Job Opportunity – Project Manager/Senior Project Manager

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Center for Indian Country Development (CICD)

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis recently established the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD), whose mission is to help American Indians communities attain their economic goals and thus improve economic and community well-being throughout Indian Country. The CICD accomplishes its mission by building relationships, convening thought leaders, and conducting research concerning economic and community development in American Indian communities. As part of its five-year strategic plan, the CICD intends to focus on four particular areas: land, business and entrepreneurship, education, and homeownership. The CICD seeks support for this work in designing diverse programs and initiatives related to Indian Country community and economic development in the district and nationally.

Description of the Position

The incumbent generally will (1) work across disciplines to increase the CICD’s reach and relationships with diverse stakeholders, including tribal, state, and federal governments, lending institutions, and philanthropic organizations, (2) design, participate in, and lead a variety of projects and assignments aligned with the CICD’s strategic plan, including planning meetings and conferences, analyzing data and academic and policy reports, writing articles and blogs, and interfacing with community development-related groups and organizations, and (3) coordinate and communicate the work of the CICD effectively across diverse cultures and organizations.

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Job Opportunity – Summer Law Clerk

Yurok Tribe
Office of Tribal Attorney

The Law Clerk position requires a minimum seven-week commitment and includes research, writing, or other work on federal Indian law and/or Yurok specific-issues related to current OTA assignments. Our Law Clerk program provides the unique opportunity to work closely with our clients, Yurok Tribal Council and Department Directors, and experience the diversity of areas in-house counsel regularly work. The Yurok Tribe currently has over 30 departments and programs, ranging from forestry, social services, economic development, fisheries, and governmental affairs.

To apply to the Law Clerk position, please email the following application materials to Associate General Counsel Cheyenne Sanders at

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References (no more than three)
  • Law School Transcript (unofficial copy acceptable)
  • Legal Writing Sample (no more than five pages)

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Job Opportunity – Tribal Prosecutor

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tribal Prosecutor

Nature of Practice: The Tribal Prosecutor represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Tribal Court in criminal prosecutions, Wellness Court hearings, exclusion proceedings and civil code violations. The Prosecutor reports to and is supervised by the Director of the Office of Tribal Attorney. The Prosecutor also drafts ordinances and may provide advice and recommendations to the Police Department and other departments of the Tribe, as well as the Swinomish Indian Senate and its Committees, on legal policy issues. The work involves a creative, holistic, and interdisciplinary approach developed in conjunction with other Tribal departments to achieve restorative justice. The Prosecutor is supported by a legal assistant in the Office of Tribal Attorney. The Office of Prosecuting Attorney is paperless– all files are maintained electronically.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidate must have graduated from an accredited law school; be licensed to practice in Washington State or have the ability to become licensed through reciprocity, or be eligible for and register for the next scheduled Washington Bar Exam; have excellent written, oral, research and analytical skills; have sufficient experience to independently run a prosecutor’s office; have strong interpersonal communication skills; have negotiation and litigation experience; have an ability and desire to thrive in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work environment; have experience engaging in creative problem-solving and a dedication to problem-solving approaches; have a commitment to restorative justice; be willing to work in a team setting, including with defense counsel; and view the prosecutorial role as a minister of justice rather than simply an advocate. Experience in a therapeutic court and/or tribal court preferred. Strong preference for an attorney with experience in criminal and Indian law, a demonstrated commitment to working with Native or other minority communities, and/or experience as a supervisor. Willingness and ability to independently work in a paperless office strongly preferred. Native American hiring preference will be in effect during the selection of candidates.

Location: Tribal offices are located in the Swinomish Village on the beautiful Swinomish Indian Reservation at the southeastern end of Fidalgo Island in rural Skagit County, Washington, across the Swinomish Channel from La Conner, W A. The Tribal offices are located 90 minutes north of Seattle, and 90 minutes south of Vancouver, Canada.

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience. The position is full-time. Compensation includes medical, dental & vision, 401 (k) retirement plan, and other fringe benefits.

Application: The Tribe would like to hire an attorney for this position as soon as possible, with initial review of applications on September 13, 2016. Please submit the following: Swinomish employment application (available at or via email), cover letter expressing the reasons for interest in the position and salary requirements; current resume, writing sample and the names of at least three professional references to:

Elizabeth Miller, Paralegal
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
11404 Moorage Way
La Conner, Washington 98257
Tel: (360) 466-7369
Fax: (360) 466-5309

Multiple Job Opportunities – Alaska

Association of Village Council Presidents
Bethel, Alaska

ICWA Director
Responsible for the overall operations of the ICWA department and personnel. Supervision of the ICWA Program involving case management oversight entered into on behalf of the compacted villages in the AVCP region.

Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a Human Services field of study or in a related field with a Master’s degree preferred. Work experience and training which provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position can be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Three (3) years of successful experience as a Program Manager, including staff supervision, management networking, communications and staff development, grant writing and reporting and fiscal management.

Tribal Court Development Coordinator
Provides direct services to the villages in enhancing or creation of tribal courts under the directive of the center Director, including tribal court program planning, program reporting, assistance with training and technical assistance, tribal court reporting software troubleshooting and training of the software to tribal court staff. This position will research and draft policy and legal documents for the tribal court use, will assist member tribes and work directly with the Assigned Court Assessment Team under the guidance of the federal partners. Other duties include providing clerical and office support for the Tribal Justice Center (TJC). The Tribal Court Development Coordinator will work with the Director to seek funding sources for the tribal courts in conjunction with the tribes.

High school diploma or GED is required. A Bachelor’s or an Associate’s degree from an accredited university is preferred. A minimum of two to three (2-3) years of progressive experience in working with tribes is required.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference – Oct. 28

Navajo Nation Law CLE Conference  will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the new law school, Arizona Center for Law and Society located at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Early Bird Registration is now available! Register today at:

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Questions? Contact us at or 480-965-2922

Job Opportunity – Attorney

The Navajo Nation
Department Name/Worksite:
Legislative Branch/Office of Legislative Counsel/Window Rock, AZ

Provide legal advice and representative to entities of the Legislative Branch. Work with other staff of the Office under the supervision of a Chief Legislative Counsel and general direction of the Principal Attorney. Provide legal advice and representative to Legislative Branch Programs, Standing Committees of the Navajo Nation Council and the Navajo Nation Council.

Qualification Requirements:
– Juris Doctorate
– Current admission in any state bar with the intention of seeking and securing admission to the Navajo Nation Bar Association and either the Arizona, New Mexico or Utah State Bar within one (1) year of date of hire.

To download job description, click the following link – nn-attorney-200570.

For application and additional information, see the following webpage:

Indian Child Welfare Act: Conversations Surrounding the Law for Tribal Nation’s Children in State Care

This event will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 (noon – 3 p.m.) at the new law school, Beus Center for Law and Society located at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

This presentation will discuss the newly-issued Indian Child Welfare Act’s federal regulations which will become effective December of this year. Practitioners representing parents, children, and tribes will hear from national experts on the Indian Child Welfare Act, covering topics such as identifying eligibility of children for the ICWA provisions, engaging tribes to best serve children and families, procedural requirements, and discussions surrounding the outcomes for tribal children in the care of State agencies.

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families. Congress passed ICWA in 1978 in response to the alarmingly high number of Indian children being removed from their homes by both public and private agencies. The intent of Congress under ICWA was to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families” (25 U.S.C. § 1902). ICWA sets federal requirements that apply to state child custody proceedings involving an Indian child who is a member of or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe.

The faculty includes Councilwoman Rose Alvarez of Pascua Yaqui, Sheri Freemont of Casey Family Programs, Kate Fort of Michigan State University School of law, and Mark Radoff Senior Attorney California Indian Legal Services.

Sponsored by the Casey Family Programs.

Free and Open to the Public – Advance Registration Preferred.

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