Job Opportunity – Tribal Health Attorney – Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium anticipates expanding it legal team to support new and exciting initiatives to improve health care quality and access for Alaska Native patients and communities.  We primarily need additional legal expertise to assist with new and developing partnerships and transactions, medical staff issues, ACA issues, and regulatory compliance.

Ideal candidates will have at least seven years of experience in health law; an understanding of “Indian law,” the intersection between medical staff and employment issues, and government contracting; demonstrated experience working for complex clients in a team-oriented environment; exquisitely good judgment; and a talent for reconciling competing legal principles to help ANTHC find innovative ways to achieve its vision that “Alaska Natives are the healthiest people in the world.”

The Consortium works with Alaska’s Tribal health organizations and over 229 federally recognized Tribes to administer the Alaska Tribal Health System.  The Consortium partners with Southcentral Foundation to co-manage the 150 bed Alaska Native Medical Center, which is a Level II Trauma Center and has achieved Magnet status in recognition of nursing excellence.  ANTHC also provides community and environmental health services; constructs health clinics and water and sanitation systems in rural Alaska; develops and deploys telehealth technology; administers an epidemiology center; develops training for allied health providers; and provides technical assistance and support to other members of the Alaska Tribal Health System.

The Consortium’s main office is located in Anchorage, Alaska.  In accordance with federal law, ANTHC applies Native Preference in hiring and contracting.  Learn more about ANTHC at and ANMC at

For more information, please direct inquiries and resumes to Nacole Heslep, General Counsel at with “Health Attorney G” in the subject line.

Ferguson-Bohnee receives national appointments from Lawyers’ Committee, ABA

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee

Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Faculty Director of the Indian Legal Program, was recentlyappointed National Commissioner for the Commission on Voting Rights by the organization Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law.

According to the Lawyers’ Committee, the Voting Rights Commission is dedicated to the struggle to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.

Ferguson-Bohnee was also recently appointed by the American Bar Association (ABA) to the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice and named Vice Chair of the ABA’s Committee on Native American Concerns of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.

Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and has represented tribal clients in administrative state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies.


Reminder – ILP conference Sustaining the Reservation: Creating the Tribal Economies is this Thursday and Friday.

Come hear our keynote speakers Kevin Washburn and Diane Enos!Reminder: Last day to register online at the regular rate is Tuesday 2/25 at 5pm…Regular Rate: $325.00
Walk-In Rate: $400.00 (day of conference by cash, check, or credit card)
Click here for more info and to register!

Job Openings: Experienced Attorneys. U.S. Attorney’s Office – Arizona

The United States Attorney’s Office
for the District of Arizona is seeking applications from experienced attorneys
for multiple Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions.

Justice seeks to attract, retain,
and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of
life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and
inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American;
Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and
Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of
background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds
and experiences may reach their full potential.

Thank you for your help in
disseminating these vacancy announcements.  These and other attorney
vacancy announcements can be found at:

Follow the links below:

Department of Justice Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney’s
Office District of Arizona Opening Date: February 12, 2014 Closing Date:
February 26, 2014 Vacancy Announcement Number 14-AZ-01

Date posted: 02-12-2014

States Attorney’s Office / District of Arizona / Opening date: February 14,
2014 / Closing date: February 28, 2014 / Vacancy Announcement Number14-AZ-02

Date posted: 02-14-2014


Sustaining the Reservation: Creating Tribal Economies Conference

Monday – last day for online registration at regular or alumni rate!

Keynote Speakers:

Feb 27 – Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, DOI

Feb 28 – Diane Enos, President, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


February 27 – 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27th
Turquoise Ballroom – Memorial Union
Arizona State University – Tempe

Friday, February 28th
Great Hall/Armstrong Hall/College of Law
Arizona State University – Tempe

The extreme poverty found on most reservations today threatens their very existence as the permanent homelands of Indian families and tribal governments. As a consequence, improving economic conditions on reservations is one of the most important issues facing tribal governments and communities today.

Sustaining the Reservation: Creating Tribal Economies will continue the conversation and explore viable solutions how tribal governments and tribal citizens can create sustainable economies that will help them preserve their reservations as permanent homelands for their families, governments, and cultures.

This conference brings together cutting-edge scholars, tribal leaders, and officials, economic development planners, attorneys, and others to explore this important topic.

Who should attend? Tribal leaders and employees, attorneys, economic development planners, investors, and anyone who cares about the future of tribal communities.

Regular Rate:  $325.00 ends February 25, 5 p.m.
Walk-In Rate:  $400.00

May quality for up to 10 General CLE Credits for State Bar of Arizona, California and New Mexico MCLE Bar Association.

Click here for more info and to register!

Job Opportunity – University of San Diego – Tribal Liaison/Professor of Practice

The University of San Diego (USD) is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal, professional and scientific knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. USD invites applications for the position of Tribal Liaison/Professor of Practice starting August 15, 2014. This is a full-time, benefit-based, 10-month position with two integrated areas of duties: half of the position serves as the University’s Tribal Liaison, supervised by the Associate Provost for Inclusion & Diversity; half as Professor of Practice, supervised by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and the appropriate Department Chair.


The Tribal Liaison responsibilities include linking the University and its resources to the many tribal communities in its service area. Federally-recognized American Indian Tribes are considered sovereign nations, which underscores the need for appropriate interpretation of law and cultural protocol. Key responsibilities are becoming the campus expert in University and Tribal protocol issues, and developing and implementing programs, activities and networks that connect the University to urban- and reservation-based American Indian communities. The Tribal Liaison will advise on and implement best practices for the recruitment and retention of American Indian students, staff, and faculty at USD, function as a liaison between the campus community and American Indians and Tribal Nations in the larger San Diego County area and beyond, and work to build collaborative relationships among those entities. The Tribal Liaison will provide guidance and assistance to administrators, faculty and staff regarding tribal events, issues, educational needs, and protocol.


The Professor of Practice position is a non-tenure track instructional appointment in the College of Arts & Sciences. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching four courses per academic year; 2) holding one office hour per week per course taught; 3) performing departmental and/or college service duties as needed. Teaching duties include: designing syllabi and selecting instructional materials in coordination with the Chair; leading lectures and discussions, preparing and grading examinations, mentoring students in office hours, and assigning final grades.

A Master’s degree or equivalent in an academic discipline, with expertise in American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a relevant field required. A Doctoral or terminal degree preferred. This is a 10-month assignment paid over 12 months. For a full description of the position, qualifications, and other information, visit the University of San Diego Human Resources jobs website and reference job number IRC#12831. Inquires should be directed to Esteban del Rio, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Inclusion & Diversity, at


TO APPLY, complete BOTH of the following:


• Search IRC#12831 and choose the “Apply Now” button on the jobs website ( and follow instructions. If you have any questions or difficulties regarding the website, please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at


• Submit via email: 1) a cover letter that includes relevant teaching experience, research, and direct experience working with and in American Indian communities; 2) resume/vita; 3) sample syllabi; and 4) have three reference letters sent directly to by your recommenders.

Review of applications begins March 14, 2014 (review date extended). Priority will be given to those who apply before that date. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

USD is an Equal Opportunity employer, and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie Receives National Honor

 Rebecca Tsosie

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie was recently awarded the 2014 Individual Leadership Award by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).  The Individual Leadership Award seeks to honor those whose work informs or advances understanding of diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education. The NADOHE recognizes leaders who have made outstanding contributions to research, administration, practice, advocacy, or policy work.

The NADOHE recognizes that Professor Tsosie’s pioneering work in Indian Law, in particular her work with Native Nations and the federal system, make her a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.  Professor Tsosie is of Yaqui descent and has worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations. She currently serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The NADOHE award honors Professor Tsosie’s leadership at institutional, state, and national levels.

Professor Tsosie received her B.A. and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since joining the College faculty in 1993, Professor Tsosie has taught in the areas of Indian Law and Critical Race Theory, among other subjects. She has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty.  Professor Tsosie has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of indigenous people and genetics; identity as it relates to sovereignty; climate adaptation and sustainability; and epistemic injustice specifically in the areas of science, ethics, and human rights.

In 2012, Professor Tsosie was given the high honor of being named a Regents’ Professor by ASU for her extraordinary contributions in the classroom and in her field of expertise. This award is the highest faculty honor given by ASU, recognizing those who have achieved a sustained level of national distinction for their work. Professor Tsosie is one of the most highly regarded scholars of Indian law in the world as author of more than 40 law review articles and book chapters.

Professor Tsosie will be receiving the Individual Leadership Award at the 8th Annual NADOHE Conference, which will be held March 10-14 in San Diego, CA.

Job Opportunity

Department of Interior
Job Title:   Attorney – Advisor
Series & Grade:  GS-905-11/14
Position Information: Excepted Appointment – NTE 2 years – Full Time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Closing Date:  February 28, 2014 

As an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor Immediate Office, Indian Trust Litigation Office (ITLO), your specific duties will include:

The selectee will be assigned to existing matters and to new matters as they arise and will perform essential tasks in litigation such as: (1) identifying and gathering relevant information to respond to document and data discovery requests; (2) formulating and drafting discovery to propound on adverse parties; (3) analyzing documents and data for preparation of arguments for dispositive motions in trial or appellate practice; (4) analyzing documents and data for the preparation of the Government’s witnesses in depositions and at trials; (5) drafting legal analyses for use in litigation, settlement negotiations, or general advice to Department bureaus with delegated trust responsibilities; and (6) representing the Department’s interests in hearings before the courts and in meetings and negotiations with third parties.

The following vacancy announcement SOL-2014-0006 is posted at:

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy announcement, please contact Kristen Davis at (703) 648-7463 or