The “Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs” list serves to elevate awareness of the innovation, professionalism, competence and tenacity demonstrated by Native entrepreneurs across Indian Country. Native Business is rolling out profiles of these 50 Native entrepreneurs online, in no particular hierarchy, to document and memorialize their innovation and self-determination. The inaugural class of the Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs recognizes leaders across 13 business sectors, demonstrating the diversity of industries where Natives are making an impact. Among the entrepreneurs recognized in our Accounting & Legal sector is Gabriel Galanda.
Gabriel Galanda, a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, formed his own law firm in 2010, Galanda Broadman, PLLC, dedicated to advancing Tribal legal rights and Indian business interests. With offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington; Bend, Oregon; and Tucson, Arizona, Galanda Broadman, PLLC, counts eight lawyers, and tackles critical and complex litigation, bet-the-company business matters and regulatory disputes for Tribal governments, enterprises and citizens.
In addition to being recognized for his staunch disenrollment advocacy, Galanda is widely respected as a proponent for Tribal economic diversification. “Tribes need to start doing an inventory of what makes them a Tribe and what industries make the most sense for a diversified economy,” he told Native Business.
Galanda writes frequently about Tribal litigation, sovereignty and Indian civil rights issues. He’s been published more than 100 times and been interviewed and quoted by mainstream and international news outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Monde.
Galanda also founded the non-profit Huy (which in Lushootseed means “see you again/we never say goodbye”), dedicated to enhancing religious, cultural and other rehabilitative opportunities for American Indian prisoners.