NCAI Congratulates Raquel Montoya-Lewis on Appointment to Washington State Supreme Court

Published on Dec 06, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) congratulates Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis (Pueblo of Isleta) on her appointment as a justice of the Washington Supreme Court by Governor Jay Inslee on December 4, 2019. Montoya-Lewis is the first Native American to serve in this capacity in the state.

With more than 20 years of judicial experience, Montoya-Lewis served in both state and tribal courts where she oversaw an array of complex proceedings, hearings, and cases. Most recently she sat on the Whatcom County Superior Court. Prior to that, Montoya-Lewis spent numerous years serving in tribal courts as Chief Judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and Lummi Nation Tribal Court.

NCAI celebrates this historic appointment of Montoya-Lewis as another example of a qualified, talented individual from Indian Country who dedicated her career to public service. 


About The National Congress of American Indians:

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information visit

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