Native American Youth and Thier Interplay with the Justice System
Addie Rolnick presented on the topic: Native American Juveniles in the Justice System (with specific focus on the federal justice system)
Neelum Arya presented on the topic: Native American Yourth in State Justice Systems
Troy Eid and DeAnna Goldtooth presented on the topic: Case Study on How Juveniles are Treated Under the Navajo Nation and the Lessons the Courts May Learn in Areas of Rehabilitation, Restitution, Punishment, and Other Foundational Concepts
Addie C. Rolnick is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV), specializing in the areas of critical race theory, juvenile law, criminal law, and Indian law. Before her time at UNLV, Professor Rolnick served as the Critical Race Studies Fellow at the University of California Los Angeles School Of Law (UCLA). Her scholarship focuses on criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country, race and criminal justice, and bridging gaps between civil rights, critical race theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.
Neelum Arya is a Lecturer in Law at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She serves as the Strategic Policy Advisor to John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign to end mass incarceration, and is Principal Investigator on a research project focused on removing youth from adult jails. Professor Arya graduated from University of California Berkeley, and then earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA. Professor Arya is a national leader on federal and state justice reform campaigns. She coordinated a five-year campaign to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act and her work helped pass 46 pieces of legislation in 30 states benefiting youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. Additionally, Professor Arya serves as an advisory board member to the Prison Policy Institute, Campaign for Youth Justice, and Youth Advocacy Project, Inc., all of which focus on prison policy and juvenile justice issues.
Troy A. Eid is a principle shareholder for Greenburg Traurig’s Denver office. Eid co-chairs their American Indian Law Practice Group, where he focuses on environmental enforcement, investigations and compliance, energy and natural resource development, and Federal Indian Law and Native American and Alaska Native tribal law. He served as Chairman of the National Indian Law and Order Commission, the independent advisory board to the President and Congress on criminal justice issues for all 567 federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native tribes, from 2010 to 2014. Eid graduated from Stanford University and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. He clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He worked in private practice before serving as a state cabinet member for Colorado Governor Bill Owens, and served as the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. He is recognized as one of the top 14 attorneys practicing Native American law in The Chambers USA guide.
DeAnna Goldtooth is Kii'yáá'áánii (Towering House People Clan), born for Lok'áá Diné'é (Reed People Clan). Her maternal grandfathers are Biih Bitoodnii Diné'é (Deer Water People Clan), and her paternal grandfathers Náádááłgáí Nánesht'ezhí Táábááhí Diné'é (Zuni Edge Water People Clan). Ms. Goldtooth grew up on the Navajo Nation, graduated with an A.A. in Legal Studies from San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and is currently a Tribal Court Advocate trainee with DNA People’s Legal Services in Tuba City, Arizona. “DNA” is a Navajo acronym for Dinébe'iiná Náhiiłna be Agha'diit'ahii, which means “attorneys who work for the economic revitalization of the People.” Ms. Goldtooth is originally from the Bodaway/Gap area along the East Rim of the Grand Canyon at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers, and her maternal grandmothers still herd sheep, cows and horses there.