JOB: Hoopa Valley Tribe – Tribal Attorney

TRIBAL ATTORNEY, Contractual, $56,000, DOE. The Hoopa Valley Tribe, a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Hoopa, California, seeks an Attorney to fill the position of Tribal Attorney. The successful candidate will serve in the Office of Tribal Attorney under the supervision of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and the Tribal Chairman; Provides a broad range of legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, including without limitation, advice, negotiation, drafting, research, lobbying, litigation in civil matters and representation in administrative proceedings as well as other duties as assigned. Attorney will not provide legal service to individual tribal members except upon the formal direction of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council. The successful candidate will receive all benefits provided by the Tribe to its other employees including sick, bereavement, and annual leave, retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and life insurance. REQUIREMENTS: California Bar membership; Experience in Indian law and civil litigation as well as self-governance, gaming, contracts, environmental, water, economic development and employment law is preferred. POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Fax cover letter, resume’, and writing sample to (530) 625-4847 or email to Or send it to:

Office of Tribal Attorney
P.O. Box 188
Hoopa, CA 95546
Phone: (530) 625-4211 ext. 130

Applicant selected will be subject to the Tribe’s Alcohol & Drug Policy. Preference will be given to qualified American Indian applicants.

JOB: Quinault Nation Prosecutor Services

Employer: Quinault Indian Nation
Address1: PO Box 189
Address2: 1214 Aalis Dr.City
StateZip: Taholah, WA 98587
Phone: (360) 276-8215 ext. 218
Fax: (360) 276-8354
AcceptingCalls: Yes
JobTitle: Prosecutor
Description: The Quinault Nation is accepting Prosecutor Services proposals. Service responsibilities include representing the Nation before Quinault Tribal Court. Related hearings normally occur Monday-Wednesday, and require availability via phone other days. First review of proposals June 17, 2009.
Contact: to request a RFP Packet.
Experience: Current Bar Members
Submit: See “Other” Comments
SubmitOther: Completed Request for Proposal Packet
SendBy: Mail,Fax,Email
Deadline: June 17, 2009

Job: Admin Assistant at Udall

There is an opening for an Administrative Assistant at the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy, at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona.

Applications must be filled out through the University of Arizona online application site. Link to the position:
Required documents: online application, resume, letter of interest.

Resume and letter of interest can be uploaded with the application. The position is open until filled, with an initial review date of May 27, 2009 and start date around July 1, 2009. (Posting this position does not mean that Carrie is leaving. Her responsibilities are increasing, and her title will change.)

Summary of the position:
Pay range: $25,500 – $31,000, depending on experience

This position will provide administrative support and assistance to the staff of the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI). NNI was established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2001, with the express purpose of serving as a self-determination, development, and self-governance resource to Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere by providing leadership and management programs, policy analysis and research, strategic and organizational development, and curricular resources for Native nations.

The incumbent will generally be called upon to make decisions in regards to acquisition and allocation of organizational resources, to coordinate the work activities of administrative staff/student employees, and to apply analytical and problem solving techniques to work units and business affairs, including financial and human resources matters. The incumbent must possess excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills. The position requires a demonstrated ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction. The incumbent will have contact with high-level administrative offices requiring use of business vocabulary, tact, discretion, and judgment in all forms of communication. This position reports to the Native Nations Institute’s Operations Manager.

Rachel Rose Starks, MA
Research Analyst and Research Coordinator Native Nations Institute Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy University of Arizona
803 E. First Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-626-5756 Fax: 520-626-3664

Indian Legal Research Session

Complexities of Indian legal research detailed in seminar By Judy Nichols

A recent seminar, “Indian Legal Research: Unlocking the Secrets to Researching Indian Law,” drew nearly 60 people to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law to explore the rich and complex world of Indian law.

Those attending represented nine different Indian nations, members of tribal courts, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Arizona Governor’s Office, and many law firms.

The conference was conceived by Alison Ewing, library liaison for the Indian Legal Program at the College of Law, along with Beth DiFelice, assistant director and head of public services for the Ross-Blakley Law Library, and Tamara Herrera, clinical professor of law. It was encouraged by Rebecca Tsosie, director of the Indian Legal Program and Victoria Trotta, associate dean for Information Technology and the Ross-Blakley Law Library and supported by the staff of the Indian Legal Program.
Tsosie said the seminar was the first of its kind she had seen anywhere. And it is particularly timely as questions about Indian law may soon be on the state bar exam.

“Indian law is notoriously difficult to research because it involves federal and tribal court opinions, not to mention some state court opinions, as well as a great deal of federal legislation and treaties,” Tsosie said.

“This requires that you know where to look for the exact language as it was enacted by Congress, as well as knowing how to do a legislative history to see what Congress likely intended if there are interpretive issues.”

In addition, she said, researchers need to understand federal regulatory rules, that tribal court opinions may or may not be published, or they may be published in different venues and be indexed differently, and that the interdisciplinary nature of Indian law may require looking in non-legal sources.

The idea for the seminar was inspired by an e-mail from ASU President Michael Crow and College of Law Dean Paul Schiff Berman challenging staff members to think entrepreneurially and come up with creative ideas to offset budget cuts.

Ewing said she saw a real need for the program because the Indian Legal Program often gets request for research but they don’t have the resources to fulfill those requests. The seminar raised more than $5,500 for scholarships for the Indian Legal Program.

The seminar also was an outgrowth of the Indian Law Portal set up by Ewing, which serves as a resource for ASU law students, the legal community and Indian Country.

“We wanted to pull everything together in one spot,” Ewing said. “Indian law is a very interdisciplinary subject that draws on many disciplines, including environmental, cultural property, genetics, business, economic development, and so on.

“Indian legal materials also exist in a variety of formats, including maps, government documents, case law, oral histories, microforms, print and electronic.

“And the time frame is unusual. In other areas of the law, the most recent thing is the most important. But in Indian legal research, you often start with the oldest documents, like treaties from the 1700s, and work forward.”

Ewing said the seminar team’s skills complemented each other. Ewing has a strong background in research, having worked for many years as a legal researcher for Brown & Bain focusing mainly on Indian issues, including the Navajo-Hopi land dispute, the longest running lawsuit in U.S. history; Herrera has been a practitioner concentrating on water and Indian law; and DiFelice is a consummate teacher who has taught advanced legal research and Indian legal research at the College of Law.

Unlike other legal disciplines, many of the primary Indian resources are not available in standard resources, Ewing said. The portal includes a chart, “Arizona Tribal Law Resources,” that lists each of the federally recognized tribes in Arizona and where their legal information can be found, for example, if their tribal code, constitution, or tribal court opinions are online or owned by ASU. If the resources are online, the Indian law portal links to them.

Faraz Khan, principal systems developer for the College of Law’s Information Technology Department, created the technical framework for the portal, and Ewing said many of the College of Law librarians helped identify content.

Tsosie named Outstanding Teacher!

We just received this email from Dean Berman! Congratulations to Professor Tsosie!

As you may know, every year the students vote on the outstanding teacher at the College of Law. This year, the vote was a tie, and so I am pleased to announce that Carissa Hessick and Rebecca Tsosie will share the award. I also note that both Carissa and Rebecca, in addition to their obvious dedication to teaching, both also maintain a very active roster of scholarly, conference, and community service activities, giving the lie to any notion that these different aspects of professorial life are engaged in only on an either/or basis.
Heartiest congratulations to Carissa and Rebecca!
Paul Schiff Berman
Dean and Foundation Professor of Law
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University

JOB: Rosette & Associates

Indian Law firm seeks associate attorney for associate position in Chandler, Arizona. Rosette & Associates is a quickly growing boutique law firm specializing in the representation of Indian tribal governments particularly in the areas of economic diversification and casino development. We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Our offices are located in Chandler, Arizona, San Francisco and Sacramento, California and Lansing, Michigan. More information about our firm is available at

. Bar admission.
. Strong academic and professional background.
. Transactional experience required.
. Strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
. Skilled in the use of the MS Office Suite of software (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel).
. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
. Excellent proofreading skills.
. Employee must be able to respect and adhere to the most rigid and strict rules of confidentiality

If you are interested and have a stable work history, please reply to this ad by submitting your resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter to If you graduated within the last seven years please include your transcript. Attachments should be in WORD or PDF format.

Principals only, please.