Job Classification:      Full-Time Regular

Location:                      Public Defenders Office

Supervision:                Tribal Chairman

Salary:                          $23.43

Opening Date:             July 21, 2021

Closing Date:               August 3, 2021

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal representation, consultation, and advice to clients.
  • Represent clients during criminal investigative proceedings.
  • Prepare a defense, conducting legal research, gathering facts, and interviewing the client and witness.
  • Work closely with clients, providing and discussing information, strategies, and developments.
  • Prepare legal documentation and representing clients in court.
  • Handle pretrial discovery, withdraw pleas, suppression motions, and appeals.
  • Attend sentencing and negotiating plea agreements.
  • Represent clients in adult criminal court and in juvenile court.
  • Will do arraignments, Judge Trials, jury trials, selections, negotiations and pre-trials.
  • Complete all paperwork, including dispositions from the Tribal Court, and all other Legal entities pertaining to the office.
  • Will use copy machines, computers and fax machines to help maintain confidentiality at all times on files, cases and information pertaining to office.
  • Researches and analyzes law source such as statues, recorded judicial decisions, legal code and constitution.
  • Prepares legal documents such as briefs, pleading appeals, contracts, motions, etc.
  • Investigates facts and law of case to determine causes of action and to prepare case accordingly.
  • Files pleading with court clerk.
  • Delivers or directs delivery of subpoenas to witnesses and parties.
  • Acts as law liaisons between disputing parties.
  • Acts as law librarian, keeping and monitoring legal volumes and ensuring legal volumes are up-to-date.
  • Must have had previous experience in the practice of law, court time representing clients.
  • Other Job related duties as assigned by Supervisor.


  • Must Have Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice (preferred) or Bachelor’s in related field.
  • Must have valid Driver’s License and proof of Insurance.
  • Must pass Federal, State, and Tribal background check.
  • Must be willing to submit to random Drug Testing.
  • Must be willing to train on various computer software, Microsoft Word, Outlook Access, and Excel, etc.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
  • Must be willing to work with general public.
  • Must be able to deal and handle all levels of job related stress.
  • Must be able to attain a Legal License.
  • Must have previous experience representing clients in adult criminal court and in juvenile court.
  • Must be able and willing to do legal research and disposition.

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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