ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception – Announcing 2018 award recipients!

Happy to announce this year’s award recipients! Congratulations to Michael-Corey Hinton, Jeffery Harmon and Robert N. Clinton for their dedication and leadership in Indian Country.

Awards will be presented at the 19th Annual ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception to be held April 5, 2018 (5:30 p.m.) at Shadow Lounge, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We hope you will join us to celebrate their recognition! Don’t forget to send your RSVP to by April 2, 2018.

Job Opportunity – Tribal Judge

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
Tuba City, AZ

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Judge for the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Court is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice for all cases and controversies within the jurisdiction of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe. The Tribal Judge shall administer all cases and controversies arising in law or equity under the Constitution of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, and may assign cases and other matters to lower courts of special jurisdiction, such as traditional dispute resolution, as the Tribal Council establishes in accordance with the Constitution.

Responsibilities will also include establishing and overseeing the administrative operations of the Tribal Court and providing assistance and recommendations to the Tribe to seek out and secure funding to support Tribal Court operations. Additional duties and responsibilities may include the development of Tribal Court rules of procedure, Tribal ordinances and Tribal codes for approval by the Tribal Council.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Must possess a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
• Must be a member in good standing of the bar of any state.
• Must have at least 3-years of experience or practice in the field of federal Indian law and have demonstrated experience with the concepts of Tribal law and the principles of Tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction.
• Must not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving dishonesty or have been disbarred in any jurisdiction.
• Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
• Must be able to travel and hold hearings both in person in Tuba City, Arizona, and telephonically as necessary to efficiently and effectively administer justice.
• Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening.
• Must have a sincere interest in assisting the Tribe to develop its Tribal Court and administer justice in a fair and impartial manner.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview with the Tribal Council and General Counsel of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe to establish whether he or she meets minimum qualifications, determine suitability for the position, and negotiate the terms and scope of work for the appointment.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, references and writing sample on or before to:

ATTN: Judicial Position
P.O. Box 2950
Tuba City, AZ 86045

With a copy to the Tribe’s General Counsel:
ATTN: Robyn L. Interpreter, Esq.
3301 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

To download full job description and application information, click here: SJSPT Tribal Judge Position Announcement

ASU Now: Ak-Chin community makes multi-year pledge to support ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program

Ak-Chin Chairman Robert Miguel said the Ak-Chin community, whose population totals just over a thousand people, was inspired by the Initiative. “We support what ASU Law is trying to implement, and that played a large part in our decision to donate,” he said.

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Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

National Congress of American Indians
Washington, D.C.

ABOUT NCAI Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies. We promote a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native government, people, and rights.

The National Congress of American Indians has an opening for a Staff Attorney in the Washington, DC office. Subject areas may include (but are not limited to): tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, tribal lands, environment and natural resources, public safety, tribal justice systems, juvenile justice, federal agency consultation, taxation, economic development, and other issues of importance to Indian tribal governments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD degree
  • Active Bar Membership and eligibility for DC Bar Admission.
  • 2+ years of legal experience preferred but will consider candidates with varying levels of experience.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to both take direction and work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility.
  • Capacity to work under pressure, meet deadlines consistently, and handle multiple projects concurrently,
  •  Knowledge of tribal communities.


Position will be located at NCAI’s Washington DC office.

Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter by email (preferred), or mail. By email: or By mail: National Congress of American Indians, Attn: Derrick Beetso, 1516 P St, NW Washington, DC 20005

For full job description and application information, download pdf: NCAI Staff Attorney PD 2018 final

“Indian Nations: land, governance, and economic development” by Robert J. Miller for Roatch-Haskell lecturer

Professor Robert J. Miller was selected for this year’s Haskell Lecture for the Roatch-Haskell Lecture hosted by ASU School of Social Work and shared his expertise on land, governance, and economic development. “‘Tribes can’t sell or develop their land without permission from the secretary of the interior,’ he said.

This history has led some Indians to mistrust capitalism as a way out of poverty, but Miller said that private-sector development is the best way to keep money on the reservation.

Sovereignty and culture are crucial. Tribes must decide for themselves what kinds of businesses they want and separate that from politics, he said.”

Read full article here.