Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney


JOB LOCATION : Window Rock, Arizona – Executive/Legal Department
SALARY : $90,000 – $130,000 DOE

Class Summary:
This is an advanced, stand-alone classification encompassing incumbents responsible for providing in-house counsel and legal services to NHA departments, leadership, and the Board of Commissioners. Incumbents possess and apply a comprehensive knowledge of the legal field to actively guide and support NHA’s ongoing operations. Responsibilities may include conducting legal research and developing legal opinions; overseeing compliance activities; and conducting litigations including all related research and document preparation. Incumbents operate with considerable latitude for un-reviewed actions or decisions by virtue of their expert level knowledge and experience. Assignments generally require the interpretation and application of broad organizational policies and objectives into defined programs or services.

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit or upload their resumes and transcriptions on our NHA website at by the closing date to be considered for the position. All applicants are subject to background investigation and must have a valid driver’s license. Failure to submit required documents on-line shall be considered incomplete. If you have any questions please contact NHA Human Resources at (928) 871-2687.

For full job description, download the following pdf: JA_Staff Attorney_112817

Proff. Clinton in Cronkite News – Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona case on custody fight over tribal kids

Professor Robert N. Clinton in Cronkite News “The case falls within the coverage of the act and that’s exactly what the Goldwater Institute objects to … the act itself,” Clinton said Tuesday. “They’re trying to overturn an act of Congress that goes back 40 years … and has weathered every constitutional challenge that has been voiced against it.”

Read full article: Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona case on custody fight over tribal kids

Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage – Attorney CLE Early Bird Registration ends TODAY!

Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage CLE conference will be held Wednesday, December 6* – Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom on ASU Tempe campus.

*Note: December 6 is evening only and will feature Before The Flood by Fisher Stevens. This film features Leonardo DiCaprio with contributions by many scientists and researchers from around the world, who meet and discuss the reality of climate change in various locations on five continents as they witness climate change firsthand.

On the evening of December 7, there will be a staged reading of nationally acclaimed playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle ’s play, Fairly Traceable. This play tells the story of two young attorneys – one a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, the other a citizen of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe in southern Louisiana – who are both fighting to save their Tribal Nations and families from climate change.  Click here to read reviews.

Registration at:

Download updated PDF flyer – Climate Impacts 102617

Questions? Contact Jennifer Williams at or 480-727-0420.

Job Opportunity – Associate Attorney

Yoder & Langford PC

Full-time associate position for attorney with 0-5 years’ experience.  Assignments would include both civil litigation and transactional work.  Firm practice includes health care, employee benefits and federal agency compliance/controversy work for a client base primarily consisting of Indian tribal governments and local municipalities.  Intellectual curiosity, dedication, and hard work is required.

For full job description, click here.

Standing Rock Documentary – 11/13 & 11/14

The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture Series on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community is featuring Myron Dewey, a Standing Rock drone pilot who has made a documentary of his footage, titled Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock. The documentary will be screened on November 13 at Sun Devil Market Place, 660 S College Ave, Tempe, and on November 14 in Steel Auditorium, Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix.  The events begin at both sites with a reception followed by a screening of the documentary and a question and answer session.

Click here for press release about Myron and his documentary:

Standing Rock activist, filmmaker to speak at ASU indigenous series events

Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone), a filmmaker, citizen journalist and educator is the featured speaker in ASU’s Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community for fall 2017.

With Josh Fox and James Spione, Dewey co-directed the documentary film “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock,” which chronicles the #NoDAPL peaceful protests on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

ASU will host two screenings of “Awake”: the first on Monday, November 13 at Sun Devil Marketplace, 660 South College Avenue in Tempe and the second on Tuesday, November 14 at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. Both events begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the film at 6:45 p.m. Dewey will be present for a Q & A after the screenings, which are free of charge and open to the public.

Dewey is from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band (Trout Eaters) on his father’s side and Bishop Paiute Tribe on his mother’s side. He holds AA and BS degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University and an MA from the University of Kansas. He is founder and owner of Digital Smoke Signals, a social media and film company.

Committed to what he calls “indigenizing media,” Dewey works to bridge the digital divide between mainstream media and native communities. He is an expert drone operator, youth media trainer, and language preservation app builder.

Henry Quintero, faculty advisor for Red Ink journal and an assistant professor of English in Indigenous Literature at ASU, believes Dewey is succeeding at this, primarily because Dewey’s work exists outside traditional confines of space and place. He “has transformed and Indigenized American journalism,” he said.

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, “Awake” has been called “powerful” by the Hollywood Reporter and “an evocative wake-up call told as a visual poem” by IndieWire. The film does not follow a single protagonist but instead forms a “pastiche” of narrative, mostly indigenous, voices. Myron Dewey’s drone footage adds both immediacy and perspective to the film, making him “one of the most closely followed journalists to come out of the movement” (IndieWire). For Dewey’s work, “Awake” won the Special Founders Prize for Citizen Journalism at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival—a festival founded by legendary documentarian Michael Moore.

“Standing Rock and its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline is one of the most significant events that has occurred in recent history in Indian Country,” said James Riding In, associate professor and interim director of American Indian Studies at ASU. “Myron Dewey’s film footage shot mostly from his drones represents an important development in journalism and the coverage of real-time events. His film is a testament to Indigenous resistance to abuses committed against people and the environment.”

The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

ASU sponsors include the American Indian Studies Program, ASU Library, Department of English, Labriola National American Indian Data Center, Office of American Indian Initiatives, and Red Ink Initiative. The Heard Museum is a community partner.

For more information, visit the series website.