Register Now, American Indian Justice Conference


Register Now for the American Indian Justice Conference and Present Your Work at the All Nations Cafe

December 7-8, 2017
Renaissance Palm Springs
Agua Caliente Reservation, CA

All Nations Cafe Session at the AIJC: 

Join us for the All-Nations Cafe. This session is designed for you to share your innovations and learn from your fellow participants! This activity is similar to a poster session and we encourage you to create something and become exhibitors. What you can do: develop a poster board or visual display describing the process (including the change-process); draft talking points and select a team member to present; bring brochures, fact sheets, sample forms or policies that you would like to share; bring business cards or provide contact information so participants will be able to reach you if they have additional questions or seek advice. If you are interested in participating please contact Cheri Ely to sign-up or ask questions. Raffle prizes will be drawn for both exhibitors and participants.

Registration for the Training: Register HERE. No cost for registration, but participants must cover the costs of travel, lodging, and per diem/food.

About: The goal of the Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored AIJC is to provide training to enhance your tribal community’s response to combat alcohol and drug abuse, recognize how trauma impacts drug and alcohol abuse in tribal communities, and identify current trends and best practices for tribal justice systems to strengthen multi-disciplinary approaches to healing and justice. The five multi-disciplinary tracks include alcohol and substance abuse, tribal justice strategic planning, tribal courts, tribal security and probation, and tribal youth.  

CTAS Purpose Area 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 grantees may use grant funds to attend the AIJC. Please confirm with your Program Manager that you have adequate travel and training funds remaining in your award. 


Additional information available here: FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

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The Second Thanksgiving

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Update in KBIC Suit against Michigan Treasury Dept.

Here are the materials in Keweenaw Bay Indian Community v. Khouri (W.D. Mich.):

99 state motion re state prosecutions

115 kb motion for protective order

126 kb motion for summary j re sales and use taxes

143 magistrate order granting protective order

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Missouri COA Rejects NARF Effort to Survey Donated Parcel for Sacred Sites

Here is the opinion in Wilkinson v. Native American Rights Fund:

Wilkinson v. Native American Rights Fund

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Tribal Special Criminal Jurisdiction over Domestic Violence Statistics


The Following Tribes have implemented to date (as of last Friday):

1. Pascua Yaqui (51 investigations, 18 Convictions, 3 jury trials, 3 extradtions) *
2. Tulalip Tribes of WA. (23 cases, 14 Convictions) *
3. Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (SD/ND) (7 cases, 4 Convictions) *
4. Confederated Tribes of Umatilla (OR)(10 Arrests, 10 Convictions) *
5. Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Ft. Peck Reservation (MT) (16 Arrests) *
6. Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (MI) (no arrests)
7. Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas (TX) (1 Arrest)
8. Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (OK)(1 Arrest, 1 conviction)*
9. Seminole Nation of Oklahoma (OK)(No arrests)
10. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (NC)(25 Arrests 16 convictions) *
11. Sac and Fox Nation (KS)(No arrests) *
12. Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma (OK)(No arrests)
13. Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (MI) (No Arrests)
14. Muscogee Creek Nation (OK) (No arrests)
15. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND) (1 Arrest) *
16. Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa (MI) (4 arrests, 2 convictions, 1 Jury Trial)
17. Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana (1 arrest)
18. Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (No arrests)

* denotes DOJ TAP Tribe (NCIC Access)

Nationwide Statistics:

* 18 Implementing Tribes
* Over 138 Arrests
* 42 Convictions
* 36 Guilty pleas
* 8 federal referrals
* No federal Appeals
* 3 Jury acquittals
* 30 dismissals

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Harvard Indian Law Conference Keynotes and Afternoon Panel

Kevin Gover


John Echohawk


Matthew Fletcher, Ethel Branch, Arlinda Locklear


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Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email

Regional Native Public Defense Corporation

Public Defender, White Earth Reservation, M.N. Candidates with criminal defense experience and knowledge of Indian law are preferred, but all are welcome to apply. Candidates must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota. RNPDC seeks justice and fair treatment for Native Americans facing criminal charges in and around the White Earth and Leech Lake reservations in Northern Minnesota. We act to respond to historical mistreatment and the racial disparities prevalent for Native people in the criminal justice system today. Salary depends on qualifications. Health & dental insurance, annual Minnesota attorney registration fee and malpractice insurance are provided by the firm at no cost to the employee. To apply, email or mail a cover letter, references and resume to:

James Hughes
Executive Director
Regional Native Public Defense Corp.
P.O. Box 487
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Fort Belknap Indian Community

Associate Judge, Child Welfare, Harlem, M.T. Serves as hearing judge for the Fort Belknap Indian Community tribal court, in accordance with the Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal Law and Order Code and under the general supervision of the Chief Judge. Submit complete application and resume.

Intertribal Court of Southern California

Tribal Court Administrator, Valley Center, C.A. Responsible for the management of the non-judicial administration and day-to-day operations of the Intertribal Court. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Human Resources via email to Position is open until filled.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

2018 Summer Legal Intern, Manistee, M.I. Assists the Unified Legal Department in its role as in-house legal counsel to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Unified Legal Department provides legal services and representation to the Tribal Government and its Enterprises, including Elected Officials, Departments, Commissions, and the Little River Casino Resort. The position is paid at a rate of $15.00-$17.50 per hour, depending on experience. The position is temporary part-time and will last eight to twelve weeks. Applications must be received by March 30, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council

Tribal Court Positions, Fort Washakie, W.Y.  The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes for the Wind River Reservation located in Wyoming are re-establishing the Wind River Tribal Court.

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence 

Training Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie, M.I. Determines, develops, coordinates, and administers culturally sensitive anti-violence education services for Native American individuals and groups within the State of Michigan.  Responsible for implementing specific Uniting Three Fires Against Violence (UTFAV) funded grant activities and projects, as defined by the specific goals and objectives.

Department of the Interior

Regional Solicitor, Northeast Region, Bloomington, M.N. Represents and acts for the Solicitor as the chief legal officer for the Department of the Interior for legal matters covered in the Northeast Region. Closes 12/18/2017.

Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/10/2017

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Harvard Indian Law Conference Panel #1A

Kevin Washburn, Sally Jewell, Natalie Landreth, and Sarah Krakoff

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Harvard Indian Law Conference Panel #1

Bob Anderson, Natalie Landreth, Jeanne Whiteing, Sarah Krakoff

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Harvard Indian Law Conference

Bob Anderson, Richard Lazarus, Jason Packineau, and agenda

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