STAFF ATORNEY/NATURAL RESOURCES EMPHASIS
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation seeks an attorney with particular experience and expertise in natural resources law and Indian Law, having at least 5 years experience as a licensed attorney, to work in its Office of the Reservation Attorney (ORA).
The Colville Reservation, with headquarters in Nespelem, Wash., contains 1.4 million acres and provides its attorneys the opportunity to work on significant natural resources and water law issues, among other areas, and to become engaged in a variety of interesting and important legal matters. ORA is one of the oldest on-reservation tribal government law offices (established in 1981), with a strong tradition of excellence.
Applicants must be admitted to practice before the Washington State Courts upon hire or within two years of hire. Applicants should have extensive civil litigation experience in federal courts and be able to perform all litigation tasks. Exceptionally strong research and writing skills are required. Otherwise strongly qualified applicants with less litigation experience will be considered.
Salary DOE. Generous health and retirement benefits are provided.
The position is open until filled. Please submit cover letter, resume listing at least three references, and writing sample to Alice Koskela, Managing Attorney, Office of the Reservation Attorney, P.O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155.
ORA is an Indian Preference employer, and Native American attorneys are encouraged to apply.
TONATIERRA Community Development Institute
PO Box 24009
Phoenix, AZ 85074
February 20, 2008
Good Greetings. On September 13th 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A new day has dawned for the Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the world in terms of our legal and political relationship with the government states of the UN system. The Indigenous Peoples of the world are now finally acknowledged for the first time as full members of global society with inherent rights of Self Determination under international law. The passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly addresses both individual and collective rights, cultural rights and identity, rights to education, health, employment, language and Treaty Rights. Some have called this historic Declaration, which came about after decades of work within the UN system by generations of native leaders from around the world working together, as a Magna Carta for the Indigenous Peoples. For the first time, Indigenous Peoples are officially recognized as “equal to all other peoples..” What are the implications of the Declaration in terms of domestic policies of the US government towards Native American constituencies? What are the implications for the Indian Nations and Tribes of Arizona? We invite you to attend an Indigenous Peoples Consultation, which will take place on Wednesday March 12th, 2008 at the Arizona State Capitol from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon to dialogue on these questions. Present will be Ms. Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Onondaga Nation – Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy. Ms. Gonella Frichner is current regional representative of North America for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. A special presentation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to dignitaries of the State of Arizona is planned during the Indigenous Peoples Consultation. Please consider attending this historic gathering. If you have questions regarding the Consultation, or would like to assist or support in any way with this event, please contact: Mr. Albert Tom, Arizona House of Representatives (602) 926-5862; Shannon Rivers (480) 220-6766; or Tupac Enrique (602) 466-8367. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Tupac Enrique Acosta,
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
General Counsel $137,483 – $ 206,227 per annum (Full Range)
Description: Under the administrative direction of the Community Council, serves as the chief legal advisor, representative and counselor to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or Community) government, including all departments, divisions, enterprises and other entities. Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced. Provides assistance to avoid or prevent legal disputes and litigation and protects the Community’s legal interests. Supervises, administers, and oversees all legal services for the Community. This is treated as an FLSA exempt job class.
Qualification: Bachelor’s degree and graduate of an accredited law school, with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing law which included some experience in at least three or more of the following areas: federal Indian law, employment law, commercial transactions, gaming law, leasing, and planning and zoning, A minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience and some experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal government is also required.
Special Requirement: Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar, preferably the Arizona State Bar, and must be eligible to be or admitted to practice in Federal District Court. Must have no outstanding contempt citation from any court. If not licensed and certified by the Arizona State Bar as of the date of hiring, employment shall be conditioned on successful completion and passing of the Arizona State Bar exam within one (1) year of the date of hire.
SUBMIT OFFICIAL SRPMIC APPLICATION OR RESUME TO: SRPMIC -Human Resources, 10,005 E. Osborn Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
For full job description and to download our application, please visit our website: www.srpmicjobs.com
Professor Rebecca Tsosie has a new article published.
Indigenous People and Environmental Justice: The Impact of Climate Change,Vol. 78/Issue 4 University of Colorado Law Review 1625 (Fall 2007)
Zachary Cain (’00) has joined Mariscal Weeks McIntyre & Friedlander in Phoenix. Zach has over seven years’ experience in criminal defense mattersa and government investigations, including trial experience in both state and federal courts. Previously, he was a senior attorney for the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office and an assistant federal defender in the District of Montana.
INDIAN COUNTRY STATUTE: 60 YEARS LATER
The American Indian Law Center, Inc., the University of New Mexico School of Law, the Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Inc. cordially invite you to attend the Indian Country Statute: 60 Years Later symposium. The symposium will discuss issues facing Indian tribes concerning the jurisdictional status of tribal lands sixty years after the enactment of the Indian Country Statute.
Indian law attorneys and academics from throughout the country will provide a comprehensive review of the status of Indian Country in various regions of the U.S. The symposium has been approved by NM MCLE for 5 hours of General CLE credit plus one hour of professional credit. The professionalism credit will discuss alternatives to litigation, with particular emphasis on tribal-state relations. This event will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 8:30 to 5:00 pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
The brochure is attached. The program information and registration form is also available at the UNM School of Law website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/announcements/indian-statute-60/symposium.php
If you have any additional questions regarding the program, please contact Claire Conrad at UNM School of Law at (505) 277-0080.
Announcing the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
2008 Annual Public Symposium
Indians & Energy:Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Southern Methodist University
3225 University Blvd.,
Dallas, Texas 75205
The story of Native Americans and energy development in the Southwest is complicated and on-going. This symposium offers a variety of perspectives, with implications that loom large for the future of energy tribes and the nation as a whole. Secondary teachers and community college professors may earn up to seven CEU hours of continuing education credit for attendance. Certificate will be received at the end of the last session.
Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University
Dallas Hall #356
P.O. Box 750176
Dallas, TX 75275-0176
Professor Robert Clinton will present at the Indian Country Statute Conference: 60 years later in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 12, 2008. Professor Clinton will be on the first panel of the day titled “Historical Background”. This panel will provide a brief historical background of the statute, as well as an overview of doctrines pertaining to the diminishment of Indian country.
Contact: Katrina Leon
Tohono O’odham Legislative Attorney’s Office
P.O. Box 837
Sells, Arizona 85634
Phone: 520-383-5260 Ext. 123
JobTitle: Assistant Legislative Attorney
Hours: 8:00 – 5:00
Description: Under direction of Legislative Attorney, provides legal advice and representation for the Legislative Council and standing committees on a wide range of issues affecting the Tohono O?odham Nation; works with federal and state officials as well as advocacy groups, other tribes, private individuals and entities; maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive. See attached Job Description.
Experience: Must have Bar Passage
Submit: Resume,Cover Letter,Writing Sample,References
Deadline: Open until filled