Prof. Larry Roberts article on today’s McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court decision

“Today’s decision is a significant win for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and for Tribal Nations across the country. With the Muscogee (Creek) Nation facing opposition from the Trump Administration, this Court made clear that treaties mean something – that they are the supreme law of the land,” said Larry Roberts, ASU Law’s Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Executive Director.

Read the article on ASU’s American Indian Policy Institute’s blog here.

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Tribal COVID-19 Funding

Tribal COVID-19 Funding from CDC
A noncompetitive notice of funding opportunity, CDC-RFA-OT20-2004: Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response, has been published on Grants.gov. This emergency funding opportunity is designed to fund federally recognized tribes that contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under Title I and Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or consortia of these tribes, or their bona fide agents. All federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents should apply for this announcement to be considered for future funding under this announcement. During a national emergency, these organizations are uniquely positioned to provide emergency preparedness and response support for tribal health departments and other components of the tribal public health system. Applications are due by 11:59 pm (EDT), May 31, 2020. More information is available atCOVID-19 Funding for Tribes.


Tribal COVID-19 Funding Opportunities from FEMA
As a result of the President’s national emergency declaration for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on March 13, 2020, tribal governments may be a recipient or subrecipient for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public assistance. New guidance supports questions related to the tribal recipient/subrecipient assistance process pursuant to the nationwide COVID-19 emergency. View Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response: Tribal Recipients.

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Moot Court Competition

From Feb. 21 to 23, Blair Tarman (2L) and Dylan West (2L) participated in NNALSA’s Moot Court Competition in UC Berkeley. Coached by Torey Dolan (’19), the duo advanced to the 16th round, beating out 54 teams to become the 11th seed. They did an amazing job! 

West said he and Tarman put many hours of efforts in to prepare for the competition in order to represent ASU Law well. Although it did take a lot of work to go to the competition, he learned a lot from the experience that he will carry into his studies and future career. 

“The amount of work required to compete can appear daunting at first, but the results far exceeded the cost,” said West. “The experience of advocating before a panel against an adverse party is always useful experience no matter which field of law you go into, and the experience left me with a much firmer understanding of Federal Indian Law and a passion for oral advocacy.” 

Several ILP alumni and ASU Law associates were competition judges. 

Thank you for participating! 

$5 million gift to new Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently made a $5 million gift to Arizona State University to provide for the renovation of the historic Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles and to establish an endowment to support the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU’s Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs. The gift will assist in increasing educational opportunities in the field of Indian law, the expansion of work experience for students interested in Indian law and will contribute to the development of Indian law trainings for Indian tribes and organizations. Read more: http://bit.ly/2GRoFmk

Job Opportunity – Titla & Parsi Associate or Of-Counsel

The law firm of Titla & Parsi, PLLC is looking to hire an associate or of-counsel with 1-3 years’ experience to join their team. The Firm specializes in Federal Indian Law, and also does corporate/commercial transactions, real estate, personal injury, employment and environmental law.

Requirements:

·        1-3 years of experience, preferably with Indian Law

·        Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona

·        Strong communication, research, and writing skills

·        Excellent attention to detail

For consideration please submit cover letter and resume to Kevin Parsi at: kp@titlaparsi.com.  Salary will depend on experience.

Job Opportunity – Deputy Executive Director

Navajo Nation Washington Office
Washington, DC

Duties and Responsibilities:
In coordination with the Executive Director oversee operations of the Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO), including development and implementation of policies and operating standards; supervises staff, provides administrative direction, guidance and monitoring within the NNWO; handles personnel issues and identifies employee development requirements; determines compliance with organizational policies and procedures and evaluates staff performance ; performs work of unusual difficulty with responsibility to support the overall planning and execution of goals and objectives of the Nation; performs related work as assigned.

Assists with review, analysis and research on proposed pending legislation, and policy initiatives to ensure that legislation and policy initiatives to ensure that legislation and initiatives do not adversely affect the Navajo Nation; assists with drafting legislative bills, policy proposals and position papers and provides detailed reports on the activities of Congress to the Nation; advocates and communications extensively with congressional representatives and federal agencies to provide briefings and background on the issues and positions of the Nation; analyzes existing federal regulations to protect the interests of the Nation; analyzes legislative, policy and budgetary initiatives developed by the federal government; provides reports to the Nation outlining the political and policy ramification of these initiatives and provide strategic recommendation on how the Nation should address these initiatives.

Coordinate meetings with congressional representatives and federal officials; prepares materials and strategy for the meeting and accompanies Navajo officials in the meetings; develops public affairs campaigns and formulates coalitions with interest groups, nongovernmental organizations and other governments to further the Nation’s position; attends congressional hearings, press conferences and markups to gather important intelligence on matters of concern to the Nation; assists in the preparation of news releases and articles for publication to increase the awareness of the Nation’s needs; attends strategy meetings; keeps abreast of current events and national news regarding Native Americans; may represent the Navajo Nation at various functions.

For full job description, click here.

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Job Opportunity: Associate Litigation Attorney

Associate Litigation Attorney

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP

Associate Litigation Attorney
Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is seeking candidates with 3+ years of litigation experience to join our metropolitan Omaha, Nebraska office. The right candidate will have the opportunity to work on cases in a variety of areas including constitutional law, environmental law, real estate, employment, tax issues, corporate/business matters, and complex federal, state and tribal court litigation at both trial and appellate levels.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP provides legal representation and advocacy in a broad range of services, with an emphasis in tribal law and federal Indian law serving tribal nations, tribal business enterprises and tribal organizations throughout the United States.

Requirements
•Active admission to any state bar
•Degree from an accredited U.S. Law School
•Attention to detail and demonstrated ability to follow standard procedures
•Comprehensive knowledge of litigation
•Ability to effectively interact, orally and in writing
•Licensed attorney with 3 years of experience in general civil litigation
•Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities with a “roll up yoursleeves” and team-oriented attitude
•Exceptional organizational skills, juggling priorities and adhering to strict deadlines
•First-rate academic credentials and references
•Superior research, writing and analytical skills and technology oriented
 

Preferred
•Knowledge of or experience working with Indian law or tribal courts
•Experience with Microsoft Office and cloud-based computer environment
Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:
Competitive salary
Health insurance
Dental insurance
LTD & Life insurance
Unlimited paid time off for attorneys (billable time requirement apply)
401K with match
Work -life balance and employee wellness promoted environment

Please send your cover letter and resume to: bbaker@bigfirelaw.com

www.bigfirelaw.com

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Fresh Starts – Hearing from our incoming 1Ls and transfer students

As we head into the fall 2019 semester, we welcome 12 new students into our Indian Legal Program! Law school can offer the keys to a successful future in law and the beginnings of life-long friendships, according to alumni. But what view do our new students have on starting at the ILP, ASU Law and law school in general? Five of our students shared their thoughts.

ASU Law 2019 Orientation

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