Washington State Corrections & United Indians Join Forces to Improve Tribal Religious Programs for Native Offenders

Gabe Galanda is featured in this joint press release from the Washington State Department of Corrections and United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.

The mission of United Indians is to foster and sustain a strong sense of identity, tradition, and well-being among the Indian people in the Puget Sound area. United Indians Vice Chairman Gabriel Galanda said the group is very excited about the opportunity to work with the DOC.

“It’s extremely important for Indian Country to work collaboratively with the DOC to ensure Native inmates can freely exercise tribal religion, particularly as a means of rehabilitation and preparing them for their return to tribal communities and mainstream society,” said Galanda. “United Indians’ oversight of tribal religious programming is a spectacular exercise of Indian self-determination, in a space where that is not often allowed—state prisons.”

Vail and Galanda will discuss this partnership in more detail at the Centennial Accord June 9. This Accord was established in 1989 between the federally recognized Indian tribes of Washington and the State of Washington, through its governor, to better achieve mutual goals and improve government-to-government relationships.

Gabriel "Gabe" Galanda is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC, of Seattle, an American Indian majority-owned law firm.  He is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, California.  He can be reached at 206.691.3631 or gabe@galandabroadman.com, or via galandabroadman.com.