Friday, March 13, 2009

Externship Opportunity with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation

Externship Opportunity with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is seeking a second year law student to serve as an extern for the summer of 2009. The externship is a full-time position over the course of 10 weeks (400 hours) beginning June 1, 2009. The extern will be primarily working out of northern Minnesota, near the White Earth and Leech Lake Reservations. This is a paid externship.
ILTF’s mission is to ensure that "land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management." We support this mission by working with tribal land offices, legal service providers and Indian landowners throughout Indian Country. The areas of focus for the summer extern are:

  • Conduct Community Education and Outreach sessions.

  • Contact and meet with American Indian clients from the Leech Lake and White Earth Reservations who have requested assistance in preparing wills or other estate planning documents in compliance with the American Indian Probate Reform Act.

  • Research BIA and county records related to clients’ property interest.

  • The deadline for applications is April 27, 2009.

    Student applicants must demonstrate professional, as well as legal, communication and writing skills. Students must also have basic knowledge of estate planning; successful completion an introductory property, estate planning, or probate course is preferred. Background knowledge on Indian land history is not required, but a desire to understand the historic relations between tribes and governments is critical. Research, analysis and data collection experience is preferred. The applicant must be willing to live in northern Minnesota for the summer, to travel and interact in new or different environments socially and culturally. Please submit letter of interest and resume with references and recommendations to:

    Howard D. Valandra, Vice President Grants and Programs
    Indian Land Tenure Foundation
    151 East County Road B2
    Little Canada, MN 55117
    Office 651/766-8999
    Fax 651/766-0012

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