Crow Tribe of Indians, Office of Legal Counsel – Crow Executive Branch.
Full-time in-house attorney, Crow Agency, Montana.  Three-plus years
experience preferred.  Minimum qualifications include:  admitted to
practice law in the State of Montana (or willing to take MT bar if not licensed
in MT), strong research and writing skills, respect for and familiarity with
Federal Indian Law and Crow Tribal Law.  General and flexible practice
areas may include, but are not limited to: land and environmental issues,
transportation, housing, water, contract review, and litigation.  Salary
depends on experience.  Position open until filled.  Preference will
be given to qualified Crow Tribal members and members of federally-recognized
Indian tribes.  Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and
references to:  Office of Legal Counsel, Crow Tribe, Attn: Melissa Holds
the Enemy, P.O. Box 340, Crow Agency, MT  59022.

E-mail for
more information.

All applications held confidential.

Kristen Burge
Crow Nation Executive Branch
Office of Legal Counsel
P.O. Box 340
Crow Agency, MT 59022
(406) 638-2059 (office)
(406) 665-5011 (cell)

Job Posting – Tonto Apache Tribe in Payson, Arizona

The Tonto Apache Tribe in Payson Arizona is seeking an
Arizona Bar Certified criminal Lawyer to be placed on our Court appointed
Attorney list.

This is a contract/ hourly position with no benefits. A
travel fee will be paid to out of area persons.

For information contact Mr. Reed Cox at the Tonto Apache
Tribal Court #30 Tonto Apache reservation Payson Arizona 85541. Phone
928-474-5000 ext. 8160.

Job Posting – Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Assistant General Counsel (Government)

Closes 04/13/13
Salary $106,539 – $157,148 annually

Under general supervision of the Deputy General Counsel, provides legal review
and advice to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or
Community) government.  Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that
tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced.  Provides assistance to
avoid or prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation and protects the
Community’s legal interests.  This job class is treated as FLSA exempt.



  1. Reviews legal documents as directed by supervisor, may
    be assigned as counsel for civil litigation involving the Community and its
    departments.  Advises supervisor and/or Community Council on legal
    matters affecting SRPMIC.  Reviews law, rules, regulations, contracts,
    intergovernmental agreements, grant documents and related legal documents as
  2. Provides legal guidance on personnel, program and other related issues to various administrative departments of the SRPMIC.  Drafts legal documents and
    assists in drafting ordinances, regulations, and policies.  May provide
    functional, project specific supervision to support staff.
  3. Works with a broad range of clients such as Council members, government employees, boards, and committees and other officials many of whom are Community members.
  4. Represents SRPMIC on committee meetings, conferences, consultations or other external or intergovernmental meetings related to the various interests of the Community, as directed.
  5. Conducts legal research and provides written legal advice related to Community interests in areas related to tribal sovereignty, tribal jurisdiction, taxation,
    membership, health and human resources, law enforcement, human
    resources/personnel matters, civil litigation, estate planning, business law
    and/or other areas as directed by supervisor.
  6. Assists in the preparation of legal and technical correspondence for the President,
    Vice President, Community Manager, and General Counsel as directed
  7. Keeps abreast of federal law, regulations, administrative and court decision
    affecting Indian law and interacts with the BIA, OST, and other federal, state
    or local agencies impacting the Community.
  8. May supervise non-attorneys, law clerks, interns, and/or externs, as


Education and Experience:  Graduation
from an American Bar Associated accredited college or university with a Law
Degree (Juris Doctor) and at least three (3) years of experience as a licensed
attorney representing Native American tribes in legal affairs.  Experience
that has provided knowledge of social, political, and legal status conditions
of tribal governments is essential.

Equivalency:  Any equivalent
combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to
satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling
this position.

Special Requirements:  Must be a
member in good standing with a state bar association or if currently not a
member of the Arizona Bar must take and pass the Arizona Bar Exam and be
admitted to the Arizona Bar within one (1) year from the date of hire.  In
addition, candidates must have the ability to practice in Federal District
Court if required.  Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing
legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

“SRPMIC is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a
qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other
qualified candidate.

Application instructions: To apply or view
full job description go to:



Job Posting – Public Health Law Fellowship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), Public Health Law Program (PHLP) seeks to hire attorneys for full-time, paid fellowships that will run through the end of September 2013. The Fellowships will be administered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and the CDC’s as “ORISE Fellowships.” ORISE Fellows must begin their fellowships within five years of graduation from an accredited university.

The Public Health Law Program is one of the premier public health law organizations in the country. Situated at the intersection of public health law, science, and policy, PHLP is an ideal location for interested attorneys to gain experience in public health law research and translation. Members of PHLP work closely with other attorneys on project teams with significant autonomy and high expectations. The PHLP team focuses on maintaining a fast paced, creative, and collaborative work environment, and all team members are invited and encouraged to contribute to defining the program, making decisions, and developing projects.

The Fellows will learn about and conduct applied research on laws related to priority public health issues, including legal issues related to CDC’s “Winnable Battles” and other high profile issues. The six Winnable Battle areas are: healthcare-associated infections; HIV; motor vehicle injuries; nutrition, obesity, physical activity, and food safety; teen pregnancy; and tobacco use. PHLP also works in emerging fields such as prescription drug overdose and the sharing of public health laboratory services. PHLP is focused on producing products, and the Fellows will be able to help marshal projects to publication, even if publication occurs after the end of the Fellowships.

The Fellowships require a Juris Doctor (JD) degree – obtained in 2012 or before – legal research skills, demonstrated oral communication skills, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate also will have knowledge or demonstrated interest in public health and legal issues that impact public health outcomes. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by email to Matthew S. Penn, Director, CDC Public Health Law Program, at Emails must reference “2013 ORISE Fellowship” in the subject line.

Alumni Updates

Congrats to these ILP Alums on their new jobs and appointments!

  • Matt Campbell, (2008) who just accepted a new job at (NARF) Native American Rights Fund in Denver.
  • Maia D. Bellon, (1994) who was recently named as Director, Department of Ecology, State of Washington.
  • Joe Sarcinella, (2009) is now Senior Advisor and Liaison, Native American Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.
  • Mary Modrich-Alvarado, (2008) Attorney, Tax & Finance Unit, Navajo Nation Department of Justice has just been appointed Board member, State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors.

Alumni Speaking Engagements:

Two ILP Alums will be participating in an upcoming webinar sponsored by NCAI and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

“Implementation of the Expanded Jurisdiction Provisions of the Recently Reauthorized Violence Against Women Act” on April 5, 2013,  /1:30-3:30 pm (EST)

Register here:

  • Chia Halpern Beetso, (2008) Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) Tribal Court Specialist, will be the moderating.
  • Mike Carter, (2009) Assistant General Counsel, Gila River Indian Community, will be presenting.
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