JOB: General Counsel at Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

Contact: Maria Silversmith, Recruiting Specialist
Employer: Salt River Human Resources
Address1: 10005 E. Osborn Road
CityStateZip: Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: 480.362.7925
Fax: 480.362.5588
AcceptingCalls: Yes

JobTitle: General Counsel to SRPMIC
Salary: $142,707 to $214,064
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm

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.

? Education & Experience: 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.

? Insurability: Must possess a valid Arizona operator?s license and be insurable under tribal insurer requirements (e.g., be age 21 or over, no DUI convictions within the last 3 years; no reckless driving, no speeding tickets in excess of 15 mph over the posted speed limit, no more than one at-fault accident, and no more than three speeding tickets within the last 3 years.)

Special Requirements:
? 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.
? Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.
? This position may be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed and is not subject to a standard work schedule.
? Must devote full time to the duties of the office and shall not directly or indirectly engage in the private practice of law or in an occupation conflicting with such duties.

Experience: Current Bar Members
Submit: Resume
SubmitOther: Completed SRPMIC application which can be downloaded on our website:
SendBy: Mail,Fax
Deadline: August 28, 2009

Humetewa announces resignation

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 SANDY RAYNOR
Telephone: (602) 514-7625

PHOENIX – U.S. Attorney Diane J. Humetewa announced today that she will resign from her position as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona effective August 2, 2009. Ms. Humetewa was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as U.S. Attorney on December 17, 2007. The District of Arizona is comprised of the entire state of Arizona, and includes 15 counties, 22 Indian nations and the fifth largest metropolitan city in the nation. The office currently has over 300 employees, having grown by 20 percent during Ms. Humetewa’s tenure.
“It has been a great privilege to serve the citizens of Arizona in this office,” stated U.S. Attorney Humetewa. “I am grateful to the entire U.S. Attorney staff for their daily commitment in the pursuit of justice for our citizens, and I am also grateful to all our federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement partners whose hard work is indispensable in that pursuit. I also thank the Arizona Congressional delegation, the Arizona federal court judges, the United States Attorney General, and the President for the opportunity to serve the nation.”
Arizona officials praised Ms. Humetewa’s tenure as U.S. Attorney, during which she led the office in a high profile public integrity prosecution, oversaw the expansion of the District office to address southwest border security challenges, provided victim advocacy services to crime victims, and advanced unprecedented collaboration with Arizona’s tribal nations. She has served as a key advisor to the Justice Department leadership in both administrations on border crimes, federal victim rights and Indian Country issues.
“Diane Humetewa has been a groundbreaking United States Attorney for Arizona,” stated U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. “She is the first Native American woman and, as far as I know, the first victim advocate, to serve our nation in this important office. During her tenure she has been a well respected prosecutor handling difficult cases from violent crime to serious antiquities thefts. Diane leaves office with the respect of all law enforcement and the thanks of the nation she served.”
One of her first acts was to announce the indictment of then-Congressman Richard Renzi on 33 counts of embezzlement and the misuse of his public office for financial gain. The prosecution is ongoing. Last month, Ms. Humetewa’s office announced the indictment of two Illinois brothers on charges they conspired in the February 2004 package bombing that injured two people at the Scottsdale Office of Diversity and Dialogue. Ms. Humetewa also collaborated with the FBI to prosecute a number of serial bank robbers who were responsible for a rash of bank robberies throughout the Valley earlier this year.
“United States Attorney Diane Humetewa has vigorously supported FBI Phoenix Division’s investigations during her tenure and has been a strong proponent of victim’s rights in matters such as Crimes against Children, Mortgage Fraud, and Indian Country Crimes. U.S. Attorney Humetewa’s strengths have been her relentless pursuit of justice and compassion for crime victims,” stated Special Agent in Charge Nathan Gray, FBI Phoenix Division.
“United States Attorney Humetewa has worked tirelessly to make Arizona and the United States a safer place,” stated Matthew Allen, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona. “She has been a strong partner with law enforcement agencies from all levels of government, including federal, state, local and tribal governments. Her support of the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement agencies, in particular U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has been a key part of our ability to make the border more secure and our citizens safer. Diane has also been a strong advocate for victims and victim’s rights and has worked to bring more prosecutorial resources to this District so that we can bring more significant cases against the criminal organizations that we target.”
Challenges along the southwest border include drug cartels and other smuggling organizations that have become increasingly violent and ruthless in Arizona. She took office when the demands to do more with fewer human resources were frequent. To meet this challenge, the Justice Department funded the expansion of the office in the District of Arizona, adding 20 attorneys and 40 support staff to meet prosecution demands. Under Ms. Humetewa’s leadership, border crime prosecutions increased in 2009 by over 70% in Tucson and over 50% in Phoenix from the previous year.
Beth Kempshall, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration in Arizona, commented that, “As United States Attorney, Diane Humetewa was confronted with unprecedented challenges from the Mexican Cartels as they attempted to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States. The leadership and commitment that Diane demonstrated strengthened the efforts of law enforcement against these ruthless criminal enterprises. Ms. Humetewa dedicated herself to making Arizona a safer place for all of us.”
Early in her tenure, Ms. Humetewa established a firearms unit to focus on federal gun laws that penalize career criminals, criminal aliens and firearms traffickers. The firearms unit was recently touted by Justice Department officials as a model for firearms trafficking prosecutions. Every day she has fostered cooperative law enforcement efforts with federal, state, local and tribal partners to fight the violent trade in people, drugs and guns.
Bill Newell, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, stated that , “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work alongside Diane during her tenure as Arizona’s U.S. Attorney. I have witnessed her be a tireless advocate for victim’s rights in pursuit of the Department of Justice’s primary mission to serve and protect the citizens of this great nation. Similarly her dedication to the Native American community has been second to none and the Arizona ATF office will honor her service to these communities by continuing to serve them to our fullest ability.”
As the U.S. Justice Department’s lead interlocutor with Arizona’s tribal nations and a nationally recognized expert in Indian Country criminal justice issues, Ms. Humetewa took bold steps to enhance collaboration with Arizona tribes. In cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, her office conducted training to enable over 200 tribal police officers to receive
special certification to enforce federal laws on Indian lands. Recognizing the connection between substance abuse and violent crime, Ms. Humetewa formed partnerships with federal, state and tribal agencies, resulting in dozens of prosecutions of methamphetamine traffickers and bootleggers in Indian Country, a main contributing factor to violent crimes. A public awareness campaign, now in demand nationwide, encouraged greater Indian tribal community involvement to combat gangs and drugs.
“Diana Humetewa’s tenure as Arizona’s U.S. Attorney will be considered a milestone as she has applied her high level of legal knowledge, experienced professional skills and dedication to the complex justice system of our times,” stated John Lewis, Executive Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. “The American Indian community proudly commends her work as a U.S. Attorney that has furthered the cause of justice for all people and improved a better understanding of justice issues in Indian Country.”
Sheila Morago, Director of the Arizona Indian Tribal Gaming Association, added that, “Diane was the spearhead for the creation of an MOU for funding of an Assistant United States Attorney that handles nothing but Indian Gaming crimes in Arizona. This unique position is funded by the Arizona Department of Gaming through the funds from Arizona’s Indian Gaming facilities and is the only position of its kind in the country. The agreement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Arizona Department of Gaming and the Arizona Tribes would not have been possible if it weren’t for Diane’s knowledge of all three entities. This agreement is a testament to the trust that the tribes have in her.”
Additionally, in June 2009, Ms. Humetewa was awarded the Women in Federal Law Enforcement’s (WIFLE) highest honorary award, the President’s Award, in recognition for the outstanding achievements during her career as a prosecutor, a crime victims’ advocate and for her dedication to the training of law enforcement to enhance their response to crimes on the tribal lands.

Furnish & Attakai present at Navajo Nation Judicial Conference

Professor Emeritus Dale Beck Furnish and ILP alumnus Shawn Attakai (’00) participated in a panel at the Navajo Nation’s Annual Judicial Conference, “Navajo Justice 1959 – 2009 — 50 Years of Reflection,” on June 17 at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Furnish, along with Justice Emeritus and Adjunct Assistant Professor Raymond Austin of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, and Shawn Attakai, a Kayenta Judicial District staff attorney, were on the panel, Fundamental Law / Navajo Statutory Law / Federal Requirement. Two of Furnish’s articles on Navajo Nation law were used as the basis for the three-hour discussion.

4th Annual ASU NALSA Golf Tournament

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Whirlwind Golf Course
Chandler, AZ
8:15 A.M. Shotgun Start

The Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law cordially invites you to participate in its 4th Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, November 14th, 2009. The scramble format tourney will take place at the Whirlwind Golf Course in Chandler, AZ. (Gila River Indian Community)

For further information or to request an entry form, please contact:
Derrick Beetso (602) 717-1828 or

Deadline for entry is Saturday, October 31, 2009. Players may also enter late up to the day of the event for $155 per player (subject to space availability).

Tournament Sponsorships Available

Job: Native Dispute Resolution Network

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Greetings Native Network,

We are pleased to share the attached job announcement which will add a full-time program manager (in addition to Sarah) in the Institute’s Native American and Alaska Native Program. As you’ll see, significant responsibility for this position is teaming with Sarah, and Joan initially, to continue the implementation and management of the Native Dispute Resolution Network and Skills Exchange workshops.

This position, as with all U.S. Institute staff positions, is contingent on the U.S. Institute receiving its full Congressional appropriation for FY2010.

Please take a look, as well as circulate to those you think are a good match with position description/requirements and with the US Institute. The closing date for the position is August 15, 2009.

Thanks much.
Sarah and Joan

Sarah PalmerSenior Program Manager U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution130 South Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701Direct Telephone: 520.901.8556 Fax: 520.901.8557 Cell: 520.940.3857Email: Website:

Joan Calcagno Senior Program ManagerU.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution130 South Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701Telephone: 520.901.8552 Fax: 520. 901.8553 Email:,, or Website: