2018 TICA/ILPC Conference Nov. 14-16: Agenda and Registration

The time has come yet again! The best conference around, held in beautiful East Lansing, Michigan during the best time of year, is now accepting registrations!

The conference page is here, which includes the tentative agenda and a link to registration. TICA’s website is here.

In addition to two days of excellent presentations, this we have applied for CLE credits, including ethics and elimination of bias credits.  Also new this year is a bonus Title IV-E Families First panel on Wednesday, along with an in-house ICWA attorney meeting. Also on Wednesday is an open house/meet and greet for for tribes to recruit summer legal interns, and our welcome reception. Check out the agenda for details.

Our artist this year is Peter Boome.

Sponsors already include: Kewenvoyouma Law PLLC, Kogovsek & Associates, Hogen Adams, PLLC, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP, Woodsum Drummond, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, and Casey Family Programs. If you are interested in sponsoring a panel (or three), contact Kate Fort or Doreen McPaul (fort@law.msu.edu or Doreen.McPaul@pascuayaqui-nsn.gov). We absolutely cannot do the conference without these donations, and we are very thankful for them.

Follow us here, on Twitter, and especially on Instagram for updates, and additional acknowledgments of our sponsors! We are @ilpc_turtletalk

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Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Fridays. Any posts received prior to 12pm EST on Friday will appear in that Friday’s announcements. If you would like to submit a post for an open Indian law or leadership job, please send a brief description of the position and a PDF job announcement to indigenous@law.msu.edu.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Request for Proposals. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is soliciting proposals from qualified, licensed attorneys to provide judicial services for the Band’s tribal court. The Band expects to select one individual to serve as the Band’s Chief Judge. The Chief Judge position is the Band’s primary trial court judge. The current Chief Judge is retiring. Please see the description for more information. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. central time on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Ho-Chunk Nation

Tribal Counsel, Black River Falls, WI. The Tribal Counsel performs a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Counsel will prepare pleadings for hearings and other legal proceedings; perform legal research; provide courtroom representation; and more. The position hours are Monday-Friday 8a-430p. Pay depends on qualifications. We would like interested applicants to submit an application, resume and transcripts if they are within 2-5 years. For more information please see the job description. For the job application click here.

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Tribal Attorney – ACFS, Sault Ste. Marie MI. Under the direction of the Child Placement Program Director and the General Counsel, the Tribal Attorney – ACFS represents the interests of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Indian Child Welfare cases in state courts.  The position is also responsible for performing the duties of the Prosecutor’s Office related to child welfare and related cases in the absence of the Tribal Prosecutor.  For a full description of the position, or to apply, see: https://saulttribe.hirecentric.com/jobs/146685.html

General Counsel, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. General Counsel works under the primary supervision and direction of the Tribal Board to provide legal advice and representation to the Board and to the various governmental programs, departments, and enterprises of the Tribe. The General Counsel also provides legal services to the Tribal government’s Executive Director for operational direction consistent with the laws, budgets and policy directives enacted by the Tribal Board of Directors. The position entails performing a broad range of legal work for all departments and divisions of the Tribal government, as well as, appearing in Courts of the Tribal Court, Michigan State Courts and federal courts on behalf of the Tribe as authorized and directed.  For a full description of the position, or to apply, see: https://saulttribe.hirecentric.com/jobs/145919.html

The National Council of Urban Indian Health

Communications/Events Manager, Washington, D.C. The Communications & Events Manager (CEM) is the principal position in charge of communications for NCUIH. The CEM represents NCUIH on behalf of the Executive Director (ED) to develop community relationships. The CEM works with NCUIH to facilitate and coordinate community relations, collaborations, networking and sponsor recruitment activities. Please see the job description for more information or click here.

Administrative Assistant, Washington, D.C. The Administrative/Office Assistant will be responsible for providing high-level administrative support and performing administrative duties that contribute to the day-to-day operations of the organization. Secretarial and clerical tasks are a main component of the Administrative Assistant’s duties. Please see the job description for more information or click here.

The Association of Village Council Presidents

Associate General Counsel, Bethel, AK. The Associate General Counsel is responsible for typical in-house counsel duties, including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts; advising departments in the areas of human resource management, compliance, and risk management; and maintaining and updating corporate governance records. For more information please see the job description.

Tohono O’odham Nation

Assistant Executive Counsel Sells, AZ. The Assistant Executive Counsel provides legal counsel and representation to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation as well as to executive branch departments, offices, and programs in all areas of Indian law. The position will handle a combination of transactional work and litigation. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background, excellent research, writing and communication skills, and at least three years of civil litigation experience within a large to mid-size law firm. Must be a member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing OR eligible to become a member. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and two writing samples to Wendell R. Matt, Executive Counsel, via email at wendell.matt@tonation-nsn.gov.

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Staff Attorney,  Traverse City, MI. This position will focus on tribal and state law
legal issues; with an emphasis on tribal court child welfare and criminal defense
matters. This position will require overnight travel in the Upper Peninsula. For more information please see the job description.

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Associate Judge, Camp Verde, AZ. The Associate Judge presides over cases before the Tribal Court and helps ensure the proper operation of Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court under the supervision of the Chief Judge. Application closes 10/29/2018. Please see the job description for more information.

Oglala Sioux Tribe

In-House Counsel, Pine Ridge, S.D. The Oglala Sioux Tribe has three (3) In-House Counsel positions open. The In-House Counsel(s) will work for the OST Council, the Executive Committee and with two (2) Tribal Council Standing Committees each as listed below: Land Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, Education Committee, Economic and Business Development Committee, Law and Order Committee and Finance Committee. Salary based on experience and budget. Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience specializing in Indian Law.

Please submit:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume with three references
  • Certificate of Good Standing,
  • Copy of valid state bar license(s)
  • State and Federal background checks and hair follicle drug test results mailed directly from the facility to the Legal Department.


SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:  Lisa Cummings, OST Legal Department, PO Box 1204, Pine Ridge, SD  57770 – EMAIL: LisaC@ostlegal.org or FAX: 605-867-2140.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Guardian Ad Litem, Sitka AL. Part-time position to serve as a resource for the Tribal Court. Interested individuals must submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references. The letter of interest should include a proposed hourly rate and should illustrate the individual’s background and interest in Sitka native culture. Must have comprehensive familiarity and cultural competency with traditions and values. Must be able to pass a criminal background check. For a full job description, questions or to apply; contact Kathy Mathews at 907-747-7178,  via e-mail at Kathy.mathews@sitkatribe-nsn.gov, or mail to 456 Katlian Street, Sitka, Alaska 99835, Attn: Kathy Mathews. Deadline for applications is October 17, 2018 at 4:00pm.

See posts from October 12, 2018.

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Call for Submissions: Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP) is putting out an open call for submissions on a rolling basis for Fall 2018 publication. We are looking for publications focused on environmental issues and policy, specifically with the Southwest in mind. We welcome any and all perspectives! Click here for more information.

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NAICJA 2018 Annual Conference Panel on Appellate Judging


Hon. Lee Bergen

Hon. Andrew Adams III
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NAICJA 2018 Annual Conference Panel #1

Hon. Richard Blake. Hon. Cheryl Fairbanks, Hon. Michelle Yazzie, Hon. Kevin Briscoe, Hon. Willie Johnson, Hon. Debra O’Gara, Hon. Mike Petoskey

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NAICJA 2018 Annual Conference — Opening Speakers

Hon. Christine Williams — Keynote

Hon. Richard Blake — NAICJA President

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Michigan Radio: “‘We’ve never had justice’: How the Supreme Court rigged land deals against native people”


An excerpt:

“In many ways, it’s almost like gaslighting,” Wenona Singel says of the Johnson v. M’Intosh case. “You’re learning about … certain rights that are associated with property rights … knowing all along that these rights have not been respected, and were not enforced for your own ancestors.”

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Prosecutor position open at Muckleshoot

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, located in the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area, is looking for a tribal prosecutor to prosecute criminal, civil, and dependency cases. Salary and benefits package is competitive. More information available here. For more information, contact Rob Otsea at rob@muckleshoot.nsn.us.

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News Article on New Pokagon Justice Center

Here is “Pokagon Band starts $25M building project.”

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Ninth Circuit Denies En Banc Petition in Carter v. Tahsuda



Case page here.

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SCOTUS Denies Cert in Citizen Potawatomi Matter

Here is today’s order list.

Cert stage materials here.

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