“This [pow wow] is the biggest event of the year for the prison. Without this event, life would really suck. This is a really happy event. You see all the men with smiles on their face. There’s a lot of unity here… Here we come together as a family, as a fellowship. We can look at each other and think, that‘s my brother, my friend. This is almost like being free.”

Native inmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center, Indian Country Today Media Network, 2013

About Us

Huy is a tribally controlled non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Washington and 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the IRS.

Huy’s provides economic, educational, rehabilitative and religious support for Indigenous prisoners in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States. Huy primarily raises monies and receives gifts, to in turn be gifted, for the benefit of such American indigenous prisoners.

To carry out those goals, Huy partners with tribal governments, state government corrections and other agencies, higher educational institutions, non-profit and charitable entities, privately owned businesses, and compassionate American citizens.

Huy’s Board of Advisors is comprised of the following tribal leaders and American indigenous prisoners’ religious rights advocates:

  • Gabriel Galanda, Huy Chairman, a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and Indian lawyer at Galanda Broadman, PLLC
  • Francis Cullooyah, Huy Vice Chairman, a Kalispel member and former Washington State Department of Corrections statewide religious coordinator
  • Winona Stevens, Huy Secretary-Treasurer, a Ho Chunk member, with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington
  • Brian Cladoosby, Huy Advisor, the immediate past Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Frances Charles, Huy Advisor, the Chairwoman of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • Claudia Kauffman, Huy Advisor, a Nez Perce member and a former Washington State Senator, who is now the Inter-Governmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Tribe
  • Eldon Vail, Huy Advisor, a past Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections and prisoners’ rights consultant
  • Minty LongEarth, Huy Advisor, a Santee member also of Creek/Choctaw descent, and Executive Director at South King Council of Human Services