Salary:                      $28.74

Classification:          Full-Time Regular/Exempt

Department:            Legal Department

Supervisor:              General Counsel

Location:                  TMBCI Headquarter’s

Open Date:               Open Until Filled        Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Tribal Policy Research Specialist for the Legal Department researches and writes policy to support law and policy development for the Tribal Government. The position is also responsible for cross checking existing laws to ensure policy and laws are developed consistently and do not conflict.

Duties and Responsibilities:  (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  • Prepares policy for various programs
  • Prepares and or revises statutes and laws for the government.
  • Researches existing law with varying jurisdictions to support drafting
  • Performs factual research and investigation.
  • Performs legal research.
  • Edits and cross references existing laws for government.
  • Monitors and evaluates proposed tribal, state, and federal legislation affecting Indian Tribes.
  • Drafts laws and procedures as assigned by supervisor
  • Drafts regulations and procedures
  • Communicates with stake holders in the community
  • Coordinates with programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • 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, by telephone, and email.
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment and handle difficult situations.
  • Must have organizational skills and be able to plan, prioritize and manage work load to meet goals in a timely manner.
  • 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.
  • Attends Meetings.
  • Provides support to the General Counsel and contract attorneys.
  • Attends necessary trainings, webinars, and hearings.
  • Answers telephones.
  • Schedules meetings and organizes small events related to duties.
  • Screens calls and individuals seeking assistance from General Counsel.
  • Refers individuals to resources available in the community.
  • Must maintain good moral character standing.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.


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


  • Must have graduated with a B.A. or B.S. minimum or J.D. from an A.B.A. accredited law school is preferred.
  • Must have three years of experience working in a professional setting.
  • Must have knowledge of Federal Indian Law Affecting Indian Tribes, the Laws of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Tribe.
  • Must comply with A.B.A. Rules 1.13 Organization as a Client and Chapter 5 “Law Firms and Associations.” Enrolled Tribal members in federally recognized tribes preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Position is light with occasional 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. Potential hazards include frequent computer use and client contact.

How to apply:         (Submit completed application to):


Personnel Department

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

P.O. Box 900

Belcourt, ND 58316


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

The Human Resource Staff will not be responsible for incomplete applications

Indian Preference Statement

Candidates for employment or career advances shall be hired, trained, and promoted without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or personal, political or religious beliefs.  However, preference shall be given in hiring in the following order between equally qualified candidates who are:

  1. Enrolled Member Veteran (10 points to be given to enrolled member veterans in screening process as follow: (see definitions)
  2. Enrolled member
  3. Other Tribal Member veterans
  4. Other Tribal Members

Veteran Preference

Veterans and eligible spouses of deceased will receive special consideration for initial appointments for all positions being filled by the TMBCI.  The intent of this policy is to promote and bring deserved services and benefits to our veterans for the personal sacrifices they have made.  To be considered for a preferential treatment under this policy, candidate(s) must submit copies of verification documents to Personnel Office along with the employment application for eligibility determination purposes.  An acceptable verification document is the discharge of transfer report form DD214.

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