Friday, August 29, 2014

NARF and Boulder History Museum announce re-opening of Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit

flyer for Chief Niwot exhibit
The Native American Rights Fund and the Boulder History Museum proudly announce the re-opening of the Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit. This exhibit commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the tragic massacre at Sand Creek, Colorado.

Chief Niwot struggled to find peace during the most fateful years in Southern Arapaho history. His life and legacy are revealed in this exhibit along with the Arapahos' place in Boulder's history. Please join us for this award winning exhibit with new content and artifacts previously not on display.

For more information on the exhibit, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Save the Date! Traditional Peacemaking training scheduled for October 6-7 in Catoosa, Oklahoma

Save the Date!  Traditional Peacemaking: Exploring the Intersections Between Tribal Courts and Peacemaking, Including Alternatives to Detention will be held on October 6-7, 2014 at the tribally-owned Hard Rock Hotel in Catoosa, Oklahoma.  The purpose of this training is to introduce grantees and other attendees to the various peacemaking models that are being used in tribal courts, including those that are being used as alternatives to detention.  The goal of the training is to explore the ways in which tribal courts integrate traditional justice and community values into varied aspects of tribal civil and criminal justice, to provide experiential training and tips for accessing tribal judicial systems that utilize cultural forms of justice, and to provide explanation of how traditional peacemaking can unlock new approaches to provide effective representation of civil and criminal legal services clients, with special attention to indigent criminal defendants whenever appropriate.

This training is co-sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA), and Columbia Law School.  The training is free, but the participants must cover the cost of their travel, food, and lodging.  BJA Grantees of Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance Programs may use grant funds to support travel costs.

Monday, August 25, 2014

NARF Staff Attorney Steve Moore presents at conference celebrating conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication

Today NARF Staff Attorney Steve Moore is presenting at a conference celebrating the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication in Boise, Idaho.  The event is hosted by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Kempthorne Institute and includes a full-day of presentations on topics related to the adjudication and water rights in Idaho.  Steve is presenting on the panel on Native American Reserved Water Right Settlements and tonight U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the featured keynote speaker at a reception and dinner where there will be a ceremonial signing of the final decree.

To learn more about the celebration of the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication, click here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and Suzan Shown Harjo publish article “Bringing Jim Thorpe Home”

first page of article
NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and Suzan Shown Harjo recently published the article “Bringing Jim Thorpe Home” in the newest issue of National Museum of the American Indian magazine. 

Late last year, NARF filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in the Jim Thorpe case.  The Thorpe family and the Sac and Fox Nation filed suit to repatriate Jim Thorpe’s remains so that he could be buried in Oklahoma on tribal land, as was his wish.  The Thorpe family and Tribe obtained a ruling in federal district court that NAGPRA applies to the Borough of Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania, where Thorpe’s remains are in a mausoleum.  The Borough appealed that decision.  NARF, representing NCAI, filed an amicus brief in support of the lower court’s decision.  NARF also defended the constitutionality of NAGPRA, which the Borough challenged for the first time on appeal.  

To read John and Suzan’s article, click here and click through to page 62.  To read NARF’s amicus brief and learn more about the issue, click here

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NARF to attend 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market

Are you going to the Santa Fe Indian Market this weekend?  If so, please stop by the NARF booth to say hello!  NARF's booth will be located at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, across from Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum.  Please stop by to chat with NARF staff and learn more about our work asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide.  To learn more about the Santa Fe Indian Market, click here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy recognized in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Photos of John Echohawk and Melody McCoyNARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy have both been recognized in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Native American Law.  The Best Lawyers publications annually highlight attorneys who are highly respected in their fields.  Selection is made though surveys in which attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers.  Attorneys are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the annual lists. 

Congratulations, John and Melody!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy to speak at Indian Child Welfare Act Conference

This week NARF Staff Attorney Melody McCoy is speaking at the 4th annual Indian Child Welfare Act Conference, sponsored by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Melody will provide a national ICWA case overview and legislative update.  To learn more about the Conference, click here.  And, to learn about NARF's ICWA work, click here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

NARF thanks 2014 Summer Law Clerk Hunter Cox

This summer, we’re highlighting the law students who were chosen to participate in NARF’s 2014 Law Clerk Program, and this week we're highlighting Hunter Cox. 

Hunter is an enrolled citizen of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation.  After graduating from Dartmouth College, he worked as a paralegal for the Manhattan District Attorney Appeals Bureau.  He is currently completing his JD/MPP at the University of Michigan.  Additionally, he currently serves as Treasurer for the National Native American Law Students Association and as a Contributing Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.  Hunter spent last summer clerking at Legal Services of South Central Michigan, and has volunteered at the Navajo Nation's DNA-People's Legal Services on the Navajo Nation.  Thank you, Hunter!

NARF co-sponsors Indigenous Film screening of Cry Rock (Kwanatulhayc) and Mémère Métisse/My Métis Grandmother

NARF is proud to co-sponsor another Indigenous Film @ Su Teatro, a monthly indigenous film series.  NARF co-sponsors the series with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.  The August 13 program will be a screening of Cry Rock (Kwanatulhayc) and Mémère Métisse/My Métis Grandmother.  The event will take place at 721 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.  Doors open at 6:00pm and the films begin at 6:30pm.

Cry Rock (Kwanatulhayc) is directed by Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk).  Fewer than fifteen Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers remain in Bella Coola, British Columbia, including the director’s 80-year-old grandmother.  In a technologically driven century, it would seem easy to record her stories for future generations, but can an electronic recording can capture the true meaning and value of these oral traditions. Cry Rock illuminates the intersection of Nuxalk language, story, history and place to reveal how and why the stories are so much more than the mere recording of words.  The film is in English and Nuxalk with English subtitles. (Smayaykila Films, 2010, 29 min.).  For more information, click here.

Mémère Métisse/My Métis Grandmother is directed by Janelle Wookey (Métis).  All her life, Cecile St. Amant concealed her Métis heritage.  Now her granddaughter, the filmmaker, lovingly leads her to a new way of thinking, letting us share the journey through her camera’s eye as she tries to coax Cecile not only to accept, but to take pride in her Métis heritage. (Janelle Wookey Productions, 2008, 30 min.).  For more information, click here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NARF's Anchorage, Alaska office seeks Office Manager/Litigation Paralegal


POSITION: Office Manager/Litigation Paralegal

CLOSING DATE: August 29, 2014

The Native American Rights Fund is a nonprofit law firm representing Indian tribes,
organizations and individuals in Indian law cases of major significance. NARF has offices in Anchorage, Alaska, Boulder, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.  NARF is looking for an Office Manager/Litigation Paralegal to provide legal support for its staff attorneys in the Anchorage, Alaska office.

1.    Three or more years relevant on the job experience, preferably at the federal court level.  Paralegal certificate preferred.  Ability to read, write, spell, punctuate, and use appropriate grammar in order to accurately perform assigned tasks. Meticulous attention to detail is a must.

2.     Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Word Perfect/Word/Windows, spreadsheet, data base, document management, e-mail and web applications, Power Point, and Westlaw.  Specific experience with E-Scan, WorldDoxs, Concordance, or other similar legal software.

3.     Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including a copier, fax machine, typewriter, computer (desktop and laptop), projector, and 10-key calculator.

4.     Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints. Work may occasionally require a high level of mental effort and strain when performing a high volume of tasks and other essential duties.  Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and follow instructions effectively from a diverse group of people, including reporting back to attorneys upon completion of a job undertaken at their request.  Ability to provide information and assistance with ordinary courtesy and tact.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements. 

Salary is highly competitive with generous benefits.

Please a letter of interest, complete resume, and three professional references to Heather Kendall-Miller, Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund, 745 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 502, Anchorage, Alaska 99501.  Alaska Natives, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NARF thanks 2014 Summer Law Clerk Shay Elbaum

This summer, we’re highlighting the law students who were chosen to participate in NARF’s 2014 Law Clerk Program. 

Shay Elbaum is a clerk in NARF's Anchorage, Alaska office.  Shay is entering his third year at the University of Michigan Law School, where he’s served as co-chair of the Native American Law Students Association (along with fellow 2014 Summer Law Clerk Hunter Cox) and as Selections Coordinator for the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law.  Shay grew up in Michigan, and earned his  B.A. in Linguistics from McGill University.  He was worked for and volunteered for a number of public interest organizations, including Greater Boston Legal Services, where he worked last summer.  Thanks for your summer of hard work, Shay!