Friday, December 03, 2010

Native Health Food & Toy Drive

Sponsored by NABA-AZ
Items accepted through Thursday,Dec 16th.
Donation boxes at are located in the ILC office, rotunda and law library.
Items needed:
Food (non-perishable), New, unwrapped toys, Baby Blankets, Diapers, Formula (Similac) and Gift Cards. Thank you for your contribution!

Food and Toy Drive Flyer

Monday, November 29, 2010

Job Posting:

Job Posting:

Regional Technical Assistance Specialist
Intertribal Agriculture Council

Friday, November 19, 2010


Job Announcements

A. Associate Judge and Chief Judge -- Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Please see the attached announcements for Associate Judge and Chief Judge positions at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

B. Project Director -- Northwest Intertribal Court System

This position is funded under a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through September 29, 2011.
LOCATION: Northwest Intertribal Court System
20818 – 44th Avenue W., Suite 120
Lynnwood, WA 98036-7709
SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director of the Northwest Intertribal Court System
STATUS: Full Time – Exempt
Graduate of an ABA accredited law school and member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association ("WSBA"). Minimum five (5) years experience in Indian Law desired. Strong research, writing, and verbal communication skills including interest/experience in grant writing. Ability to work independently, travel to tribal reservations in Western Washington, and appreciate the unique legal and cultural systems of the various tribes. Prefer experience working with tribal governments, communities and/or justice systems. Native American preferred.
CLOSING DATE: November 30, 2010
See Ad for more information:

C. Tulalip Office of Civil Legal Aid

The Tulalip Foundation Office of Civil Legal Aid is seeking a legal assistant and an experienced attorney to represent Tribal members at the Tulalip Tribal Court by providing competent, culturally sensitive and holistic representation to assist Tribal members to ensure they have full access to due process and justice within the Tulalip judicial system. The Legal Assistant and Staff Attorney of the Tulalip Foundation Office of Civil Legal Aid will represent clients in legal cases that effect Tribal members’ safety, family integrity, health, and access to services and education.

Please contact Chori Folkman at (360) 716-4534 or with any questions regarding these positions. Materials are due no later than December 3, 2010.

D. Office for Victims of Crime

Attached please find the hyperlink for the Deputy Director, OVC, announcement via USAJOBS, which opened 11/08/2010 and will close on 12/8/2010. JP-SES-11-002

Friday, November 12, 2010

PowerPaths Movie Premier

Join the Indian Legal Program for the Power Paths documentary (55 minutes) followed by panel discussion with Grassroots Leaders.

Movie Premier
Wednesday November 17, 2010
6:00 pm
Great Hall
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University

Speakers include: Wahleah Johns (Black Mesa Water Coalition), Marshall Johnson (Toh Nizhoni Ani),
Vernon Masayesva (Black Mesa Trust), Norman or Fern Benally (Peabody lease area residents).

FREE and open to the public. Please share with others you think would be interested in the topic.

For nearly 50 years the Navajo and Hopi residents of Black Mesa have made it possible for the major cities in the Southwest -- Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Los Angeles – to flourish while they suffer pollution, cancer, and environmental devastation brought on by a huge strip-mining operation operated by Peabody Coal Company. Black Mesa coal supplies Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona which serves electric customers in Arizona, Nevada and California as well as supplying energy to pump water through the Central Arizona Project. And yet, most Black Mesa residents still have no electricity and running water. POWER PATHS follows a group of Navajo and Hopi grassroots leaders who take on some of the biggest corporations in the world and even their own tribal governments to transition their fossil-fuel based economies to renewable energy.

Contact Kate Rosier for more information at (480) 965-6204 or

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Struggle for Equal Voting Rights

New article by the Indian Legal Clinic Director Patty Ferguson Bohnee.
See link to access the article:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Talk by Robert N. Clinton

Indian Tribes and the Origins,
Development, and Challenges
of Tribal Courts

Robert N. Clinton
Foundation Professor of Law,
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Thursday, October 28th, 3:00-5:00
University Club, Club Room

Sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association
and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

For more information, e-mail Richard Burg (

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Robert Yazzie Lecture

Robert Yazzie, Director, Dine Policy Institute gave a lecture entitled: "The Quality of Justice from the Navajo Experience" on October 19. Click the link for the MP3 audio recording.

Domestic Violence Prosecutions CLE

Dear Alumni and Friends - Marnie Hodahkwen (’02) Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Tribal Liaison, will be representing the U.S. Attorney's Office at this conference, where she will discuss domestic violence prosecutions in Indian Country. More information about the conference and the speakers can be found on the conference website:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Navajo Nation 2010 President Debate

The Navajo Nation 2010 Presidential Debate, co-hosted by ASU Student Committee for the Navajo Nation Presidental Debate and various American Indian academic groups and student organizations was held at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU on October 18, 2010.

Click here for video-recording of the Navajo Nation 2010 Presidential Debate. Please advance the time to 5:48 for the actual start time of the debate. There is also a 15 minute break that has not been edited.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Job Opportunity-Cheif Judge for Yavapai-Apache Nation

Description :

Yavapai-Apache Nation seeks Chief Judge to preside over and ensure the proper operation for the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court. The Chief Judge is the primary judicial officer and administrator of the Nation’s Tribal Courts.

How to Apply- Please submit a complete application, cover letter and resume by October 29, 2010 to:

Yavapai-Apache Nation
Human Resources Department
2400 W. Datsi St.
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

See Link:

Congressional Research Service Looking for Atty to Focus on Federal Indian Law!!!!

Legislative Attorney (Federal Indian Law) (Vacancy #: 100217)

GS-0905-13 — Congressional Research Service — $89,033.00 – $115,742.00
Opening Date: Oct 6, 2010
Closing Date: Nov 3, 2010

See Link Below:

New Directions in Native Health CLE Conference

Friday, November 5, 2010 - Noon - 5pm - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Great Hall, Tempe, AZ

Conference Speakers include:
Linus Everling, Lloyd B. Miller, Dr. John Molina, Dr. Michael H. Trujillo, Rebecca Tsosie & Alvin H. Warren (Invited).

Advance Registration: $75.00 11/01/2010. Agenda, speaker bios and registration online at State Bar of Arizona may qualify for 3.5 general credits, Approval pending for NM State Bar credits.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Navajo Nation Presidential Debate

Join us for the Navajo Nation Presidential Debate at ASU College of Law on Monday, October 18th from 6-9! Please spread the word!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

AISES Golf Tournament

Hello All, Reminder:

The registration deadline for the 10th Annual Phoenix AISES Scholarship and Leadership Golf Tournament is TOMORROW, September 30, 2010! Please register and pay online at at your earliest convenience. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely, Wes DooleyGolf Co-Chair

Please support these student events.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Staff Attorney- Indian Law Project

Schedule Type: Full Time
Practice Areas: Native American/Indian/Tribal Law

Job Description
Work in the stunning Northern Sierra Mountains within an hour’s drive of world-renowned ski resorts for winter-time fun and within an hour’s drive of Lake Tahoe and other summer recreational spots. Enjoy the cultural activities that Carson City and Northern Nevada have to offer.

Nevada Legal Services is seeking a staff attorney for our Indian Law Project. You will be responsible for serving Native Americans in the Tribal Courts in Nevada in criminal cases, juvenile cases, and domestic violence cases.

Nevada Legal Services is looking for someone with experience in Indian Law and working with Native American communities. Experience in criminal law and/or domestic violence cases is preferred.


Application Instructions: If interested in the position contact:

Jennifer Jeans, Directing Attorney
216 N. Pratt Ave
Carson City NV 89701

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Come Celebrate Dr. Shanley

ASU campus event featuring Dr. Kathryn Shanley
Thursday, October 7, 2010
10:00 a.m. Labriola Center, 2nd flr, Hayden Library (LIB)

Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Shanley—centering on her involvement in the vision and construction of the recently completed Native American Center at the University of Montana. All are welcome. Refreshments served. Hosted by the Labriola National American Indian Data Center. Info:

This event is in celebration of Kathryn Shanley’s presentation of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community set for 7:00 p.m. on October 7, 2010 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The lecture is sponsored by Arizona State University’s American Indian Policy Institute, American Indian Studies Program, Department of English, Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Labriola National American Indian Data Center, Faculty of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, and Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation, with tremendous support from the Heard Museum.

Kathryn Shanley teaches in Native American Studies at the University of Montana and serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Native American and Indigenous Education. An enrolled member of the Ft. Peck Assiniboine (Nakoda) Tribe, Dr. Shanley grew up on the reservation. Her research interests include the work of James Welch (the Blackfeet/ Gros Ventre writer), gender issues in Indigenous studies, Native American religious autobiography, and Indigenous knowledge-based theory. She is the University of Montana project director for a collaboration with the Sami Studies Center at the University of Tromsø, Norway, and also collaborates with faculty in Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. Shanley serves as the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship regional liaison and on boards for National Academy of Sciences Fellowships; the executive committee of the Modern Language Association, Division of American Indian Literatures; and (for eight years) the American Indian Graduate Center. Recognition of her leadership extends to her inclusion in Notable Native Americans and the Dictionary of American Indian Women. Before coming to the University of Montana in 1999 to become the first chair of Native American Studies, Dr. Shanley previously held positions at Cornell University and the University of Washington. As chair of NAS at UM, she worked for seven years to raise funds for a new Native American Center, which was dedicated in May 2010.

Job Opportunity in DC

Attorney-Advisor GS-12/13/14 - CS

U.S. Department of the Interior - The Office of the Solicitor (Washington, D.C.)

Position Type:
Geographic Preference(s):
Mid-Atlantic (DE, MD, DC, VA)
With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department's Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department's diverse and wide-ranging mission.

This position is located in the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, Branch of Trust Responsibility. The duties of this position include complex legal responsibilities that deal with the federal trust responsibility and the management of trust lands, and with related federal laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act. The incumbent will advise the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and staff in these matters. The incumbent will also work closely with the Department of Justice in litigation involving these matters.

Desired Class Level:
JD Alum, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp, Bar Passage
Posting Date:
August 25, 2010
Expiration Date:
September 24, 2010
Shirzone Holmes
1849 C St., NW Washington, District of Columbia 20240
Resume Receipt:
Other (see below)
How to Apply:
Apply online at
Additional Documents:
Cover Letter, Writing Sample

Job Opening at Hoopa Valley

Associate Tribal Attorney

Hoopa Valley Tribe, Office of Tribal Attorney (Hoopa, CA)

Position Type:


Practice Area(s):

Indian/Native American

Geographic Preference(s):

West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY)


Conducts civil lawsuits, draws up legal documents, advises the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Tribal Departments and its Entities as to legal rights. Provides oversight of retained outside councel. Provides a broad range of legal services to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, including without limitation, advice, negotiation, drafting, research, lobbying, representation in litigation, appeals, and administrative proceedings and other duties as assigned by the Senior Tribal Attorney of the Hoopa Valley Tribe Council.

Desired Class Level:

JD Alum, Alum 0-3 yrs exp, Alum 4-6 yrs exp, Bar Passage

Posting Date:

September 3, 2010

Expiration Date:

September 25, 2010


Ms. Kendall J. Allen

Legal Secretary

Post Office Box 188 Hoopa, California 95546 United States

Resume Receipt:


Default email for resumes.:

Additional Documents:

Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample



Monday, September 13, 2010

Navajo Nation Looking for Staff Attorneys

Kayenta Judicial District Court

Kayenta, AZ

District Court Clerk

Pos# 209556

Staff Attorney**

Pos# 234987

Job Description

$29,473.60 - $31,262.40

$70,907.20 - $79,830.40

Lavonne K. Yazzie

Court Administrator

P.O. Box 2700

Kayenta, AZ 86033

Phone: (928) 697-5541

Fax: (928) 697-5546

Aneth Judicial District Court

Montezuma Creek, UT

Staff Attorney**

Pos # 240874

Job Description

$70,907.20 - $79,830.40

Susie L. Martin

Court Administrator

P.O. Box 320

Montezuma Creek, UT 84534

Phone: (435) 651-3545

Fax: (435) 651-3546

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Congrats to Members of the Class of 2005!

Congrats to Chris Clark Deschene ('05) - Last night Chris won the primary election for Arizona Secretary of State!

Congrats to Diandra Benally ('05) - Diandra was just selected to be President of the Navajo Navajo Bar Association!

Congrats to Liz (Cheney) Medicine Crow ('05) - Liz was honored by Bridge Builders of Alaska for her work in finding a respectful long-term way to address a racist comment.

The ILP Faculty and Staff are proud of each of you!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Job opening: ITEP Executive Director

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has an Executive Director job opening.
This is a professional management position responsible for directing a nationwide program offering environmental training, technical support, environmental education and information services for Indian Tribes across the United States. Tribal environmental training programs include air quality, solid waste, environmental compliance, K-16 environmental education and other related programs. This position operates with broad authority and reports to the dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.
The Executive Director is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Institute. Working with the Institute's vibrant staff and nationwide stakeholders, the Executive Director will develop strategies to enhance the Institute's ability to deliver services to tribal governments that will enhance their management of environmental and natural resources on tribal lands. As a seasoned leader, the Executive Director will focus on building relationships that will provide financial and strategic support for the Institute.
Application deadline: August, 23, 2010. Go to this URL for the full job description and to apply:

Scholarships (and Waivers) for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 18th Fall Meeting

The Native American Resources Committee is pleased to announced the availability of $5,000 in scholarships for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 18th Section Fall Meeting, which will be held on September 29-October 2, 2010, in New Orleans, LA. The Meeting will include over two dozen cutting edge CLE sessions, and the Native American Resources Committee will be cosponsoring a panel, titled “Renewable Energy and the Endangered Species Act: Advancing Sustainable Energy While Protecting Wildlife.” Besides CLE, the Section Fall Meeting also provides many invaluable opportunities to network with environmental, energy, and natural resource attorneys from across the nation as well as with our Section leaders and members of the Native American Resources Committee. To learn more about the program and offerings during the Section Fall Meeting, visit
The Native American Resources Committee has been recognized as a national forum for lawyers representing tribes, tribal entities, indigenous peoples, and businesses engaged in development or other commercial activities within or near Indian country, Alaska Native villages, and other lands of indigenous peoples. The Committee focuses on broad ranging current and emerging environmental, energy, and resource issues affecting such lands. Additional information about the Native American Resources Committee is available at
The Committee’s target applicants for these scholarships are reservation-based and other Indian law attorneys who are interested in attending the Section’s Fall Meeting and learning more about the benefits of Section membership, but who are not able to do so without financial assistance. Applicants do not need to be members of the ABA to apply. Interested applicants for the scholarships should send an email of interest, including their background information, to: Kimberly Craven, Membership Vice Chair, Native American Resources Committee, at The deadline for applying is COB Thursday, September 4, 2010.
Additionally, the Section itself is the Section itself is offering a limited number of scholarships for law students who want to attend the entire meeting and volunteer at the 18th Section Fall Meeting. This is a wonderful experience for students to learn and network so please pass the word on to students who are interested in Indian law and environmental law. The deadline for applying for student scholarships is August 30, 2010. Please also be advised that the Section is offering a number of registration fee waivers available for academics, government, and public interest attorneys. The deadline for applying for waivers is August 23, 2010. Visit the Fall Meeting website link noted above for more information on applying for the Section scholarships and waivers.
Thank you, and we hope to see you in New Orleans this fall.
Native American Resources Committee
Jana L. Walker, Co-Chair
Donald M. Clary, Co-Chair
Kimberly Craven, Membership Vice Chair

Friday, August 13, 2010

Indian Legal Program events for 2010-2011

What: ILP Welcome Dinner
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Two Waters Cafeteria
RSVP: Shalanee Joyner at or 480.965-1105

What: Dr. John Tippeconnic
Title: “Are We There Yet? Indian Control of Indian Education”
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 12:15
Place: Room 114 COL

What: JD/MBA Degrees in Indian law practice
Speakers: Theresa Rosier (’98), Verrin Kewenvoyouma (’04), Courtney Monteiro (’06)
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010
Time: 12:15
Room: Room 114 COL

What: Navajo Nation CLE (Navajo CLE & Arizona CLE hours. New Mexico CLE hours pending approval)
Sponsors: ILP and NABA-AZ
Speakers: Justin Jones, Paul Spruhan, Roxann Gallagher (’02), Bidtah Becker, Frank Seanez, Javier Ramos (‘,96) Levon Henry, Judith Dworkin (’86), Daniel Mestaz
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 8:30-5:30
Place: Great Hall COL

What: NABA-AZ’s Seven Generation Awards Dinner, Raffle & Silent Auction (ILP will be one of the sponsors)
Who: Honoring Judge William C. Canby, Jr. (Lifetime Achievement), President Pattea (Community Leadership), Kerry Patterson (’01) (NABA-AZ Member of the Year)
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino
Tickets: $100 – Contact Kate Rosier at or (480) 965-6204 for more information

Speaker: Walter R. Echo-Hawk
Title: “In the Courts of the Conqueror: Reforming the 'Dark Side' of Federal Indian Law”
What: Lecture & Book Signing
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Great Hall, College of Law

Speaker: Robert Yazzie
Title: “The Quality of Justice from the Navajo Experience”
Date: October 19, 2010
Time: 12:15
Place: Room 114 COL
Contact: Kate Rosier 480-965-6204

What: New Directions in Native Health CLE Conference
Speakers: Lloyd Miller, Dr. Michael Trujillo, Dr. John Molina (’05), Linus Everling
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Great Hall, College of Law
Contact: Kate Rosier 480-965-6204

What: ASU Native American Law Students Association 5th Annual Golf Tournament
Co-Sponsor: Indian Legal Program
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start
Place: Talking Stick Golf Club, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Contact: Khia Grinnell – or 360-461-0828

Speaker: 4th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture – Chief Justice Herb Yazzie (’75), Navajo Nation Supreme Court
Title: “What Makes A Nation?”
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM
Place: Great Hall, College of Law
Contact: Darlene Lester 480-965-7715

Speaker: Pat Sekaquaptewa & Donna Humetewa
Title: "Transforming Hopi Family Conflicts through Mediation"
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Time: 12:15-1:15 pm
Room: Room 114 COL

What: ILP Alumni and Friends Reception
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 (During the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Kids Camp - Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, Santa Fe, New Mexico

What: Indian Lands: A Foundation for Economic Growth CLE Conference
Date: April 28 -29, 2011
Place: Arizona State University Memorial Union, 241 - Ventana Ballroom Tempe, AZ
Online Registration starts January 10, 2011
Contact: Darlene Lester 480-965-7715

What: ILP Graduation Reception
Date: TBD May 2011
Time: TBD
Place: Rotunda COL

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Navajo Nation CLE - 9/24/10

Title: Navajo Nation CLE
Co-Sponsors: Indian Legal Program and NABA-AZ
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where: ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Great Hall

Navajo Nation Bar Association CLE Credit: “This CLE has been approved by the Navajo Nation Bar Association for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity will qualify for up to 8 hours towards the Navajo Bar CLE requirement, including 2 hours of Navajo ethics.”

Arizona State Bar Association CLE: "The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 8 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 2 hours of professional responsibility."

On-line Registration website: Coming soon . . .

Cost: $200 Full day, $125 Half day, $250 Walk-in rate the day of event

If paying by check, make checks payable to: "NABA-AZ"

Net proceeds from this event will be split between the Indian Legal Program and NABA-AZ.

For more information contact: Kate Rosier at (480) 965-6204 or

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Artman on Tribal Law and Order Act

Professor of Practice Carl Artman, Director of the College of Law’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program, wrote an article about the Tribal Law and Order Act that was published in the July issue of the Godfrey & Kahn newsletter.

In the law firm’s Indian Nations Law Alert, Artman wrote about the act, which Congress passed on July 21, and President Obama is expected to sign. It will bring accountability to the federal administration of justice in Indian Country and strengthen tribal justice systems, he wrote.The act “seeks to increase coordination and communication among Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies; reduce violent crime, sexual violence, and drug and alcohol addition in Indian Country; and increase the collection and sharing of criminal data among the different jurisdictional entities,” the article states.

To read it in its entirety, click here. To read other articles by Artman on the firm’s website, click here.

Artman served as the 10th Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs. An enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, he has worked for his tribe as Director of Federal Affairs, Chief Legal Counsel, and as Chief Operating Officer of an Oneida Tribe-owned telecommunications venture.

Deadline Extended - 8/13!! AIGA Deputy Director

Arizona Indian Gaming Association Opens Position for Deputy Director

(Phoenix, July 15, 2010) Arizona Indian Gaming Association announced that it is seeking to hire a Deputy Director for the Association which represents 19 tribes in Arizona. The new position will provide support for the Executive Director. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (“AIGA”), a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization, has a membership that represents 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. The organization protects and promotes the general welfare of tribes by supporting tribal gaming enterprises on Arizona Indian lands and serves as a clearinghouse for educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.
The Deputy Director will interact with AIGA member and non-member tribes, federal, state, city and local municipalities, business associations and other professionals. The best candidate will have knowledge of tribal government and/or tribal gaming, will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and have excellent computer skills. Minimum qualifications include three-to-five years experience working with tribal governments, especially tribes with a gaming enterprise. The candidate must have a Bachelors of Science degree or two years experience in a related field. The candidate must be able to pass a full gaming background check. AIGA offers a competitive pay scale and offers full health and dental benefits and 401 K pension.
Applicants should submit their resumes to Applications will close August 13, 2010.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Job Opportunity with Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court



Assistant Prosecutor

The Assistant Prosecutor will institute Proceedings in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court for the arrest and conviction of persons charged with, or suspected of offenses against the people of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and within the jurisdiction of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court. The Assistant Prosecutor works under the supervision of the Attorney General for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

1. The Assistant Prosecutor will file petitions and complaints on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as provided in the Law and Order Code of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
2. The Assistant Prosecutor will represent the Tribe in proceedings as provided under the Law and Order Code of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
3. The Assistant Prosecutor will keep a record of all criminal and civil proceedings of the Office of the Prosecutor including actions, proceedings, and the results therein.
4. The Assistant Prosecutor shall perform such other duties as directed by the Chief Prosecutor and or the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Attorney General.
5. The Assistant Prosecutor will serve as Presenting Officer for Juvenile Court.

Minimum of Bachelors Degree in the field of Criminal Justice or a
combination of education and experience. Licensed attorneys are
encouraged to apply.

Must have the ability to draft legal documents.
Negotiable depending on experience based on a five (5) day work week.

For application information please contact:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Personnel Department
Ben Kitteaux
PO Box 430
Rosebud, SD 57555
(605) 747-5341

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Job Opportunity

Arizona Indian Gaming Association Opens Position for Deputy Director

(Phoenix, July 15, 2010) Arizona Indian Gaming Association announced that it is seeking to hire a Deputy Director for the Association which represents 19 tribes in Arizona. The new position will provide support for the Executive Director. The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (“AIGA”), a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization, has a membership that represents 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. The organization protects and promotes the general welfare of tribes by supporting tribal gaming enterprises on Arizona Indian lands and serves as a clearinghouse for educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.

The Deputy Director will interact with AIGA member and non-member tribes, federal, state, city and local municipalities, business associations and other professionals. The best candidate will have knowledge of tribal government and/or tribal gaming, will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and have excellent computer skills. Minimum qualifications include three-to-five years experience working with tribal governments, especially tribes with a gaming enterprise. The candidate must have a Bachelors of Science degree or two years experience in a related field. The candidate must be able to pass a full gaming background check. AIGA offers a competitive pay scale and offers full health and dental benefits and 401 K pension.

Applicants should submit their resumes to Applications will close July 31, 2010.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Congratulations Patty Ferguson Bohnee!

We are happy to announce that Patty Ferguson Bohnee received the Harrison and Austin Citizenship Award for her dedication to Native voting issues and her efforts to coordinate election protection activities during the 2008 elections. The award ceremony was Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation's Recreation Center. Congratulations Patty!

Save the Date

Please save the date for the 5th annual NALSA Golf Tournament!

2010 ILP Welcome Dinner

Friday, July 02, 2010


Kewenvoyouma Law, PLLC is seeking a motivated, self-driven, and ambitious full-time associate. Kewenvoyouma law, PLLC is a small 100% Indian owned law firm providing legal services exclusively to Tribes, tribal entities, tribal agencies, and Individual Indian business owners. Our firm provides services in the area of Indian law, business transactions, economic development, finance, commercial transactions, business formations, government relations, gaming, water rights, and day-to-day general counsel services to Tribe and corporate counsel services to Indian owned businesses.


· J.D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school with Bar License in California and/or Arizona (or pending License)

· 0-6 Years of experience

· Demonstrated education or experience in federal Indian law

· Willing to travel

· Strong research, analytical and writing skills

· Strong organizational and communication skills

· transactional law, business law, economic development and gaming experience.

Applicants should submit the following information:

1. Cover Letter

2. Resume

3. Writing Sample

4. Transcripts (if graduated within 0-4 years)

5. Three references

Please submit information via email to Please contact Debbie Kewenvoyouma at 480-705-7550 with any questions. Experience and/or education in transactional work preferred. Native American hiring preference will be provided to qualified attorneys.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Job Opportunity- Salt River

Job Title:

Staff Attorney-Legal Aid

Closing Date/Time:

Wed. 07/07/10 11:59 PM Arizona Time


$36.37 - $51.82 Hourly
$75,644.00 - $107,794.00 Annually

Job Type:



10005 E. Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

JOB - GRIC Prosecutor I

The position of Prosecutor I under the Domestic Violence grant is now open and closes on June 21, 2010. Information and applications can be obtained at Spread the word.



PLEASE NOTE: This position is being readvertised. Applicants who applied to Attorney Advisor GS-905-15, vacancy announcement number 10-EOUSA-12, do not need to reapply. All applicants will also be considered for this vacancy announcement.

About the Office: The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) is the Justice Department headquarters component for the 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices. Your office will be located in the Robert F. Kennedy Building at Constitution Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets, NW. This location is ideally situated close to the-Archives/Navy Memorial Metro station. We are a short walk to museums on and around the Mall, and there are numerous restaurants and shops in the immediate area. Additionally, we offer employee-centered work life programs, as well as participation in the transit subsidy program. EOUSA was rated in the top 16 of 246 agencies and deemed a best place to work. The Indian, Violent, and Cyber Crime (IVCC) Staff is functionally responsible for providing management support, legal assistance and advice, and policy guidance for the United States Attorneys for a variety of priority law enforcement initiatives. The IVCC is comprised of full-time EOUSA staff attorneys and support personnel, as well as experienced Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) who are subject-matter experts detailed to EOUSA for one-to-two year assignments. The work consists of the full range of legal advice and services to the 94 United States Attorneys Offices (USAO) throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The USAOs range in size from approximately 25 to 700 employees.Responsibilities: The Attorney-Advisor will serve as the Native American Issues Coordinator and will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the IVCC Staff, EOUSA. There is an expectation of independence afforded to the staff member, as well as required initiative to develop, manage, and carry out new or major projects in accordance with the significance of the problem, overall expectations, goals, and available resources.The assignments are extremely complex and difficult, frequently requiring a high order of original and creative legal and management expertise. Assignments involve serving as the principal legal advisor on all matters pertaining to Native American issues, among other law enforcement program areas; providing management support to the USAOs; and coordinating and resolving legal issues. Additionally, the Coordinator must often overcome opposition and conflicting interests to reach successful outcomes on behalf of EOUSA and the USAOs. Who may apply: All United States Citizens and Nationals.Qualifications: Previous experience prosecuting crime in Indian Country and litigating cases concerning Native American Issues in federal court. The successful candidate also can demonstrate sound judgment; good interpersonal skills; and a strong work ethic. Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 4 years post-J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. Moreover, detailed knowledge of the mission, organization, statutory obligations, functions, procedures, practices, and priorities of the Department, EOUSA, and the USAOs, especially in assigned program areas, is desirable.Evaluation Method: Qualified applicants may be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified. Applicants must submit a writing sample.Salary: GS-15 $123,758.00 - $155,500.00 per year (including locality pay).Travel: Occasional travel will be required.Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorizedSubmission Process and Deadline Date:
Open: 6/7/2010Close: 6/18/2010
Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a detailed resume or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment). Information about applying for a Federal job is available from the USAJOBS information system through the website at:, your most recent SF-50, and current performance appraisal, if applicable to:
Jewel CamposU.S. Department of JusticeExecutive Office for United States AttorneysOffice of Administration/H.R. Division 600 E Street NW, Rm. 8308Washington, D.C. 20530Phone #: (202) 252-5526Fax #: (202) 252-5525
Application materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59 p.m. of the closing date (Eastern Standard Time). Application materials may be faxed to (202) 252-5525.
Applications submitted using government postage or internal Federal government mail systems will not be considered. Please note that mail coming through our mail system can be delayed due to security screening and will not be accepted after the closing date, faxing your resume to our dedicated fax number is encouraged. Emails will not be considered.
Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Echo-Hawk Lecture and Book Signing

Please Save the Date!

Who: Walter R. Echo-Hawk

What: Lecture and Book Signing

Date: Monday, September 27, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: Great Hall, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Book Title: In the Courts of the Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided" By Walter R. Echo-Hawk

Lecture Title: In the Courts of the Conqueror: Reforming the 'Dark Side' of Federal Indian Law

Lecture Description: In the very first case to come before the United States Supreme Court involving a significant Native American issue, Chief Justice John Marshall ominously described the American judicial system as "the courts of the conqueror." Native Americans have been fundamentally impacted by court decisions that affect their political, property, cultural, and human rights, perhaps more profoundly than any other segment of our society. Often these decisions were colored by the prevailing prejudices, politics, and assumptions of the day. Those decisions embody the dark side of the law as Manifest Destiny swept the continent. The courts provided legal justification for the appropriation of Indian land, the subjugation of Indian nations, and the denial of human rights in American legal history, making everything "perfectly legal." This lecture examines nefarious legal doctrines and unjust legal fictions which found their way into federal Indian law, and explores how that body of law might be strengthened in the 21st Century to better protect Native America.

Litigation Associate Wanted

Rosette & Associates is looking to hire a litigation associate with 2-3 years experience and a CA bar license. The attorney would be located in the Folsom, CA office.
To apply or for more information contact Rick Armstrong at the contact information listed below.
Richard J. Armstrong, Of Counsel

Rosette & Associates, PC
193 Blue Ravine – Suite 255
Folsom, CA 95630
916.353.1084 – Office
916.353.1085 – Fax
916.337.2639 – Cell

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

UPDATED JOB: Navajo Attorney Position


The Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Human Services and Government Unit (HSGU), is seeking an energetic and motivated staff attorney with 0 to 8 years of legal experience. HSGU primarily provides legal advice and representation to the Navajo Nation Executive Branch’s Divisions of Education, Health, Human Resources, General Services, Public Safety, and Social Services regarding a wide range of legal issues. From time to time, HSGU also provides legal advice to the legislative and judicial branches of the Navajo Nation. Some litigation and travel is expected. Salary is negotiable within the range of $54,000 to $87,000, depending on experience.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school. Legal experience concerning federal Indian law and Navajo law preferred. Ability to speak Navajo is a plus, but not required. Current Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah and Navajo bar licensure is preferred, though not required. A successful applicant who is not currently licensed must take the Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah bar examination and the Navajo Nation bar examination at the next available opportunities. Applicants must have strong research, analytical and legal writing skills and work well with clients, who are employees of the Navajo Nation government.

Please direct applicant packets consisting of (1) Letter of Interest with current address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address; (2) Navajo Nation employment application; (2) resume; (3) recent legal writing sample; (4) copy of bar membership certificates, if any; and (5) law school graduation documents to Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Attention: Paul Spruhan, Assistant Attorney General, Human Services and Government Unit, P.O. Box 2010, Window Rock, AZ 86515, and to the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management, P.O. Box 7080, Window Rock, Arizona, 86515. Please visit to obtain a copy of the Navajo Nation employment application. Applications will be accepted beginning June 21, 2010. For any questions, please contact Paul Spruhan at 928/871-6275.

The Navajo Nation Department of Justice complies with the Navajo Preference in Employment Act. This position is open until filled.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

ILP/NALSA Graduation

You Are Invited!

2010 ILP/NALSA Graduation Reception

Thursday, May 13, 2010
4:00 p.m.
College of Law Rotunda

The Indian Legal Program and the Native American Law Students Association
invite you to celebrate the graduation of our talented law students.
Join us for a special ceremony and reception.

RSVP to Sunny Larson by May 10th at

Monday, May 03, 2010

Job: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Tribal Attorney, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Port Angeles, Washington

Description: Position as Associate General Counsel for on-reservation Office of General Counsel on beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Many fascinating and challenging issues. Great opportunity to help shape the development of the office and the Tribe’s strategic legal planning.

Qualifications: At least five years as a practicing attorney; Washington bar membership preferred; experience in civil litigation, Indian law, and tribal government.

Deadline: Open until filled; apply ASAP.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume with at least three references, and writing sample by e-mail to Stephen Suagee, General Counsel, at or by mail to: Stephen Suagee General Counsel Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe 2851 Lower Elwha Road Port Angeles, WA 98363


ILP Advisory Council Member Appointed to the Bench

Governor Jan Brewer Announces Appointment of Superior Court Judges in Maricopa County

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today announced the appointment of Daniel J. Kiley and Thomas L. LeClaire to the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Dan Kiley is an attorney with the law firm Sherman & Howard, LLC, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate, municipal and criminal defense law. He worked for the firm Mohr, Hackett, Pederson, Blakley and Randolph from 1997 to 2009 and served as an Assistant Attorney General from 1988 to 1997. He has been admitted to practice law in Arizona since 1988. He graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1988 and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1985.

“Dan has had an impressive career in public and private practice,” said Governor Brewer. “His wide breadth of legal practice experience makes him well qualified to be a superior court judge.” This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Cathy Holt.

Tom LeClaire is an attorney with the LeClaire Law Firm. He began practicing law in Colorado in 1981 and spent several years with the United States Navy and the Department of Justice. He has been admitted to practice law in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, the District of Columbia, as well as numerous tribal courts. He is a recognized expert in Indian law and taught criminal law and procedure at American University. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1981 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1978.

“Tom’s accomplishments during his nearly three decades of practicing law are impressive and noteworthy,” said Governor Brewer. “He has given many years of service to his country and helped numerous Native American tribes with legal matters over the course of his career. Tom is truly a model of legal excellence and will be an outstanding judge.” This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Richard Trujillo.

“It is an honor to appoint Dan Kiley and Tom LeClaire to the Maricopa County Superior Court,” said Governor Brewer. “These are two outstanding attorneys who will serve the citizens of Maricopa County well.”