More than 50 Alaska Native tribes back Jackson for Supreme Court

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks as the recipient at the Third Annual Justice James B. Parsons Legacy Dinner February 24, 2020 at the University of Chicago Law School. (Creative Commons photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

Many Alaskan Native tribes support U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

A tribe supporting Jackson is the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

President Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson said that while Jackson does not have the most Indian Country law experience, she is the most qualified nominee to the Supreme Court in recent years.

“I think his given aptitude for that is a plus for us,” Peterson said. “You know, we want people to speak out on the letter of the law, and we think the letter of the law favors a lot of tribal cases.”

Other tribes and tribal organizations in the state sent letters of support to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this month, including the Association of Village Council Chairmen, which represents 56 West Indian tribes. Alaska.

AVCP’s letter said her fairness record makes her a good choice for the Supreme Court.

“AVCP recognizes the importance of a U.S. Supreme Court appointee who understands and is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans, including those who have historically received unfair and unjust treatment,” the statement said. letter.

Jackson also has support from Kawerak, Inc., Hydaburg Cooperative Association, Craig Tribal Association, Native Village of Eyak, Akiak Native Community, Noorvik Native Community, and Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pushing for a vote tonight on moving his nomination to the full Senate and hope Jackson will be confirmed before spending the Easter recess this weekend.

Earlier today, Senator Lisa Murkowski announced that she would support Jackson’s nomination.

If confirmed, Jackson would be the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

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