The United States will finally have its first Native American woman serve as a federal judge. Though she has not received her official post yet, Judge Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, received a unanimous confirmation vote of 96 to 0 from the Senate.
The significance of the appointment was enough to garner bipartisan support. Humetewa’s reputation for being a fair and knowledgeable judge has also helped to earn her fans on both sides of the aisle. President Barack Obama’s appointment had the overwhelming approval of both of Arizona’s Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. Both senators expressed their excitement to see the revered judge serve their state and country at a higher level.
Previously, Humetewa had the distinction of being the first Native American woman appointed as a U.S. Attorney by a president. Between 2007 to 2009, she prosecuted cases that pertained to the Native American community, including violence and archaeological resources.