Nooksack leaders disbar lawyer fighting tribal disenrollments | The Seattle Times
But the council soon made its motive clear. At the very same meeting, the council voted to disbar its biggest foe: Gabriel Galanda.
The Native American attorney, with offices in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood, has been fighting for three years to prevent the tribe from kicking out 306 members whose lineage is in dispute. In the process, he has become a nationally known opponent of tribal disenrollment, an increasing trend in recent years amid fights over money and power.
Days before the council made its move, he had won a victory in the Nooksack Tribal Court allowing his clients to vote in tribal elections.
“It seemed like a strategic tactic to get him out of the court system,” said Carmen Tageant, one of two dissident council members who voted against disbarment.