Native American Bar Association Happy Hour!


WHERE: Macayo’s — 300 South Ash Avenue, Tempe
WHEN: February 26, 2010
TIME: 5:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

The winners of the 2010 NABA-AZ
Scholarships will be announced at the mixer!
Hope to see you there!!

Please RSVP to Jeanette Jackson at 602-229-5544, or
by February 24th

ILP Lunch Presentation Feb. 17 Miranda v. Nielsen

ILP Lunch Presentation
Miranda v. Nielsen
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Room 105
12:15 — 1:15
Lunch will be served!
One free CLE credit!

Assistant Federal Public Defenders Dan Kaplan and Keith Hilzendeger will discuss the Indian Civil Rights Act and the issue of “stacking” sentences. The recent case of Miranda v. Nielsen, 2010 WL 148218 (D. Ariz. 2010) held that Indian tribes do not have authority to sentence convicted criminals to consecutive sentences amounting to more than 1 year (the limit set by the Indian Civil Rights Act). Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Hilzendeger represented the tribal prisoner (Miranda) who was convicted on all counts of an eight count indictment in Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court. Some of her sentences were stacked consecutively, for a total term of 910 days. One free credit of CLE will be offered for this event. Please contact Ann Marie Downes at or 480.727.0616 for additional information.

ILP Lunch Presentation Feb. 15 Tribal Law & Order Act

ILP Lunch Presentation

Discussion of Tribal Law & Order Act

Monday, February 15, 2010
Room 118
12:15 — 1:15
Lunch will be served!
One free CLE credit!

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., introduced major bipartisan legislation in 2009 aimed at strengthening law enforcement and justice in Indian communities. LL.M. in Tribal Policy, Law and Government student Peter Whitney will offer participants some perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed legislation.

Please contact Ann Marie Downes at or 480.727.0616 for additional information.

General Counsel Job Posting

Pueblo of Pojoaque

General Counsel

The Pueblo of Pojoaque is accepting applications
for General Counsel.
Applicant will assume
diverse roles while working with Pueblopeople, their government and Pueblo corporations.
A background of federal Indian law is
essential. Primary areas of practice include the
areas of domestic affairs, tribal corporations,
water law and general civil law. Criminal lawpractice is at a minimum. Litigation experience
in tribal, state and federal court is highly
prized. Salary is dependent on experience.
Position will be filled within 30 days of this
posting. Send resumes via e-mail to fdemolli@

Associate Attorney Job Posting

Associate Attorney
The Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP is seeking a full
time associate attorney with one to three years
of relevant experience to work primarily on
Indian water rights litigation in our Santa Fe,
New Mexico office starting as soon as possible.
Demonstrated interest in Indian law is required.
Experience in water law and/or Indian law is
strongly preferred. The Firm is dedicated to the
representation of Indian Tribes and Tribal entities
on environmental issues, natural resource
protection and development, jurisdictional
issues, Tribal governance issues, economic development
projects, and in administrative and regulatory
processes as well as in trial and appellate
litigation. Native Americans are encouraged to
apply. Please apply immediately by submitting:
(1) a cover letter describing your interest in and
qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3)
a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references,
and (5) an official law school transcript to Hiring
Partner Santa Fe Position, Nordhaus Law
Firm, LLP, 1239 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe,
NM 87501. You may submit your application by
email to

Press Release
Navajo Government Forum at Arizona State University:
Debate on government reform voting initiatives to reduce the Council from 88 to 24 and provide a presidential line-item veto
Tempe, Arizona: For Immediate Release
A Navajo Government Forum that will focus on two initiatives — one that would reduce the Navajo Council from 88 members to 24 members and one that would add a line-item veto — will be hosted by Arizona State University at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Armstrong Hall at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
President Joe Shirley Jr. and three Council delegates — Kee Allen Begay (Many Farms/Round Rock Chapters), Jonathan Nez (Shonto Chapter) and Leonard Tsosie (Whitehorse Lake/Pueblo Pintado/Torreon Chapters) — will be questioned by a panel of experts, then will take questions on any Navajo Nation issue from the audience.
The initiatives will be on the Navajo Nation ballot in December. Voter registration closes Nov. 16, and voter registration will be available the evening of the forum.
The forum was conceived and organized by the ASU Navajo Students for Politics Committee, and is designed to mobilize ASU students and provide information for the the greater Phoenix Navajo community
The event is sponsored by the American Indian Policy Institute, American Indian Student Support Services, the Office of the Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs, the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, American Indian Studies, and the Phoenix Indian Center.
For more information, contact Kate Rosier, Director of the Indian Legal Program, at (480) 965-6204.

Professor Rebecca Tsosie Welcomed as Inaugural Oregon Tribes Professor of Law

Oregon Law is pleased to welcome Professor Rebecca Tsosie as the first ever Oregon Tribes Law Professor and a Wayne Morse Center distinguished speaker for the Climate Ethics, Climate Equity theme.
Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations and serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. She has served as Executive Director of the top ranked Indian Law program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law since 1996. She teaches Indian law, property, bioethics, and critical race theory, as well as seminars on international indigenous rights. Professor Tsosie also teaches in the school’s LL.M. program in Tribal Policy, Law, and Government. Additionally, she is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology and an Affiliate Professor in ASU’s American Indian Studies Program. In 2005, Professor Tsosie was appointed a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar.
Professor Tsosie has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy, and cultural rights. She is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. Professor Tsosie is the co-author of a federal Indian law casebook titled American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System. In addition, Professor Tsosie annually speaks at several national conferences on tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources.
Professor Tsosie is a recipient of numerous distinguished awards and honors, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Native Nations Distinguished Alumnus Award, the “Judge Learned Hand Award” for Public Service, and the American Bar Association’s “2002 Spirit of Excellence Award.”
During Professor Tsosie’s visit, she will meet and consult with the faculty, students, and staff on Indian legal education, meet with Oregon Law’s Native American Law Student Association, meet with Oregon tribes to discuss the issues of climate change, and present the annual Rennard Strickland lecture, cosponsored by the Wayne Morse Center and Oregon Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law (“ENR”) Program on October 15.
The Oregon Tribes Professorship is established to boost scholarship, public service, and academic offerings in Indian Law. It is aimed to provide legal education about and to the Native Americans at Oregon Law, and serve as a bridge between the law school and the Native American community. This chair was made possible by a grant from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and contributions from numerous registered tribes in Oregon.

Dorinda Strmiska has accepted a new position with the National Indian Gaming Commission. She will be starting there on October 13, 2009.
The ILP congratulates you!