ILP Students Summer Job Updates – Chris Channell, Meredith Duarte, & Sarah Crawford

Chris Channell (3L), Meredith Duarte (2L) and Sarah Crawford (2L) are spending their summer at Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Office of the Prosecutor lead by ILP grad Jeff Harmon (’05). The students are shown with their certificates to practice in tribal court where they spend most of their time. Thank you to Jeff and the SRPMIC community for giving them this great opportunity!

ILP Student Summer Job Update – DesiRae Deschine

DesiRae Deschine (rising 2L) is one of ten selected for the prestigious Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship and is interning at the Department of the Interior, Solicitor’s Office, Division of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. DesiRae has been working closely with the attorney-advisors in the Branch of Trust Services on the Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations. Her major project is researching matters related to the federal trust responsibility for Indian trust land and the implications for Indian probate. As a Udall Intern she is meeting with Congressional members, such as Senator Tom Udall, and with American Indian advocacy and public interest organizations, such as the Native American Rights Fund and the National Congress of American Indians. She is enjoying the D.C. experience by visiting the Smithsonians, walking the National Mall, attending Congressional hearings, networking, and making new friends.

SAVE THE DATE – Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage – Dec. 6-8

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

Registration will open on August 1:

Download PDF flyer.

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

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

Legal News Updates from ILP

US v. Gila Valley Irrigation District, No. 14-16942 (9th Cir., June 13, 2017):

Gila River v. DCS, No. CV-16-0220-PR (Ariz., June 13, 2017):

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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