Washington, D.C., partner Brian Gunn was featured in a seven-page spread in Washington State Magazine, the quarterly alumni and research magazine of Washington State University.
The feature, titled “The Law and the Land,” outlines the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in detail, including its major industries and the longstanding Colville Business Council.
The article also traces Brian’s ancestry, both political and familial. His grandfather Peter Gunn sued the U.S. government in 1951 for loss of a portion of his ancestral lands. Two generations later, Brian picked up that mantle and filed suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior for the mismanagement of the remaining lands on the Colville reservation, which resulted in one of the largest Indian settlements the federal government has ever made.
Last spring, shortly after the settlement was made public, Brian returned home to the reservation to explain the settlement he had spent years concluding. When he stopped in his grandfather’s hometown of Keller, the locals recognized him as an advocate for the community.
“Some of the older folks came up to me,” he said. “They said, ‘We thought you would be one of Pete Gunn’s grandsons.’”