Mount Graham Lunch Lecture – 2/20

Feb. 20, 2017  (12:15 – 1:15 pm)
Room 250, second floor
Beus Center for Law and Society at Downtown Phoenix campus

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP to We hope you will join us!

Mount Graham, or Dzil Nchaa Si An in Western Apache, is one of the highest mountains in southern Arizona and is of extraordinary importance from both an ecological and Western Apache perspective.  Ecologically, one finds Sonoran desert at the base and Hudsonian boreal forest at the peak, where a number of endemic species, including the highly endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel.  It is also part of the original homeland of Western Apache people, with deep religious and cultural significance.   Since the 1970’s, tension has existed between the University of Arizona’s desire to use Mt. Graham as the location for a number of astronomical facilities and the concerns of Western Apaches, especially the San Carlos tribe, and others who care about the ecological and religious aspects of Mt. Graham.  Decades of conflict have resulted in construction by the University of the Mt. Graham International Observatory , with help from Congress which waived the full applicability of important environmental laws.  The Mount Graham Coalition provides education and technical assistance to people about Mt. Graham and seeks to work for the ecological preservation of Mt. Graham and respect for Apache interests.  This program will provide an overview of the history and current situation regarding Mt. Graham and the ongoing conflicts.


  • Dinah Bear Board Member, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Roger Featherstone President, Mt. Graham Coalition
  • Dr. John Welch Professor, Department of Archaeology & School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

2017 ILP Alumni Awards – Call for Nominations

2017 ILP Alumni Awards

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 24, 2017! Nomination materials should be sent by email to: Awards will be presented at the ILP alumni reception at Fed Bar on April 6th 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).

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)


Department of the Interior Listening Session – Feb. 1

The Department of the Interior is hosting a listening session Wednesday, Feb. 1st at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in the Acacia ballroom from 1pm-4pm. This listening session is about whether (and how) it should update the Indian Trader regulations at 25 CFR part 140, including how the regulations could be revised to improve consistency with Tribal self-governance and self-determination and promote economic viability and sustainability in Indian Country.

Notice published in December 2016 – Federal Register

No RSVP or registration required for the event. The event is free and the Department of Interior is interested in hearing from Tribal representatives and those that do business in Indian Country.

Questions? Contact Tana Fitzpatrick at or 202-208-7695.

Job Opportunity – Law Clerk

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
Ledyard – CT (United States)

Application Deadline:
3/30/2017, 11:30 PM

Anticipated Job Start Date:

Primary Job Contact:
Patricia Brune
Administrative Assistant III

P.O. Box 3126
101 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3126

Who Can Apply:
Student Group
3L, Recent Grads – Class of 2016

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Chief Judge, the Law Clerk is required to:

  • Conduct legal research on relevant statutes and cases; analyze legal issues presented by administrative records; communicate findings of research to tribal court judges either orally or by succinct memoranda.
  • Review legal pleadings, motions, briefs, transcripts, and recordings.
  • Draft memoranda of decision and orders for pending Tribal Court cases.
  • Attend hearings as requested by the tribal judges.
  • Prepare special projects such as editing decisions for publication and developing
    proposed amendments to Mashantucket Rules of Civil Procedure.

For full job announcement, please download:
Judicial Clerkship Announcement 2017-2018.pdf

Application Documents:
Resume (Required)
Cover Letter (Required)
Transcript (Required)
Writing Sample (Required)
Other (Required)
Recommendation Letter welcomed (Optional)
Career Center Administrator

Application Method(s)
Applicants must submit an online application via
Application Email:
Apply via Mail to: Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court, P.O. Box 3126, 101 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338-3126


Job Opportunity – Site Manager

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has posted an opening for a site manager with substantial experience working with tribes and tribal courts.

The Child Abuse and Neglect’s multi-disciplinary and highly dedicated team directs its work on helping judges improve court and systems’ handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The Site Manager position requires a unique blend of knowledge, skills, and abilities. This position will work primarily with tribes/tribal courts, but also can be tasked to work with other types of courts (e.g., dependency, delinquency, juvenile drug courts, dual status, etc.) as needed. The Site Manager will be required to build a substantial knowledge base around private and public funded projects that focus on improving court practice in child abuse and neglect cases; implement the principles of collaboration among court, agencies, and community; develop content expertise on issues common across system-involved children and families (e.g., trauma, substance abuse, etc.); and have experience and knowledge in the juvenile justice and dependency systems and especially in tribal court systems. This position will work as a member of the broader project court team, as well as perform collaborative planning and decision-making with other staff and projects across the organization.

Strong emphasis is placed on the following experience and abilities:
  • Providing public presentations and/or on-site technical assistance to tribal and state courts
  • Independent thinking and analytical skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to quickly synthesize complex information
  • Writing policy briefs and papers
  • Working collaboratively with partners and system representatives
  • Substantial experience working with tribes and tribal courts
  • Experience and knowledge of delinquency, or domestic violence systems; ICWA and VAWA highly desirable

For the complete job description click here

The NCJFCJ is also hiring for the following positions:

Program Specialist

Details for all positions available here

Job Opportunity – Executive Director of Legal

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Durant, OK

Job Summary:
This position will report to the Senior Executive Officer of the Legal and Compliance Division. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the CNO In-House Legal Department in its entirety. This position will coordinate with the Senior Executive Officer and outside counsel on all legal matters, will manage internal case management, and the delegation of assignments to In-House Associate Counsel and personnel.

Required Education, Skills And Experience

  • Juris Doctor degree and admitted to the Bar to practice in Oklahoma
  • Familiar with local, state and federal laws and regulations, legislative processes and regulatory agencies
  • Sound grasp of the legal issues and requirements of the tribe’s commercial ventures, such as licensing, acquisition and divestiture
  • Broad understanding of tribal law, sovereignty, and tribal court proceedings
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective presence to represent the tribe in all legal matters dealing effectively with attorneys, elected officials, regulators and other executives
  • Ten or more years of experience in Law

For full job description, click the following link:
Career Opportunities: Executive Director of Legal (106107)

Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney-Law Clerk

Ho-Chunk Nation
Staff Attorney-Law Clerk
Judiciary Branch
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Summary: Assist Tribal Court Judges and Supreme Court Justices with legal research and the drafting of opinions in a timely manner while facilitating public access to the Court through the provision of procedural legal information.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited law school and in good standing of a State Bar. Strong research and writing skills. Strong word processing and computer research skills. Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with Tribal and Federal Indian Law. Fluency in Ho-Chunk Language desired but not required. Preference to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, then other Native Americans. Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check. No felony convictions, no current open criminal cases or civil matters that would reflect negatively on the Judiciary Branch. Valid driver’s license, dependable transportation and proper insurance, is required. This is an appointed position.

Working Conditions: Office setting, courtroom. Occasional travel may be required.

We offer 401(K), Competitive Health, Dental, Vision, and Life benefits.


Please submit to:
Clerk of Court, Mary Thunder at

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Salary Range: $50,000 – $59,999

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Schuyler Tilson, the Senior Staff Attorney, at 715-284-2722 or by e-mail at

Job Opportunities – Public and Indian Housing

Supervisory Native American Program Specialist, GS-1101-15, HQ (Director Headquarters Operations)
Washington, D.C.

This position is located in Public and Indian Housing’s (PIH) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP). PIH’s mission is to provide low-income families affordable housing opportunities as they transition to self-sufficiency and homeownership. ONAP oversees the administration of HUD’s Native American Programs through a staff of Headquarters and Field employees. The field structure for ONAP consists of 6 area offices that provide oversight, direct monitoring, and coordination for approximately 360 tribal housing organizations. ONAP also administers tribal community development grants and loan guarantee programs.

As a Supervisor Native American Programs Specialist, you will:

  • Work closely with the PIH Administrative Services and Management Division to ensure that ONAP plans conform to the overall Federal and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Provide supervision to the Staff Assistant, Secretary and Presidential Intern in carrying out the administrative, clerical, secretarial or research tasks assigned to those positions. Also provide administrative and technical supervision to the Government Technical Representative (GTR), National Training Coordinator, and Community Builders, who serve as the principal sources of expertise in their respective functions.
  • Provide decisions, recommendations, and guidance on administrative matters that impact headquarters’ operations. Decisions and recommendations are accepted without change, except in rare instances, by the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS). Report directly to the DAS who provides broad administrative direction.
  • Provide user data and analysis of funds utilization effectiveness by Indian and Native client groups and provides special client inputs into the development of overall housing controls for the assignment of program funds. Coordinate actions with appropriate ONAP staff.

The open period is: 1/10/17 – 1/18/17

Internal (MP)

Announcement Number: 17-HUD-466

Native American Program Specialist, GS-1101, GS-13, HQ
Washington, D.C.

As a Native American Program Specialist, you will:
  • Represent the agency as a consultant and advisor in providing communication and liaison activities with HUD clients, tribal leaders, local, State and Federal leaders, representatives of the housing and lending industries, foundations, universities, public and private interest groups.
  • Develop, implement and monitor projects and initiatives intended to stimulate, develop interest in, and utilization of HUD programs in Indian country.
  • Demonstrate skills in partnership building, especially with respect to bringing representatives from the public, private, non-profit sectors, including constituencies of diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds, into the program planning and execution process.
  • Utilize available technology to track projects and to prepare and deliver presentations. Assist in the development of reports, spreadsheets etc. which effectively and efficiently provides information, tracks goals, monitors projects as appropriate.

The open period is: 1/10/17 – 1/24/17

Internal (MP)

Announcement Number 17-HUD-435