WASHINGTON -- The Senate quietly made history on Wednesday night
when it confirmed Diane Humetewa as a federal judge -- the first Native
American woman to ever hold such a post.
Humetewa was confirmed 96-0 to serve on the U.S. District Court
for the District of Arizona. She is a former U.S. attorney in Arizona
and a member of the Hopi tribe. She is now the first active member
of a Native American tribe to serve on the federal bench and only
the third Native American in history to do so.
Her confirmation elicited a rare moment of bipartisan celebration
on Twitter from the White House and Republican senators:
- Eric Schultz
Senate just confirmed 3 judges 96-0 but still had to break R filibuster
to do so. Includes 1st Native American woman to serve as fed judge!
- John McCain
Congrats to #Arizona's Diane Humetewa - confirmed today as the
first Native American woman to ever serve on the federal bench!
- Jeff Flake
Good day! Senate just confirmed 3 AZ judges: Steven Logan, John
Tuchi and Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman on fed.
The National Congress of American Indians also celebrated Humetewa's
"NCAI greatly appreciates the efforts of the President and Senate
in achieving this historic confirmation," the organization said
in a statement. "There are many qualified, talented people like
Diane Humetewa in Indian Country who are able and willing to serve.
We eagerly anticipate many more nominations of Native people to
the federal bench and other offices."