nominate your classmates for the ILP alumni awards. These will be given out at the ILP mixer at Fed Bar. Awards will be presented at the ILP Alumni Reception at Fed Bar on April 6th at Talking Sticks Resort. See nominations details – 2017 ILP Alumni Awards. Nominations due Friday, February 24th! Nomination materials should be sent by email to: Kate.Rosier@asu.edu.

Request for Proposals – Prosecutor and Judge

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
Darrington, WA

Request for Proposals

Prosecutor:
The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe desires to contract with a licensed attorney in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association or Northwest Indian Bar Association to provide prosecutorial services in all cases in the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court. The contractor will need be knowledgeable of the Sauk-uSiattle Tribal constitution, bylaws, and various codes. The contractor will need to be available to court staff, Indian Child Welfare Department and law enforcement personal.

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court convenes on the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Reservation, located west of Darrington, Washington, one to two times per month for arraignments, pre-trials, trial readiness, jury trials, criminal review/probation violations, dependency and/or to hear and decide on cases.

Persons willing to serve, to provide prosecutorial services for all cases for a 12 month period (March 1st, 2017 and March 1, 2018), should send a letter of interest, proposal and resume to:
Michelle J. Cortez
Court Clerk/Justice System Program Coordinator
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
5318 Chief Brown Lane
Darrington, WA 98241
360-436-0131 ext.214
FAX: 360-436-1511
Court.Clerk@Sauk-Suiattle.com

Download job listing here: PROSECUTOR 2-16-17

Judge:

The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe is seeking proposals from persons in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association or graduates of an ABA accredited law school with Indian law experience who are interested serving as a Tribal Court Judge for the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court.

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court convenes on the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Reservation located near Darrington, Washington one to two full days per month to hold civil and criminal trials and hearings.

A person serving as judge must be available telephonically and/or electronically from time to time as occasionally the need arises to address requests by tribal law enforcement for search warrants and to issue temporary orders such as domestic violence protection orders, restraining orders, and emergency shelter care orders arising from Indian Child Welfare Act cases.

No particular format is required for submission of a proposal. Your proposal may propose an hourly, monthly or daily rate for providing judicial services. Persons willing to serve as a Judge for the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court should send a letter of interest or resume and proposal by March 3rd, 2017 at 4:00PM to:
Michelle J. Cortez
Court Clerk/Justice System Program Coordinator
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
5318 Chief Brown Lane
Darrington, WA 98241
360-436-0131 ext.214
FAX: 360-436-1511
Court.Clerk@Sauk-Suiattle.com

Download job listing here: JUDGE 2-16-17

Job Opportunity – In-house General Counsel

Havasupai Tribe

In-house General Counsel. The Havasupai Tribe, located in the Grand Canyon region of Arizona, is seeking a full-time in-house general counsel set up a tribal office in either Phoenix or Flagstaff.  The job requires frequent trips to Supai, Arizona.  All applicants must have at least 3 years experience working for tribal governments in areas other than gaming.  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a relevant writing sample and resume to:  office@mvicklaw.com

Mount Graham Lunch Lecture – Next week!

Feb. 20, 2017  (12:15 – 1:15 pm)
Room 250
Beus Center for Law and Society at Downtown Phoenix campus

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP to ILP@asu.edu. We hope you will join us!

Mount Graham, or Dzil Nchaa Si An in Western Apache, is one of the highest mountains in southern Arizona and is of extraordinary importance from both an ecological and Western Apache perspective.  Ecologically, one finds Sonoran desert at the base and Hudsonian boreal forest at the peak, where a number of endemic species, including the highly endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel.  It is also part of the original homeland of Western Apache people, with deep religious and cultural significance.   Since the 1970’s, tension has existed between the University of Arizona’s desire to use Mt. Graham as the location for a number of astronomical facilities and the concerns of Western Apaches, especially the San Carlos tribe, and others who care about the ecological and religious aspects of Mt. Graham.  Decades of conflict have resulted in construction by the University of the Mt. Graham International Observatory , with help from Congress which waived the full applicability of important environmental laws.  The Mount Graham Coalition provides education and technical assistance to people about Mt. Graham and seeks to work for the ecological preservation of Mt. Graham and respect for Apache interests.  This program will provide an overview of the history and current situation regarding Mt. Graham and the ongoing conflicts.

Panelists:

  • Dinah Bear Board Member, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Roger Featherstone President, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Dr. John Welch Professor, Department of Archaeology & School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

Mount Graham Lunch Lecture – In 2 weeks!

Feb. 20, 2017  (12:15 – 1:15 pm)
Room 250
Beus Center for Law and Society at Downtown Phoenix campus

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP to ILP@asu.edu. We hope you will join us!

Mount Graham, or Dzil Nchaa Si An in Western Apache, is one of the highest mountains in southern Arizona and is of extraordinary importance from both an ecological and Western Apache perspective.  Ecologically, one finds Sonoran desert at the base and Hudsonian boreal forest at the peak, where a number of endemic species, including the highly endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel.  It is also part of the original homeland of Western Apache people, with deep religious and cultural significance.   Since the 1970’s, tension has existed between the University of Arizona’s desire to use Mt. Graham as the location for a number of astronomical facilities and the concerns of Western Apaches, especially the San Carlos tribe, and others who care about the ecological and religious aspects of Mt. Graham.  Decades of conflict have resulted in construction by the University of the Mt. Graham International Observatory , with help from Congress which waived the full applicability of important environmental laws.  The Mount Graham Coalition provides education and technical assistance to people about Mt. Graham and seeks to work for the ecological preservation of Mt. Graham and respect for Apache interests.  This program will provide an overview of the history and current situation regarding Mt. Graham and the ongoing conflicts.

Panelists:

  • Dinah Bear Board Member, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Roger Featherstone President, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Dr. John Welch Professor, Department of Archaeology & School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

Mount Graham Lunch Lecture – 2/20

Feb. 20, 2017  (12:15 – 1:15 pm)
Room 250, second floor
Beus Center for Law and Society at Downtown Phoenix campus

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP to ILP@asu.edu. We hope you will join us!

Mount Graham, or Dzil Nchaa Si An in Western Apache, is one of the highest mountains in southern Arizona and is of extraordinary importance from both an ecological and Western Apache perspective.  Ecologically, one finds Sonoran desert at the base and Hudsonian boreal forest at the peak, where a number of endemic species, including the highly endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel.  It is also part of the original homeland of Western Apache people, with deep religious and cultural significance.   Since the 1970’s, tension has existed between the University of Arizona’s desire to use Mt. Graham as the location for a number of astronomical facilities and the concerns of Western Apaches, especially the San Carlos tribe, and others who care about the ecological and religious aspects of Mt. Graham.  Decades of conflict have resulted in construction by the University of the Mt. Graham International Observatory , with help from Congress which waived the full applicability of important environmental laws.  The Mount Graham Coalition provides education and technical assistance to people about Mt. Graham and seeks to work for the ecological preservation of Mt. Graham and respect for Apache interests.  This program will provide an overview of the history and current situation regarding Mt. Graham and the ongoing conflicts.

Panelists:

  • Dinah Bear Board Member, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Roger Featherstone President, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Dr. John Welch Professor, Department of Archaeology & School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

2017 ILP Alumni Awards – Call for Nominations

2017 ILP Alumni Awards

The ILP alumni awards are now open. Nominate your classmates and friends! The ILP Awards include Professional Achievement, Alumni Service Award, and Emerging Leader Award. Nominations are due February 24, 2017! Nomination materials should be sent by email to: Kate.Rosier@asu.edu. Awards will be presented at the ILP alumni reception at Fed Bar on April 6th at Talking Stick Resort.

Nomination Guidelines

ILP Professional Achievement Award – This award recognizes outstanding achievement in Indian Law or Tribal Law throughout an individual’s career. The award honors ILP alumni whose achievements in the field of Indian Law or Tribal Law have brought distinction to themselves and real benefit to the Indian community. Nomination Package Requirements:

  • Describe the unique professional achievements in the field of Indian Law or Tribal Law that has brought distinction to the candidate. (maximum two pages)
  • Describe the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community. (maximum one page)
  • Describe the ways in which the candidate’s achievements are truly extraordinary or exceptional. (maximum one page)
  • Provide at least two letters of support from individuals that can speak to the candidate’s impact on his or her profession.
  • Letters of support should speak to the magnitude of the individual’s impact in the practice of Indian or tribal law or in the Indian community.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Kathy Bowman (’86), Rob Rosette (’96), Diane Enos (’92), Ben Hanley (’71).

ILP Alumni Service Award – This award is given for outstanding service to the Indian Legal Program, and is awarded for extended, extraordinary service to the Indian Legal Program. Nomination Package Requirements

  • Describe the ways in which the candidate has served or supported the ILP and the ILP alumni. Examples can include serving on committees, boards, CLEs, mentoring ILP students, or other volunteer or fundraising efforts or funding commitments. (maximum one page)
  • Describe the ways this service been truly extraordinary. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate’s service has benefited the ILP. (maximum one page)
  • Please provide at least two letters of support from ILP alumni as part of the nomination package.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Ann Marie Downes (’94) and Mary Shirley (’92)

ILP Emerging Leader Award – This award acknowledges and encourages service to Indian Country and the ILP by alumni who are less than ten years out of law school. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in their professional career, volunteer work, and promotion or support of the ILP and/or ASU NALSA. Nomination Package Requirements.

  • Describe how the candidate has achieved professional success in their legal career.
  • Describe the candidate’s volunteer work.
  • Describe how the candidate achieved an exceptional level of service while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate was proactive in efforts to become involved in ILP and/or ILP alumni activities. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate’s service has been sustained over a long period of time or how the service has been innovative or beneficial. (maximum one page)
  • Provide two letters of support from fellow ILP alumni.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Steve Bodmer (’06) and Elizabeth Medicine Crow (’05), and Charles Galbraith (’07)