Special Advisor to Office of the President on American Indian Affairs
Special Counsel to Office of General Counsel
Phone: (480) 965-4550
Facsimile: (480) 965-0984
Diane Humetewa serves ASU as Special Advisor to President Michael Crow on American Indian Affairs and as Special Counsel for the Office of General Counsel. Diane works to build ASU's relationships with Indian tribal governments and prospective and current American Indian students, thus improving access to quality education, student success, and retention. In addition, Diane is a Professor of Practice with ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Born and raised in Arizona, Diane is a member of the Hopi Indian Tribe of the northeastern part of the state, as well as a two-time graduate of ASU (her B.A. awarded in 1987 and her J.D. in 1993).
Just prior to joining ASU's administrative and legal team in 2011, Diane worked in the private sector representing tribal government clients as an attorney specializing in federal Indian law and natural resources law. However, Diane also brings substantial public-service experience to her role. For example, Diane has the honor of being the first Native American woman in U.S. History to be Presidentially appointed to the position of United States Attorney (for Arizona) where she oversaw a large staff and extensive caseload. She has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes, including violent crimes in Indian Country, Native American cultural crimes, and archeological resource crimes.
During her distinguished career at the federal level, Diane also honed her expertise as Senior Litigation Counsel/Tribal Liaison, U.S. Attorney's Victim Witness Program supervisor, counsel to the Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Justice Department, and deputy counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Furthermore, early in her career, Diane helped to establish one of the first federal victim services programs in the nation. Diane's current and past roles and accolades also include Arizona State Bar Association member, 48 Intriging Women of Arizona—Arizona State Historical Society awardee, Appellate Court Judge for the Hopi Indian Tribe, member for The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, and member of the Board of Directors for the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, to name a few.
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