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