Job Opportunity: Attorney-Advisor

Office of Solicitor
U.S. Department of Interior
Phoenix, AZ
Announcement number: SOL-2018-0020
Closing date: 04/23/2018

With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department’s Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department’s diverse and wide-ranging mission.

As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Intermountain Region, Phoenix Field Office located in Phoenix, Arizona, your specific duties will include:

  • Providing advice related to water and power agreements for the Lower Colorado Region, including the Phoenix Area Office, and the Lower Colorado Regional Office located in Boulder City, Nevada..
  • Providing advice on and legal services for matters pertaining to project operations, management, and administration of the Bureau of Reclamation for the Lower Colorado Region.
  • Providing advice on and legal services on matters relating to laws and regulations of general applicability to Federal agencies, such as the Freedom of Information Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, federal appropriation laws, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
  • Providing litigation support on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and Interior agencies, primarily the Bureau of Reclamation, to the Department of Justice, and reviewing and analyzing draft legislation and agency policy guidance.
  • Involves knowledge of water law; reclamation law; contracts, financial assistance, and cooperative agreements; federal and state litigation procedure; the federal Indian trust responsibility and statutes relating to interactions between the federal government and Tribes; federal environmental laws; the ability to analyze legal requirements and succinctly provide advice and counsel to technical/non-legal professionals; and the ability to interact and negotiate with outside entities, including Tribes, States, and local governmental entities, regarding contracts, agreements, and other matters.

For full job description and to apply, click the following link:

Job Opportunity – Program Director

Native American Program (NAPOLS)
Legal Services of Oregon (LASO)
Portland, Oregon

Application Deadline
5/4/2018, 5:00 PM MST

Anticipated Job Start Date

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a Program Director for its Native American Program (NAPOLS), which is located in Portland.

LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems.

NAPOLS assists income-eligible Indian tribes, Native organizations, and individual tribal members, including with cases related to tribal sovereignty and self-governance, estate planning and trust resources, access to benefits, expungement of criminal records, and tribal court cases. NAPOLS also offers community education on a wide range of legal issues. NAPOLS is currently staffed by a Program Director, two staff attorneys, and a paralegal.

The Program Director is responsible for the overall success of NAPOLS. The Director’s management responsibilities include but are not limited to guiding the professional development of attorneys and support staff; managing law office systems; contract administration; and representing NAPOLS in the greater community. The Director also maintains a client caseload providing the highest quality legal services to eligible Indian tribes and individuals.

Proven interest in and commitment to working in Indian Country; expertise in federal, tribal, and state laws impacting tribes and tribal members; excellent legal and communication skills; ability to communicate and work with Indian people and Tribal governments.

Position requires current Oregon State Bar membership or eligibility for admission by reciprocity. Regular travel throughout Oregon, including some overnight travel, is required.

Salary is based on experience, within a statewide salary scale. Full Benefits including health and dental insurance and retirement plan.

Primary Job Contact
Janice Morgan
Executive Director
520 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1130, Portland, OR 97204

Application Method(s)
Application Email:

Apply via Mail to: 520 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1130, Portland, OR 97204

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney 
Yavapai-Apache Nation

Job Title: Staff Attorney
Reports To: Public Defender
Department: Office of the Public Defender
Job Vacancy: YAN-18-035
Status: Regular; Full-Time
Starting Wage: $65,000
Opening Date: 4/09/2018
Closing Date: 4/27/2018


The Staff Attorney investigates, evaluates and defends juveniles and adults accused of violating the criminal laws of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The Staff Attorney also represents parents in dependency and neglect proceedings, including Indian Child Welfare proceedings, before tribal and state courts. The Staff Attorney will perform the duties and responsibilities of the position in an ethical manner and assure that justice is upheld according to the laws and custom of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.


  • Must possess a Law Degree from an ABA accredited law school within 30 days.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona and in good standing within 3 months.
  • Relevant experience in Criminal Law preferred.
  • High level of written and oral communication skills and superior ability to advocate and persuade.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to handle significant number of active matters simultaneously
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to work in a supportive and professional matter with other attorneys, support staff and other agencies
  • Enthusiasm for the law and for public service
  • Comfortable interviewing and working with individuals who have experienced trauma, are in crisis, or who struggle with mental illness and/or substance abuse or addiction
  • Ability to interact constructively with individuals in highly emotional and adversarial situations
  • Comfortable speaking in public to judges or juries and with various segments of the public
  • Thorough knowledge of the rules of evidence, Constitutional law and Criminal law and Procedure and ability to competently apply those rules.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and to handle unexpected problems efficiently.
  • Strong work ethic
  • Outgoing, compassionate and helpful personality
  • Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license and be insurable with the Nation’s insurance carrier, and maintain insurability of the same.

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

For full job description and application information, download PDF Yavapai-Apache Nation Staff Attorney (1)

Job Opportunity – Tribal Judge

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
Tuba City, AZ

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Judge for the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Court is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice for all cases and controversies within the jurisdiction of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe. The Tribal Judge shall administer all cases and controversies arising in law or equity under the Constitution of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, and may assign cases and other matters to lower courts of special jurisdiction, such as traditional dispute resolution, as the Tribal Council establishes in accordance with the Constitution.

Responsibilities will also include establishing and overseeing the administrative operations of the Tribal Court and providing assistance and recommendations to the Tribe to seek out and secure funding to support Tribal Court operations. Additional duties and responsibilities may include the development of Tribal Court rules of procedure, Tribal ordinances and Tribal codes for approval by the Tribal Council.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Must possess a Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
• Must be a member in good standing of the bar of any state.
• Must have at least 3-years of experience or practice in the field of federal Indian law and have demonstrated experience with the concepts of Tribal law and the principles of Tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction.
• Must not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving dishonesty or have been disbarred in any jurisdiction.
• Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
• Must be able to travel and hold hearings both in person in Tuba City, Arizona, and telephonically as necessary to efficiently and effectively administer justice.
• Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening.
• Must have a sincere interest in assisting the Tribe to develop its Tribal Court and administer justice in a fair and impartial manner.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview with the Tribal Council and General Counsel of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe to establish whether he or she meets minimum qualifications, determine suitability for the position, and negotiate the terms and scope of work for the appointment.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, references and writing sample on or before to:

ATTN: Judicial Position
P.O. Box 2950
Tuba City, AZ 86045

With a copy to the Tribe’s General Counsel:
ATTN: Robyn L. Interpreter, Esq.
3301 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

To download full job description and application information, click here: SJSPT Tribal Judge Position Announcement

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

National Congress of American Indians
Washington, D.C.

ABOUT NCAI Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 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. We promote a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native government, people, and rights.

The National Congress of American Indians has an opening for a Staff Attorney in the Washington, DC office. Subject areas may include (but are not limited to): tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, tribal lands, environment and natural resources, public safety, tribal justice systems, juvenile justice, federal agency consultation, taxation, economic development, and other issues of importance to Indian tribal governments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD degree
  • Active Bar Membership and eligibility for DC Bar Admission.
  • 2+ years of legal experience preferred but will consider candidates with varying levels of experience.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to both take direction and work independently, taking initiative within areas of responsibility.
  • Capacity to work under pressure, meet deadlines consistently, and handle multiple projects concurrently,
  •  Knowledge of tribal communities.


Position will be located at NCAI’s Washington DC office.

Applicants should send their resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter by email (preferred), or mail. By email: or By mail: National Congress of American Indians, Attn: Derrick Beetso, 1516 P St, NW Washington, DC 20005

For full job description and application information, download pdf: NCAI Staff Attorney PD 2018 final

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

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).

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Job Opportunity – Bears Ears Tribal Commission Director

Bears Ears
Tribal Commission

The Bears Ears Tribal Commission (Commission) serves as a collaborative manager of the Bears Ears National Monument. In its role as a collaborative manager, the Commission stands next to federal land management agencies in guiding management and management planning across the monument. The Director will implement the Commission’s directives as it collaboratively identifies and helps to implement interim visitation, site protection, and interpretation strategies for the monument, and as it engages in the preparation of recommendations for the national monument management plan for Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. The Bears Ears National Monument stands in the public spotlight for its new approach to engaging with tribes in public land management.

The Commission offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a creative, entrepreneurial, highly personable, culturally competent, and experienced professional to become the Bears Ears Tribal Commission Director. The Commission Director will serve as spokesperson and face of the movement – elevating Commission priorities to tribal leaders, national, state, and local political leaders, the National Congress of American Indians, and other stakeholder groups (15%). The Commission Director will be the point person for fundraising to implement the Commission’s vision for the Bears Ears National Monument (30%). The Director is responsible for carrying out the strategic vision of the Bears Ears Tribal Commission by working closely with the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to partner in land management planning (30%). Finally, the Director is charged with structuring and creating the Bears Ears Traditional Knowledge Institute, an Institute focused on integrating traditional knowledge into land management practices at the Bears Ears (25%). In these latter two efforts, the Director will supervise and work closely with three existing Commission staff – a public land specialist, a cultural resource specialist, and an outreach and operations manager – who are currently implementing land management planning on behalf of the Commission.

We seek an exceptional and entrepreneurial leader capable of and passionate about dedicating their time, energy, and full skillset to growing the Commission into its full potential. The ideal candidate will have experience creating and growing a new organization, preferably one related to Native issues. Experience in land management planning, working with federal agencies, working with tribal nations, and working in collaborations that reach across interest groups is desired. Familiarity with the Bears Ears region and the Colorado Plateau, demonstrated success with fundraising, and supervisory experience are all highly desirable. Above all, we seek an individual willing to put full heart, energy, and intellect into this work to realize the promise of the Bears Ears National Monument, both for the Commission and all Tribes.

Location: Flexible – The residence of the executive director may be located in a community within a three hour drive of the Bears Ears. There is a strong preference for the director to be located in Durango or Cortez, Colorado or in a town in San Juan County, Utah. This position will require extensive travel, mostly in the Southwest.

Compensation: Competitive, commensurate with experience (expected range between $80,000 – $100,000). The Bears Ears Tribal Commission applies Native American Preferences in its hiring practices. We are launching the organization using a two-year contractor structure for all positions, with a vision of building a stand-alone organization with full-time benefit eligible positions at the conclusion of the two years.

Download pdf job description: BETC Executive Director Position Description

Send cover letter and resume to Open until February 16th, 2018.