Closing Date: 19th May, 2024


Department: Legal Department

Reports To: General Counsel

Provide legal advice to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council, tribal departments and economic enterprises. Represent the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in matters brought in Tribal, State and Federal court.

Essential Functions:
Essential functions may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.

Serves as legal advisor to the Tribal Council, tribal government departments and economic enterprises; Provides legal advice and analysis of tribal, state and Federal laws and regulations, specifically in relation to water and environmental law and policies; Drafts and revises the Tribal Constitution, Law and Order Code, other tribal laws, ordinances, and policies; Works at hours and times outside of normal business hours and days; Drafts, reviews and recommends changes to various contracts; Reviews other agreements, proposals; Represents the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Tribal, State and Federal court actions; Performs other duties as assigned or required.

  • Knowledge of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Constitution, Law and Order Code, Fort McDowell Water Settlement, Arizona Revised Statutes, Federal Indian Law, Water Law, Environmental Law, Tribal and Federal Indian Case Law, Federal Rules of Evidence; and Federal Rules of Civil Procedures
  • Knowledge of and experience in State and Federal court procedures, proceedings and practices;
  • Knowledge of and experience in Administrative Hearings, proceedings and practice;
  • Knowledge of legal research utilizing books and electronic research systems;
  • Skill in interpreting and applying complex laws, statutes, ordinances, and rules to the facts and evidence in individual cases;
  • Skill in drafting complex court pleadings;
  • Skill in utilizing a computer and in software capable of word processing;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective and cooperative working relationships with other departments of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, State and Federal officials, departments, and agencies.

Minimum Qualifications/Education:
1) An attorney in good standing licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona; 2) Two (2) years legal experience working for a federally recognized Indian tribe or in the area of Indian Law; and 3) Current valid AZ driver's license and meet FMYN insurance standards.