Meet the First Native American Woman to Serve As a Federal Judge

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Diane Humetewa is being hailed as a trailblazer after the Senate voted unanimously to make her the first Native American woman to become a federal judge in United States history. A graduate of the Indian Legal Program at the ASU college of law, she is considered a national expert on Native American legal issues and has instructed law enforcement and prosecutors on the topic.

An enrolled member of the Hopi tribe, Humetewa was appointed as judge by a mind-blowing vote of 96-0. Nominated by President Barack Obama in 2013, her appointment is hailed by Native American groups, which said her confirmation is a big step toward correcting a history of very little to no representation. Senator John McCain tweeted “ Congrats to Arizona’s Diane Humetewa, confirmed today as the first Native American woman ever to serve on the federal bench!”

Humetewa has also been gaining a lot of support from others on social media, including a Facebook page calling on the President to nominate her for Supreme Court judge. She’s a top contender and could possibly be another milestone for women serving on the Supreme Court. She’s making history for Native American women and inspiring girls everywhere to pursue careers in law.