Congrats to Members of the Class of 2005!

Congrats to Chris Clark Deschene (’05) – Last night Chris won the primary election for Arizona Secretary of State!

Congrats to Diandra Benally (’05) – Diandra was just selected to be President of the Navajo Navajo Bar Association!

Congrats to Liz (Cheney) Medicine Crow (’05) – Liz was honored by Bridge Builders of Alaska for her work in finding a respectful long-term way to address a racist comment.

The ILP Faculty and Staff are proud of each of you!

Job opening: ITEP Executive Director

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has an Executive Director job opening.
This is a professional management position responsible for directing a nationwide program offering environmental training, technical support, environmental education and information services for Indian Tribes across the United States. Tribal environmental training programs include air quality, solid waste, environmental compliance, K-16 environmental education and other related programs. This position operates with broad authority and reports to the dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.
The Executive Director is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Institute. Working with the Institute’s vibrant staff and nationwide stakeholders, the Executive Director will develop strategies to enhance the Institute’s ability to deliver services to tribal governments that will enhance their management of environmental and natural resources on tribal lands. As a seasoned leader, the Executive Director will focus on building relationships that will provide financial and strategic support for the Institute.
Application deadline: August, 23, 2010. Go to this URL for the full job description and to apply:

Scholarships (and Waivers) for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 18th Fall Meeting

The Native American Resources Committee is pleased to announced the availability of $5,000 in scholarships for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 18th Section Fall Meeting, which will be held on September 29-October 2, 2010, in New Orleans, LA. The Meeting will include over two dozen cutting edge CLE sessions, and the Native American Resources Committee will be cosponsoring a panel, titled “Renewable Energy and the Endangered Species Act: Advancing Sustainable Energy While Protecting Wildlife.” Besides CLE, the Section Fall Meeting also provides many invaluable opportunities to network with environmental, energy, and natural resource attorneys from across the nation as well as with our Section leaders and members of the Native American Resources Committee. To learn more about the program and offerings during the Section Fall Meeting, visit
The Native American Resources Committee has been recognized as a national forum for lawyers representing tribes, tribal entities, indigenous peoples, and businesses engaged in development or other commercial activities within or near Indian country, Alaska Native villages, and other lands of indigenous peoples. The Committee focuses on broad ranging current and emerging environmental, energy, and resource issues affecting such lands. Additional information about the Native American Resources Committee is available at
The Committee’s target applicants for these scholarships are reservation-based and other Indian law attorneys who are interested in attending the Section’s Fall Meeting and learning more about the benefits of Section membership, but who are not able to do so without financial assistance. Applicants do not need to be members of the ABA to apply. Interested applicants for the scholarships should send an email of interest, including their background information, to: Kimberly Craven, Membership Vice Chair, Native American Resources Committee, at The deadline for applying is COB Thursday, September 4, 2010.
Additionally, the Section itself is the Section itself is offering a limited number of scholarships for law students who want to attend the entire meeting and volunteer at the 18th Section Fall Meeting. This is a wonderful experience for students to learn and network so please pass the word on to students who are interested in Indian law and environmental law. The deadline for applying for student scholarships is August 30, 2010. Please also be advised that the Section is offering a number of registration fee waivers available for academics, government, and public interest attorneys. The deadline for applying for waivers is August 23, 2010. Visit the Fall Meeting website link noted above for more information on applying for the Section scholarships and waivers.
Thank you, and we hope to see you in New Orleans this fall.
Native American Resources Committee
Jana L. Walker, Co-Chair
Donald M. Clary, Co-Chair
Kimberly Craven, Membership Vice Chair

Indian Legal Program events for 2010-2011

What: ILP Welcome Dinner
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Two Waters Cafeteria
RSVP: Shalanee Joyner at or 480.965-1105
What: Dr. John Tippeconnic
Title: “Are We There Yet? Indian Control of Indian Education”
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 12:15
Place: Room 114 COL
What: JD/MBA Degrees in Indian law practice
Speakers: Theresa Rosier (’98), Verrin Kewenvoyouma (’04), Courtney Monteiro (’06)
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010
Time: 12:15
Room: Room 114 COL
What: Navajo Nation CLE (Navajo CLE & Arizona CLE hours. New Mexico CLE hours pending approval)
Sponsors: ILP and NABA-AZ
Speakers: Justin Jones, Paul Spruhan, Roxann Gallagher (’02), Bidtah Becker, Frank Seanez, Javier Ramos (‘,96) Levon Henry, Judith Dworkin (’86), Daniel Mestaz
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 8:30-5:30
Place: Great Hall COL
What: NABA-AZ’s Seven Generation Awards Dinner, Raffle & Silent Auction (ILP will be one of the sponsors)
Who: Honoring Judge William C. Canby, Jr. (Lifetime Achievement), President Pattea (Community Leadership), Kerry Patterson (’01) (NABA-AZ Member of the Year)
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino
Tickets: $100 — Contact Kate Rosier at or (480) 965-6204 for more information
Speaker: Walter R. Echo-Hawk
Title: “In the Courts of the Conqueror: Reforming the ‘Dark Side’ of Federal Indian Law”
What: Lecture & Book Signing
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Great Hall, College of Law
Speaker: Robert Yazzie
Title: “The Quality of Justice from the Navajo Experience”
Date: October 19, 2010
Time: 12:15
Place: Room 114 COL
Contact: Kate Rosier 480-965-6204
What: New Directions in Native Health CLE Conference
Speakers: Lloyd Miller, Dr. Michael Trujillo, Dr. John Molina (’05), Linus Everling
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Great Hall, College of Law
Contact: Kate Rosier 480-965-6204
What: ASU Native American Law Students Association 5th Annual Golf Tournament
Co-Sponsor: Indian Legal Program
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start
Place: Talking Stick Golf Club, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Contact: Khia Grinnell — or 360-461-0828
Speaker: 4th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture — Chief Justice Herb Yazzie (’75), Navajo Nation Supreme Court
Title: “What Makes A Nation?”
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM
Place: Great Hall, College of Law
Contact: Darlene Lester 480-965-7715
Speaker: Pat Sekaquaptewa & Donna Humetewa
Title: “Transforming Hopi Family Conflicts through Mediation”
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Room: Room 114 COL
What: ILP Alumni and Friends Reception
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 (During the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Kids Camp – Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, Santa Fe, New Mexico
What: Indian Lands: A Foundation for Economic Growth CLE Conference
Date: April 28 -29, 2011
Place: Arizona State University Memorial Union, 241 – Ventana Ballroom Tempe, AZ
Online Registration starts January 10, 2011
Contact: Darlene Lester 480-965-7715
What: ILP Graduation Reception
Date: TBD May 2011
Time: TBD
Place: Rotunda COL

Navajo Nation CLE – 9/24/10

Title: Navajo Nation CLE
Co-Sponsors: Indian Legal Program and NABA-AZ
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 8:30 am — 5:30 pm
Where: ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Great Hall

Navajo Nation Bar Association CLE Credit: “This CLE has been approved by the Navajo Nation Bar Association for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity will qualify for up to 8 hours towards the Navajo Bar CLE requirement, including 2 hours of Navajo ethics.”

Arizona State Bar Association CLE: “The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 8 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 2 hours of professional responsibility.”

On-line Registration website: Coming soon . . .

Cost: $200 Full day, $125 Half day, $250 Walk-in rate the day of event

If paying by check, make checks payable to: “NABA-AZ

Net proceeds from this event will be split between the Indian Legal Program and NABA-AZ.

For more information contact: Kate Rosier at (480) 965-6204 or

Artman on Tribal Law and Order Act

Professor of Practice Carl Artman, Director of the College of Law’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program, wrote an article about the Tribal Law and Order Act that was published in the July issue of the Godfrey & Kahn newsletter.

In the law firm’s Indian Nations Law Alert, Artman wrote about the act, which Congress passed on July 21, and President Obama is expected to sign. It will bring accountability to the federal administration of justice in Indian Country and strengthen tribal justice systems, he wrote.The act “seeks to increase coordination and communication among Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies; reduce violent crime, sexual violence, and drug and alcohol addition in Indian Country; and increase the collection and sharing of criminal data among the different jurisdictional entities,” the article states.

To read it in its entirety, click here. To read other articles by Artman on the firm’s website, click here.

Artman served as the 10th Assistant Secretary — Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs. An enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, he has worked for his tribe as Director of Federal Affairs, Chief Legal Counsel, and as Chief Operating Officer of an Oneida Tribe-owned telecommunications venture.

Deadline Extended – 8/13!! AIGA Deputy Director

Arizona Indian Gaming Association Opens Position for Deputy Director

(Phoenix, July 15, 2010) Arizona Indian Gaming Association announced that it is seeking to hire a Deputy Director for the Association which represents 19 tribes in Arizona. The new position will provide support for the Executive Director. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (“AIGA”), a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization, has a membership that represents 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. The organization protects and promotes the general welfare of tribes by supporting tribal gaming enterprises on Arizona Indian lands and serves as a clearinghouse for educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.
The Deputy Director will interact with AIGA member and non-member tribes, federal, state, city and local municipalities, business associations and other professionals. The best candidate will have knowledge of tribal government and/or tribal gaming, will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and have excellent computer skills. Minimum qualifications include three-to-five years experience working with tribal governments, especially tribes with a gaming enterprise. The candidate must have a Bachelors of Science degree or two years experience in a related field. The candidate must be able to pass a full gaming background check. AIGA offers a competitive pay scale and offers full health and dental benefits and 401 K pension.
Applicants should submit their resumes to Applications will close August 13, 2010.

Job Opportunity with Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court

Assistant Prosecutor
The Assistant Prosecutor will institute Proceedings in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court for the arrest and conviction of persons charged with, or suspected of offenses against the people of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and within the jurisdiction of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court. The Assistant Prosecutor works under the supervision of the Attorney General for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
1. The Assistant Prosecutor will file petitions and complaints on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as provided in the Law and Order Code of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
2. The Assistant Prosecutor will represent the Tribe in proceedings as provided under the Law and Order Code of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
3. The Assistant Prosecutor will keep a record of all criminal and civil proceedings of the Office of the Prosecutor including actions, proceedings, and the results therein.
4. The Assistant Prosecutor shall perform such other duties as directed by the Chief Prosecutor and or the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Attorney General.
5. The Assistant Prosecutor will serve as Presenting Officer for Juvenile Court.
Minimum of Bachelors Degree in the field of Criminal Justice or a
combination of education and experience. Licensed attorneys are
encouraged to apply.
Must have the ability to draft legal documents.
Negotiable depending on experience based on a five (5) day work week.
For application information please contact:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Personnel Department
Ben Kitteaux
PO Box 430
Rosebud, SD 57555
(605) 747-5341