ICYMI: President Obama Nominated the Very First Native American Woman For Federal Judge

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 4th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 4th, 2014

Diane J. Humetewa, a member of the Hopi tribe and former U.S. attorney in Arizona, has been nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the district of Arizona as a federal judge. If confirmed, she would be the first active member of a Native American reservation, and first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. Not only would this bring more diversity to the federal bench, but Arizona’s prominent Native community will finally be represented in a state that is infamous for ignoring Native issues.

This is a big deal because she is a Native woman from the same Arizona that has become a police state through its insistence on criminalizing communities of color, deportations, and via renegade leaders like Sheriff Arpaio. Arizona is swiftly becoming a state known for its extreme racial profiling regarding folks who look “brown.”

In Obama’s first term he nominated Arvo Mikkanen of the Kiowa Tribe, but Republicans blocked the nomination.

Read more about the Humetewa nomination at PolicyMic.


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Clara Sanchez

Congratulations wll you please ask President Obama to Free Leonard Peltier???Freedom for Leonard Peltier!!! Your Honor please …

Larry Gala

Come on all. We are the same blood. lets stand behind her and let her pull strength from all of us. If not we all will fall.

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Robert shamp

Smoking hot too..is this photo recent? (:


Congrats to her but shes got her work cut out for her if the article is true. She will really have to make changes in the way her people are being treated in Arizona.

Shirley Roney


Michelle Yellow Robe

Well you all, I had wished for the very same thing, that your kind would follow the law even though!!!!!! And lady I am NOT YOUR NATIVE!!

June Grumbein

Congratulations to the lady I’m very proud of her


Well time will tell if this Hopi Woman is working for Natives and remembers her heritage and natives. Too often elected native officials become capitialistic,and sever ties to their heritage. They tend to become racial and succumb to colonialism. Native people in general don’t trust anyone working in any US Gov’t system. Often we as native people become too complacent when a certain person is nominated. As far as Uncle Jo Arapio he seems and walks like a decent person but is a racial profiler and his actions and demeaner speaks for itself.

John Knutson

I’m glad she became the first native judge. Brown calls it racial in Arizona. Does she realize Joe protects and serves the laws and constitution. Is this native judge gonna abide by the laws and constitution or be a corrupt one like the laws on the reservations are.I’m native and I’d be proud of her if she does uphold the laws and constitution. What I’m ashamed is natives like brown and others think its OK that we have to obey the laws while people can walk right in.I’m starting to see we have a lot of natives crying racist .funny they don’t cry racist when illegal immigrants don’t have to show ID or ext but we do

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