Breakthrough: US Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge

Last Wednesday, the US Senate quietly confirmed Diane Humetewa as the first-ever Native American woman federal judge.



Here’s news few in the world are aware of. Last Wednesday, the United States Senate made history when it confirmed Diane Humetewa as a federal judge – the first Native American woman to ever hold such a post.

As the Huffington Post reported, Humetewa was confirmed 96-0 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. A former U.S. attorney in Arizona and a member of the Hopi tribe, Humetewa shines as inspiration and reminds all that nothing is impossible.

Diane Humetewa is now the first active member of a Native American tribe to serve on the federal bench and only the third Native American history to do so.

Once the Senate shared its confirmation, a rare moment of bipartisan celebration on Twitter from the White House and Republican senators followed:

Credit: HuffPost via Twitter

Credit: HuffPost via Twitter

The National Congress of American Indians also celebrated Humetewa’s grand accomplishment:

“NCAI greatly appreciates the efforts of the President and Senate in achieving this historic confirmation,” the organization said in a statement. “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.”


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