Thursday, February 25, 2010

ILP Quotes for the ASU website

Dear students, alumni and friends of the ILP - the College of Law is rebuilding the website. As part of the new design, I am looking for quotes to add to the wall. If you have time, please send me a quote about any of the following topics - (1) professors and staff, (2) courses, (3) opportunities, (4) students, and or (5) clinic. Thank you!!

Library Science

Knowledge River and Library School: Information Session
Date: Tuesday March 2nd, 2010
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona Native American Student Affairs, Tucson, AZ Robert L. Nugent, Room 204, Upper Level All are welcome to come, Snacks will be provided.

There is an overwhelming need for professionals in the library and information science field who know and understand the unique needs of the diverse communities served by our libraries, especially those in the Southwest. Knowledge River is a Tucson-based program designed to educate and support information professionals who have experience with and sensitivity to Hispanic and Native American populations. The program's goal is to foster an understanding of library and information issues from the perspectives of Hispanic and Native Americans and advocates for culturally sensitive library and information services to these communities.
Native American librarians today are working in tribal libraries, school libraries, colleges and universities, archives and special collections, and museums. They are serving as educators, advocates, and guides to the vast world of information. They are developing programs to digitize collections; they are preserving indigenous cultures through books, photos, oral histories, and language revitalization initiatives; they are developing protocols for providing access to traditional cultural expressions; they are serving their communities.

We invite you to learn more about the profession and Knowledge River's support for students who want to earn their Master's degree in Library Science and serve the target communities (Native American and Hispanic).

Knowledge River Scholars receive financial aid, cohort support, library-work experience, mentoring, and professional development support. Now in our 9th year, we are currently recruiting for our next Knowledge River Cohort to begin Fall 2010.

*For more information please go to or email us at

Sandy Littletree, MA, MSIS
Knowledge River Program Manager
School of Information Resources and Library Science
1515 E. First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
520.621.5220 (direct office line)
520.621.3279 (fax)
Hispanic and American Indian Library and Information Issues

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

JD Research Fellowship

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian law2010 Post-J.D. Research Fellowships in Native Hawaiian Law

Ka Huli Ao’s Post-J.D. Research Fellowship Program in Native Hawaiian Law provides stipends to recent law graduates to support research, scholarship, teaching, and/or other research-related projects that impact Native Hawaiian Law or that fill a need in the Native Hawaiian community. The goal of the Research Fellowship is to advance knowledge, scholarship, or learning in Native Hawaiian Law. By the end of the Fellowship period, Research Fellows are required to complete an article or project of publishable quality and to present their research findings and conclusions in a public forum. Depending on available funding, up to four Research Fellowships will be awarded. Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000, paid out over a one-year period beginning in August 2010. Fellows are responsible for paying all taxes and health insurance. Eligibility Criteria – The Research Fellowship is designed for recent law school graduates with no more than five years of post-law school work experience. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited law school who can commit to working for one year on an individual project in our Research Fellowship Program. Post-J.D. Research Fellows will be selected on the strength of their proposals (described below) and on the basis of: (1) interest in and commitment to Native Hawaiian legal issues as demonstrated in law school, through prior work, education, or other experiences; (2) a sound academic record; (3) excellent research and writing skills; and (4) outstanding personal qualities. Knowledge of the Native Hawaiian community and experience working with the Hawaiian community are not required but will be considered as positive factors. A course or certificate in Native Hawaiian law is not a prerequisite. Application Requirements – Applicants must submit a proposal letter of no more than four single-spaced pages describing: (1) the nature of the research proposed; (2) how their research project relates to Native Hawaiian Law or fills a need in the Native Hawaiian community and how the project advances knowledge, scholarship, or learning in Native Hawaiian Law; (3) the specific work product that will result from the proposed research; (4) and a realistic, detailed timeline showing projected target dates for research, writing (including drafts) and other significant activities (public presentations, etc.).Applications must also contain a completed application cover page; a résumé of no more than four pages; and a separate sheet with the names and contact information of three references, including a short explanation of your work or other connection with the reference. Letters of recommendation are not required.Application Deadline - Applications must be postmarked, hand-delivered, or e-mailed no later than March 15, 2010 to:Mail & Hand-delivery:Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian LawWilliam S. Richardson School of Law, Suite 2072515 Dole StreetHonolulu, Hawai‘i 96822E-mail: (with the subject line: Research Fellowship Application). If you e-mail the application, you must submit a hard copy of the cover sheet within 7 working days.Notification – Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2010. Questions? Please call or e-mail Susan K. Serrano, Director of Educational Development at (808) 956-6432 or

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

JOB: Litigation Attorney

Associate Litigation Attorney - Civil litigation firm seeking an associate litigation attorney with 5 or more years experience who is licensed in New Mexico. A legal services and Indian law background desirable but not mandatory, the salary is competitive with an excellent benefit package. All inquires are confidential. Please email or fax resumes to Georgia Miller at 505-242-2236; email:

JOBS: Pueblo of Laguna

Pueblo of Laguna - Applicants for Following Positions

The Pueblo of Laguna is seeking applicants for
the following positions:

of technical, administrative, and entry level professional
social work duties related to planning,
organizing, coordinating, and monitoring the
victim/witness assistance program. Conducts
interviews to determine appropriate services.
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology,
Social Work or directly related field plus
three years directly related work experience
required. COURT PROSECUTOR: Presents
to the Tribal Court criminal complaints and
prosecutes individuals accused of violating civil
and/or criminal laws or ordinances of the Pueblo.
Prepares pleadings, motions, etc; develops strategy,
arguments, and testimony for presentation
of cases. JD from an accredited law school plus
seven years of experience in criminal law required.
Must be a member of the NM State Bar.
Working knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare
Act and Indian Civil Rights Act preferred.
PUBLIC DEFENDER: To represent indigent
clients in the community in criminal, juvenile,
and selected civil matters. Prepares and files
pleadings, legal motions, briefs, orders, and appellate
documents. Serves as the Administrator
of the Office of the Public Defender. JD from an
accredited law school plus five years work experience
which includes litigation required. Must
be a member of the NM State Bar. Working
knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act and
Indian Civil Rights Act preferred. The Pueblo of
Laguna is located approximately 45 miles west of
Albuquerque, NM and is a federally recognized
tribal government. Contact Sue Tapia, HR Generalist,
at 505-552-5785 or at stapia@lagunatribe.
org for detailed information.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Native American Bar Association Happy Hour!


WHERE: Macayo's – 300 South Ash Avenue, Tempe
WHEN: February 26, 2010
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The winners of the 2010 NABA-AZ
Scholarships will be announced at the mixer!
Hope to see you there!!

Please RSVP to Jeanette Jackson at 602-229-5544, or
by February 24th

Thursday, February 11, 2010

JOB: Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

DATE: February 9, 2010


REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

STATUS: Exempt, Full Time with Benefits

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for oversight of the Tribal Self-Governance program including related planning, budget, legislative and regulatory issues. Coordinates with relevant federal agencies regarding national policy issues which affect the implementation of Self-Governance at the Tribal level. Performs other duties to support the CEO on general Tribal legislative advocacy and monitoring of federal and state American Indian and Alaska Native issues. Duties include preparation of correspondence, position papers, background documents, talking points and reports, organization and maintenance of related issue files and communication with Tribal government representatives and national, regional, state, inter-Tribal and Tribal organizations. Expected to ensure that all goals and objectives within the BIA/IHS Self-Governance Project are met, and monitor budget and relevant legislative/regulatory progress. WiIl coordinate with Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Planning, and other Tribal Departments in the identification of all BIA/IHS monies (other federal agencies as required) including contract support costs associated with programs, services, activities or functions which are available, and appropriate for inclusion in the Tribal BIA/IHS Self-Governance Compact(s) and Annual Funding Agreement(s). Must provide and coordinate annual Self-Governance funding information as it relates to the Tribal/BIA and IHS negotiations. Will act as liaison with other Self-Governance Tribes for general communication and generate new ideas, ensure uniformity and establish working relationship that will benefit the Self-Governance program internally and on the national level. This may include participation in the Technical Workgroup meetings of the respective BIA and IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee(s), and other duties as assigned by CEO. Frequent travel may be required at times to participate in various meetings, workgroups and conferences. A complete job description is available at

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ILP Lunch Presentation Feb. 17 Miranda v. Nielsen

ILP Lunch Presentation
Miranda v. Nielsen
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Room 105
12:15 – 1:15
Lunch will be served!
One free CLE credit!

Assistant Federal Public Defenders Dan Kaplan and Keith Hilzendeger will discuss the Indian Civil Rights Act and the issue of “stacking” sentences. The recent case of Miranda v. Nielsen, 2010 WL 148218 (D. Ariz. 2010) held that Indian tribes do not have authority to sentence convicted criminals to consecutive sentences amounting to more than 1 year (the limit set by the Indian Civil Rights Act). Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Hilzendeger represented the tribal prisoner (Miranda) who was convicted on all counts of an eight count indictment in Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court. Some of her sentences were stacked consecutively, for a total term of 910 days. One free credit of CLE will be offered for this event. Please contact Ann Marie Downes at or 480.727.0616 for additional information.

ILP Lunch Presentation Feb. 15 Tribal Law & Order Act

ILP Lunch Presentation

Discussion of Tribal Law & Order Act

Monday, February 15, 2010
Room 118
12:15 – 1:15
Lunch will be served!
One free CLE credit!

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., introduced major bipartisan legislation in 2009 aimed at strengthening law enforcement and justice in Indian communities. LL.M. in Tribal Policy, Law and Government student Peter Whitney will offer participants some perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed legislation.

Please contact Ann Marie Downes at or 480.727.0616 for additional information.

Monday, February 08, 2010

ILP Alumni and Friends Reception

The Indian Legal Program at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University is proud to host
The 11th Annual ILP Alumni and Friends Reception
Thursday, April 8, 2010
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kids Camp
Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The reception will be held the first evening of the 35th Annual Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference. Come talk to the faculty and staff, say hello to old friends and meet the new students.Please RSVP to Sunny Larson at (480) 965-6413 or email by April 4th.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Job: Alaska

From: Bessie O'Rourke Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:05 AMTo: Bessie O'RourkeSubject: Please spread the word re attorney jobs

Dear All,
My office is still looking for someone who wants to be an assistant borough attorney, in Barrow. There may be two positions opening up, but we are now hiring for a contracts and real estate-focused position. (Later this year there may be another position which would be focused on environment and natural resources, which we have also started advertising for.)

I am having a heck of a time hiring, so thought I would just write people I know and ask you to spread the word, in case there are people you know, or people you know who may know people who may know people……who could be interested. (We are also using different ads, in papers, schools, bar associations, other associations, other municipalities, other agencies who must hire for the more remote parts of Alaska, etc.)

Depending on the candidate, we are willing to work with people who have less than two years experience practicing law, and who have to take the Alaska bar after they get here. The assistant attorney positions pay $110,964. The Borough pays relocation expenses up to a given max, has good insurance benefits, leave benefits, and PERS.

The work I think is interesting and varied, the staff is friendly and collaborative, and the town, the region and the indigenous and other cultures make life here different than on the road system. You know I like it. People who want to try something different should check it out.

Any referrals would be so helpful. Anyone interested is welcome to call or email me. Thanks.

Bessie O'Rourke
Borough Attorney
North Slope Borough

Monday, February 01, 2010

Bradley Bledsoe Downes ('94) ATLG Faculty Member

ATLG New Faculty Member, Bradley Bledsoe Downes
February 1, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Academy of Tribal & Local Government

Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes respected tribal attorney Bradley Bledsoe Downes to its world-class faculty

A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Bledsoe Downes is a recognized expert in federal Indian law, tribal government sovereignty, gaming regulation, labor and government relations Long Beach, CA – The Academy of Tribal & Local Government, the leading training and education institute in Indian Country, proudly welcomed to its world class faculty Bradley Bledsoe Downes, one of the leading experts in federal Indian law and other issues affecting Indian Country.

Mr. Downes is a founding member and Managing Partner of the law firm Bledsoe Downes & Rosier, PC headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. His diverse and successful practice areas include Federal Indian Law, Indian Gaming, Tribal Government Sovereign Authority and Regulation, Civil Litigation, Economic Development, Business, Employment and Labor, Fee-to-Trust Transfers, Indian Child Welfare and Governmental Relations. He has been rated one of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Gaming Law (2005-2009) and was noted as a “Rising Star” in 2004.

Mr. Bledsoe Downes served on-reservation for more than three years as Tribal Attorney for the Hoopa Valley Tribe and currently serves as General Counsel to the Elk Valley Rancheria. He is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of California. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Arizona State University College of Law.

Mr. Bledsoe Downes is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He has extensive experience in tribal governmental and jurisdictional matters, tribal-state intergovernmental relations and negotiations, and tribal-third party business transactions, and is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. “Bradley is one of the most respected and dynamic legal minds in Indian Country,” stated Deron Marquez, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Tribal & Local Government. “As a proud Native American, he further strengthens our faculty, our brand, and our academic and professional standing nationally.” About the Academy of Tribal & Local Government The Academy of Tribal & Local Government is a Native-owned and operated institute advancing productive relations between federally recognized tribal and local governments nationwide. Utilizing a renowned faculty with more than 200 years of real world and academic experience in Indian Country, the Academy develops customized education programs offering long-term solutions that serve the unique economic, social and cultural needs of these governments. The Academy also serves Indian Country through comprehensive online training for goods and service providers nationwide through its Vendor Certification Program. For more information please visit