Take a look at this article on Professor Ferguson-Bohnee!

“Washington Post Quotes Ferguson-Bohnee on Tribal Recognition”

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, faculty director of the Indian Legal Program, was recently quoted in a Washington Post article. The article looked at efforts by the Pamunkey Indian tribe to get the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize them as a federal tribe, making them the first in Virginia to receive that designation. in the article, Ferguson-Bohnee said that if the bureau ultimately rules against the Pamunkey, it would send a troubling message to tribes. Read the full article here.

Job Announcement – Experienced Attorney

Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)

Office of Legal and Victim Programs/Indian, Violent and Cyber Crimes Staff Attorney

United States

About the Office: The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 19 large agencies and EOUSA/United States Attorneys Offices (USAOs) ranked #55 out of 315 agency subcomponents in a study, “The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2014 Ratings” published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org

The office is ideally situated among three Metro stations, one block from the Verizon Center, a short walk to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, and is surrounded by numerous restaurants and shops. In addition, we offer creative work solutions in which we provide compressed work schedules and flexible work schedules, along with transit subsidy. This position is located in the Office of Legal and Victim Programs; Indian, Violent and Cyber Crime (IVCC) Staff.

The IVCC Staff is responsible for providing management support, legal assistance and advice, and policy guidance to the USAOs for the advancement of the prosecution of child exploitation, firearms offenses, immigration-related offenses, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), federal drug crimes, gang-related criminal activity, intellectual property offenses, cyber crime, border initiatives, immigration issues, and all legal matters, criminal and civil, affecting Indian country. The IVCC Staff is comprised of EOUSA attorneys and analysts, as well as experienced Assistant United States Attorneys who are subject-matter experts detailed to EOUSA for one- to two-year assignments.

Job Description: The Attorney-Advisor will serve as the Native American Issues Coordinator and will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the IVCC Staff, EOUSA. Duties of the Native American Issues Coordinator include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide advice and assistance to the USAOs on legal and programmatic initiatives relating to Indian Country issues.
  • Act as the liaison to the Native American Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys.
  • There is an expectation of independence afforded to the staff member, as well as required initiative to develop, manage, and initiate new and major projects in accordance with the significance of the issue, Department priorities, overall expectations, goals and available resources.
  • Assignments involve serving as the point of contact on all matters, criminal and civil, pertaining to Native American issues on behalf of EOUSA and the USAOs; providing support to the USAOs; and coordinating and resolving legal issues.
  • Draft Congressionally-mandated reports and statements for the record for Congressional hearings relating to issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Draft and assist with the implementation of initiatives and national policy to further the mission of the Department.
  • Act as a liaison between the Department of Justice and other federal agencies in matters pertaining to Indian Country.
  • Work closely with the Department’s components, including Leadership, to further the Department’s mission in Indian Country. The incumbent will also work with other federal, state, and tribal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Accordingly, the incumbent must have the ability to work well with others and to handle issues in a professional, diplomatic, and cordial manner.
  • There may be occasional travel to districts that have Indian Country.


Applicants MUST possess a J.D. Degree and

– Be an active member of the bar* (any jurisdiction).

*You must include your bar membership information in your application package to be considered.

In order to qualify at the GS-15 grade level applicants must have 5 years post J.D. legal experience in Indian Country and/or 5 years post J.D. litigation experience involving Native American issues in Federal Court.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate must also demonstrate sound judgment, good interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic. Detailed knowledge of the mission, organization, statutory obligations, functions, procedures, practices and priorities of the Department, EOUSA, and the USAOs, especially in assigned program areas, is desirable.

Salary: $126,245.00 – $158,700.00

Travel: 1-2 Weeks Per Year.

Application Process: You must apply on-line on USAJOBS at the following link:


Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Number of Positions: ONE

Professor Tsosie will present during International Law Week

The Center for Law and Global Affairs is bringing together several panels for International Law Week and we are excited to share that Professor Tsosie will be presenting on “The Mining Industry’s Impact on Indigenous Rights in Latin America” this Thursday, April 2, 2015 in room 114, 12:15-1:15 p.m. If you would like to attend and have lunch, please RSVP to LGA@asu.edu by 4:30 pm tomorrow, Tuesday March 31. For more information, contact LGA@asu.edu.

Job Opportunity – Finance Manager




CLASS CODE: 450001


  Salt River Financial Services Institution (SRFSI) is a non-profit enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC).  Established in 2006, it provides loans to Community Members to build or rehabilitate a home on the reservation as well as business loans.  As key component of SRFSI’s services is financial education as the organization strives to increase the financial literacy of Community Members of all ages.

As a dedicated member of the management team, the Finance Manager will provide daily accounting and finance duties in an audit ready manner, provide highly professional written and verbal reports to the Board of Directors and Community Council, provide a high level of customer service to clients, vendors, Tribal officials and other partners and contribute ideas on a number of other matters affecting the organization such as program operations, office management and policy compliance. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Click here to download full job description: Finance Manager (SRFSI) – FINAL

Submit Applications to:  SRFSIFinanceManager@SRPMIC-nsn.gov



Job Opportunity – ICWA Parent’s Attorney

The Alaska Public Defender Agency is seeking a full-time attorney to work in Bethel Alaska representing parents in Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) dependency cases. The assigned attorney will advocate in state child-welfare proceedings and will primarily represent parents enrolled in Native Alaskan tribes. The attorney in this position spends a significant amount of time arguing in court as well as an active civil motions and discovery practice.  The ideal candidate will be passionate about advocacy for native parents and be comfortable working with Native Alaskan tribes and state child-welfare agencies.  Applicants must be able to gain admittance to the Alaska Bar Association through reciprocity or examination within 10 months of starting employment. ICWA experience and knowledge is preferred, but not required.  Position to start late Summer or Fall 2015.  Salary DOE. Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample by email to Shana Valente, shana.valente@alaska.gov (907-334-4413).

Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Associate Attorney

Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP, Colorado (Durango, CO)

Position Type:


Practice Area(s):

Indian/Native American


Maynes, Bradford, Shipps and Sheftel, LLP, a thirteen-lawyer, Preeminent A-V and BEST Tier 1 rated law firm headquartered in Durango, Colorado, is seeking an associate attorney for a position in the firms Southern Ute Indian Tribe In-House Lawyer Training Program. For more than 40 years, the Maynes firm has served as general counsel for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, a tribe that is recognized for its national role in Indian country.

The program is designed to train lawyers for eventual placement in the
Southern Ute Indian Tribes Legal Department, and a substantial portion
of the training will be conducted in coordination with the Tribes Legal Department. The program includes exposure to, and training in, all
aspects of Indian law, as well as supervised client contact. After the
mentoring-training period, estimated to be two to three years, a
successful trainee will be recommended to the Southern Ute Indian
Tribal Council as an in-house attorney with the Tribes Legal

The position requires an Indian law background and membership in the
Colorado Bar or ability to become licensed within eight months. Native
American preference will be given for this unique employment opportunity. Salary and benefits are competitive relative to the Four Corners region.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015; however, applications will
be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Interested
applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample
to the following address, fax number, or e-mail address: Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP, Southern Ute Indian Tribe In-House Lawyer Training Program, P.O. Box 2717, Durango, CO 81302-2717,
Fax: (970)247-8827

Desired Class Level:

RECENT GRADS, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp, Alum 7+ yrs exp

Posting Date:

March 17, 2015

Expiration Date:

April 24, 2015


Suzanne SingleyPO Box 2717 Durango, Colorado 81302-2717

Resume Receipt:

Other (see below)

How To Apply:

trainingprogram@mbssllp.com or as noted in job posting

Additional Documents:

Cover Letter, Writing Sample



Job Opportunity – Prosecutor

Department of Personnel Management

Date Posted: 7/21/2014
Closing Date: OUF

Requisition No: DOJ0108951
Position No: 240951
Position Title: Prosecutor
Deparment Name/Worksite: DOJ/Office of the Prosecutor – Kayenta District
Regular Full Time
Work Days: Mon-Fri
Work Hours: 8am-5pm
Grade/Step: AB65A
$44,054.40 Per Annum
$21.18 Per Hour

Represents the interests of the Navajo Nation in prosecuting individuals alleged to have violated provisions of the Navajo Nation Code; reviews citations, arrest sheets and other law enforcement documents and reports; interviews witnesses, gathers facts and data; determines if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges; conducts legal research; drafts complaints, motions and/or other legal proceedings; prepares a legal strategy; gathers and compiles evidence; identifies and subpoenas witnesses, records and other information required to present the case. Prepares and presents criminal and civil cases in the Navajo Nation and appellate courts; prepares legal memoranda, briefs, motions and other required documents for court presentation; performs extensive legal research.

CLICK HERE for Navajo Nation Prosecutor Job Vacancy

For more information, please see the following link: http://www.dpm.navajo-nsn.gov/jobs.html