‘A true champion of justice’

Indian Country Today

This story has been updated to include a quote from federal judge Diane J. Humetewa. 

The word of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death spread fast across Indian Country. Tribal leaders, officers of the law, and citizens celebrated her life and expressed fears for the future.

“It is hard to describe the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. Her life’s work was aimed at achieving equality for all, not just for women. She gave a voice to those who were unfairly quieted, and that voice, her voice, will be sorely missed. As only the second woman nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court, she was a real inspiration to me, at the time, a third-year law student. I extend my deepest sympathies to her family and her extended court family,” said Diane J. Humetewa, Hopi, U.S. District Judge District of Arizona. 

Humetewa will be a guest on the Indian Country Today newscast on Monday. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said that Ginsburg left behind a great legacy. “She was a true champion of justice. Her compassion for all people will always be cherished. We are stronger because of her contributions to the Supreme Court and Indian Country.”

Bay Mills Indian Community Chairman Bryan Newland tweeted that a “magnificent woman has died this evening. Take a moment to honor her life, her humanity, and your own humanity. There’s no shortage of politics and cynicism in our nation. There’s not enough humanity.” 

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