Diane Humetewa, Hopi Indian From Arizona, Makes History as New Federal Judge

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Diane Humetewa of Arizona will be the first Native American woman on the federal bench.
Diane Humetewa, a Hopi Indian from Arizona, will be the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge.

This is actually the second time the 49-year-old former prosecutor has made history, because in 2007 she became the first Native American woman U.S. Attorney.

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Obama's picking of Humetewa to be a federal judge, approved on Wednesday in a 96-0 vote by the U.S. Senate, sort of makes up for forcing her to resign back in 2009 in an political move that proved regretful.

No one could blame Obama much for pushing out the woman. Well, some can. But Humetewa is a friend of Arizona Senator John McCain and twice contributed to McCain's presidential campaigns. After Obama was elected, he replaced Humetewa with Dennis Burke, a politically connected Arizona Democrat.

As you'll recall, Burke was the main fall guy in the Fast and Furious "gun-walking" scandal, and was forced to resign in 2011. Burke has his supporters, but his fall was a black eye for state Dems and the Obama Administration. Obama replaced him with former Pima County Judge John Leonardo.

Humetewa will serve in her home state. She was born in Phoenix and attended school for a while as a kid on the Hualapai Reservation.

She's known as a tough prosecutor, Indian law expert and supporter of victims' rights. She's worked as an Arizona State University Professor of Practice and was a special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow on American Indian affairs. According to her ASU bio, "early in her career, Diane helped to establish one of the first federal victim services programs in the nation." The bio also labels her a member of the Nature Conservancy of Arizona, a left-wing environmental group.

While her legal career stands on its own, Humetewa's history-making achievement is a source of pride for Arizona and Native Americans. Google "hopi woman" and you'll see her picture among mostly Wild-West-era photos of women in plain dress, some with remarkable hairdos. Lori Piestewa's face also turns up -- she was the Hopi whose 2003 death in the Iraq War was memorialized in the new name of one of Phoenix's most prominent mountains.

If your own mental images of Hopi women don't include war heroes and high-ranking judges, think again.

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Scott Kerr
Scott Kerr

in other words, a flaming Liberal.

legallybrownvet
legallybrownvet

Finally someone to give this state a good name after years of a certain sheriffs shenanigans giving us a black eye nationally if not worldwide. congratulations are in order. 

bunnywhiteboots
bunnywhiteboots

I wonder if she has a spirit animal. Mine is the fearless sugar glider.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

The Nature Conservancy is "left-wing?"

Maggie Rumsey
Maggie Rumsey

Congrats Diane may God guide you in all your decisions.

DNichols
DNichols

Congratulations Judge Diane.

Follow your convictions.

soulalibi
soulalibi

She will be able to restore law and order back into this state. Thank God, a sane person finally selected.

Jukes
Jukes

May she always be in the side of right and justice. 

Original-American
Original-American

Since she had no opposition votes whatsoever (96-0). She also had the bipartisan support from both main parties in the U.S. Senate. Now that she's a federal judge. Her only political enemies will consist none other than the silly Tea Potty and their anti-government enablers (militia) who do not recognize the United States government and the laws of this land.. Regardless of their egregious "self-proclaimed" and "sole-rights" jabber, Humatewa has the power to enforce the rule of law on those treasonous traitors.

emerald8jambs
emerald8jambs

Diane, I am the Great Spirit as concerned about America as are the Native people to this land.  Pirates and predators.  As a result, the Gods wiped clean this period.

The prophetic checklist complete.  Humanity made it but they were completely asleep, so made it with help.  They will not be allowed to remember the dark periods of history.  Pick up where we left off.  It is the dawn of the new cycle.  Time to shake off the past and start a new. 

hassayampa
hassayampa

@lennygarboI wondered the same thing. TNC actually spends money and buys and then owns the land. They "pursue pragmatic, market-based solutions to conservation challenges," not the usual left-wing "gibsmedat!"

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Original-American  

Don't let facts slow you down, but some of those Senators who voted for her are members of the Tea Party Caucus, which you don't seem to understand beyond a Saturday morning cartoon version of reality.


ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@emerald8jambs  The dark ugly past that is at the core of our nation's history cannot be hidden. We need those who learn from the past and do not repeat it. Arizona refuses to leave the past - the days of slavery and slave-trading. Arizona "prison" state - the new slavery - in a state that favors incarceration over education. Hopefully, the new judge, with a world view does better than her predecessors. Fair and equal justice for all, not just "rubber-stamping" cases that are never read.

Original-American
Original-American

@valleynative @Original-American  "some"?

Hardly. The remaining Tea Potty loons in the senate, are wholly few and insignificant. They make excellent RINOs, whose votes has no real impact with a moderate GOP majority. You probably shouldn't let the facts sour in your tea. When it comes to electorate races in other states, where the Republicans tend to stomp out their tea party contestants for senate seats. 

Original-American
Original-American

@valleynative @Original-American  Perhaps your Tea pals in the senate, have betrayed your principles. Diane Humatewa's work history and worldviews are far from the notions blathered by the Tea Party. Especially on the "Indian Policy" part. 

Then again...


Tea Party backs the Cliven Bundy bunch. The Bundy bunch declares war on the federal government. Antigovernment contradicts the rule of law. My statements appear to be true. 


They are traitors. 

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