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Begich Supports First Native American Woman to Serve as Fed Judge


Justice System Must Better Reflect the People It Serves

U.S. Senator Mark Begich yesterday voted to confirm Diane Humetewa as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona. Humetawa will be the first Native American woman, and third Native American in history, to serve as a federal judge.

“I am proud to support Diane Humetewa, who is eminently qualified to serve in this position and will bring a much needed perspective to the justice system,” said Begich.  “We need our justice system to better reflect the people it serves, and appointing Native Americans and women to the federal bench is essential to achieving that goal. I look forward to the day when Alaska Natives, both men and women, serve as federal judges and bring their insight to our justice system.”

Humetewa is a member of the Hopi Nation and received her law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Humetewa is the first Native American woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney and is considered a national expert on Native American legal issues. She has instructed law enforcement and prosecutors while lending her considerable talents to advocating on behalf of crime victims. She served as an Appellate Court Judge for the Hopi Tribe and as an ad hoc member of the Native American Subcommittee of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Humetawa is a past recipient of the President’s Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Association.

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