Gabriel S. Galanda
Gabe’s practice focuses on complex, multi-party litigation and crisis management, and representing tribal governments and businesses. He is skilled at defending tribes and Indian-owned enterprises against legal attack by local, state and federal government and private parties, and representing plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury lawsuits. Gabe also assists tribes with transactions and strategy related to various economic development initiatives. 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. He is a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and writes frequently about tribal litigation, sovereignty and business issues, having been published nearly 100 times in such other national periodicals as National Law Journal, Business Law Today, Gaming Law Review & Economics, and Indian Gaming magazine.
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 also been honored as 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.” Most recently, the Washington State Bar Association honored him with the Excellence in Diversity Award for his “significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.”
In his “spare time,” Gabe recently formed 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. He is a past Chairman of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Board of Directors. Gabe is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of California.
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)
Washington State Bar Association Excellence in Diversity Award, 2014
Washington State Bar Association
Northwest Indian Bar Association
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
International Masters of Gaming Law, Admitted Member, 2007-2011
American Arbitration Association, Trained Arbitrator, 2011-Present
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
University of Arizona (JD, Tribal Law & Policy Program)
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 Global, Bar 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 State Tax Man Cometh, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 16, 2011.
Co-Chair, 12th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2014, Seattle, WA.
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, RES 2013, “Tribal Tax Revenue Opportunities for Tribes” and “Modern Federal Indian Tax Implications for Economic Development,” 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, RES 2012, “Myths and Realities of Limited Sovereign Immunity Waiver” & “Talking Tribal Sports and Entertainment, 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.
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