First-Ever Native American Woman, Diane Humetewa, Confirmed as Federal Judge

by Elle Brosh

The U.S. senate gets an A+ this week for confirming former Arizona U.S. Attorney, Diane Humetewa, as the first-ever Native American woman to hold the position of Federal Judge. After winning a unanimous 96-0 vote, Humetewa is to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona!

At present, Humetewa is the first active member of a Native American tribe (Hopi) to serve in the federal government and only the third Native American in history to do so. Her new position is a milestone for this country as it demonstrates the necessity for greater representation of  bodies that have been marginalized from such spaces for centuries. Also, increased representation for Native American communities is crucial in the institutions that affect Indigenous land, resources and people.

Congratulations Diane!


Images courtesy of ASU news, Indian Country Today.

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