Job opportunity: Chief Judge

Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court

The Chief Judge presides over and ensures proper operation of the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court. The Chief Judge is the primary Judicial Officer of the Tribal Court and is the administrator of the Nation’s Tribal Court.

Download full job description: Chief Judge 4-22-2024

How to apply: Please submit your resume and application to:
Yavapai-Apache Nation / Human Resources
2400 W. Datsi / Camp Verde, AZ 86322
P: 928-567-1062 / Fax: 928-567-1064

Job opportunities: Yavapai Nation

Chief Prosecutor

Description: The Chief Prosecutor is responsible for the executive and administrative control/supervision of the Prosecutor’s Office within the Office of Attorney General. The Chief Prosecutor represents the Yavapai-Apache Nation in criminal, juvenile and child welfare proceedings in the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court. The Chief Prosecutor will perform the duties and responsibilities of the position in an ethical manner and assure that justice is upheld according to the laws and customs of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

See full job description: Chief Prosecutor – Yavapai-Apache Nation 


Description: The Attorney position represents the Yavapai-Apache Nation on a wide range of legal issues including drafting of codes and policies, negotiation and review of contracts and other agreements, advising the Tribal Council and its departments and entities, and representing the Nation before the Tribal Courts of the Nation and other tribal, federal, and state courts and administrative tribunals under the direction of the Attorney General

See full job description: Yavapai-Apache Nation Attorney-Job-Posting

National NALSA Moot Court Competition

Last month, ILP students Samir Grover (3L), Clayton Kinsey (3L), Sadie Red Eagle (2L) and Natalia Sells (3L) competed in the annual National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) Moot Court Competition hosted at the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law. This year’s teams were coached by the Indian Legal Clinic Director Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and Native Vote Democracy Director Joel Edman.

Congratulations to Clayton Kinsey (3L) and Samir Grover (3L) for advancing to the elite 8.

Participating in the NNALSA Moot Court for a second time, Kinsey built on his skills and approached each round with confidence. “It pushes the competitors to expand their advocacy skills beyond the traditional law school curriculum,” said Kinsey. “Second, the competition and skills are preparing Native law students for the real-world of appellate advocacy – a space that is, unfortunately, lacking in diversity and rarely includes Native representation despite the many cases focused on Native issues. Finally, the competition is fun and a great opportunity to meet other students and practitioners interested in Indian Law from across the country. This year included 51 teams! It was awesome to be involved.”

Additionally, a few ILP alumni served as judges at the national moot court competition. Sarah Crawford (’19), Kim Dutcher (’01),  Doreen Nanibaa McPaul (’01), James Mowdy (’19) and Rodina Cave Parnall (’01).

We extend our appreciation to all who served as volunteer judges during practice rounds leading up to the competition: Honorable David B. Gass (JD ’94), judge of Arizona Court of Appeals, Steve Heeley, of counsel at Rothstein Donatelli, and Mikel Steinfeld, Appeals Unit Supervisor, Maricopa County Public Defender.

Assisting Native voters on Preference Presidential Election day

On March 19, the Arizona Native Vote Election Protection Project set up its command center in the ASU Indian Legal Clinic. Director Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Democracy Director Joel Edman and student attorneys Keely Driscoll (2L), Samir Grover (3L), Clayton Kinsey (3L), Natalia Sells (3L), Alexandra Trousdale (3L) and Chelsi Tsosie (3L) were joined by Project partners to help Native voters on Preference Presidential Election day. 

The Arizona Native Vote Election Protection hotline was fully staffed and we appreciate our partners from All Voting Is Local, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Arizona Faith Network and League of Women Voters for the continued support.

We are also updating the polling locator tool. Most Arizona counties make changes to their precinct lines and/or voting locations between elections. Tsosie has obtained the new precinct shape files, allowing the tool to be updated for the 2024 election.

Edman recently provided an update on the use of vote centers vs. precinct-based polling places across Arizona. Besides determining precinct boundaries, Arizona counties also have the power to decide whether to offer precinct-based voting or vote centers. This decision point is critical to determining whether a ballot will be counted. At vote centers, any voter in the county can cast a ballot and have that ballot counted. Under Arizona’s precinct-based voting system, if a voter casts a ballot out of precinct, the whole ballot is discarded. 

The newly updated Election Procedures Manual, in effect beginning December 30, 2023, includes a requirement that counties using precinct-based polling places must offer out-of-precinct voters the opportunity to vote their correct ballot using an accessible voting device. This is a big win! 

Tribal Justice

ASU Native American Law Students Association and Law Journal for Social Justice joined forces to host a symposium on March 15. The Symposium of Tribal Justice informed the audience on Federal Indian law and Tribal Law and how Tribal Nations form and regulate their justice systems in alignment with both cultural values and protecting their communities.

Natalia Sells, a third-year law student, helped organize the event and explains the difference between Federal Indian law and Tribal law: Federal Indian law is the federal government constraining or relaxing the constrictions they have placed on a tribe’s inherent sovereign authority, whereas tribal law is the tribe exercising their inherent authority. Tribal law is important because it’s the tribe exercising their sovereignty and power for the benefit and protection of their people and could be aligned with cultural values. 

Derrick Beetso (’10), professor of practice and director of Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs, presented on Jurisdiction in Indian Country, and Alfred Urbina, attorney general for the Pascua Yaqui Nation, presented on the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Presenters on the Tribal Judges panel included April Olson (’06), chief judge for Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, appellate judge for Hualapai Nation and appellate judge for Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Honorable Anthony Hill (’06), chief judge of the Gila River Indian Community Court.

“What I loved best was all the speakers are Indigenous attorneys working towards the mission of strengthening tribes,” said Sells. “The presenters are truly our role models about the good work our law degrees can accomplish in Indian Country. I had never considered it before until I had the opportunity to work for a tribal court and upon meeting Judge Hill. Judge Hill always spoke highly about the role a tribal court judge had in the community, especially when one is from the community. I see serving as a tribal court judge as a great way to help one’s community in providing a stable judicial system that upholds tribal law that was enacted with the people and culture in mind.”

We appreciate ASU NALSA, LJSJ and the Academy for Justice for organizing a great event!

Growing Native businesses

Earlier this semester, Professor Robert Miller worked with an advisory group organized by the National Congress of American Indians on a three-part “Why Native Small Business Matter and How to Grow Them” animated video series. The video series concentrates on reservation economic development over the long-term.

Watch each video in the series!

Traditional Knowledge Economies

Colonial Disruption and Enduring Legacies

Reclaiming Native Economies

Job opportunity: Civil litigation associate

Galanda Broadman, PLLC, an Indigenous rights firm with seven lawyers and offices in
Seattle and Yakima, Washington, and Bend, Oregon, seeks to add an experienced civil
litigation associate who is also interested in practicing tribal law.

Galanda Broadman is an Indigenous owned firm dedicated to advancing tribal and tribal citizen legal rights and tribal business interests. The firm represents tribal governments, businesses, and citizens in critical litigation, business and regulatory matters, especially inthe areas of Treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, land rights, cultural property protection, taxation, commerce, gaming, serious/catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, disenrollment defense, and Indigenous human/civil rights.

The firm seeks a lawyer who are deeply committed to representing Indigenous interests, who is state bar licensed in Washington state or Oregon; and who has civil litigation or a judicial clerk experience. The lawyer would help bring federal Section 1983 civil rights claims against local governments, federal claims for tribal governments, as well as serve tribal governments as general outside counsel.

We prefer applicants with at least three years of experience but exceptions can be made for exceptional candidates. Proven motion and civil rules practice, if not trial, experience, and the ability to self-direct are critical. Impeccable writing and research skills; critical and audacious thinking; strong oral advocacy; tremendous work ethic; tenacity; and sound ethics are required.

Salary DOE.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter tailored to this announcement, as well as:

  • Résumé
  • Writing sample’
  • Transcript
  • List of at least three educational or professional references 

Send to Alice Hall, the firm’s Office Manager:

Applications directed elsewhere will not be considered.

For more information about Galanda Broadman, visit

Job opportunity: Tribal Policy Manager

Washington State Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for an exempt full time Tribal Policy Manager in the Policy Unit. This position may be located in Seattle or Olympia, Washington, and is not union-represented

Exempt Salary Range: $90,000 – $101,581.

This position will remain open until filled, with an anticipated first review of application in mid-March, 2025. It is in the applicants’ best interest to submit applications as early as possible. This posting may be closed at any time without warning.

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, law, political science, criminal justice, government, economics, or related field.


  • Seven or more years of relevant work experience.

Skills & Abilities
The most competitive applicants will possess the following qualifications:

  • Tribal policy experience
  • Excellent, persuasive writing skills
  • Archival research experience
  • Trauma-informed approaches to community engagement
  • Racial equity analysis experience
  • Experience developing and executing community engagement plans for historically excluded communities

Review full job description: 02652 Emmett Till Sr. Policy Mgr #2897 

Submit your application, including a current resume and letter of interest at:

Emmett Till Tribal Policy Analyst

Or via email to

ASU Law students sworn into local Tribal Court

On Jan. 29, Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and Indian Legal Clinic students Keely Driscoll (2L), Samir Grover (3L) and Chelsi Tsosie (3L) traveled to the Gila River Indian Community Courthouse in Sacaton, Arizona. Students were sworn into the Gila River Community Court by Chief Judge Anthony Hill (’06). Judge Charles Aragon led an informative tour during which the students met other judges and staff. 

While touring the facility, students met GRIC prosecutors Ammon Orr (’16) and Carleton Giff.

As a first-time student attorney, Grover and Driscoll recently appeared before the Ak-Chin Indian Community Court in Maricopa, Arizona for hearings on behalf of clients. 

Samir Grover (3L) in front of the Ak-Chin Multi-Purpose Justice Complex

“It gives me an opportunity to apply skills I have learned and engage in meaningful work that helps real people,” said Grover. “It also gives me an advantage once I actually become a lawyer. I am glad I got my first time representing a client at arraignment over with. Also, meeting with the client in-person prior to the arraignment and going over plea options was surreal. I felt like I’m finally engaging in the type of work I envisioned myself doing, especially by representing a client in the Ak-Chin Indian Community Court.”

Chelsi Tsosie (member of the Navajo Nation) being sworn into the Gila River Indian Community Court by Chief Judge Hill

“Practicing in a tribal courtroom during law school has brought so much meaning to the concepts, rules and advice I’ve learned in classes so far,” said Tsosie. “I think because of that, I’m going to enter my future career as a more effective advocate than I would have without it. Not only that, the experience of observing Ak-Chin Indian Community implement its sovereignty through its court system was insightful. I’m thankful the Indian Legal Clinic has provided this opportunity to work with clients in a real impactful way.”

We appreciate the Gila River Indian Community Courthouse and Ak-Chin Indian Community Court for providing our law students with practical training to become effective advocates for justice.

Pictured outside the Gila River Indian Community Court (left to right): Samir Grover (3L), Keely Driscoll (2L), Prosecutor Ammon Orr ('16), Chelsi Tsosie (3L) and Charlie Giff.

Job opportunity: Gaming attorney

The Hopi Tribe is seek experienced attorneys or law firms to provide the Hopi Tribe legal advice and representation on its behalf in matters involving Arizona Indian Gaming.

Proposal due date: March 29, 2024 at 5:00 P.M. (Arizona Time)

Contact: Office of General Counsel (928) 734-3141

Email proposals to:

Detailed scope of work:

The selected Contractor will provide the following services to the Hopi Tribe:

The Contractor will provide legal services to the Hopi Tribe in connection with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, matters under the Arizona Tribal State Gaming Compact (Compact) and applicable Hopi Tribe laws and policies. 

Specifically, the Attorney will work on amendments, negotiations and implementations of the Tribal State Compact. The Contractor will assist the Office of General Counsel with transactional services which includes, but not limited to review and drafting Hopi Tribe laws and policies with respect to gaming regulatory, drafting of contracts, review of licensing issues, amendments, negotiations and implementation of the Compacts and any ancillary issues related to the aforementioned.

Experience in the field of Gaming, Indian is essential.  Experience in Hopi tribal law is preferred. Demonstration of these qualifications should include information indicating the depth of experience and the nature of legal services in which you or your firm has been involved over time.

See job announcement: gaming attorney (2024)