Bree is an Associate in the Seattle office. Her practice focuses on federal court and tribal court litigation involving tribal governments, enterprises and businesses. She also represents individuals and families in cases involving civil rights and wrongful death claims.
Before joining Galanda Broadman, Bree served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Brian M. Morris in the District of Montana Great Falls Division, which has civil and criminal jurisdiction over several Indian reservations. She regularly encountered federal procedural and jurisdictional issues involving tribal parties, including tribal sovereign immunity and tribal court jurisdiction.
Prior to her federal court clerkship, Bree served as a youth advocate and case manager at the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s Labateyah Youth Home in Seattle, where she advanced the interests of formerly homeless young adults.
Bree is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; her Indian name is “Prized Woman.”
Bree likes to powwow dance, hunt, and hike in her free time. She also enjoys traveling with her parents, acclaimed artists Catherine Black Horse and Terrance Guardipee to Native American art shows across the country. Bree was born and raised in the Seattle area.
Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2013
American Indian Law Journal, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief
Native American Law Student Association, President
Douglas R. Nash Native American Law Scholarship Award, Recipient
Moot Court Board, Member
Seattle Pacific University, B.A., Political Science, 2010
State of Washington
U.S District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Chehalis Tribal Court
Hualapai Tribal Court
Tulalip Tribal Court
Nisqually Tribal Court
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Court
Washington State Bar Association
ACLU-WA, Legal Committee Member, 2018 – Present
Seattle University School of Law Center for Indian Law and Policy, Alumni Advisory Board Member, 2015 – Present
American Indian Law Journal, External Advisor, 2016 – Present
The Risks and Benefits of Tribal Payday Lending and the Tenuous Right to Tribal Sovereign Immunity, American Indian Law Journal, Volume I, Spring Issue 2013
Native Lives Matter: Claiming Wrongful Death in Honor of Life, Galanda Broadman, Occasional Paper, November 2017
Awards and Recent Seminars
Speaker, “50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act: Protection and Denial of the Civil Rights of Native Americans,” University of New Mexico School of Law Symposium, March 9, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Speaker, “Getting to Know Indian Country,” ACLU-WA CLE, March 12, 2018, Seattle, Washington
Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
National Center for American Indian Economic Development, 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, 2016