Cantwell Opposes Confirmation of Eric Miller to Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after the Senate ended debate on the nomination of Eric Miller to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The final vote on Miller’s nomination is expected to take place on Tuesday.

“I oppose Eric Miller’s confirmation. He has spent his career fighting against Tribal rights and sovereignty and is opposed by organizations representing all 573 Tribal Nations in the United States. Confirming a judge without support from either home-state senator would set a damaging precedent.”

Miller’s confirmation has been opposed by numerous Tribal groups, such as the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Health Board, and the National Indian Gaming Association. Tribes in Washington state, as well as organizations representing Tribes throughout the Ninth Circuit, have also sent public letters in opposition to Miller’s confirmation.