Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NARF applauds historic confirmation of Diane Humetewa to be United States District Court Judge for the District of Arizona

Diane Humetewa
Today, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Diane Humetewa as a United States District Court Judge for the District of Arizona.  Humetewa is a member of the Hopi Tribe and is now the first American Indian woman federal judge.  She was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 2006 to 2009.

NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk congratulated Humetewa on her confirmation:  “She is well-qualified for this position and the Federal Judicial Selection Project, staffed by NARF and NCAI attorneys, has long-supported her nomination and confirmation.  With today’s historic vote, she will be the only Native American federal judge currently sitting and the first Native American woman in the federal judiciary. With this important milestone, we acknowledge that there are still a lot of judicial vacancies and accomplished, well-qualified Native American attorneys who are ready to serve.  We look forward to supporting more nominees like Judge Humetewa in the future.”