Department:                         Governmental Services

Classification:                      Full Time / Regular / Exempt

Salary:                                    $36.06

Supervises:                            None

Reports To:                            General Counsel/Chairman/Tribal Council

Job Family:                            Legal/Court

Location:                                Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

Closing Date:                         April 8, 2019         

Closing Date:                         April 19, 2019


Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Tribal Attorney – represents the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in governmental matters, child protection matters, policy and law development. 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  •  Prepares intervention packets, pleadings, motions, and other legal
  • Prepares legal briefs, develops strategy, arguments, and testimony in preparation for presentation of
  • Represents the Tribe in state court proceedings involving tribal
  • Performs factual research and
  • Performs legal
  • Monitors legal
  • Monitors and evaluates proposed tribal, state, and federal legislation affecting child
  • Drafts laws and procedures as assigned by supervisor
  • Advise government and government agencies

ADDITIONAL REPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  •  Attends Meetings.
  • Provides occasional backup for Tribal Prosecutor in child welfare and other
  • Travels for court
  • Attends continuing legal education
  • Assists to draft amendments to Tribal
  • All other job related duties as


 Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers, Executives, Board of Directors, outside vendors/service providers, children and families and outside attorneys and various experts.


Position is light with lifting of 20 pounds and frequent lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Physical factors include constant use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision; frequent sitting and occasional standing, walking, carrying/lifting/pushing and pulling, stooping, reaching, manual handling and use of color/field of vision, driving, typing and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to extreme heat. Potential hazards include frequent computer use and client contact.


  • Must have knowledge of Federal Indian Law Affecting Indian Tribes, the Laws of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Tribe, Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Must have knowledge of State child welfare laws.
  • Must have knowledge of TMBCI Child Welfare Code.
  • Must have knowledge of Federal Indian
  • Must be able to
  • Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisory personnel, coworkers and the general public.
  • Must be able to work with minimal to no supervision.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate clearly in person, in writing, and by telephone and
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment and handle difficult
  • Must have organizational skills and be able to plan, prioritize and manage work load to meet goals in a timely
  • Must be able to prepare clear, concise, thorough, meaningful, and grammatically correct written reports, letters, memoranda, policy and procedural drafts, and other written documents.
  • Must maintain confidentiality.


  • Must be a Graduate with J.D. from accredited law school required.
  • Must have one to three years of experience working as a practicing attorney preferred.
  • Certification/License: Admission to a State Bar
  • Must maintain good moral character standing.
  • Must submit Cover Letter of Interest
  • Must submit Resume
  • Must submit writing sample
  • Must submit (3) three reference letters from professors, attorneys, or former employers.
  • Will be required to complete and pass pre- employment drug
  • Will be required to complete and pass pre- employment drug

How to apply:         (Submit completed application to):

Personnel Department

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

P.O. Box 900

Belcourt, ND 58316

Also submit a copy of transcript and/or copy diploma of degree attained and training certificates, background check, Indian Preference, etc. (if applied). Points in screening will be given only for documentation attached.

 For more information please contact Elaine Nadeau, Lori Monette, or Mary Charbonneau, Carie Azure at 701-477-2600.