The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), signed into law by President Obama in July, 2011 with bipartisan support, with the purpose to make federal agencies more accountable for serving Indian lands. NAFUSA member Troy Eid was named chairman of the Indian Law & Order Commission, and recently completed his three year term. In November 2013, the Commission produced its report to the President and the Congress entitles A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer.
Eid, who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, 2006-2009, is currently a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in the Denver office. At the 2009 NAFUSA conference in Seattle, Eid spoke on a panel on tribal issues. Recently he was interviewed by the Indian Country Today Media Network, Troy Eid on Why Tribes Need Control Over Their Justice Systems. High on the list of areas for reform, Eid argues, are Native American juvenile justice issues and Alaska Native justice issues. In January, Eid also authored a guest commentary in The Denver Post Opinion – The invisible crisis killing Native American youth. After commending President Obama for demanding better care for returning vets who suffer from PTSD, Eid says:
Yet there’s another massive PTSD tragedy in Colorado and across our country. It generates virtually zero public attention because it concerns what may be the most vulnerable group of our citizens: Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Because they’re exposed so frequently to violent crime, an astonishing one in four Native American juveniles currently suffers from PTSD.