The ILS Commends the Confirmation of Diane Humetewa


The Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association joins with other national American Indian organizations in commending the recent U.S. Senate confirmation vote appointing Diane Humetewa to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. As the first Native American woman appointed to the federal judiciary, Humetewa is richly deserving of this historic confirmation as an Article III district court judge. She brings a background of distinguished public service and exemplary ethical standards to this historic appointment. Diane Humetewa, a citizen of the Hopi Tribe, has served as the United States Attorney for Arizona, as an attorney for the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, as an appellate judge of the Hopi Appellate Court, and as a professor at Arizona State University.

The Indian Law Section congratulates Diane Humetewa and expresses gratitude for her continued public service. She serves as a role model in Indian Country and is a trailblazer opening up new opportunities for tribal citizens.

“It’s a great day for Indian Country and for the field of Indian law to have the first ever Native American woman appointed to the federal judiciary. Ms. Humetewa has made us all proud of her accomplishments and we know that she will do a tremendous job.”

– Andrew Adams III, Chair, FBA Indian Law Section