Job Opportunities – DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc

DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc. 

DNA-People’s Legal Services (DNA) is the nation’s largest non-profit Native American legal services program. Since its inception, DNA has pursued an aggressive program of advocacy for the disadvantaged and actively promoted community legal education. We assist low income individuals and families with their most critical legal needs, ensuring a steadfastvoice in the justice system for those struggling with the challenges of poverty. We provide multilingual community legal education and work with community groups to ensure that low-income people understand and can exercise their fundamental legal rights. And we actively work to promote tribal sovereignty and strengthen the judicial systems of those tribes living in and around the areas we serve.

– MLP Attorney, Tuba City, AZ
Closes: 10/13/17
– Staff Attorney, Hopi Public Defender, Keams Canyon, AZ
Closes: 10/13/17

Application Instructions
Applications must include an employment application, transcripts, cover letter, resume, writing sample (5 pages or less), and a list of three references. Any missing documents is considered incomplete.

E-mail to:
Mail: DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 765; Tuba City, AZ, 86045
Phone: (928) 283-3206; Fax: (928) 283-5460

DNA is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Preference is given to qualified Navajo and other Native American applicants.

Download vacancy announcement PDF: 090617 Advertisement_HPD_MLP-TC

Job Posting – Tribal Court Solicitor

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Salary: $90,724 – $129,283 Annually
Closing Date: 9/16/17 11:59 PM

Position Summary: Under general supervision from the Chief Judge, provides legal review and advice to Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Court. Through legal expertise with Tribal laws, provides research for the Court, working to resolve legal issues as they arise. Ensures that applicable laws are followed so that tribal sovereignty is protected and enhanced. This position may be expected to work evenings and weekends as needed and is not subject to a standard work schedule.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree and graduate of recognized law school, with a minimum of three years experience in state and/or federal setting, and at least three years experience in a tribal court setting. Prefer experience/familiarity with executive, legislative, and judicial functions of tribal government.

Must be admitted to a State Bar, preferably the Arizona State Bar, and to Federal District Court. Incumbent can have no prior felony convictions, no prior misdemeanor convictions in any jurisdiction within the last seven (7) years, and no disbarment or current suspension from other tribal, state or federal courts.  Must attend a minimum of 15 hours annual continuing legal education as related to job and approved by supervisor.

For full job description and application submission, click here: Tribal Court Solicitor

Job Posting – Counsel, Fair Elections Legal Network

The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan election reform and advocacy organization established in 2006 based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve election administration using research, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation.
FELN is seeking an attorney with a background in civil rights or elections to implement the organization’s programmatic objectives. The organization is currently transitioning from operating with a fiscal sponsor to operating as an independent 501(c)(3). This position will be hired directly as part of the 501(c)(3).

Fair Elections_Counsel Job Announcement 08.2017.docx

Job Opportunities

Hopi Tribe

Chief Prosecutor. Responsible for the executive and administrative control of the Tribal Prosecutor’s Office, as well as prosecuting crimes committed within the Hopi Reservation and its boundaries, and prosecuting delinquency and minor child in need of care petitions.

Probation Officer. Manages a case load and enforces court ordered probationary sentences by supervising and monitoring probationers under the direct supervision of the Chief Probation Officer. The incumbent performs paraprofessional duties requiring knowledge and skill in assessments, investigation, counseling, and supervision of probationers.

Deputy General Counsel. Provides professional legal counsel and representation to the Hopi Tribal government – including the legislative and executive branches of the Hopi Tribe, the administrative departments, offices, and programs – as specified by the Tribal Council and the General Council.

Licensed Deputy Prosecutor. Performs professional legal work in prosecuting criminal offense, juvenile offenses, and certain civil cases in the Hopi Tribal Courts, including legal research and preparation of Court documents; response to citizen inquiries relating to tribal court procedures and violations of Tribal laws prosecuted in Tribal Court.

Link: Hopi Tribe job listings and application details

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians

Tribal Court Clerk. Grant Funded Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Grant – Bureau of Justice Assistant. Three (3) year temporary grant project. Projected End Date: 9/30/2018. Funding may be available at the end of the grant to sustain this position. Closes 8/7/2017.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Paid Law Clerk, Lansing. Students who have completed their first year in law
school are welcome to apply.

Pueblo of Laguna

Attorney. Under general direction of Government Affairs Director, serves as an in-house legal adviser, representative, and counselor. Ensures the adherence to applicable laws to protect and enhance tribal sovereignty, to avoid or prevent expensive legal disputes and litigation, and to protect the legal interests of the Pueblo government. Consistently applies the Pueblo’s Core Values in support of Workforce Excellence. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

National Indian Gaming Commission

Financial Analyst, Washington, D.C. Will review and analyze complex financial data, reconcile general ledger, coordinate budget process, calculate fees and various user charge rates, and prepare reports and analyses which are critical to the agency’s financial operations. The incumbent may work with various Divisions and other programs of the agency to carry out duties.

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Job Opportunities

Spokane Tribe

Conflict Public Defender, Wellpinit, WA. Responsible for representing defendants in criminal prosecutions in the Spokane Tribal Court. This position is open continuous. Applications can be downloaded at

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

2018 Summer Clerkships and Fellowships. A boutique law firm in San Francisco, CA specializing in government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law. We have a growing federal Indian law practice, focusing on cultural resource protection, government-to-government consultation, tribal jurisdiction, land use, and renewable energy. Summer clerkships are open to students who will have completed their 2L year. The three-year fellowship is open to recent law school graduates. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, with a firm deadline of Labor Day for both programs.

Tulalip Tribes

Attorney. Closes July 28, 2017.

Hualapai Tribe

Public Defender. Closes August 14, 2017.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Tribal Child Support Unit Attorney, Juneau, AK. This position’s duties and responsibilities include representing the Tlingit and Haida Tribal Child Support Unit (TCSU) in Tribal and State courts, drafting legal documents for child support and paternity cases, providing legal guidance to the TCSU agency, researching legal issues, interpreting statutes, rules and regulations relevant to child support and paternity. Salary range $68,872 – $87,825 per year.  Position open until 4 pm, August 18, 2017.  Tlingit & Haida accepts electronic applications only. For questions contact Human Resources: or Telephone 907-463-7707 or 463-7106.

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Chief Judge. This position is open until filled.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Court Clerk, Temecula, CA.

Previous Friday Jobs Announcement: 7/14/2017

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Job Opportunity – Victim Assistance Specialist

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
Knoxville, Tennessee

Position:  Victim Assistance Specialist, GS-301-09
Area of Consideration: Open to Status Candidates
Open Date: July 18, 2017
Close Date: August 1, 2017

If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee that is responsible for advocating for victims of federal crimes. Typical work assignments will include:

  • Reviews literature and research regarding new and developing victim issues to obtain information regarding new programs and services for victims of crime.
  • Coordinates with federal investigative agencies to identify cases with victims.
  • Receives calls and correspondence from victims concerning a variety of specific difficulties they may experience as a direct result of a crime.
  • Provides in-court support during hearings and trials.
  • Provides case status updates to victims.

For full job description and application, click here (current federal employees):

For full job description and application, click here (public):

ILP Student Summer Job Updates

Kris Beecher (rising 2L) started his Summer off by being appointed and confirmed to the Navajo Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, and was subsequently elected Chairman of the Board on June 10th, 2017. He also found time to speak to Native youth attending a Summer program at ASU, and was sworn in as one of the newest members of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. Additionally, his internship at the Navajo Nation Chief Prosecutor’s Office is giving him plenty of Summer reading.

Alexander Mallory (rising 2L) is an intern at the Office of the Public Defender in Maui, Hawaii. He has assisted attorneys with various pre-trial motions such as a motion to dismiss indictment, a motion to compel, and a motion to quash. He is also been assigned post-trial matters, including a Rule 40 petition.

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Squaxin Island Tribe

The Legal Department advises and represents the Squaxin Island Tribe in Federal, Squaxin Island and State courts and in administrative proceedings.  The Department’s practice includes legal advice; document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Squaxin Island policy committees, departments and entities; contract preparation and review; drafting ordinances; economic development; intergovernmental issues; treaty hunting and fishing rights and management; reservation lands governance and management; water rights; environmental protection; Indian gaming; and housing and utilities.

For full job description and application submission, click here:

Job Opportunity – Tribal Liaison

The Office of Government Relations is seeking candidates for the City of Portland Tribal Liaison position. A primary objective is to assist the City Council and all City bureaus to strengthen relationships and coordinate overall policy development with Tribal Governments and the American Indian/ Alaska Native community in Portland. The position acts as a primary point of contact for City Council and all city bureaus and offices, and convenes the Portland Native American Advisory Commission. In addition to formalizing ongoing relationships with tribal governments and the urban Indian community, this person will provide access to expertise on tribal history, treaties, sovereignty, self-governance, protocols, customs and traditions, natural resources, relevant economic enterprises and cultural properties. The Tribal Liaison will report to the Director of Government Relations and hold a full-time position within the Office of Government Relations.

Closing Date: 7/10/17 4:30 pm

Download full job description: Portland Tribal Liaison

Job Opportunity – In House Staff Attorney

Blackfeet Tribe

In House Staff-Attorney. Will represent the Tribe in administrative and civil litigation proceedings in federal, state and tribal forums. Primarily responsible for general litigation matters, employment relations, legislative advocacy, and assisting tribal programs.  It is preferred that an applicant have at least five (5) years experience in the practice of law.  The applicant must be licensed in the State of Montana and produce a Certificate of Good Standing with the Montana State Bar. The applicant should have demonstrated interest and knowledge of federal Indian Law, administrative law, and trial advocacy.  The position requires personal integrity and the ability to produce timely and accurate written work.  Salary will be negotiable.  Applicant must submit to a criminal background check and pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Please send a resume, three (3) references, and a short writing sample to Blackfeet Legal Department, P.O. Box 849, Browning, MT, 59417-7777 or email  The position will remain open until filled.  If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Blackfeet Legal Department at (406) 338-7777.

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