Job Opportunity – Staff Attorney

California Indian Legal Services
Bishop, CA

California Indian Legal Services is a statewide, tribally controlled, non-profit corporation that provides legal services to Indian tribes, Indian organizations and low-income individual Indians on issues involving Federal Indian Law. CILS provides a variety of legal services including brief counsel and advice and extended representation on core legal issues affecting Native Americans and Indian tribes. CILS is involved in litigation, policy analysis, and advocacy and also provides transactional services to tribes involving economic development and tribal infrastructure.

The Bishop office of CILS is also home to the Eastern Sierra Legal Assistance Project (ESLAP) and the Inyo Mono Senior Legal Program (IMSLP). ESLAP provides brief services/referrals on general poverty law issues to low-income individuals in Inyo, Mono, and Alpine counties. IMSLP provides brief services/referrals on elder law issues to individuals age 60 years and over in Inyo and Mono counties. Currently, CILS operates four offices in California. Additional information about CILS may be found on our website, at

Job Description: 

This is a full-time position devoted to increasing and enhancing the legal services we provide to individuals with Indian law and non-Indian law issues, including general poverty law. Staff attorney will work with individuals, families, organizations and tribal governments in all areas of Federal Indian law, including but not limited to, advising on issues involving jurisdiction, tax, estate planning, trust assets, environmental law, natural resource development, cultural resource protection, Indian education, tribal governance, employment, tribal justice systems, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Responsibilities may range from the provision of brief counsel and services to low-income Indian individuals to representing individuals and tribes in state and federal court, negotiating contracts, advising tribal clients and developing and implementing constitutions, codes, and policies for tribal clients.

Download full job description, BIS Staff Attorney Job Announcement

Job Opportunity – Licensed Justice

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Scottsdale, AZ

Summary: Presides over criminal, civil and juvenile appeal hearings as part of the SRPMIC Appellate Court. Responsible for fair and impartial administration of justice pursuant to the judicial powers granted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and in ensuring SRPMIC adherence to applicable Federal, Tribal and other relevant laws and ordinances. The Licensed Justice is appointed by the Council.

“SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.
In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:
1) attach to application
2)  fax (480) 362-5860
3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.
Documentation must be received by position closing date.
The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted.
Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

For full job description, click here: Licensed Justice

Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development via E-Commerce Conference / Feb 1-2, 2018

Join us!    Early Registration ends Jan. 5

Conference Keynote and Featured Speakers: 

  • Neal K. Kaytal, litigator, Partner with Hogan Lovells and Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of National Security Law Georgetown Law (tentative)
  • Winona LaDuke, activist and Executive Director of Honor The Earth
  • Chris James, President and CEO of National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
  • Gary Davis, President and CEO of Native American Financial Services Association

Focus areas:  Shifting political landscape, financing the Wiring of the Rez, Corporate Formation models, Tax issues, Cyber Security, Sports Betting, Entrepreneurship & Professional Responsibility. Early registration ends Jan 5. View agenda, speakers, and register; click here.

Tribal government – non-profit discount available.

CLE Credits for Attorneys:   This conference may qualify for 13 general CLE credits.

Click here for Updated Conference Agenda



Call for National NALSA Moot Court Competition Judges!

National NALSA and the ASU NALSA Local Chapter are seeking volunteer Judges for the 26th Annual NNALSA Moot Court Competition taking place March 2-4, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ at the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Brief Judge and/or an Oral Argument Judge, please fill out our survey. Thank you for your time!

Native American Voting Rights Coalition’s Desert Southwest Voting – 1/11

Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society
W.P. Carey Armstrong Great Hall
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

We want to hear about your experience in voter registration and voting in federal, state, and local (non-tribal) elections.
Issues to be addressed include whether Native voters have opportunities in their communities that are equal to those of
non-Natives or if they experience discrimination in:
• Location of voter registration
• Location of in-person voting
• Voter identification requirements
• Vote-by-mail
• Early voting
• Poll worker opportunities
• Redistricting
• Treatment at the polls
• Language barriers
• Other discrimination

Witnesses will include tribal leaders, advocates, and voters. If you would like to testify or want more information, please
contact Patty Ferguson-Bohnee at

The Native American Voting Rights Coalition is an alliance of national and grassroots organizations, scholars, and activists
advocating for equal access for Native Americans to the political process. It is holding eld hearings throughout Indian
Country to document barriers to registration and voting in non-tribal elections. Information from the hearings will help
promote public education, identify policy solutions, and advance other legal remedies to expand Native access to voting.

Register to attend or submit testimony:

Download pdf flyer here: Arizona Voting Rights Hearing_Jan 2018.4.

Job Opportunity – Policy Advisory/Counsel

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Washington, DC, USA

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Office of the Vice Chairman, Senator Tom Udall seeks experienced staffer to cover legislative portfolio including economic development, law enforcement, energy, tax, and related issues impacting Indian Country. Additional duties include developing and executing legislative initiatives; monitoring legislative developments; conducting oversight; working with stakeholders; preparing materials for meetings, briefings, and hearings; and coordinating closely with senior staff and the Vice Chairman. This position requires excellent communication, strong research and writing skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Ideal candidate will have work experience in the legislative and/or executive branch, as well as extensive knowledge of, experience with, and/or contacts with Indian Country. J.D. preferred but not required. The Office is an equal employment opportunity employer and encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to

Job announcement, click here.

11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture – Struggles in Federal Indian Law: Alaska Native Rights and the Katie John Litigation – 1/26

Thursday, January 26 • 4-6 p.m.
Beus Center for Law and Society
W. P. Carey Armstrong Foundation Great Hall
111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The 11th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture will feature guest lecturer Professor Robert T. Anderson will review the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and focus on the Katie John litigation over the right to fish at a traditional village and fish camp site by upper Ahtna people.

Anderson is a Professor and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington School Of Law, and is the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches annually.

This may qualify for 1.0 general CLE credit.

Free and open to the public. Food will be reserved to those who RSVP at We hope to see you there.

Download and print pdf: 2018 Canby Anderson Flyer_CLE

Job Opportunity – Public Defender

San Carlos Apache Tribe
San Carlos, Arizona

As a Public Defender under the general direction of the Tribal Chairman and the general oversight of the Law & Order Committee, the Public Defender shall represent without charge, criminal defendants and parents or custodians in child protection cases as appointed by Judges of the Court with the consent of the defendant. In addition, represent juveniles charged with delinquency. The Public Defender shall take all necessary steps to investigate the facts to make sure each case is fairly represented. Shall prepare or assist in motions, memorandum of law, petitions and other legal documents. Deal with prosecution in the negotiation of pleas, which are fair on behalf of the clients. Recommend appropriate sentences for convicted offenders to the Court, repair and file appeals where warranted. Carry out department needs in order to protect the sovereignty and customs of the Tribe and rights of the people. Coordinate case investigation, preparation and courtroom presentation. Advise defendants of their rights and ensure they have a fair trial. Criminal and Juvenile Procedures, established by the San Carlos Apache Tribe Code of Indian Offenses and San Carlos Apache Tribal Court rules that pertain to defense and courtroom presentation of criminal and juvenile cases. Perform other duties relating to Court matter and other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements:
Successful completion of a course of study in an accredited two (2) year college leading to an AA/AAS degree in Criminal Justice or closely related field. NOTE: Applicant must submit a copy of all college transcripts and/or degree to meet positive education requirements.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, candidates must have had three (3) years of specialized experience.

Specialized experience is experience in defending cases involving criminal law in a courtroom or in a job related field. Examples of the type of experience that will be credited are shown above under “Duties and Responsibilities”.

To download full job description and application information, click here:
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