JOB – General Counsel for Pueblo of Tesuque

The Pueblo of Tesuque in New Mexico is seeking a FT In-House General Counsel to provide legal services covering a broad range of tribal, state and federal Indian law issues. The incumbent must possess a juris doctorate degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school and be licensed to practice law in New Mexico, or have the ability to become licensed in New Mexico, with education and experience in the field of federal Indian law preferred. The candidate must have at least six years work experience; practice for a tribal government as legal counsel is
strongly preferred. Strong negotiation and interpersonal communication skills, including excellent legal writing skills and demonstrated ability to work on diverse legal issues. Salary DOE, fringe benefits, including 401K. Drug screening and background investigation will be
required as a condition of employment.

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 22, 2007 Submit application or resume to:

Pueblo of Tesuque Human Resources
RT. 42 Box 360T, Santa Fe, NM 87506
Fax (505) 982-2331 Attn: Human Resources

Indian Law Experience for Tribal College and University Students

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will host approximately 20 Tribal College and University students for a two-day experience in Indian Law on August 8th and 9th, 2007. There are currently 33 Tribal Colleges and Universities in the United States serving the higher education needs of their local Native American communities. Many of these students are interested in law school but few, if any, early college programs exist to assist these students in preparing for law school.

The “Indian Law Experience for Tribal College and University Students” will begin with a sample class on Indian Law, an information session on how to apply and be accepted into law school, and tours of the campus. The highlight of the two-day program will require participants to act as tribal attorneys representing a fictional tribal government. Participants will be provided with a research packet centered on a current topic of interest in Indian Law. Current law students will serve as mentors and help participants prepare both a legal memo and a presentation based on their memo to fictional tribal councils. The Indian Law Experience will conclude with a moot court presentation by law students.

For additional information or to enroll in the program please call Kate Rosier, Director of the Indian Legal Program, at 480.965.6204 or email at Enrollment is limited to 20 students and preference will be given to Tribal College and University students in their freshman or sophomore years. However, juniors and seniors at TCUs are also encouraged to apply, as well as Native American students enrolled at other community colleges across the country and may participate if space is available. Travel, lodging and food expenses will be covered. The Indian Law Experience is hosted by the Indian Legal Program and made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Reclamation Native American education outreach programs.

JOB – Indian Law Associate Position with Sacks Tierney

One of Arizona’s most dynamic Indian Law practice groups is adding an associate attorney to support the group’s mission of:
· advising tribal governments and tribal corporations in complex legal matters,
· representing clients in tribal courts, and
· assisting private sector businesses in creating appropriate, beneficial enterprises on tribal land.

Qualifications. Desirable candidates will have two or more years of litigation or transaction experience, and they will possess a keen interest in Indian law, economic development, land use, government affairs, gaming and/or litigation matters affecting not only Arizona tribes, but also companies seeking to enter into productive and mutually beneficial relationships with tribal governments.

Private Sector Representation. Our strong relationships with tribal governments and knowledge of pertinent federal laws allow us to represent private-sector developers and other types of businesses in economic development efforts on tribal lands. We have successfully assisted our clients in the gaming industry and the development of recreational and commercial enter­prises on Arizona reservations.

Tribal Representation. Sacks Tierneys s Indian and tribal relations attorneys regularly represent tribes, tribal corporations and tribal enterprises, as well as individual Native Americans, in all aspects of Indian law. Our tribal clients benefit from our significant expertise in such areas as sovereignty and limited waiv­ers of sovereign immunity; the application of federal and state tax laws to tribal activities; and economic development and advancement efforts being under­taken by tribes. We also offer tribal governments broad experience in real estate, finance, labor and employ­ment, water and environmental, tax, bankruptcy, domestic relations, criminal and dispute resolution.

· GENERAL COUNSEL. Our attorneys serve as general counsel for tribal clients, providing advice on busi­ness and governmental issues. We interpret applica­ble law; attend and counsel at tribal council, board meetings and meetings of tribal membership; and maintain tribal enterprise books and records.

· ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. We have extensive involvement with and expertise in a variety of issues relating to economic development undertaken by tribes and tribal enterprises, either alone or in joint venture with an outside entity.

· TAXATION. Our attorneys counsel tribes and tribal corporations on the intricacies of taxation in forming and operating tribal entities, allowing them to maxi­mize the unique benefits afforded them under federal and state law. We have represented existing tribal entities in resolving disputes with federal and state agencies relating to payment and collection of sales taxes, withholding taxes and income taxes.

Resumes should be e-mailed to

Sacks Tierney P.A. Is an Equal Opportunity Employer4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Fourth Floor – Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 – 480-425-2600 –

Tim Harjo (’03)

Congratulations to Tim Harjo. He will graduate this month with a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While working on his Masters Degree he was appointed Special Counsel to the Fort Sill-Chiricahua Apache Tribe, worked with the Harvard project on Native Economic Development, and had some of his work showcased in the Honoring Nations Journal.

JOB – Hopi Tribe Assistant General Counsel II

Assistant General Counsel II – Office of General Counsel

The Hopi Tribe is seeking an attorney for its Office of General Counsel. The Assistant General Counsel works on a wide variety of legal issues in the course of advising the Hopi Tribal Council in carrying out its legislative and other governmental responsibilities. The attorney will assist the Office of General Counsel in meeting the Tribe’s litigation, economic development, administrative, and sovereignty objectives. The attorney must have substantive experience in Federal Indian law and have the ability to work effectively with tribal leaders and community members. The Tribe prefers that applicants have five or more years of experience, but will consider all applicants. Litigation, environmental, natural resources, or legislative experience will be helpful as would knowledge of such areas of the law as ICWA. Exceptional research and writing skills are essential. You must be a motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic and good organizational skills. The salary for the position is negotiable depending upon experience. You must be a member of the Arizona State Bar or able to become a member within one year of taking the position. The Hopi Tribal headquarters are located at Kykotsmovi, Arizona, 85 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona.

This position will remain open until filled or withdrawn. To apply, please send letters of interest with a resume and a self-edited writing sample to: Lynelle Hartway, Office of General Counsel, The Hopi Tribe, P.O. Box 123, Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039. Electronic submissions in Word format will be accepted and can be sent to For any questions, the Office of General Counsel can also be reached at: 928-734-3140; fax: 928-734-3149.

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When: June 29, 2007

Time: 12:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. (light lunch provided)(following the Indian Law Section CLE Presentation: Growth Inside and Near Indian Country: Finding a Balance Among All Involved Parties)

Where: Noble Boardroom – Westin Kierland Resort and Spa6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

The meeting will include an introduction by Rodney Lewis, the First Licensed Native American Attorney in the State of Arizona and a roundtable discussion of activities and goals for the Association for the coming year.

Everyone Welcome!

To obtain a copy of the bylaws or for more information and to RSVP, please contact Kerry Patterson at 602-916-5491 or Linda Benally at 602-250-3633