Friday, October 30, 2009

ALUMNI: Debra Gee ('94)

Debra Gee ('94) is the Deputy Attorney General for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Justice in Ada, Oklahoma.

Ferguson-Bohnee to testify before Congress

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, director of the Indian Legal Clinic, has been asked to testify on "Fixing the Federal Acknowledgment Process" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition. She has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies and proposed revisions to the Real Estate Disclosure Reports to include tribal provisions. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights' issues.

Before joining the College in 2008, Ferguson-Bohnee clerked for Judge Betty Binns Fletcher of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and was an associate in the Indian Law and Tribal Relations Practice Group at Sacks Tierney P.A. in Phoenix. As a Fulbright Scholar to France, she researched French colonial relations with Louisiana Indians in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Ferguson-Bohnee, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe, serves as the Native Vote Election Protection Coordinator for the State of Arizona.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Quannah (Gee) Dallas '04 interviewed in NPR story on SRPMIC

ILP Alum Quannah (Gee) Dallas '04 was recently interviewed on NPR segment featuring the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The article can be found at:

Staff Attorney Position - NM Legal Aid - Zuni Pueblo

Staff Attorney - Gallup Office
New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) has an opening for a Staff Attorney in its Gallup Office. One (1) or more years of legal experience required. NMLA represents low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, consumer and Native American issues. Expectation is that attorney will be active in local bar and community activities. The position offers opportunity to work with Zuni people and practice law in theZuni Trbal Court. The candidate will handle general pverty law cases, utilizing a computerized case management system, participate in community education and outreach to those in need of housing and other benefits, and participate in recruitment of pro bono attorneys. The position also includes work with Zuni people on cases and matters involving Federal Indian and Tribal law issues, including representation of low income individuals in the Zuni Tribal Court. A percentage of the attorney's time will be devoted to NMLA's Native American Program issues. Requirements: Candidates must possess excellent writing and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, skills sufficient to implement an array of advocacy strategies, ability to manage a caseload, and the ability to build collaborative relationships within the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Reliable transportation is mandatory. New Mexico bar license is preferred. Candidate will be required to become a member of the Zuni bar upon hire. NMLA offers an excellent benefits package, including generous leave, health insurance and opportunities for training. Competitive salary based on experience, DOE. NMLA is an EEO Employer. Send Resume, two references and a writing sample to: Gloria A. Molinar, NMLA, PO Box 25486, Albuquerque, NM 87125-5486 and or email to:; Deadline:10/30/09

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Save the Date: 10/28/09

Navajo Government Forum with:
President Joe Shirley Jr.
Council Delegates: Leonard Tsosie, Jonathan Nez, and Kee Allen Begay

Come and discuss the issue and policies that matter to you.
  • 88-24 Council Reduction Initiative
  • Presidential Line Item veto
  • Education
  • Economic Development
Where: Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU
Great Hall, Lecture Room

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Free Event!
On-site voter registration!
Press Release
Navajo Government Forum at Arizona State University:
Debate on government reform voting initiatives to reduce the Council from 88 to 24 and provide a presidential line-item veto
Tempe, Arizona: For Immediate Release
A Navajo Government Forum that will focus on two initiatives – one that would reduce the Navajo Council from 88 members to 24 members and one that would add a line-item veto – will be hosted by Arizona State University at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Armstrong Hall at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
President Joe Shirley Jr. and three Council delegates – Kee Allen Begay (Many Farms/Round Rock Chapters), Jonathan Nez (Shonto Chapter) and Leonard Tsosie (Whitehorse Lake/Pueblo Pintado/Torreon Chapters) – will be questioned by a panel of experts, then will take questions on any Navajo Nation issue from the audience.
The initiatives will be on the Navajo Nation ballot in December. Voter registration closes Nov. 16, and voter registration will be available the evening of the forum.
The forum was conceived and organized by the ASU Navajo Students for Politics Committee, and is designed to mobilize ASU students and provide information for the the greater Phoenix Navajo community
The event is sponsored by the American Indian Policy Institute, American Indian Student Support Services, the Office of the Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs, the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, American Indian Studies, and the Phoenix Indian Center.
For more information, contact Kate Rosier, Director of the Indian Legal Program, at (480) 965-6204.

JOBS:Chief Prosecutor, Hopi Tribe

Date: 10/22/2009 3:00 AM

Contact: Nancy F. Piqösa, Employment Coordinator
Employer: The Hopi Tribe
Address:P.O. Box 123
CityStateZip: Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039
Phone: 928-734-3219
Fax: 928-734-6611

JobTitle: Chief Prosecutor
Salary: D.O.E

Required Education and experience: Juris Doctorate; and four (4) years para-legal or administrative work experience with increasing management responsibilities in a federal, state or tribal judicial or law enforcement field.

Description: Please contact tribe for more information

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tsosie article in new book

An article by Rebecca Tsosie, executive director of the Indian Legal Program, has recently been published in a new book, Gathering Native Scholars: UCLA's Forty Years of American Indian Culture and Research.The book is a collection of selected essays from four decades of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tsosie's article, "Surviving the War by Singing the Blues: The Contemporary Ethos of American Indian Political Poetry," was written when she was a J.D. candidate at UCLA.

Tsosie teaches in the areas of Indian law, Property, Bioethics, and Critical Race Theory, as well as seminars in International Indigenous Rights and in the College's Tribal Policy, Law, and Government Master of Laws program. She has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy and cultural rights, and is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism. She also is the co-author with Robert Clinton and Carole Goldberg of a federal Indian law casebook. Her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources.

Monday, October 19, 2009

JOB: California Indian Legal Services

Date: 10/16/2009 9:54:21 AM

Contact: Patricia De La Cruz-Lynas
Employer: California Indian Legal Services
Address1: 609 S. Escondido Blvd
CityStateZip: Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: 760-746-8941
Fax: 760-746-1815
AcceptingCalls: Yes

JobTitle: Staff Attorney - Eureka Office

Salary: Competitive salary D.O.E full family/partner medical and dental benefits, LTD, life insurance, generous leave policy and potential for annual performance bonus.

Hours: Full Time

Description: Staff attorney will work with Indian 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, cultural resource protection, Indian education, natural resource development, tribal governance, tribal justice systems, employment, 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.

Experience: Graduate,Current Bar Members

Submit: Resume,Cover Letter,Writing Sample

SubmitOther: * J.D. degree with exceptional academic achievement.
* Licensed to practice in California.
* Demonstrated knowledge of Federal Indian law with a minimum of three years experience practicing law.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* A willingness to assume a varied caseload.
* Strong work ethic and able to work nights and weekends when many tribal councils meet.
* Ability to travel overnight, valid driver?s license.
* A demonstrated commitment to providing high quality legal services for Indian people.
The following qualifications are desirable but not absolutely required:
* Experience working with Indian individuals or tribes.
* Prior legal services experience.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sawers to present paper at Indian Law Conference

O’Connor Fellow Brian Sawers will present his paper, “Tribal Land Corporations: Using Incorporation to Combat Fractionation,” at the Federal Bar Association’s 11th Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference. It will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Sawers will participate in the panel, Beyond Land-Into-Trust: Creative Land Ownership Options for Tribes. According to the conference agenda, there are a number of creative ways for tribes to own land other than as federal trust land, such as federal restricted fee and conservation easements. Considering the practical problems with land-into-trust as well as the sovereignty concerns with the federal government “owning” the land, the panel will discuss what options are available.

Sawers’ area of research interest is property law, in particular where property regimes are unstable, developing or in transition. In his current research projects, he’s exploring both the material conditions determining property law and the effect of property regimes on resource utilization.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

JOB: LaPena Law Corp

Job Title Attorney
Job Location Sacramento, CA

Job Description
The LaPena Law Corporation represents tribal clients on tribal, cultural, governmental, and economic development matters. We represent Indian tribes in tribal governmental operations; fee-to-trust and related real estate issues on and off reservation lands; selection and establishment of tribal entities; cultural resource protection; financing of tribal operations and development projects; gaming development and gaming regulation; establishing and counseling tribal gaming commissions; preparation of tribal codes and constitutions; housing development and finance; grant writing; Indian law litigation including environmental issues, contract disputes, Indian child welfare, and gaming; and other Indian law matters.

We seek an associate attorney to join our growing Sacramento office. Qualified candidates must possess a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school, California State Bar license. An academic or practical background in Federal Indian law is preferred.
Candidates must also possess excellent analytical, research and communication skills, and the ability to work well independently and as a team in a fast paced environment.
We offer excellent salary and bonus compensation, and a benefit package.

Please email your cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and law school transcripts if graduated within the past five years to AmyAnn Taylor at

Organization Name LaPena Law Corporation
Contact Name AmyAnn Taylor
Business Address 2331 Capitol Avenue
City Sacramento State CA Zip 95816

Business Phone
Business FAX 916-442-9907
Business Email
Web Address

Will they accept applicant inquiries? no

Salary Range
Application Deadline 11/15/2009

Eligible Applicants
1L no
2L no
3L no
Alumni yes

Applicant Information Requested

Writing Sample
Law School Transcript
Reference Letters

JOB: Nordaus Law Firm

Job Title Associate Attorney - Santa Fe
Job Location Santa Fe, NM

Job Description
The Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP is seeking a full time associate attorney with one to three years of relevant experience to work primarily on Indian water rights litigation in our Santa Fe, New Mexico office starting on or about October 15, 2009. Demonstrated interest in Indian law is required.

Experience in water law and/or Indian law is strongly preferred. The Firm is dedicated to the representation of Indian Tribes and Tribal entities on environmental issues, natural resource protection and development, jurisdictional issues, Tribal governance issues, economic development projects, and in administrative and regulatory processes as well as in trial and appellate litigation. Native Americans are encouraged to apply. Please apply immediately by
submitting: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) an official law school transcript to Hiring Partner Santa Fe Position, Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP, 1239 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501. You may submit your application by email to

Organization Name Nordhaus Law Firm LLP
Contact Name Hiring Partner
Business Address 1239 Paseo de Peralta
City Santa Fe State NM Zip 87504

Business Phone (505) 982-3622
Business FAX (505) 982-1827
Business Email
Web Address #

Will they accept applicant inquiries? no

Salary Range
Application Deadline 10/31/2009

Eligible Applicants
1L no
2L no
3L no
Alumni yes

Applicant Information Requested

Writing Sample
Law School Transcript
Reference Letters

Please apply immediately by submitting: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, (3) a legal writing sample, (4) a list of references, and (5) an official law school transcript.

Experience Required
1 - 3 Years

Friday, October 09, 2009

JOB: Ho-Chunk Nation Court System Staff Attorney

Date: 10/9/2009 12:30:07 PM

Contact: Hon. Todd R. Matha
Employer: Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court
Address1: PO Box 70
CityStateZip: Black River Falls, WI 54615
AcceptingCalls: No

JobTitle: Staff Attorney/Law Clerk
Salary: $50,000/yr.
Hours: 40
Description: Staff Attorney/Law Clerk
The Ho-Chunk Nation Judiciary instituted the law clerk program shortly after its establishment in 1995. The Judiciary employs two law clerks for staggered terms of two years beginning on or around July 1. Several recent law school graduates have participated in the program since its inception, and many of those individuals currently practice and/or teach in the area of Indian law. The intention of the program is to provide a starting attorney with the necessary foundation to ably continue in this regard.

An interested applicant must submit the following documents to receive consideration for the law clerk position: 1) cover letter, 2) recent r?sum?, 3) transcript from an accredited law school, 4) writing sample, and 5) contact information for three professional/academic references. The Judiciary must receive the above application materials by mail on or before December 31, 2009. Applicants should direct materials to the following address:
Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court
Attn.: Hon. Todd R. Matha
P.O. Box 70
Black River Falls, WI 54615-0070
The Judiciary will inform applicants of the need to attend an on-site interview, and consequently applicants must be willing to travel to Wa Ehi Hoci for such purpose. The Judiciary will reimburse travel expenses to the extent possible. This reimbursement may include overnight accommodation.

Job Description

SALARY: $50,000 / yr. or $24.03/ hr.
1. Legal research and drafting of memoranda for Trial Court Judges and Supreme Court Justices on questions of law.
2. Research legal issues identified by the Chief Judge, Associate Judges and Supreme Court Justice and prepare written memoranda, draft opinions and bench memos as directed.
3. Compile case law and make it available to users of the HCN Court System.
4. Field questions from court users and design court forms as needed.
5. Responsible for editing monthly Court bulletins, maintains opinion summaries and law library.
6. Maintain and advise on updates to the law library.
7. Coordinate HCN Law Day and maintain records necessary for CLE accreditation with State Bar of Wisconsin.
8. Coordinate HCN Bar Admission for the HCN Supreme Court and occasionally assist in drafting and issuing various Court Rules.
9. Must assist with Lay Advocate Training.
10. Responsible to work with minimal supervision and exercise their independent legal evaluation throughout the workday.
11. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
1. Graduation from an accredited law school.
2. Membership in good standing with ANY state bar within 1 year of employment.
3. Strong research and writing skills.
4. Strong word processing and computer research skills including familiarity with INTERNET access.
5. Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with Tribal and Federal Indian Law.
6. Fluency in Ho-Chunk Language desired but not required.
7. Preference to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, other Native Americans.
8. Valid driver?s license, dependable transportation and proper insurance, is required.

Experience: 3L,Graduate,Taking Next Bar,Bar Passage
Submit: Resume,Cover Letter,Transcript,Writing Sample

Jasmine Andreas ('07)

Jasmine Andreas ('07) is serving as Staff Attorney at the Bishop office for California Indian Legal Services.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Shana Barehand to present in DC


Go to this website and listen to our Treasurer Shana Barehand present the issue of the murals at the Ariel Rios Building (EPA HQ) in Washington, DC, and make the case for their removal. LWFriday, September 25, 2009 - Censorship...: Who Should Say What Art Is?: (listen) If art is the freedom of expression then how can censorship even be an issue? When it comes to Native imagery or Natives creating images, the word censorship is no stranger. There are numerous images, sculptures and murals connected to or depicting the world of the Native American that have caused a stir for one reason or another. So when the heavy hand of censorship pounds down on the work of a Native artist, just what is the reality behind the word "no." And when it comes to images that depict Natives in the savage form by non-Natives and a motion for its removal is brought forward by Natives, just how does this play into censorship? Guests are Native artist Bob Haozous from the Ft. Sill Apache Tribe and Treasurer for the Society of American Indian Government Employees, Shana Barehand. (Bob Haozous is the son of the late very well respected artist, Alan Houser.)

Go to: down toward the bottom of the page and you will find the link to listen to the program for Sept. 25. It took them awhile to get this up on the website for listening. It will open and play with your default media player.For the history of SAIGE's involvement with this issue you can go to our website at: http://%20http// More

New Research Tool for Indian Law Judges, Lawyers & Students

Need to know where to find an Arizona tribal code or tribal court opinion? Want a quick legislative history of a major federal Indian law? Looking for an authoritative list of websites that will keep you up to date on Indian legal issues? Then the ASU Law Library’s Indian Law Portal is the tool for you!

By providing links to comprehensive, authoritative, free materials the portal is a community resource that can be used by anyone doing Indian legal research. ASU subscription materials are available for use in the library.

The portal links to electronic and print resources and brings together in one place many legal and interdisciplinary resources that the University purchases for its students and faculty, including databases, indexes, full text electronic journals, authoritative websites, and print resources. Unique resources created specifically for American Indian law researchers, include a chart on Arizona Tribal Law Sources, legislative histories for selected federal Indian laws, and an historical timeline that links to primary legal documents.

If you need assistance in using the portal, check out our guide on How to Use the Indian Law Portal (it is also available as a presentation) or Ask a Librarian for further assistance.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Williams Completes CLA/CP Exam

Jennifer Williams, legal assistant in the Indian Legal Clinic, has completed the two-day exam for Certified Legal Assistants or Certified Paralegals. Passage of the exam allows Williams to use the professional credential of CLA or CP. She is among 1,081 paralegals in the State of Arizona and 15,652 paralegals nationwide who have attained this goal.

"I would like to thank my supervisor, Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, and everyone in the Indian Legal Clinic for their encouragement and support while I studied and sat for the exam," said Williams, who has worked in the Indian Legal Clinic for one year.

Established in 1976, the CLA/CP examination program is a voluntary professional credentialing program developed by the National Association of Legal Assistants and administered by a board composed of paralegals, members of the American Bar Association and members of the field of education active in paralegal training.

The exam covers communications; legal research; ethics; human relations and interviewing techniques; legal terminology; judgment and analytical ability and substantive law. Continuing legal education is required to maintain the status.

The National Association of Legal Assistants, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is a national, nonprofit association that represents more than 18,000 paralegals through individual members and 83 affiliated state and local associations.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Ferguson-Bohnee selected for Equal Justice Works award

Patty Ferguson-BohneePatty Ferguson-Bohnee has been selected for the 2009 Equal Justice Works Outstanding Law School Faculty Award, which is given to young faculty of less than five years experience who are doing great work in public service.The award will be presented at the 2009 Equal Justice Works Awards Luncheon on Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C., at which Harold Koh, Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State and former Yale Law School Dean, will be the keynote speaker.

“This is a great honor and a tribute to Patty’s great work at the Clinic, as well as the dedication of the students who have participated in the Clinic over the past few years,” said Dean Paul Schiff Berman.

Rebecca Tsosie, Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program, praised Ferguson-Bohnee’s work.“Patty’s leadership of our Indian Legal Clinic has been absolutely exceptional,” Tsosie said.

Ferguson-Bohnee has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and policy matters, voting rights, and status clarification of tribes. She has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Louisiana State Legislature regarding tribal recognition, and has successfully assisted four Louisiana tribes in obtaining state recognition.

Ferguson-Bohnee has represented tribal clients in administrative, state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as before state and local governing bodies and proposed revisions to the Real Estate Disclosure Reports to include tribal provisions. She has assisted in complex voting rights litigation on behalf of tribes, and she has drafted state legislative and congressional testimony on behalf of tribes with respect to voting rights’ issues.She is a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe.