Huy Board Chairman Gabe Galanda Decries States’ Attack on Native Prisoners’ Religious Freedoms

May 12th, 2013

Gabe Galanda is quoted in a Native News Network posting, “Tribes & ACLU Team to Support California Indigenous Prisoners’ Religious Freedoms,” regarding the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s issuance of a provisional “emergency” regulation denying indigenous prisoners access to sacred items used in religious ceremony and access to sweat lodge ceremony.

“We are thrilled that the ACLU joined forces with Indian Country to decry the state of California’s violation of indigenous prisoners’ human and civil rights to worship in traditional Indian ways,”

said Gabriel Galanda, Chairman of the Huy Board of Advisors.

“Those violations are also now happening in places like Montana, South Dakota and Texas. But those state discriminatory practices are not going unnoticed and they will not stand.”

Gabriel “Gabe” Galanda is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC, of Seattle, an American Indian owned law firm, and Chairman of the Huy Board of Advisors.  He is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, California.  Gabe can be reached at 206.691.3631 or [email protected]