Former Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner after a nomination hearing for a federal judgeship for Hill. 

Today Sara Hill, who would be the first American Indian woman to serve in any federal court in Oklahoma, had her nomination advanced by a U.S. Senate panel. Currently her nomination is being firecely opposed by the cockfighting lobby and Gov. Stitt.

For media covering this story, please feel free to use our quote by former atty general Drew Edmondson:

OKLAHOMA — Drew Edmondson, former Oklahoma Attorney General and Co-Chair of the National Law Enforcement Council for Animal Wellness Action issued this statement in response to the advancement of the nomination of former Cherokee Nation top attorney Sara Hill’s to a federal court seat in Oklahoma.

“I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Sara Hill for having her federal judgeship nomination advanced by the U.S. Senate panel.  She will serve with honor and distinction.  It is no surprise that the cockfighting lobby opposed her effort, since they’d be alarmed by anyone who believes in the rule of law.”

Hill was recommended for confirmation by a bipartisan vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the panel today approved her selection to move forward for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 14-7. She would be the first American Indian woman to serve any federal court in the state.

Her bid has been fiercely opposed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and the cockfighting lobby.


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