Finding the Cure for the American Indian Disenrollment Epidemic

In a lecture at Lewis & Clark Law School on October 27, Gabe Galanda preliminarily proposed several cures to the disenrollment epidemic that is now sweeping Native America.  Gabe lecture (slides here) was a lead up towards his and Ryan Dreveskracht's publication of a law review article on those topics, in Arizona Law Review next summer. They will soon publish a manuscript. 10636555_859807167385606_8037042352281190614_o

The Galanda Broadman firm has identified several acute causes to the epidemic and resultant self-termination, about which Gabe lectured, including: Indian gaming and other tribal per capita distributions; tribal political favoritism and nepotismsilence by the tribal and academic establishment; a century of federal assimilationist policy that extends to self-determination funding; the Supreme Court's Santa Clara v. Martinez decision; immoral and unethical behavior by non-Indian lawyerscontractors and other bad actors; and a self-fulfilling prophecy of tribal violence in reaction to disenrollment-related human rights violations.


Gabe's lecture was attended by Lewis & Clark NALSA members, and a couple dozen American Indians from the Pacific Northwest who are plagued with disenrollment, including the Nooksack 306 and Grand Ronde descendants of Chief Tumulth.


Gabriel “Gabe” Galanda is the Managing Partner at Galanda Broadman. He is a citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes. Gabe can be reached at 206.300.7801 or