Native women and their supporters rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court on December 7, 2015, as the justices heard Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Photo by Indianz.Com / Available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees
The wife of a prominent attorney who has been instrumental in Indian Country justice initiatives has been named as a potential U.S. Supreme Court pick by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Allison H. Eid currently sits on the Colorado Supreme Court. While she does not have much of a record on Indian issues, her husband is well known for his advocacy efforts.

During the Bush administration, Troy Eid was the first sitting federal prosecutor to support the restoration of tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians. He also called for the strengthening of tribal justice systems.

His positions, along with the long-running efforts of tribes and Native women, helped contribute to the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act in 2010 and the Violence Against Women Act in 2013. The laws were written to boost tribal justice systems and to help tribes prosecute non-Indians who abuse their domestic partners.

While Allison Eid's Indian Country efforts might not be as strong as those of her husband, she has made some of her own connections. She hired Maranda S. Compton (Delaware / Cherokee) as a law clerk and attended a special session of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court in Colorado in 2008, The Denver Post reported at the time.

Eid was among several names that Trump's campaign released on Wednesday. He said his potential picks are "representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value and, as President, I plan to use this list as a guide to nominate our next United States Supreme Court Justices.”

The Supreme Court has a vacancy due to the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland but Republicans in the Senate are refusing to consider him.

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