Raquel Montoya-Lewis

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Raquel D. Montoya-Lewis (Montoya)

Current Location:: Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, United States
Birthplace: Spain
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Vincent Paul Montoya and Private
Wife of Private
Mother of Private and Private

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About Raquel Montoya-Lewis

Raquel Montoya-Lewis is a Native- and Jewish-American attorney and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. Montoya-Lewis was nominated by Governor Jay Inslee on December 4, 2019 to fill the seat of retiring justice Mary Fairhurst.

She was born in Spain, where her father was stationed in the United States Air Force. A member of the Pueblo of Isleta and Pueblo of Laguna tribes, she is the first Native American to serve on the court. (Wikipedia)

On the day of her swearing in as a Washington Supreme Court justice, she stated this regarding her ancestry:

"I was raised to remember that I come from those who survived. My ancestors on both sides of my family survived genocide, survived institutional boarding schools, survived attempts to eradicate their cultures, and yet as my father reminded me often 'we survived.' ... I am here because of their resilience, their courage, their intelligence, and their deep commitment to what is just." (Medium)


  • Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
    • Yearbook Date: 1985; School: Del Norte High School; School Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; Grade Completed: Junior.
  • "Bartolo Montoya." The Albuquerque Journal, published 26 January 1993. < https://www.newspapers.com/image/159020423/ > Accessed 8 January 2020.
  • Logan, Paul. "Vince Montoya Earned Equal-Opportunity Awards." The Albuquerque Journal, published 23 April 2004. < https://www.abqjournal.com/obits/profiles/165512profiles04-23-04.htm > Accessed 8 January 2020.
  • Montoya-Lewis, Raquel. "Tribal Law and Order Commission Testimony," given 7 September 2011. < link > Accessed 17 January 2020.
  • Burack, Emily. "Native American Jewish Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis Tells Us How She Made History." "Kveller", published 30 January 2020 https://www.kveller.com/native-american-jewish-justice-raquel-monto....
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Raquel Montoya-Lewis's Timeline

April 3, 1968