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Gabe’s practice focuses on complex, multi-party litigation and crisis management, and representing tribal governments, businesses and members when it matters the most.

Gabe is skilled at defending tribes and Indian-owned enterprises against legal attack by local, state and federal government and private parties; advocating for tribal members in disenrollment or civil rights defense; and representing tribal plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury lawsuits. Gabe also assists tribes with economic development strategies and transactions.

Trained by the American Arbitration Association, he also arbitrates disputes between tribal and non-tribal governments and other parties, as well as mediates such disputes.

From 2000 to 2010, Gabe practiced law with a large corporate law firm, where he forged a tribal practice and was the youngest lawyer to ever be elected to the firm’s membership and to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Gabe is a columnist for Indian Country Media Network, and writes frequently about tribal litigation, sovereignty and business issues, having been published over 100 times in such other national periodicals as National Law JournalBusiness Law TodayGaming Law Review & Economics, and Indian Gaming magazine.  Annually he co-authors the Tribal Court Litigation chapter for the ABA's Annual Review of Developments in Corporate & Business Litigation desk reference book.

Most notably, Gabe co-authored a law review article titled, “Curing the Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search of a Remedy,” which was published by Arizona Law Review in 2015.

In 2012, Gabe was featured in "An Interview With One of 'The Best Lawyers in America' for the Seventh Straight Year: Gabriel Galanda."  His "life and times" were also featured by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez in a King County Bar Bulletin article titled, "Native Son."  Gabe was dubbed one of “five people are rocking the world with their forward thinking, innovation and commitment to social justice” in an Indian Country Today piece titled, “5 Visionaries Who See a Brighter Future for Indian Country.”  He was also named one of "Fifty Faces of Indian Country."

In 2014, the Washington State Bar Association honored him with the Excellence in Diversity Award for his "significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession."  In 2016, the Seattle Times featured Gabe in a front-page story, “Native Lawyer Takes On Tribes That Kick Out Members.” Most recently, the University of Arizona College of Law bestowed him with the Professional Achievement Award, for his public service.

In his "spare" time, Gabe founded and now operates Huy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing religious, cultural and other rehabilitative opportunities for American Indian prisoners.  He serves as Chairman of the Huy Board of Advisors.    

Gabe is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of California.


Cougar Den v. Washington (Wash. 2017) (affirming Treaty right to travel and trade and thus striking down state fuel import taxes)

Alexander v. Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Grand Ronde Ct. App. 2016) (reversing the disenrollment of 66 Grand Ronde Tribal Members who directly descend from a Treaty Chief)

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Thurston County  (9th Cir. 2013) (prohibiting county from assessing property taxes on permanent improvements to reservation trust lands)

State of Washington v. Clark  (Wash. 2013) (affirming requirement that state police follow codified tribal criminal procedures on reservation trust lands)

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. USDA  (E.D. Wash 2010) (enjoining the United States from permitting a private company's importation of Hawaiian municipal waste into Yakama Treaty territories)

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe v. State of Washington (Thurston Sup. Ct. 2005) (compelling the return of an ancestral burial ground and the reinterment of unearthed ancestral Indian graves)


Washington State Bar Association Excellence in Diversity Award, 2014
Super Lawyer, 2013-2016
Best Lawyers in America, Native American Law and Gaming Law, 2007-2017
Best Lawyers in Washington State, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2011
Best Lawyers in the Puget Sound, Seattle Business Monthly, 2010, 2012
Seattle’s Best Indian Law Attorneys, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2010-2013
Difference Maker, American Bar Association, 2013
40 Under 40, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2009
Native American 40 Under 40, National Center for American Indian Economic Development, 2009
Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics/Super Lawyers Magazine, 2002, 2004-2008, 2010-2012
Washington State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2004
Northwest Indian Bar Association Native Justice Award, 2004
Leading Edge Litigator, Washington Law & Politics, 2003
Alumni of the Year, National Native American Law Students’ Association, 2001


Washington State Bar Association

  • Indian Law Section, Chair, 2004
  • Indian Law Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief, 2004-2010

Northwest Indian Bar Association

  • President, 2002-2003 (two terms), Governing Council, 2001, 2003-2006
  • Indian Legal Scholars Program, Chair, 2003-2010

National Native American Bar Association, Executive Board Member, 2007-Present

Seattle University School of Law Center for Indian Law & Policy Advisory Board, 2014-Present

Gaming Law Review & Economics, Editorial Board, 2007-Present

Indian Gaming Magazine, Board of Directors, 2007-Present

American Bar Association

  • Gaming Law Committee, Chair, 2007-2010
  • Business & Corporate Litigation Committee, Tribal Court Litigation Co-Chair, 2007-Present
  • Annual Review of Developments in Corporate & Business Litigation, Editor-in-Chief, 2007-2009

International Masters of Gaming Law, Admitted Member, 2007-2011

American Arbitration Association, Trained Arbitrator

U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

  • Native Dispute Resolution Network, Partner, 2010-Present

Bar Admissions

State of Washington
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court (Western Washington, Eastern Washington)
U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Yakama Nation Tribal Court
Puyallup Nation Court
Suquamish Tribal Court
Muckleshoot Tribal Court
Tulalip Tribal Court
Lummi Nation Tribal Court
Nooksack Tribal Court
Chehalis Tribal Court
Quinault Tribal Court
Grand Ronde Tribal Court
Winnebago Tribal Court
Quileute Tribal Court
Nisqually Tribal Court
Hualapai Tribal Court
Cow Creek Tribal Court


University of Arizona (JD, Tribal Law & Policy Program)
Western Washington University (BA, English)
Peninsula Community College (AA)

Recent Publications

The Reluctant Watchdog – How National Indian Gaming Commission Inaction Helps Tribes Disenroll Members for Profit and Jeopardizes Indian Gaming as We Know It, Gaming Law Review & Economics, April 2016

Shared Faith: Tribal State Indian Religious Rights Reform, Bar Bulletin, February 2016.

Tribal Lawyer Ethics: Gaming Per Capita Disputes, December 10, 2015.

Back to the Future: The GOP and Tribal Termination, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 9, 2015

Disenrollment IS a Federal Action, Indian Country Today Media Network, March 10, 2015.

The Unintended Consequences of Disenrollment, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 2, 2015.

Disenrollment is a Tool of the Colonizers, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 16, 2015.

Indian Country Stylebook, December 1, 2014.

Exploiting, or Filling, the Ethical Void for Tribal Lawyers, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section, November 2014.

Inside the Dirty-Tricks Playbook of Jack Abramoff, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 20, 2014.

Tribal Per Capitas and Self-Termination, Indian Country Today Media Network, August 13, 2014.

Defending the Religious Rights of Native Prisoners, Indian Country Today Media Network, May 29, 2014.

To Geneva With Love: Native Prisoners’ Religious Rights Movement Goes GlobalBar Bulletin, May 2014.

'Cobell' Dishonored by Interior's Buy-Back Plan, Indian Country Today Media Network, March 3, 2014.

How Tribal Leaders Are Creating Jobs, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 15, 2013.

The Bay Mills Buck Stops With NIGC, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 6, 2013.

Federal Task Force: Indian Country's Trojan Horse, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 23, 2013.

How to Protect Tribal Lands From Our Deadliest Enemies, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 19, 2013.

Indian Nations Are Still Fighting the U.S. Cavalry, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 4, 2013.

The Indian Land Consolidation Plot Thickens, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 23, 2013.

Don't Believe the Land-Consolidation Hype Read, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 29, 2013.

Advancing the State-Tribal Consultation Mandate, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 17, 2012.

Enforcing International Indigenous Rights in America, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 1, 2012.

Deploying the U.N. Indigenous Rights Declaration in the Courts of the Conqueror, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 27, 2012.

Attack on the Tribal Middle Class, Parts 1-3, Indian Country Today Media Network, October-November 2011.

The State Tax Man Cometh – Redux, Indian Country Today Media Network, August 21, 2011.

A Precedent for Native Americans’ Religious Freedoms in Washington Prisons, Seattle Times, June 30, 2011.

The Business Case for Private Investment and Development in Indian Country, March 2011.

The State Tax Man Cometh, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 16, 2011.

Upcoming/Recent Seminars

Co-Chair, 14th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2016, Seattle, WA.

Speaker, “Get Your Hands Off My Trust Responsibility? Debating the Federal Government’s Role in the Trust Responsibility,”41st Annual Indian Law Conference, Federal Bar Association, April 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.

Speaker, “Origins of Tribal Disenrollment,” University of Washington School of Law Diversity Week, February 2016, Seattle, WA.

Co-Chair; Speaker, "Tribal Lawyer Ethics: Gaming Per Capita Disputes," 13th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2015, Seattle, WA.

Co-Chair; Speaker, "Ethical Considerations," 12th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2014, Seattle, WA.

Speaker, "What are the Ethical Considerations of Representing Opposing Factions in Tribal Government Disputes?," Federal Bar Association 16th Annual DC Indian Law Conference, November 14, 2014, Washington, DC.

Lecturer, "The American Indian Disenrollment Epidemic: Finding A Cure," Lewis & Clark Law School, October 27, 2014, Portland, OR.

Speaker, “The Perils of Indian Law Buy Back," 2nd Annual Tribal Lands Conference, January 27, 2014, Tucson, AZ.

Co-Chair, 11th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2013, Seattle, WA.

Speaker, "State Tax Man Cometh: New Threats to Tribal Economic Development," November 6,  2013, Seattle, WA.

Speaker, "Building a Book of Business," April 2013, Seattle, WA.

Speaker, “Tribal Tax Revenue Opportunities for Tribes” and “Modern Federal Indian Tax Implications for Economic Development," RES 2013, March 13, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

Co-Chair, 10th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2012, Seattle, WA.

“Economic Diversification: The Time is NOW,” 14th Annual Native Nations Law Symposium, September 14, 2012, Kickapoo, KS.

“American Indian Treaties: The Consultation Mandate,” United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, July 16-17 2012, Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The Federal Indian Consultation Right,” Silver State Mining & Tribal Forum, April 17, 2012, Winnemucca, NV.

Speaker,  "Myths and Realities of Limited Sovereign Immunity Waiver" & "Talking Tribal Sports and Entertainment," RES 2012, February 29 & March 1, 2012, Las Vegas, NV.

Speaker, “ADR’s Role in Tribal/Non-Tribal and Inter-Tribal Disputes,” ADR and Contract Disputes Symposium, Seattle, WA, June 30, 2011.