Senate confirms new US attorney for Arizona, first Native woman

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) 12-07

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the next U.S. attorney for Arizona.

Diane J. Humetewa (hoo-MEE’-tee-wah), who was nominated by President Bush Nominated, will be the first Native American woman to serve in the role.

Humetewa currently is senior litigation counsel and tribal liaison for the U.S. attorney’s office.

Sen. Jon Kyl said during December that Humetewa’s experience and expertise makes her well-suited to oversee the legal issues in the region.

Humetewa fills a position that was vacated by U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, one of eight U.S. attorneys fired nationwide in a Justice Department purge.

Kyl and Sen. John McCain recommended Humetewa to the post in January, touting her sensitivity to cultural and legal issues in the region and her work on behalf of crime victims.