Deadline Extended – Call for articles: Special Indian Law Edition of the Arizona Attorney 2022

Deadline for 1-2 Paragraph Article Proposals: February 7, 2022

Deadline for Article Drafts: March 18, 2022

The Indian Law Section has extended the deadline for article proposals to be included in the 2022 special Indian Law edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine. Proposals should focus on an issue of interest to those who practice Indian Law. Publication in the Indian Law Edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine is a wonderful opportunity for Indian legal practitioners to showcase their expertise in the field of Indian law.  The Indian Law Section relies on you to contribute articles in order to preserve this outstanding tradition.

Past articles from the 2021 Indian Law edition were:
A View from Tribal Court: Tips for Best Practices
By M. June Harris

Thawing the Freeze: COVID-19’s Effect on the Former Bennett Freeze Area of the Navajo Nation
By Susan I. Eastman

The Words of the Talking God: Sustaining Native Nations Through the Common Law
By Joseph Austin

An Opportunity Arises: Prop. 207 and Arizona Tribes’ New Beginnings for Marijuana Legislation
By Judith Dworkin, Joe Keene, and Candace French

Epidemic Hiding in Plain Sight
By Susan Filan

Spectrum Sovereignty: The U.S. Must Recognize Indigenous Rights to Spectrum
By Darrah Blackwater

Arizona–Tribal 2021 Gaming Compact Amendments: What You Need to Know
By Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier and Ed Hermes

Bent But Not Broken – ICWA Stands: A Summary of “Brackeen v. Haaland”
By Glennas’ba Augborne Arents and April E. Olson

Either a short or a long article may be proposed. Generally, a long article will be between 2,000 and 2,500 words (in a Microsoft Word document, about 9 to 12 pages including endnotes) and will be about 3 to 4 pages in the magazine. A short article will be approximately 1,500 words and typically will be 2 pages in the magazine.

The proposal should provide the following information: author’s name and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and name of employer/firm); the subject matter of the article (e.g., ICWA, NAGPRA, Water Rights, Land Use, Tribal Sovereignty, etc.); the anticipated title; and a concise summary of the thesis of the article. 

Proposal authors will be notified on whether their proposed article has been accepted by February 11, 2022.  The draft of the article for a selected proposal will be due on March 18, 2022.  Final drafts of selected articles are due by April 25, 2022.

If you would like to submit a proposal or if you have questions, please contact:

Glennas’ba Augborne Arents, Secretary, Indian Law Section
gaugborne@rothsteinlaw.com

Or

Hon. M. June Harris, Member-at-Large, Indian Law Section
JHarris@sc.pima.gov

Inclusion on the bench

Representation in Arizona

Of the 26 elected justices of the peace in Maricopa County, Judge Deborah Ann Begay (’10) is representing Indian Country in a big way! In January 2021, Begay made history by becoming the first Native American justice of the peace in Maricopa County and whose swearing in was administered by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. After a full year sitting on the bench, she understands the need to serve and empower underrepresented communities. 

“Because the judicial system has historically been ruled by cisgender white men, people may have biases against judges who do not look like they expect them to,” said Begay in an Arizona Republic article “Maricopa County Justice Courts lead way on representation.” 

Your impactful service is so inspiring and we are proud of you, Judge Begay!

See more of Begay’s personal swearing-in ceremony in ILP blogpost Alumni: Taking the Oath in a Pandemic

(Photo courtesy The Arizona Republic)

Success at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Indian Legal Clinic

The Indian Legal Clinic represented the appellants in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Case no. 21-35230, Newtok Village v. Andy Patrick) in an appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska that involved defending tribal sovereignty from unlawful intrusion by federal courts.

On behalf of their clients, the clinic appealed an adverse permanent injunction issued by the District Court of Alaska and argued that tribal sovereignty to resolve intratribal disputes prevents federal courts from intervening on such matters and that the District Court of Alaska lacked jurisdiction. On December 22, 2021, the Ninth Circuit unanimously agreed with the appellants’ arguments and vacated the district court’s orders. Judge Richard C. Tallman wrote the opinion, concluding, “Continuing to enforce the permanent injunction here risks the federal court’s impermissible involvement in interpreting the Tribe’s constitution and laws.” 

Indian Legal Clinic Director Patty Ferguson-Bohnee argued the case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 9, 2021. Watch the recording of the oral argument. Vinnie Amato (3L) assisted with research, and Native Vote Fellow Torey Dolan (’19) and Jens Camp (’21) assisted in drafting the briefs before the Ninth Circuit. Jacob Broussard (3L) provided notes for the oral argument prep, and Native Vote Fellow Blair Tarman-Toner (’21) and Dolan assisted in preparing and refining Ferguson-Bohnee’s oral argument. The clinic collaborated with co-counsel James J. Davis, Jr. of the Northern Justice Project LLC in Anchorage, Alaska.

Native Vote

Mapping the next election

Redistricting

The State is wrapping up its redistricting efforts, and the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will finalize the legislative and congressional maps early next week. Native Vote Fellow Blair Tarman-Toner (’21) tracked the Commission’s deliberations over the course of its 14 decision-making meetings, as well as tracked  the public comments made at 32 public hearings. Tarman-Toner also regularly presented to tribes on the redistricting process, assisted tribes in drafting public comments, and submitted oral and written comment regarding the importance of complying with the Voting Rights Act and maintaining a strong Native American majority-minority district.  

2022 Legislative Session

The Indian Legal Clinic has kicked off its Native Vote policy project with the start of the legislative session this week. The project will focus on tracking bills that impact voting and keeping tribes informed and involved regarding how those bills will impact their tribal members. The clinic will also work with other voting rights organizations through the Arizona Voting Rights Defense Coalition. Native Vote Fellow Torey Dolan (’19) serves on the Coalition’s Coordinating Committee that manages the broader Coalition. 

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Blair Tarman-Toner (’21)
Native Vote Fellow, Indian Legal Program, ASU Law

Job opportunity: Attorney

Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C
Seattle, Washington, and Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kanji & Katzen, P.L.L.C, with offices in Seattle, Washington, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, seeks an attorney for either office or to work remotely. Kanji & Katzen’s nationwide legal practice focuses on the representation of tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal members. The firm assists tribes in protecting their sovereignty, their natural and cultural resources, and their lands, and in pursuing economic development projects. The firm expects its attorneys to devote their careers to advocacy on behalf of tribes. Given the composition of the firm’s caseload, a keen interest in and knowledge of environmental and natural resources law, in addition to federal Indian law, would be helpful. However, prior experience in the fields of Indian and/or environmental law are not pre-requisites to employment.

Applicants should possess a stellar academic and professional record, as well as a willingness to work enthusiastically and creatively on behalf of tribes. Applicants should have at least 2 years of litigation experience after a judicial clerkship or law school.

The firm offers competitive salaries and an opportunity to hone advocacy skills in a wide variety of interesting settings.

To apply, please send by email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, a writing sample, and references, to employment@kanjikatzen.com. We prefer to receive the application documents combined into a single pdf file.