JOB: Indian Law Resource Center Attorney DC Office


Position Description and Criteria
The Indian Law Resource Center is now considering applications for an attorney
position in the Washington, D.C. office. The attorney will provide legal assistance to
indigenous nations and tribes in matters relating to indigenous rights, tribal sovereignty
and international human rights, and will play a role in carrying out all of the legal
programs of the Indian Law Resource Center. The attorney will work under the
supervision of the Executive Director and with the assistance of other Center attorneys
and professional staff.

Substantial interest and experience in federal Indian law and indigenous legal issues is
important, with experience working on international human rights and environmental
law preferred. Two years legal experience, the ability to travel, and Spanish language
ability are also preferred. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Native
Americans are encouraged to apply.

Salary for the position will depend on experience. Excellent benefits are provided.

About the Indian Law Resource Center
The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit law and advocacy organization
established and directed by American Indians. We provide legal help without charge to
indigenous nations and tribes in major cases involving indigenous rights, human rights,
land claims, and environmental protection. The Center seeks to overcome problems
affecting indigenous peoples by establishing national and international legal standards
that uphold indigenous human rights and dignity, strengthen indigenous selfdetermination,
and protect indigenous lands and resources. For further information about the Center, visit our website, .

Interested attorneys, law graduates, and law students may apply by sending a cover
letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (exclusively your work), and list of
three references to Marilyn Richardson at or by mail to 602 N.
Ewing St., Helena, MT 59601.

602 North Ewing Street
Helena, Montana 59601
Tel. (406) 449-2006
Fax (406) 449-2031

601 E Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel. (202) 547-2800
Fax (202) 547-2803

JOBS: SRPMIC General Counsel Office

General Counsel
Deputy General Counsel
Assistant General Counsel – Government
Assistant General Counsel – Enterprises

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, Arizona
Submit Official SRPMIC Application or resume to:

SRMMIC – Human Resources
10,005 E Osborn Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
For full job description and to download our application, please visit our website:

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Breann Swann presents at Tokyo conference

Breann Yoshiko Swann, an LL.M. student in the Indian Legal Program, will give a presentation on Aug. 28 in Tokyo as part of the United Nations University/UNESCO 2008 Conference on Globalization and Languages, which will explore the contribution of linguistic diversity and multilingualism to development and their value for dialogue, social cohesion and peace. Swann will speak on “Changing the Language of Industry: Setting Standards for the Protection of Indigenous Languages in the Workplace.” Swann’s presentation explores the role that language use in the workplace plays in preserving indigenous languages.

“Research suggests that, absent revitalization efforts, 155 of the approximately 175 extant Native American languages in the United States will die by the year 2060,” according to Swann’s presentation abstract. “The prognosis for the remaining indigenous languages in other parts of the world is, for the most part, equally grim.”

While there are some efforts to preserve indigenous language, those efforts are focused on education and domestic and social use, Swann writes. Meanwhile, industry and employers are moving to a largely monolingual global workplace. Swann argues that the presence of indigenous language in the workplace may be crucial to its survival and analyzes different instruments that could be used to protect language in the employment sphere. The conference is organized by the United Nations University, established by the United Nations, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Swann is a licensed attorney practicing in the areas of federal Indian law and labor and employment law. She currently works for the Office of the General Counsel of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, where she provides strategic advice and counsel regarding various aspects of tribal governance. Her work with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community focuses primarily on tribal labor and employment matters and the development of tribal ordinances and policies. Building upon her practical legal experience, she has concentrated her recent scholarship on the social and political ramifications of language policies and practices in the workplace. She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California and her B.A. from Yale University. She will receive her LL.M. in Tribal Policy, Law and Government from the College of Law in May 2009. Prior to entering the field of Indian law, she was a practitioner of labor and employment law in the Los Angeles office of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP.

JOB: Tohono O’odham Nation Office of Attorney General

Contact: Jonathan Jantzen, Acting Attorney General

Employer: Tohono O’odham Nation Office of Attorney General
Address1: P.O. Box 830
CityStateZip: Sells, AZ 85634

Phone: 520-383-3410
Fax: 520-383-2689

AcceptingCalls: Yes
JobTitle: Assistant Attorney General III

Salary: Salary approximately $110,000 with six years of experience; salary negotiable based on experience; group health/life insurance, pension and other benefits provided.

Description: The Office of Attorney General represents the Tohono O’odham Nation in litigation and other legal matters. The Office seeks an attorney with 6 years or more of experience in general Indian tribal law, natural resources and environmental law, to fill an Assistant Attorney General III position.

Applicant must be graduate of accredited law school and admitted to practice in at least one state; licensed in Arizona or admitted within 18 months of employment
Experience: Graduate,Current Bar Members,Taking Next Bar,Bar Passage
Submit: Resume,Writing Sample,References
SendBy: Mail,Fax,Email
Deadline: Applications accepted until position filled

Alumni: Sheri Freemont (’01)

Congratulations to Sheri Freemont, Chief Prosecutor of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. She was recently received the “2008 Director of the Year” award from the Community. Tribal leadership said Ms. Freemont has significantly contributed to the betterment of services of the Community by her amazing leadership.


Dear Alumni, Current Students & Indian Law Community —

The Indian Legal Program is currently developing a new strategic plan. We do not want to complete the process without you. Your thoughts and comments will help us establish priorities and determine our strengths and weaknesses. This survey covers numerous topics including fundraising, curriculum, areas for growth, etc. and also includes a section for general comments and new ideas.

To make it as easy as possible, we have created an on-line survey to gather information. The Alumni survey is for people who attended ASU College of Law and participated in the Indian Legal Program. The Community survey is for people who know about or may have worked with the Indian Legal Program. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by clicking on the link below. If your link does not automatically take you to the survey, please cut and paste the link into your browser. Your submissions are anonymous. We are only provided the results.



I know your time is valuable. Thank you in advance for your support and feedback.

Kate Rosier, Director
Indian Legal Program
(480) 965-6204

JOB: Chief Judge Mescalero Apache Tribal Court

Chief Judge, Mescalero Apache Tribal Court
The Chief Judge is responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial matters within the jurisdiction of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court carrying out the administrative operations of the Mescalero Apache Court System, and supervising the Tribal Court and its employees, including case management and the timeliness of decisions.
Pursuant to Article XXVI, Section 4 of the Revised Constitution of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the successful candidate for the position of Chief Judge must:
A) Be an individual who possesses at least a one-quarter degree of Indian blood and is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or is an Eskimo, Aleut or other Alaska Native;
B) Be not less than thirty-five (35) years of age, nor more than seventy (70) years of age;
C) Never have been convicted of a felony, nor a misdemeanor within the past year; and
D) Possess a high school education or its equivalent.
Adhere to the Mescalero Apache Tribal Code, the Mescalero Apache Tribal Personnel Policies and Procedures and the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court Departmental Policies.
Hear and determine all types of cases filed in the Tribal Court, including but not limited to: criminal, traffic, civil (e.g. domestic relations, probate, repossession, breach of contract, personal injury), juvenile, and child welfare cases (e.g. neglect, dependency, delinquency, truancy).
In a timely manner, conduct legal research and issue orders in connection with cases heard.
Preside over jury trials.
Serve as Departmental Director for the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court system. Prepare budgets for approval by the Tribal Council, authorize and monitor all revenue and expenses. Establish all department policies not covered by tribal personnel policies. Responsible for the hiring, supervision, and training of all court staff. Monitors the timeliness of judicial decisions and ensures efficiency of the judicial system..
Issue search and seizure warrants, arrest warrants, and orders of protection where appropriate.
Assist in the development of Court rules of procedure in all areas listed above.
Must demonstrate oral and written communication skills as well as ability to perform legal research and possess analytical skills commensurate with the position of Chief Judge.
Must demonstrate knowledge of general legal principles in all areas listed in “Duties and Responsibilities”.
Must demonstrates knowledge of Federal Indian Law.
Must understand, appreciate and promote the ideas of tribal self-determination and tribal sovereignty.
Must possess and demonstrate a judicial temperament.
Must have a working knowledge of computers and software.
Salary is negotiable, and is dependent upon qualifications and budgetary concerns.
This position is open until filled.
John D. Wheeler & Associates
500 E. Tenth Street, Suite 305
Alamogordo, NM 88310

Tsosie a panelist at ABA Law Summit

Professor Rebecca Tsosie will join a panel discussion at the ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Summit: 16th Section Fall Meeting, on Sept. 17-20 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Tsosie, executive director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, will participate in the panel, “Tribal Sacred Places and Cultural Resources on Public Lands,” on Thursday, Sept. 18. Tsosie will be joined on the panel by Diane J. Humetewa, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, and a 1993 alumna of the College of Law, and Jack Trope, executive director of the Association on American Indian Affairs. Indian tribes regard many places outside reservation boundaries as holding religious and cultural importance, and the National Historic Preservation Act does require federal agencies to consult with tribes when such places are affected by their actions. The trio will discuss whether these consultations have been acceptable to all parties. The meeting, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, will offer more than 25 Continuing Legal Education programs, along with a public-service project, keynote addresses and various networking opportunities.