Roatch-Haskell lecture with Robert J. Miller – 3/23

The John F. Roatch and Linda Haskell Lectures,
a special one-day event

March 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University Club of Phoenix
The event is free and open to public. Register here.

The Program
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Arrival and registration
Coffee and muffins

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. | The Roatch Lecture
Frank Rennie, Professor of Sustainable Rural Development and Assistant Principal
Lews Castle College University of the Highlands Islands
Celtic lands and identities: Global and local implications

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. | A brief commentary from Professor Miller

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Discussion (Audience Q&A)

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. | Break
Coffee and pastry refill in the garden

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | The Haskell Speaker
Robert Miller, Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
Faculty Director, Rosette LLP American Indian Economic Development Program
Indian Nations: Land, governance and economic development

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. | A brief commentary from Professor Rennie

12:15 – 12:30 p.m. | Discussion (Audience Q&A)

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. | Presentations

The audience will move to the garden for lunch after a brief break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Luncheon in the Garden

To view full announcement, click here.

Arizona Voting Rights – 3/9

The Arizona Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting a public meeting to hear testimony regarding potential barriers to voting such as language access, access to the polls, early voting, and voter registration that may have a disparate impact on voters on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Download pdf AZ SAC Voting Rights Briefing Flyer

Job Opportunity – General Counsel

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
General Counsel

Job Purpose:
Serves as chief legal representative and advisor to the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
(Note: Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at the sole discretion of Sycuan Management at any time)

1. Provides timely and efficient legal services to officers, directors, employees, Tribal government, and Tribal business enterprises, including subordinate Tribal entities

2. Researches legal issues and provides legal analysis pertaining to Tribal Government policies, positions and actions in which legal considerations are necessary and advises the Tribal Council Accordingly

3. Provides legal consultation and guidance to officers, directors, management and staff on a wide range of issues including real property, tort, contract gaming, child

To download full job description, click the following link: General Counsel Job Description

Job Opportunity – Consultant/General Project Manager

National Congress of American Indians
Washington, DC

Position Name: Consultant/General Project Manager
Category: NCAI Internal OR External Consultant
Open Date: 2018-02-07
Close Date: 2018-02-28
Organization: National Congress of American Indians
Location: Washington, DC

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians 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, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people, and rights. For more information, visit the NCAI website at

NCAI provides technical assistance to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Tribal/Interior Budget Council (TIBC). The mission of TIBC is: To provide a forum and process, consistent with the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Section 450 a-1 and Executive Order #13175 and Department of the Interior’s Government-to-Government policy, whereby Tribes and the Department work together to develop policy and budgets that provide: 1) DOI to fulfill its Trust responsibilities and Treaty obligations; and 2) the fulfillment of Tribes’ inherent sovereign rights of self-determination, self-governance, and self-sufficiency, as well as securing levels of funding necessary to strengthen Tribal governmental capacity to serve their Tribal citizens and communities.

In 2017, TIBC commissioned an assessment of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Budget (BIA) Budget Formulation Process. The resulting report provides recommendations for ways TIBC and BIA could improve its budgeting process. To implement the report’s recommendations, the TIBC formed a Budget Process Improvement Workgroup. This Workgroup is seeking a General Project Manager or Consultant with the following skills, experience, and competencies who will meet the deliverables set out by the Workgroup in the laid out timeframe.

To download full job description, click the following PDF:
Consultant-General Project Manager 2018-02-07

Honoring 45 years of teaching with Professor Robert N. Clinton – 3/22


Professor Clinton first joined the ILP family in 2001 and he will be greatly missed.  We are collecting retirement messages for Professor Clinton to include in a slideshow that will be displayed during the gathering. Send your messages and RSVP to

Please join us to wish congratulations and farewell to our distinguished Foundation Professor of Law Robert N. Clinton.

Lunch Conversation with Honorable Ernest Sickey – Today!

Friday, February 9, 2018 / 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society
President Peterson Zah Active Learning Classroom, Room 352
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Ernest Sickey held leadership roles for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana for nearly three decades. He was a trailblazer in the evolution of Indian affairs in the southeastern United States and led his own community from legal obscurity to becoming the first tribe to be recognized by the state (1972), one of the only tribes in the nation to be recognized by the Department of Interior through administrative channels (1973), and laid the foundation for multiple economic ventures that have since placed the Coushatta among the state’s top private employers.

In addition to his efforts in advocating for his own community, Sickey lobbied the Louisiana legislature to create an Office of Indian Affairs, which he served as the first executive director. He was also among the founders of the Louisiana Inter-Tribal Council and Institute for Indian Development. Today, Louisiana is home to four federally recognized and ten state recognized tribes.

A key player in the broader regional movement in promoting Indigenous rights, Sickey was among the original members of the United Southern and Eastern Tribes. He testified before Congress, led efforts in establishing legal precedents around land claims and tribal jurisdiction, and has spoken before United Nations panels.

Free and open to public. RSVP at or 480-965-2922

18th Annual Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception – 4/5

Announcing the 19th Annual ILP Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony & Reception to be held April 5, 20178 5:30 pm at Shadows Lounge, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We hope to see you there!

Friendly reminder – Don’t forget to nominate your classmates for the ILP alumni awards. These will be given out at the ILP mixer at Fed Bar. Awards will be presented at the ILP Alumni Reception at Fed Bar on April 5th at Talking Sticks Resort. See nominations details – 2018 ILP Alumni Awards. Nominations due Friday, February 19th! Nomination materials should be sent by email to:

Climate Impacts conference recap in The Revelator

“Climate change is one of those things that can uproot all people,” said Lickers, environmental science officer for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in Ontario, Canada, one of the Haudenosaunee peoples. “We’ve been concerned about climate change for a long, long time.” Read the full article Tribal Cultures Under Water – Falling Through Thin Ice.

Job Opportunities

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Chief Judge, Needles, C.A. Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Fort Mojave Tribal Court, and for the administrative operations of the Fort Mojave Tribal Court and supervises the Tribal Court and its employees, including case management and the timelines of decisions. Anyone interested would go to the website, go to careers, and scroll down to fill out an application, or call the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s Human Resources Department at 760-629-6147 and we can fax or e-mail the application.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Staff Attorney, Reno, N.V. Works under the direction and supervision of the Senior Staff Attorney to provide legal counsel and representation to the RSIC Tribal Chairman, Tribal Council and staff on legal and quasi-legal matters as directed by the Senior Staff Attorney. The entire application process including downloadable job application can be found here.

Department of Justice

AUSA, Criminal Division, District of Montana, Billings, M.T. Handles the prosecution of economic crime, public corruption, narcotic cases and Indian Country cases for the District of Montana.

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Tribal Attorney, Oakhurst, C.A. Serves as an in-house legal advisor, representative, and counselor. Job application and job description can be located at

Department of Commerce

Attorney-Advisor, NOAA, Silver Spring, M.D. Provides legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on protected resources actions, such as those developed pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Federal Power Act and other protected resources statutes. Closes February 15, 2018.

Yakama Nation

Attorney II, Office of Public Defender, Toppenish, W.A. Serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Applications may be made to the Yakama Nation Human Resources Department at the Yakama Nation website. Now open until February 5, 2018. Previously posted in #57.

Comanche Nation

Associate District Judge (RFP), Lawton, O.K. Deadline for submission is February 7, 2018 at 4:00pm CST. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format via email: Sealed proposals will be received in person at Comanche Nation Administration Building, 584 NW Bingo Rd., Lawton, OK 73502 Attention: Grants Department. Previously posted in #57.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Court Investigator (RFP), Juneau, A.K. The Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Court Investigator(s) for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) Court Investigators for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one-year Options for a maximum of four years. Previously posted in #50.

Other jobs recently posted:

AUSA, Criminal Division, Western District of Michigan (1/25/18).

Note: Job vacancies are compiled and posted on Fridays to Turtle Talk. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email