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First Native American judge appointed to Washington Supreme Court


December 9, 2019

Raquel Montoya-Lewis makes history as the first Native American Supreme Court justice in Washington state and second in the nation.

On Thursday, the first Native American judge was appointed to serve on the Washington Supreme Court. This makes her the second Native American judge to serve on a state supreme court in the U.S.

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, a judge and member of the Pueblo of Isleta and Pueblo of Laguna Tribes from New Mexico, currently sits on the Whatcom County Superior Court. Prior to that, she served as the chief judge for the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian Tribes. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.


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