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Courting an Indigenous world view


October 1, 2020

A pair of tribal citizens is blazing trails this November in races for top state courts.

The first Native American to serve on Washington’s state Supreme Court is hoping to maintain the seat she was appointed to late last year, while Michigan’s election appears to feature the first Indigenous person ever nominated to run for the state’s high court.

Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Isleta Pueblo, was sworn in as a Washington Supreme Court justice in January after the state’s Democratic governor chose her to replace a retiring judge. In Michigan, the Libertarian Party nominated Katherine Mary Nepton, Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation, to run in a crowded race where the top two vote-getters are elected.


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