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 bearsearscommission@gmail.com. Open until February 16th, 2018.

 

 

ILP: 11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture – Struggles in Federal Indian Law: Alaska Native Rights and the Katie John Litigation – Next week!

Thursday, January 25 • 4:30-6 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society
W. P. Carey Armstrong Foundation Great Hall
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The 11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture will feature guest lecturer Professor Robert T. Anderson will review the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and focus on the Katie John litigation over the right to fish at a traditional village and fish camp site by upper Ahtna people.

Anderson is a Professor and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School Of Law, and is the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches annually.

Free – This may qualify for 1.0 general CLE credit.

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP at law.asu.edu/canby. We hope to see you there.

Download and print pdf: 2018 Canby Anderson Flyer_CLE

 

2018 ILP Alumni Awards – Call for Nominations

The ILP alumni awards are now open. Nominate your classmates and friends! The ILP Awards include Professional Achievement, Alumni Service Award, and Emerging Leader Award. Nominations are due February 19, 2018! Nomination materials should be sent by email to: Kate.Rosier@asu.edu. Awards will be presented at the ILP alumni reception at Fed Bar on April 5th at Talking Stick Resort.

Nomination Guidelines

ILP Professional Achievement Award – This award recognizes outstanding achievement in Indian Law or Tribal Law throughout an individual’s career. The award honors ILP alumni whose achievements in the field of Indian Law or Tribal Law have brought distinction to themselves and real benefit to the Indian community. Nomination Package Requirements:

  • Describe the unique professional achievements in the field of Indian Law or Tribal Law that has brought distinction to the candidate. (maximum two pages)
  • Describe the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community. (maximum one page)
  • Describe the ways in which the candidate’s achievements are truly extraordinary or exceptional. (maximum one page)
  • Provide at least two letters of support from individuals that can speak to the candidate’s impact on his or her profession.
  • Letters of support should speak to the magnitude of the individual’s impact in the practice of Indian or tribal law or in the Indian community.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Kathy Bowman (’86), Rob Rosette (’96), Diane Enos (’92), Ben Hanley (’71), Herb Yazzie (’75).

ILP Alumni Service Award – This award is given for outstanding service to the Indian Legal Program, and is awarded for extended, extraordinary service to the Indian Legal Program. Nomination Package Requirements

  • Describe the ways in which the candidate has served or supported the ILP and the ILP alumni. Examples can include serving on committees, boards, CLEs, mentoring ILP students, or other volunteer or fundraising efforts or funding commitments. (maximum one page)
  • Describe the ways this service been truly extraordinary. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate’s service has benefited the ILP. (maximum one page)
  • Please provide at least two letters of support from ILP alumni as part of the nomination package.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Ann Marie Downes (’94) and Mary Shirley (’92)

ILP Emerging Leader Award – This award acknowledges and encourages service to Indian Country and the ILP by alumni who are less than ten years out of law school. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in their professional career, volunteer work, and promotion or support of the ILP and/or ASU NALSA. Nomination Package Requirements.

  • Describe how the candidate has achieved professional success in their legal career.
  • Describe the candidate’s volunteer work.
  • Describe how the candidate achieved an exceptional level of service while balancing the demands of being a recent graduate. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate was proactive in efforts to become involved in ILP and/or ILP alumni activities. (maximum one page)
  • Describe how the candidate’s service has been sustained over a long period of time or how the service has been innovative or beneficial. (maximum one page)
  • Provide two letters of support from fellow ILP alumni.
  • Provide a 200 word bio of the nominee.
  • Past winners include: Steve Bodmer (’06) and Elizabeth Medicine Crow (’05), and Charles Galbraith (’07), Matthew Campbell (’08)

Job Opportunity – Assistant General Counsel

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

DEPARTMENT: Legal Department
CLOSE DATE: January 23, 2018

DEFINITION/PURPOSE: Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Essential functions may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION: 1) An attorney in good standing licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona; 2) Two (2) years legal experience working for a federally recognized Indian tribe or in the area

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Human Resources Department
Attn: Recruiter
P O Box 17779
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269
Phone: 480-789-7118
Fax: 480-816-0419
Email: recruiter@ftmcdowell.org

Download full job description: 114 Assistant General Counsel

 

11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture – Struggles in Federal Indian Law: Alaska Native Rights and the Katie John Litigation – In 3 weeks!

Thursday, January 25 • 4-6 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society
W. P. Carey Armstrong Foundation Great Hall
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The 11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture will feature guest lecturer Professor Robert T. Anderson will review the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and focus on the Katie John litigation over the right to fish at a traditional village and fish camp site by upper Ahtna people.

Anderson is a Professor and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School Of Law, and is the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches annually.

Free – This may qualify for 1.0 general CLE credit.

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP at law.asu.edu/canby. We hope to see you there.

Download and print pdf: 2018 Canby Anderson Flyer_CLE

 

Job Opportunity – Senior Assistant General Counsel

Gila River Indian Community
Sacaton, AZ

Job Number: 18-098
Department: Office of General Counsel City: Sacaton, AZ
Location: 525 W. Gu U Ki Road
Salary/Hourly Rate: $105,776 Salary

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
The Senior General Counsel is responsible for a wide range of legal tasks and supervision of assigned attorneys and staff within the Office of General Counsel. This position assists the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in providing legal advice and legal representation to the Community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Supervise junior attorneys and staff in the Office of the General Counsel to ensure proper day-to-day performance.
  • Assist in the representation of the Community in legal matters in the Community (Tribal) Court, state court, federal court and administrative bodies.
  • Represent the Community as an attorney in commercial and other transactions.
  • Advise Community departments, agencies and programs on various issues including compliance issues and policy drafting.
  • Advise the Community Council and assists in revising laws and ordinances of the community.
  • Provide advice on laws, regulations, court opinions and staying abreast of legal developments in order to provide up to date advice to Community departments, agencies and programs.
  • Prepare legal opinions and other memoranda on a wide range of issues.
  • Draft and review resolutions, contracts and intergovernmental agreements.
  • Participate in training for junior attorneys and staff in the office.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

For full job announcement, click the following link: gric-job-posting

Visit the GRIC website and apply online: www.gilariver.org

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

California Indian Legal Services
Bishop, CA

California Indian Legal Services is a statewide, tribally controlled, non-profit corporation that provides legal services to Indian tribes, Indian organizations and low-income individual Indians on issues involving Federal Indian Law. CILS provides a variety of legal services including brief counsel and advice and extended representation on core legal issues affecting Native Americans and Indian tribes. CILS is involved in litigation, policy analysis, and advocacy and also provides transactional services to tribes involving economic development and tribal infrastructure.

The Bishop office of CILS is also home to the Eastern Sierra Legal Assistance Project (ESLAP) and the Inyo Mono Senior Legal Program (IMSLP). ESLAP provides brief services/referrals on general poverty law issues to low-income individuals in Inyo, Mono, and Alpine counties. IMSLP provides brief services/referrals on elder law issues to individuals age 60 years and over in Inyo and Mono counties. Currently, CILS operates four offices in California. Additional information about CILS may be found on our website, at www.calindian.org.

Job Description: 

This is a full-time position devoted to increasing and enhancing the legal services we provide to individuals with Indian law and non-Indian law issues, including general poverty law. Staff attorney will work with individuals, families, organizations and tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, cultural resource protection, Indian education, tribal governance, employment, tribal justice systems, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Responsibilities may range from the provision of brief counsel and services to low-income Indian individuals to representing individuals and tribes in state and federal court, negotiating contracts, advising tribal clients and developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients.

Download full job description, BIS Staff Attorney Job Announcement