Kevin Gover on Channel 12 today at 4 pm MST – “Indigenous Stereotypes in Sports”

Watch 12 News today at 4 p.m. for Kim Covington’s interview with Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  Kevin  will be talking about his keynote lecture and panel discussion on Jan. 30 at the Heard Museum, and ILP co-sponsored event.    Tickets are available to the public at: for $5.00.  We hope you will join us!   Seating limited!

Job Opportunity – Attorney

Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)

Ben Franklin Station, P.O. Box 7611
Washington, DC 20044
United States

About the Office: The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced litigators for its Natural Resources Section in Washington, DC. ENRD seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. ENRD fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The Natural Resources Section litigates cases arising from more than 80 different natural and cultural resource statutes, environmental statutes, and numerous treaties, international agreements, interstate compacts and congressional referrals. The diverse and dynamic subject matter of the Section’s docket includes cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the National Trails System Act. The Section’s cases, many of them of first impression and significant media interest, involve the stewardship of our national parks, forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, and offshore resources; the Nation’s trust relationship with Native Americans and Tribes; and vital federal programs ranging from nuclear materials management to military preparedness to energy policy and resource extraction.

The Section handles a wide variety of cutting-edge Fifth Amendment takings litigation involving real property, as well as original actions in the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve boundary and water allocation disputes. The Section’s cases are tried throughout the United States and its possessions and territories in both state and federal court. The Section represents virtually every major federal agency.

Job Description: The attorney selected will handle cases involving novel and complex issues associated with the interpretation of statutes, treaties, regulations and executive orders relating to federal programs and the stewardship of the Nation’s natural resource, as determined by the Section’s needs. The cases handled by the Section require attorneys to achieve intellectual command of complicated facts, scientific principles, and legal issues, often rapidly. Successful candidates will demonstrate an aptitude and desire for primary responsibilities in sophisticated litigation, proficiency in working with a wide range of experts, and the ability to harness leading edge technology and litigation support in the preparation of cases. Creative thinking and considerable talent in problem-solving — whether in a litigation or settlement context — are indispensable.

Qualifications: The Section’s docket is demanding and requires top caliber work products. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of complex case management, initiative and creativity, strong courtroom skills, outstanding legal writing, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree awarded no later than December 2009, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants should have a strong interest in federal litigation and/or trial work and an exceptional academic background. Judicial clerkship experience and familiarity with defensive civil litigation is highly desirable and knowledge of natural resource management, trusts, or Indian law is a plus. Applicants must demonstrate superior research, analytical, and writing abilities.

Salary: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-13 ($90,823 – $118,069), GS-14 ($107,325 – $139,523) and GS-15 ($126,245 – $158,700) per annum.

Travel: Periodic travel is required.

Application Process: Applications must be received by January 23, 2015.

Applicants must email a current resume, cover letter, writing sample, and OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (Click on the link below to obtain the OF-306) to:

Lisa Lynne Russell, Chief, Natural Resources Section, U.S. Department of Justice.

Please reference vacancy announcement number ENRD-15-013-EXC in the subject line.

Email applications only, please to  

Email links icon
OF-306-Declaration for Federal Employment

No telephone calls, please.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 23, 2015
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: Two or more positions may be filled from this vacancy

Updated January 9, 2015

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to

Email links icon and referencing “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at [external link]. Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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 This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.


Tribal Health Care CLE Conference – Early Bird Rate expires 1/16

Early Bird Rate ends this Friday, January 16.

Group rates, non-CLE, and conference scholarships are available upon request.

This event will offer a forum for experts and tribal leaders to discuss the myriad complex legal and policy issues that tribal communities face in an increasingly sophisticated and complicated health care landscape to provide the best and highest quality health care to Indian peoples.  This conference will bring together cutting-edge scholars, tribal leaders and officials, health care planning and development experts, attorneys, and others to explore these important topics.

Agenda, Registration, and more information at:

Job Opportunity – Chief Judge

The Klamath Tribes Judiciary has a part-time Chief Judge (contract position) opening for individuals who can meet following requirements:

- He/She must be an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe;
- Never been convicted of a felony, not been convicted of a misdemeanor within 12 months previous to effective date;
- Never been dishonorably discharged from the military;
- Has a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited school of law;
- No disciplinary proceedings initiated or proceedings against him/her;
- Has not been found in violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility by any bar association of any jurisdiction of the United States, its territories or any Federally Recognized Indian Tribe;
- Has not been disbarred or suspended from the practice of law in any jurisdiction of the United States, its territories or any Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.

The Klamath Tribes Judiciary will provide the following compensation to individuals who may qualify:
- $125.00 billable rate per hour. Not to exceed a monthly amount of $11,125.00 and $105,000.00 per year.
- Travel time at $40.00 per hour up to 16 hours monthly.

For more information regarding this position please contact Calvin Hill, Court Administrator at 541-783-3020.

Klamath Tribal Court
Klamath Juvenile Court
Klamath Peacemaker Court
116 E. Chocktoot Street
P.O. Box 1260
Chiloquin, OR 97624
Fax: (541)783-7522

Indian Legal Clinic Sponsors Native Vote

Election Day 2014 allowed the Arizona Native Vote-Election Protection Project to pursue its goal of reducing the number of tribal members denied the ability to vote. The project was coordinated by  the Indian Legal Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, the National Congress of American Indians, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Native American Bar Association of Arizona. The Indian Legal Clinic students recruited and trained nearly 50 volunteers.  These volunteers served 18 polling locations across eight tribal communities throughout Arizona. On-site volunteers assisted tribal members by answering questions regarding their voting rights.

Read full article here:

Tribal Government E-Commerce CLE Conference just a month away – early rate expires tomorrow!

Early rate for registration expires tomorrow! Great networking opportunities. Keynote Lunch Speaker is Gary “Litefoot” Davis. Get your CLE credits by attending a conference that focuses on an innovative field of tribal economic development – a new geography of Indian Country.   Agenda and more info at:

Judicial Branch of Arizona – Judge Pro Tempore

The Pro Tempore recruitment is now accepting applications between
January 2, 2015 – January 30, 2015

for the next appointment term,
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016.

Superior court pro tem requirements:
12-142. Qualifications of judge pro tempore; residence; salary; exclusion from retirement provisions

  1. A judge pro tempore of the superior court shall be:

    1. Not less than thirty years of age.

    2. Of good moral character.

    3. Admitted to the practice of law in this state for not less than five years next preceding his appointment.

    4. A resident of this state for not less than five years next preceding his appointment.

  2. A judge pro tempore may be appointed to serve in the county of his residence or in a county of which he is not a resident.

  3. The salary of a judge pro tempore shall be paid for the period of the appointment based on an annual salary equal to that of a superior court judge. A judge pro tempore may agree in advance to donate any or all of his services.

  4. Judges pro tempore are not subject to any provision of law relating to the retirement of judges.

If you are interested in serving as a Judge Pro Tempore for the 2016 term, you will need to apply by logging on to our website at:


Those who are currently Pro Tems and would like to renew their application will also need to log on to our website and click on the “update” prompt located at the bottom of the page.


We have a new application this year, so please make sure you carefully review and complete all the requested information.  Also important – please make sure to verify the departments you have selected to serve in as well.  Once completed, please also return your notarized oath and acknowledgement to my attention at the address below.


The application opens today, January 2, 2015 and closes on January 30, 2015. 

Please mail to:
ATTN: Judge Pro Tempore Coordinator
201 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

For hand-deliveries:
Patricia Schuler
Old Courthouse – 5th Floor
125 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Job Opportunity – Director, Defense Services

Job Title: Director
Closing Date: 02/17/2015

Job Number: 15-238
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Department: Defense Services Office
City: Sacaton
Location: Defense Services Office, 165A S. Bluebird Rd., Sacaton, AZ
Area of Interest: Legal
Salary Type: Depending on Experience
Salary/ Hourly Rate: $96,251 Salary
Tribal Driving Permit Required: Yes

• Term of Contract is three years and subject for renewal
• Compensation reflected on the Job Announcement and finalized in the Contract will remain the same, any increases (merit, cost of living for employees, Director Contract will also be eligible for increase)
• Annual Leave – Allowed a capped amount of leave each fiscal year, (amount of leave determined upon start date of position). Leave is not carried over into next fiscal year and paid at end of each fiscal year.
• Sick Leave – Allowed a capped amount of leave each fiscal year, leave is not paid at end of each fiscal year.

MEDICAL BENEFIT INFORMATION (effective immediately upon hire date, no probationary period required)
• Medical – EPO or PPO Self-Funded Plan utilizing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Network
• Prescription Program
• Dental – Plan is provided through CIGNA with no deductible for preventive services or $50 (individual)/$150 (family) deductible for basic and major services
• Vision – plan benefits are provided through Sight Care of Arizona and carry a $10 co-pay for exams, zero co-pay
• Life and AD&D – Basic, dependent, and/or voluntary benefits provided through CIGNA Group Insurance. GRIC pays the full cost of your basic Life and AD&D.

Other Voluntary Benefits
• Aflac offers various supplemental benefits plans
• Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
• Short Term Disability
• Long Term Disability
• Employee Assistance Program



The Director, Defense Services serves as the lead defense attorney responsible for planning, directing, managing, supervising, implementing and achieving department strategic goals of the Defense Services Office of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). Work involves hiring and supervising attorneys to serve as defense attorneys; formulating and monitoring a departmental budget, reviewing proposed legislation; ensuring compliance with tribal, state, and federal governmental regulations; providing leadership and guidance; monitoring and evaluating case files; developing, implementing, and interpreting policies; and handling high profile cases on behalf of GRIC.

• Perform complex professional and managerial work directing the operations of the Defense Services Office.
• Plan, organize, manage, coordinate and prioritize work load of assigned staff.
• Coordinate the work of full-time professional and support staff to provide representation to defendants of the Community’s court system.
• Administer, maintain and update employee records, including conducting timely employee performance evaluations on staff.
• Formulate and monitor overall departmental operating budget; maintain records on all departmental projects and activities; authorize and approve departmental expenditures.
• Conduct staff meetings, provide reports/updates, and presentations before Council and other Tribal Officials.
• Coordinate and assign cases based on workload; review case files to ensure compliance with departmental policies and procedures and evaluate work performed.
• Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations on proposed code and legislative changes with practical impact on civil rights of Community members.
• Review and analyze statutes, case law, and practices to keep staff updated on current legal and defense service trends.
• Develop, implement, evaluate, and interpret policies, projects and procedures for the Defense Services Office.
• Prepare and maintain a database containing statistical information of client cases accepted and served.
• Responsible for handling appeals process.
• Serve as lead defense attorney of cases with court-wide impact and as the technical authority on complex legal defense cases.
• Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to provide quality seamless customer service.
• Ensure staff comply with tribal, state, and federal governmental regulations.
• Ensure staff maintain an ethical practice in respect to the Community, Tribal Courts, judicial system and clients.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

§ Knowledge of Community codes and state statutes with emphasis on criminal law and procedures.
§ Knowledge of Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
§ Knowledge of principles of criminal law and of appeal procedures of the Community and other jurisdictions.
§ Knowledge of principles of office management, and contract management.
§ Must be a person with high integrity, honesty and display professional decorum.
§ Possess excellent leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over others.
§ Skill in research legal court decisions of U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal, U.S. District Courts and the State of Arizona.
§ Possess excellent writing skills with the ability to produce documents written in the English language using proper sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and legal citations.
§ Ability to communicate orally in the English language with judges, attorney and the public using a telephone and in group, face-to-face, one-to-one settings.
§ Ability to apply critical thinking and utilize effective communication and problem solving skills using a high degree of independent judgment and personal initiative to develop integrated strategies to efficiently identify issues, concerns and interests and provide effective solutions and to analyze, appraise, research and organize facts, evidence, and precedents.
§ Ability to comprehend and make inferences from written material.
§ Ability to utilize effective communication and problem solving skills.
§ Ability to effectively plan, supervise, organize, direct the activities of a professional and administrative staff, and evaluate internal controls.
§ Ability to enter and retrieve data or information from a terminal, PC, or other keyboard device.
§ Ability to understand and accept cultural background of the Community and the clientele to be served.
§ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, Community Officials and the general public.
§ Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position; agree to maintain a drug-free workplace.

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school; member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing; and a minimum of eight (8) years experience as a licensed attorney with criminal litigation or defense representation, including a minimum of four (4) years supervisory management experience in a Public Defender’s Office.
Valid state driver’s license with a current proof of driving record for the past 39 months will be required to qualify for a tribal driving permit. Proof of driving record must be submitted with application.
Background checks are required for positions that involve regular contact with or control over Community Children in accordance with The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, 25 U.S.C. Sections 3201 through 3210 and C.F.R. Part 63 and positions that have regular contact with the Elderly.
Supervisory, Salaried Position
Reports to Division Manager or designee

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473). The Gila River Indian Community is also committed to achieving the full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of Race, Religion, Color, Sex, National Origin, Politics, Marital Status, Physical Handicap, Age or Sexual Orientation. In other than the above, the Gila River Indian Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are claiming Preference in one or more of the following categories please attach a copy of the required documentation to the completed Employment Application.

Preference for Community Members (with proof of enrollment)
Preference for Native Americans (must meet membership requirement of a federally recognized Tribe.)
Preference point for Spouse of Community Member (with proof of spouse enrollment)
Preference point for Veteran (must meet statutory requirements)

DEADLINE: Employment Applications are available at all District Service Centers, the Human Resources Department, and online at All Employment Applications and copies of required documents, i.e., Transcripts, Certificates, diploma and Motor Vehicle Record, must be received in the Human Resources Department by 5:00 pm on the closing date. Late Applications or documents will not be considered.


To avoid delays, application can be mailed or faxed to:
Gila River Indian Community
Human Resources Department
Post Office Box 97
Sacaton, Arizona 85147
Fax: (520) 562-9809


If a Tribal Driving Permit is required on this posting, please provide a current 39 month Motor Vehicle Report (mvr) and it must not be over 60 days old. Please refer to to obtain a Motor Vehicle Report.

If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department @ 520-562-9808. Thank you for your interest with the Gila River Indian Community.

To view the job posting, please view at the following link:


Recruitment of Brief and Oral Argument Judges for Moot Court

The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is hosting the 2015 National NALSA Moot Court Competition. The competition will be held in Tucson, Arizona on March 6-7, 2015. We are expecting over 70 teams from law schools across the United States to take part in this year’s competition. We need your help to make this the best competition ever.

This year’s moot court problem contains two issues. The first explores tribal adjudicatory jurisdiction over a civil case in which a non-Indian sues a non-member Indian (the widow and mother of tribal members) for the return of a deposit after a business transaction falls through. The second issue explores a tribe’s ability to charge the same non-member Indian with a civil infraction. The full moot court problem is available from the competition website at

With the expected number of competitors, we need approximately 57 judges for the briefs and 126 oral argument judges. We are seeking volunteers willing to help fill these crucial spots. We have outlined below the responsibilities of judges. If you are willing to volunteer, please complete the attached form and email to: Please feel free to pass this request along to others who might be interested.

Brief Judges:
The moot court rules require that briefs be scored anonymously by a panel of three judges. We are trying to get enough volunteers so that each panel will need to judge only four briefs (each of the three judges on a panel will receive and score the same four briefs). Briefs from the student competitors are due on January 12, 2015, and we plan to have the briefs in the hands of the judges a week later. We will send each judge a copy of the briefs, a score sheet, and a copy of the bench brief, which contains a guide to the issue and arguments. Judges agree to return the completed score sheets by March 1.

Team coaches are ineligible to judge the briefs, and brief judges may not judge any team’s practice rounds or otherwise discuss the problem with participants, team faculty advisors, coaches, or other persons directly associated with preparing teams for competition.

Oral Argument Judges:
We will have four sets of preliminary rounds on Friday, March 6—two in the morning and two in the afternoon. We will also have several elimination rounds on Saturday. We will hold an orientation session on Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning, and will also provide score sheets and a guide to the issues and arguments (bench brief).

The competition rules require that judges must fit one of the following categories: (1) passed a federal, state, and/or tribal bar exam, and is a current member of a bar in good standing; (2) currently a sitting judge or served as a judge for at least 2 of the previous 5 years; (3) law school graduate currently clerking for a tribal, state, or federal judge; or (4) full-time law professor. Team faculty advisors, coaches, or other persons directly associated with preparing the teams are ineligible to be competition judges.

If you are interested in judging, please complete the 2015 Judges’ Information Sheet and return it to me at If you have any questions, you can reach me at the same email address or at (520) 907-8682. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.


Chase Velasquez

President, UA NALSA
Vice President, National NALSA

Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Tel: (520) 626-6497 Fax: (520) 626-1819