Native American Woman Confirmed as Federal Judge
May 16, 2014 Leave a comment
The Senate made history this week by voting unanimously to confirm Diane Humetewa as judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona. She is the first Native American woman federal judge in U.S. history and the third Native American to ever hold such a position.
Ms. Humetewa, a citizen of the Hopi Tribe, is a former U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona and has been a prosecutor and judge for the Hopi tribe. She is special counsel at Arizona State University and a law professor at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Upon Humetewa’s confirmation, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued the following statement:“NCAI greatly appreciates the efforts of the president and Senate in achieving this historic confirmation. There are many qualified, talented people like Diane Humetewa in Indian country who are able and willing to serve. We eagerly anticipate many more nominations of Native people to the federal bench and other offices.”