Job Opportunity – General Counsel

Pueblo of Pojoaque
Job Vacancy Announcement
General Counsel – Governmental Affairs

Job Title: General Counsel – Governmental Affairs
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled
Department/Program: Legal Department

The General Counsel – Governmental Affairs is a full-time EXEMPT position and will receive full benefits to include employee paid Medical, Dental, Vision & Employer Match on 401(k). Additional benefits include annual and sick leave plus paid holidays.

INTRODUCTION:
The Legal Department is the principle legal counsel of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Pueblo as specified by the Tribal Council.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serving at the pleasure of the Governor and Tribal Council, all General Counsels perform a full range of legal services requiring substantial knowledge and understanding of the Pueblo, its departments and businesses, and a general understanding of Indian law and tribal-federal-state relationships.  The following examples of duties are intended to be illustrative only and should not be viewed as all-inclusive or restrictive.

The General Counsel for Governmental Affairs provides a full range of legal services on behalf of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Legal Department.  Under the direct supervision of the Chief General Counsel, the General Counsel – Governmental Affairs focuses legal representation and work for the Pueblo on the following priority areas and issues:

    • Environmental, water and land use laws, including land acquisitions, placing lands into trust, rights-of-way and easements for utility purposes.
    • Aamodt water rights adjudication, acequia water rights, and federal and state relations respecting the Pueblo water rights and uses.
    • Infrastructure development (including and advising the Pueblo on proposed contracts with third parties, right-of-way and lease agreements, utility agreements, and other related land use, housing and commercial development matters).

REQUIRED EDUCATION, LICENSURE & EXPERIENCE:
Education: Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school;

Licensure: State bar licensed, in good standing, preferably in New Mexico or willing to be admitted to the New Mexico State Bar within one (1) year, at the candidate’s expense. If admitted, be a member in good standing of a tribal, state or federal court and be capable of being admitted to the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court; and

Experience:  Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with basic principles of federal Indian law, including such topics as tribal sovereignty, civil and criminal jurisdiction, land use, taxation, and cooperative agreements between Indian tribes and state and local governments.  Demonstrated ability to provide general legal services on a broad array of legal topics

All offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of all reference checks, education verification (including credentials, licenses and degrees), and background investigation and other pre-employment screening requirements.

Questions regarding this announcement can be directed to Stacey Ofstenhage at (505) 455-4594.

FCC Tribal Workshop in SCOTTSDALE, AZ, 9/1-3, 2015

FCC ONAP ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TRIBAL NATION TRAINING AND CONSULTATION

WORKSHOP IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, SEPTEMBER 1-3, 2015

FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop
to be held on September 1-3, 2015 at Arizona State University’s
SkySong Innovation Center in Scottsdale, Arizona

REGISTER NOW — COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR TRIBAL NATIONS IS NOW OPEN

Training and Consultation Workshop
The FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, announces the date of the next in a series of regional workshops and consultation sessions aimed at training and assisting Tribal Nations in developing more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure to serve those living on Tribal lands.  This event will be conducted at the ASU SkySong Innovation Center, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on September 1-3, 2015.  A preliminary agenda will be made available soon.  While there is no block of hotel rooms reserved for this workshop, several hotels are nearby the Arizona State University Skysong Innovation Center.  Please see https://skysong.asu.edu/sites/default/files/asu-skysong_nearby-hotels_2015.pdf for several different hotel options.

This two and a half day program will involve full-day sessions on September 2-3 covering a wide range of important federal programs and policies that support the deployment of communications infrastructures in the communities of Tribal Nations.  These infrastructures support Tribal economic development, Tribal schools and libraries, low-income families, and health care clinics, as well as Tribal radio stations, public safety departments, and Tribal government administrations.

Who should attend the workshop?  Elected and appointed Tribal government leaders, Tribal IT managers, government and community planners and managers, Tribal enterprise specialists, and representatives of Tribal social service agencies, schools, and health clinics.

A “Communications 101” Session.  To begin the program in Scottsdale, on the afternoon of September 1, 2015, at the SkySong Innovation Center, we will hold a “Communications 101” orientation session from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   This orientation session will introduce information to make the following two full days a more effective learning opportunity, and will cover key basic communications concepts, including an explanation of the Federal Communications Commission and its regulatory processes; broadband and how broadband technology works; an introduction to spectrum, including wireless networks; fundamental concepts in radio broadcast technology and licensing; and federal Universal Service Fund subsidy programs.

Who should attend the 101 orientation session?  Tribal government officials and managers, and Tribal enterprise specialists who are new to telecommunications, broadband, and broadcast media subjects.

In addition, the FCC’s Native Learning Lab (Lab) will be open throughout the event.  The Lab is an on-site computer based mobile resource lab designed to support the event’s learning and consultation needs.  The Lab provides small group or individual hands-on assistance with FCC web-based systems, as well as the opportunity for specific training sessions.

Registration
Please register for these events by simply emailing your name, title, and contact information to ONAP’s Daniel Margolis at daniel.margolis@fcc.gov or calling 202-418-1377.  Registration for this event is free of charge.  Inquiries for any additional information should be addressed to the email address and telephone number above.

2015 NABA-AZ Seven Generations Scholarship

2015 NABA-AZ SEVEN GENERATIONS SCHOLARSHIP 

DEADLINE: Friday, August 28, 2015 

Since 2008, NABA-AZ has awarded over $45,000 in scholarships to Native American students attending law schools in Arizona. The Seven Generations Scholarship is funded by profits from NABA-AZ’s events and generous support from our members and sponsors, including Indian tribes, law firms, private companies and other supporters.  Because of our dedicated members and supporters, NABA-AZ’s funding for scholarships has grown each year.

This year NABA-AZ plans to award up to 10 scholarships (in the amount of $1,000 each) to current law students to assist with books, tuition or living expenses. The scholarship application can be found on the NABA-AZ website at:

    http://naba-az.com/scholarship/

Scholarship awards will be presented at the 7th Annual Seven Generations Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, Gila River Indian Community, Chandler, Arizona.

Please share the scholarship application and join us for this event and help us celebrate the contributions of our Native American legal community in Arizona. Thank you.

Job Opportunity – Chief Judge

A COMPLETE & signed application MUST be submitted for EACH vacant position that you are applying for, any questions please contact (928)734-3212.

You can also find our Job Vacancy Listing on-line at the following address:
http://www.hopi-nsn.gov/tribal-services/human-resources/job-listings/

Download description here - Chief Judge
Download application here – HT EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Applications can be submitted:
a: To the Office of Human Resources
b: Mail to:  The Hopi Tribe, Human Resources, PO Box 123, Kykotsmovi Arizona 86039
c: Fax to (928) 734-6611 (Please call to verify that HR has received your fax)
d: Or e-mail to HumanResources@hopi.nsn.us

Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on the closing date.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8am to 5pm
(HR is open during the Tribe’s normal lunch hour to accept applications from 12pm to 1pm)

Hopi Tribe, Human Resources/Payroll
PO Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ  86039
Phone 928.734.3212
Fax: 928.734.6611

Job Opportunity – Chief Prosecutor

A COMPLETE & signed application MUST be submitted for EACH vacant position that you are applying for, any questions please contact (928)734-3212.

You can also find our Job Vacancy Listing on-line at the following address:
http://www.hopi-nsn.gov/tribal-services/human-resources/job-listings/

Download description here – Chief Prosecutor
Download application here – HT EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Applications can be submitted:
a: To the Office of Human Resources
b: Mail to:  The Hopi Tribe, Human Resources, PO Box 123, Kykotsmovi Arizona 86039
c: Fax to (928) 734-6611 (Please call to verify that HR has received your fax)
d: Or e-mail to HumanResources@hopi.nsn.us

Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on the closing date.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8am to 5pm
(HR is open during the Tribe’s normal lunch hour to accept applications from 12pm to 1pm)

Hopi Tribe, Human Resources/Payroll
PO Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ  86039
Phone 928.734.3212
Fax: 928.734.6611

Job Opportunity – Attorney

Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)

Natural Resources Section
Attorney
601 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
United States
ENRD-15-060-EXC

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 are open, diverse, collegial and inclusive. ENRD places a high value on and fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations, and experiences may reach their full potential.

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 also 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 courts. The Section represents virtually every major federal agency.

For more information about the work of the Natural Resources Section, visit the Justice Department’s web site at: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd .

Job Description: 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The attorney(s) 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 August 2010, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least five years post J.D. experience, 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-14 ($107,325 – $139,523) and GS-15 ($126,245 – $158,700).
Travel: Periodic travel is required.
Application Process: Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applications must be received by Monday, August 31, 2015.

Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter, writing sample, and OF-306 to:
Lisa Lynne Russell
Chief, Natural Resources Section
U.S. Department of Justice:
Subject line: ENRD-15-060-EXC

Email applications to: ATTYAPPLY-NRS.ENRD@USDOJ.GOV

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If email submission is not possible, please forward your application materials to the following address:

U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Natural Resources Section
P.O. Box 561, Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-0561
Attn: Lisa Lynne Russell, Chief

No telephone calls, please.

How You Will Be Evaluated: You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

Please note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 80 days after the announcement closes.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2015

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Number of Positions: One position. The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 80 days after the announcement closes.

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney, Indian Law Practice Group Montana Legal Services Association

Staff Attorney, Indian Law Practice Group Montana Legal Services Association Position Type: Attorney Practice Area(s): All Practice Areas, Indian/Native American Geographic Preference: West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY) Description: This full-time Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to Native American clients, primarily on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Services provided will range from brief counsel and advice, to more extended legal representation. Position will require regular travel to the reservations being served, and occasional travel throughout Montana. This position will handle all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. The staff attorney will also participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives, implement grant and contract requirements through casework and other activities, and foster pro bono involvement with the private bar. Specific Duties • Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters. • Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the legal needs of Native American clients, and of general poverty law issues. • Providing legal services to clients ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients. • As needed, providing legal representation to clients in criminal matters in Tribal Court. • Composing correspondence, pleadings and other documents. • Researching the law and preparing memoranda. • Working with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate. • Participating in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implementing grant and contract requirements through casework. • Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney or MLSA Management. Requirements • Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana, or willingness to become licensed. • License to practice in the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribal Courts, or willingness to become licensed. • Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with Native American clients. • A willingness to assume a varied case load. • An understanding of the civil legal needs of low-income people, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems. • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting low income people. • Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, and experience and expertise. • Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities. • A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar. • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Excellent attention to detail. • Ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment. • A “can do” attitude and a willingness to pitch in where needed. • Strong commitment to insuring equal access to justice. • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research. • Ability to travel within the state of Montana, occasionally overnight. The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Desired Class Level: RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp Posting Date: August 18, 2015 Expiration Date: September 18, 2015 contact: Krista Partridge 616 Helena Ave. Suite 100 Helena, Montana 59601 United States Resume Receipt: E-mail, Other (see below) Default email for resumes.: hiring@mtlsa.org How To Apply: Send a letter of interest, three professional references, writing sample, and resume to hiring@mtlsa.org. Additional Documents: Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Other Documents Requested Document Notes: Send a letter of interest, three professional references, writing sample, and resume to hiring@mtlsa.org. Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin on September 4, 2015, and will continue until the time of selection. id: 25825

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney-Law Clerk

Staff Attorney-Law Clerk
Ho-Chunk Nation (Black River Falls, WI)

Position Type:

Attorney

Practice Area(s):

Indian/Native American

Geographic Preference:

Midwest (KY, WV, OH, IN, MI, IL, MO, IA, MN, WI)

Description:

Ho-Chunk Nation
Staff Attorney-Law Clerk
Judiciary Branch
Black River Falls, WI.

Summary: Assist Tribal Court Judges and Supreme Court Justices with legal research and the drafting of opinions in a timely manner while facilitating public access to the Court through the provision of procedural legal information.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited law school and in good standing of a State Bar. Strong research and writing skills. Strong word processing and computer research skills. Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with Tribal and Federal Indian Law. Fluency in Ho-Chunk Language desired but not required. Preference to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, then other Native Americans. Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check. No felony convictions, no current open criminal cases or civil matters that would reflect negatively on the Judiciary Branch. Valid drivers license, dependable transportation and proper insurance, is required. This is an appointed position.

Working Conditions: Office setting, courtroom. Occasional travel may be required.

We offer 401(K), Competitive Health, Dental, Vision, and Life benefits.

APPLICATION/ RESUME & TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED
Please submit to:
Ho-Chunk Nation
Department of Personnel
P.O. Box 667 Black River Falls, WI. 54615
(800) 232-0086 FAX: (715) 284-9465

Application/ Resume Deadline:
September 1, 2015 at 4:00pm

See our jobs & application online at:
www.ho-chunknation.com

Desired Class Level:

RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp

Posting Date:

August 11, 2015

Expiration Date:

September 1, 2015

contact:

Carole Bedeau

Executive Assistant to the Judiciary

W9598 Highway 54 East Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615 United States

http://www.ho-chunknation.com/

Resume Receipt:

Other (see below)

How To Apply:

Please visit, www.ho-chunknation.com

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25804