First Native woman US Attorney to resign post
Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, will step down as U.S. Attorney for Arizona by the end of the week.

Humetewa was the first Native American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney. She focused on prosecuting and reducing crime in Indian Country during her two-plus years on the job.

"Diana Humetewa's tenure as Arizona's U.S. Attorney will be considered a milestone as she has applied her high level of legal knowledge, experienced professional skills and dedication to the complex justice system of our times," John Lewis, the executive director of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, said in a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. "The American Indian community proudly commends her work as a U.S. Attorney that has furthered the cause of justice for all people and improved a better understanding of justice issues in Indian Country."

President Barack Obama has nominated Dennis Burke for the post. An interim U.S. Attorney will serve until Burke is confirmed by the Senate.

Get the Story:
U.S. attorney for Ariz. to quit by week's end (The Arizona Republic 7/29)
Arizona's US attorney will quit post early (The Arizona Daily Star 7/29)
Obama Squeezes Out First Female Native American U.S. Attorney; Diane Humetewa Submits Resignation (The Phoenix New Times 7/28)

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