Sovereignty and E-Commerce: Innovating and Reshaping the Borders of Indian Country CLE Conference

The Rosette, LLP American Indian Economic Program and the Indian Legal Program is pleased to be hosting its Third Annual Tribal Government E-Commerce Conference, “Sovereignty and E-Commerce:  Innovating and Reshaping the Borders of Indian Country CLE Conference”  at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, February 2-3, 2017.  Registration is now open! Register Early and save!  Space is limited!  Click here for conference website.

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Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP (FPM) is a nationwide law firm dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes and organizations. We represent tribes and tribal entities in a wide spectrum of services including tribal corporate affairs, business transactions, litigation, gaming, and tribal governmental affairs.

FPM is seeking an associate attorney to join our team in Omaha, NE. Candidates must possess at least two-three years post-J.D. attorney experience. Incisive analytical ability, as well as excellent research, writing, and communication skills are also required. Candidates must work well independently and as a team member in a fast paced environment. A background in tribal and Federal Indian law and experience working in Indian Country is also strongly preferred. Prior judicial clerkship, litigation, or business transactional experience is a plus.

Requirements include:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Status as an active member in good standing of the bar in at least one state jurisdiction and willing to obtain licensure in Nebraska within one year of employment
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience  as an attorney or law clerk
  • Indian law experience and experience working with tribes/tribal businesses/organizations
  • Prefer, federal, state, or tribal litigation related experience
  • Legal experience in business transactions, corporate governance, economic development, and taxation
  • Experience with taking depositions, drafting and filing motions and briefs in civil proceedings
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing abilities
  • Proven communication skills including interpersonal and listening skills
  • Ability and willingness to do whatever it takes to meet tight and unexpected deadlines
  • Must be able to travel minimum of 1 – 2 days each month

Your contributions are rewarded with a “Total Compensation” Package including a competitive salary, bonus potential, and excellent benefits.

Please send your cover letter, with salary requirements, resume, writing sample, and law school transcripts (if graduated from law school less than 4 years ago) to:

Ann Hacker, Director of Human Resources; ahacker@ndnlaw.com

Position is open until November 20, 2016.

Job Opportunities – Staff Attorney

Job Description
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Staff Attorney for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), which is located in Portland.

Background
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.
NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues.

Responsibilities
The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied caseload providing legal services to Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members.

Qualifications
Position requires current Oregon State Bar membership, proven interest in and commitment to working in Indian Country, and knowledge of federal, tribal, and state laws impacting tribes and tribal members. Regular travel throughout Oregon, including some overnight travel, is required.

Salary/Benefits
Salary is based on experience, within a statewide salary scale. Full Benefits including health and dental insurance and retirement plan.
Closing Date
October 28, 2016

Applications
Send resume, letter of interest, brief writing sample (5 pages or less), and list of 3 professional references to:
Jennifer Amiott, Director
Native American Program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
4531 SE Belmont St., Suite 201, Portland, OR 97215
Email: napolsjobs@lasoregon.org / Fax: (503) 206-7073

Please, no phone calls.

Legal Aid Service of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tribal members and minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

Job Opportunity – Prosecutor

Ak-Chin Indian Community
Closing Date:  Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Job Title: Prosecutor
Pay Range: $76,469 – $93,674.50 per annum ($2,941.11 to $3,602.86 per pay period)
Reports to: Community Services Manager
Supervises: Assistant Prosecutor and Legal Assistant

Minimum Qualifications:  Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited university.  Experience equivalent to three years full time work providing legal counsel in a tribal, local government, or corporate setting, at least one year of which involved trial work and supervisory experience.  Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona.  Must possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and be able to meet the Community’s insurance carrier requirements (see list attached to application or on website).   Must successfully pass a background check.

Preferred Applicant Qualifications:  Possess or be willing to obtain Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) Certification.  Possess knowledge and experience interfacing with Federal agencies and have the ability to work within prosecutorial processes coordinating with Federal agencies and the Ak-Chin Indian Community.

To be considered for this position, please submit a signed and complete Ak-Chin Indian Community application (additional resume optional), 39-month driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles, a copy of CIB or proof of tribal enrollment if claiming Indian Preference, and a copy of DD214 if claiming Veteran’s preference to:

Ak-Chin Indian Community
Attn: HR Department 16-66
42507 W. Peters and Nall Road
Maricopa, AZ 85138

Fax:  520-568-1051
Email:  resumes@ak-chin.nsn.us
Website:  www.ak-chin.nsn.us

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Job Opportunities – Office of General Counsel, Protective Services Office

Protective Services Attorney
Closing: 10/18/2016

Job Number: 16-473 (2)
Job Type: Regular Full-Time -(2 positions)
Department:  Office of General Counsel/Protective Services Office
City:  Sacaton, AZ
Location:  Family Advocacy Center, 259 W. Seed Farm Road
Salary Type: DOE
Salary/ Hourly Rate: $79,720 Salary
Tribal Driving Permit Required: Yes

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The Protective Services Attorney provides support in child welfare, juvenile and adult in need of care litigation on behalf of and representation for the Gila River Indian Community (Community) and Tribal Social Services (TSS).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide counsel and advice to TSS on substantive issues related to child welfare.
  • Draft, review various legal pleadings, motions, discovery, documents, and correspondence necessary to litigate Child In Need of Care, Juvenile Offender, and Status Offender matters; in the Community Court for Adult in Need of Care matters; and in state court child custody proceedings, as defined in the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq (1978), involving children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in the Community.
  • Prepare for and attend hearings, staffings, and trials related to litigation and casework.
  • Conduct legal research, analysis and document production related to the litigation.
  • Represent the Community at meetings, court proceedings and other functions.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of case files, calendars and databases.
  • Assist in the development, revision and modification of the Community’s laws, resolutions and ordinances.
  • Comply with tribal, state, and federal governmental regulations; maintaining an ethical practice in respect to the Community, Tribal Courts, judicial system and clients.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Assist in representing the Community at meetings, court proceedings and other functions.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Visit our GRIC website and apply online: http://vss.gric.nsn.us/MSS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx

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Supervising Protective Services Attorney
Closing Date: 10/18/2016

Job Number: 16-474 (2)
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Department:  Office of General Counsel/Protective Services Office
City:  Sacaton, AZ
Location:  Family Advocacy Center, 259 W. Seed Farm Road
Area of Interest: Legal
Salary Type: DOE
Salary/ Hourly Rate: $96,251 Salary
Tribal Driving Permit Required: Yes

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The Supervising Protective Services Attorney provides litigation support and representation for child welfare, dependency, juvenile and adult in need of care matters on behalf of the Gila River Indian Community (Community).  This position provides support in the more complex cases and oversight of the Protective Services Attorney’s and support staff; providing effective, vigorous and compassionate legal services.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform professional and managerial work directing the operations of the Protective Services Office; demonstrating continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to provide quality customer service.
  • Supervise and provide leadership and direction to Protective Service Attorneys and support staff.
  • Provide counsel and advice to TSS on substantive issues related to child welfare.
  • Draft, review various legal pleadings, motions, discovery, documents, and correspondence necessary to litigate Child In Need of Care, Juvenile Offender, and Status Offender matters; in the Community Court for Adult in Need of Care matters; and in state court child custody proceedings, as defined in the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq (1978), involving children who are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in the Community.
  • Prepare for and attend hearings, staffings, and trials related to litigation and casework.
  • Conduct legal research, analysis, and document production related to the litigation.
  • Prepare and present budgets and reports to the Community, Committees, Council and Executive Office.
  • Represent the Community at meetings, court proceedings and other functions.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of case files, calendars and databases.
  • Assist in the development, revision and modification of the Community’s laws, resolutions and ordinances.
  • Comply with tribal, state, and federal governmental regulations; maintaining an ethical practice in respect to the Community, Tribal Courts, judicial system and clients.

Download full job description – Supervising Protective Services Attorney

Visit our GRIC website and apply online: http://vss.gric.nsn.us/MSS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx

 

A Conversation at the Intersection of Art, Law & Indian Identity – Oct. 9

heard_2016-10-09_save-the-date_postcard_page_1This event will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 (3:30-5 pm) in the Steele Auditorium of the Heard Museum. This event is hosted by the Heard in partnership with the Native American Rights Fund and the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Hear a panel of cutting-edge American Indian artists and leading lawyers discuss the ways Indian Identity and artist vision can shape and challenge American Indian identity while also having legal implications and community impact.

The conversation will be moderated by Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. Panelists will include:

  • Brett Shelton (Oglala Sioux Tribe), artist and staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund.
  • Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) As a provocative contemporary artist/activist and 15-year resident of the Washington, D.C., metro area, much of Gregg’s work deals with indigenous identity and pop-culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype.
  • Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip) is an unique artist and social documentarian in Indian Country. She is founder of Project 562 which explores Native identity and experience through a dedication to photographing contemporary Native America.

Free and open to the public. RSVP is required here.

Download PDF flyer here.

Questions? Contact us at ILP@asu.edu or 480-965-2922

Job Opportunity – Associate General Counsel

Agua Caliente
Palm Springs, CA

Job description:
Under direction of the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (“Tribe”) is responsible for providing legal advice to the Tribal Council, Administration, Departments, and Committees regarding a wide array of tribal legal matters.  The Associate General Counsel position will be integral to the growth of the Tribe’s legal department and ideally will have an increasing focus on one or more of the following matters:  tribal taxation, tribal labor and employment, general commercial contracting, and other transactional matters as may be assigned.

For application and full job description, click here.

Job Opportunity – Assistant Attorney General

Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Atmore, AL

Closes: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by 5 p.m.

Overall Objectives of Position
The Assistant Attorney General (Governmental Operations) is responsible for managing and providing legal services and representation, particularly, but not limited to, legal services and representation related to operations of Tribal Government, to the Tribe, its Tribal Chair, its Tribal Council, Tribal Government, all other Tribal departments and entities, and all Tribal boards, commissions, and committees. This job description is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of this position. The Assistant Attorney General (Governmental Operations) is expected to perform all duties and responsibilities necessary to meet the goals and objectives of applicable programs.

The Assistant Attorney General (Governmental Operations) shall be the Governmental Operations and Legislative Affairs Division Director.

The Assistant Attorney General is expected to live the Purpose and Values of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and will go beyond the call of duty.

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