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Northwest American Indian Business at a Glance

INDIAN ATTORNEYS LEAD WASHINGTON STATE BAR

SEATTLE - Four American Indian attorneys have assumed leadership positions
in the Washington State Bar Association.

Fawn R. Sharp, Quinault, is the association's governor at-large. Gabriel
"Gabe" Galanda, Nomlaki/Concow, chairs the Indian Law Section. Professor
Robert Anderson, Chippewa, is chairman-elect of the Indian Law Section.
Leona Colegrove, Quinault/Hoopa, co-chairs the Diversity Committee.

Their ascension to positions of leadership comes as the bar considers
adding American Indian law to its bar exam. New Mexico began testing
American Indian law last year.

"As bar leaders, we provide our people with a voice on legal issues and
decisions that affect the very essence of life in Indian country," Galanda
said. "I believe it is that voice that has begun to attract so many Indian
people to the legal profession in Washington state and beyond."

Sharp is reservation attorney and lead counsel for the Quinault Indian
Nation. Galanda is an associate in the Seattle office of Williams, Kastner
& Gibbs PLLC, and president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association.
Anderson is assistant professor at the University of Washington School of
Law, and is director of the law school's Native American Law Center.
Colegrove is in-house counsel for the Quinault Indian Nation in Grays
Harbor County, and former counsel for the Tulalip Tribes.

SQUAXIN CELEBRATES OPENING OF LITTLE CREEK CASINO HOTEL

SHELTON, Wash. - Squaxin Island Tribe celebrated the opening of its Little
Creek Casino Hotel on Feb. 24. The casino and hotel makes Squaxin Island
Tribe the largest employer in Mason County.

Squaxin Island Tribe and its casino-hotel employ more than 750 people.

The hotel opening featured a Mardi Gras theme and included afternoon and
evening ribbon-cutting ceremonies and parades through the hotel and casino.

Tribal officials said the opening of the Little Creek Casino Hotel
contributes to the economic self-sufficiency of the tribe, while providing
an economic opportunity for the region. The casino opened in September
1995.

Squaxin Island Tribe also owns and operates the Harstine Oyster Company,
Kamilche Trading Post and Skookum Creek Tobacco Co.

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