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Gabriel Galanda Receives WSBA Excellence in Diversity Award

Gabriel Galanda was recently presented the 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
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Round Valley Indian Tribes citizen Gabriel Galanda, managing partner of Galanda Broadman, PLLC, was recently presented the 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).

The award is in “recognition of his leadership in advocating for religious rights for Native American prisoners and Indigenous Peoples,” according to a WSBA press release, and was presented by WSBA President Patrick Palace at an awards dinner on September 18.

“I am truly grateful for this honoring, especially insofar as it brings greater attention to the religious plight of American indigenous prisoners,” Galanda said.

Galanda represents tribal governments and businesses in critical litigation and crisis management, while advocating for Native American citizens in civil rights controversies, and mediates and arbitrates Indian country-related disputes.

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In 2012, Galanda founded Huy, a Washington State non-profit to improve Indian prisoner ceremonies. Huy, in the Coast Salish language means “See you again/we never say goodbye.” Galanda serves as the board chair of the tribally controlled organization that “provides economic, educational, rehabilitative and religious support for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian prisoners.”

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According to the WSBA, Galanda has dedicated hundreds of hours of pro bono service to Native prisoners. He also founded the Indian Legal Scholars Program, a joint venture between the Northwest Indian Bar Association and the WSBA Indian Law Section, which has donated over $150,000 in scholarship funds and bar stipends to aspiring Native lawyers.

Due in huge part to Galanda’s efforts, Washington became the second of three states in the country to include Indian law topics on its bar exams in 2004. That same year, in recognition of his tireless work, Galanda was honored with the WSBA Young Lawyers Division’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

“Gabe exemplifies the spirit of professionalism in the practice of law and WSBA’s culture of service,” said his partner Anthony Broadman.