fbpx
facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1
 
Judge Sara Hill (Cherokee) has been confirmed to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, making history as the first Native American woman confirmed for a lifetime judicial appointment in the state. 

With Oklahoma home to 39 federally recognized Tribal Nations, Hill's confirmation is a meaningful step forward in ensuring the federal judiciary reflects the communities it serves. As the only active Native American federal judge in Oklahoma, Judge Hill brings a critical perspective and deep knowledge of federal Indian law.

 Hill served as the Cherokee Nation’s attorney general from 2019 until August 2023, during which she oversaw the restructuring of the tribe’s criminal prosecution after the Supreme Court’s McGirt v. Oklahoma decision in October 2019 removed Oklahoma’s authority to prosecute tribal members in a large swath of the state.

Enjoying Native News Coverage?
NNO Logo Make A Donation Here

“Judge Hill’s extensive experience serving the Cherokee Nation provides a strong background for her work in the Northern District of Oklahoma,” Native American Rights Fund Executive Director John Echohawk said in a statement. “Her confirmation is an important and necessary milestone and serves as a reminder that continuing to increase Native representation at a federal level is needed.”

 Hill's confirmation has also been praised by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Mark Macarro. 

“NCAI applauds both President Biden’s nomination of Sara Hill, and the Senate’s confirmation of her as the first-ever Native American woman to sit on the federal bench in the state of Oklahoma,” Macarro said in a statement. “Judge Hill brings with her an unparalleled experience in law and policy to our justice system, including a depth of understanding of tribal sovereignty that is far too often lacking on the judicial bench.” 

Hill will be the 10th Native American Article III federal judge to ever serve in the judiciary in the history of the United States. 

More Stories Like This

President Biden's Juneteenth Day Proclamation
Railway Ordered to Pay Washington Tribe $400M
Gathering Set to Honor White Buffalo Born in Yellowstone National Park for June 26th
Native News Weekly (June 16, 2024): D.C. Briefs
25th Navajo Nation Council Honors the Service of All Women Veterans

Join us in celebrating 100 years of Native citizenship. On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting Native Americans US citizenship, a pivotal moment in their quest for equality. This year marks its centennial, inspiring our special project, "Heritage Unbound: Native American Citizenship at 100," celebrating their journey with stories of resilience, struggle, and triumph. Your donations fuel initiatives like these, ensuring our coverage and projects honoring Native American heritage thrive. Your donations fuel initiatives like these, ensuring our coverage and projects honoring Native American heritage thrive.

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].