Native Trade conference March 23-24 in Tucson

Here is the agenda: All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon – Tentative Agenda

Native Trade Conference Flyer(1)


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News Profile of Ute Tribe Reservation Suit against US

Here is “Ute Tribe takes U.S. government to court over ‘theft’ of land and water in historic Uncompahgre.”

Link to complaint here.

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2018 Native American Critical Issues Conference (March 22-24, 2018)


Critical Issues 2018

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Friday Job Announcements

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

Little River Holdings (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians)

Little River Holdings LLC, a wholly owned enterprise of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, is accepting proposals from consultants to facilitate a development project.  If you have experience in some or all of the following areas and are interested in bidding, please contact us for a Request for Proposal Packet. Areas of expertise required are: Real Estate Development Planning, Financial Projections, Debt/Equity Projections, Grant Procurement, Securing of Investors/Lenders, Construction Monitoring, and Compliance and Asset Management. You can show interest and request the packet at or Deadline for showing interest is April 1, 2018, and the deadline for submitting the proposal is April 30, 2018.

Pueblo of Isleta

Associate General Counsel, Isleta, N.M. Under the direction of General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel provides professional legal counsel in the areas of tribal government, federal-tribal relations, jurisdiction issues, environmental and natural resources law and policy, economic development, tribal business enterprise, and employment issues. Works to protect tribal assets and preserve tribal sovereignty. The Pueblo is looking for someone who is a member of the New Mexico bar and has at least three years of relevant experience.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Summer Law Clerk, Office of Legal Counsel, Pendleton, O.R. The OLC is looking for a summer law clerk, who may work on up to two projects: (1) research concerning historic CTUIR specific cases; and/or (2) work with a project team research project concerning reservation boundaries. Clerk(s) will work on site with occasional remote locations for associated tasks. Applications close April 18, 2018.

Navajo Nation

Summer Law Clerk, Department of Justice, Window Rock, A.Z. The Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking energetic and motivated candidates for multiple funded summer law clerk positions in the following areas of practice:

  • Natural
  • Tax and Finance,
  • Litigation,
  • Employment,
  • Human Services,
  • Government Services,
  • Economic Development,
  • Gaming,
  • Water Rights, and
  • Direct Legal Services for Navajo Relocate

Interested candidates must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, should have at least taken Federal Indian Law, and should submit their cover letter, resume, transcript and a short (5-10 page) writing sample to Cherie Espinosa at cespinosa@nndoj.orgComplete application packets must be received no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, April 20, 2018. Externally funded applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Crow Tribe of Indians

Legislative Attorney, Crow Agency, M.T. The Legislature is seeking an attorney to work alongside them in developing and implementing policy that protects and develops the Nation, its people and assets. The job requires both administrative experience and trial experience (to respond to challenges of new, or enforcement of existing, law).

Tohono O’odham Nation

Mining Attorney, Sells, A.Z. The Tohono O’odham Nation is in the preliminary stages of searching for a Mining Attorney on a contract basis. This is not an official request for proposals but we are scoping out the interest and will be sending bid packets to those interested. Please see the attached RFP for the scope of work. Any further questions can be directed to Joshua Rees, Deputy Attorney General at

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Strategic Communications Manager, Portland, O.R. The National Indian Child Welfare Association to promote NICWA’s public image and visibility through a variety of communications media. They will support and work directly under the supervision of the executive director. The strategic communications manager has four key areas of responsibility. Applications close on April 4, 2018.

Association on American Indian Affairs

Cultural Sovereignty Fellowship, Washington, D.C. The Association on American Indian Affairs seeks a recent graduate of an undergraduate, graduate or law degree program to join AAIA for a year in the metro DC area for a paid internship to work on National policy on protecting cultural resources/heritage and Indian child and youth matters. Applications are due by April 23.

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP

Attorney, Anchorage or Juneau, A.K. Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP announces an attorney position opening in either our Anchorage, Alaska or Juneau, Alaska office.  The Sonosky Chambers firm specializes in representing Native American interests in a wide range of work involving tribal sovereignty and self-governance, complex litigation, appellate and Supreme Court work, legislative affairs, health care, and a wide range of additional matters.  Additional information about our firm is available at  Interested applicants should have strong credentials and a commitment to representing Native American interests.  We are ideally looking for an entry-level candidate with 0 to 2 years of experience, but all qualified applicants will be considered.  If you have any questions or would like to submit application materials, please send them to Office Manager Sue Tyree at  All applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but we encourage serious applicants to apply by April 15th.

Last week’s postings: March 9, 2018

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NABA-AZ Golf Tournament (April 7, 2018)


NABA AZ Golf_Updated Flyer

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G. William Rice Memorial Scholarship

Here (PDF):


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Bar Preparation Scholarship Announcement (New Mexico)

To support and promote the practice of Indian Law in New Mexico and to help defray the costs of preparing for and taking the New Mexico bar examination, the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico annually awards scholarships to third-year law students who intend to practice Indian Law in New Mexico. Students who will graduate in 2018 and take the bar examination within one year of graduation may apply. The 2018 Bar Scholarship will award up to a total of $4,000 or more in scholarships, which is subject to change based on the number of applicants, student interest and Indian Law Section resources. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.

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Transfer to Tribal Court Case out of the Ohio Court of Appeals


This is a procedurally complicated case, with a hostile GAL. The conclusion of the appellate court is disappointing:

It is not for this court to decide where and with whom C.J., Jr. should live. However, we have been asked to decide the legal question of who should make the custody determination concerning this child. Based on the foregoing, that decision should be made by the Ohio court after a full evidentiary hearing taking into account the best interests of C.J., Jr., any competing interests of the other parties to this litigation, and the full participation of GRIC. Whether the trauma that might result from removing C.J., Jr. from the only home he has known since he was two years old should outweigh the interest of GRIC in having him transported across the country and raised as part of the GRIC must be determined with all the wisdom, compassion, and experience of the juvenile court.

This article has quotes from the tribal attorney in the case.

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Splinter: “Here is Ryan Zinke Making a Complete Fool of Himself”


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Déjà vu All Over Again: AFCARS Comments Needed

Here is the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking where HHS is reopening the FINAL RULE adopting new data elements on kids in foster care, including ones on ICWA.  Comments on how yes, really, we really do want ICWA data, just like we said the last two times are now due June 13.

Oh also, there’s another notice where HHS is proposing to delay implementation of the Final Rule for two more years. Those comments on that are due April 16.


Honestly, just reading the notices is infuriating–the Administration admits the final rule was the culmination of not one, but two separate notice and comment periods, plus a supplemental notice and comment period. This Administration, though, has identified this rule as one where the benefits might outweigh the costs. They have a few identified questions for comment, though it is pretty clear the Administration is seeking comments to support their contention the additional data elements would be too much work for agencies to collect.

I’m sure there will be additional posts on this in the near future.

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