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First Native American named to Washington Supreme Court


Last updated 4/8/2020 at 1:53pm

Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

Raquel Montoya-Lewis is the first Native American to be appointed to the Washington Supreme Court.

OLYMPIA, Wash-Raquel Montoya-Lewis was recently named as the first Native American to serve on the Washington Supreme Court, and only the second Native American to serve on any state supreme court in the nation.

Montoya-Lewis's experience includes serving as the chief judge for the Nooksack and Skagit tribes and the Northwest intertribal courts. She has been an associate professor at Western Washington University, and is in her fifth year on the Whatcom County Superior Court, to which she was appointed by Inslee and ran unopposed for election and later for re-election. Montoya-Lewis preside...

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