Gabriela is an attorney with the Native American Practice Group and with the Real Estate and Environmental Team. She focuses her practice on advising tribal clients on a variety of issues regarding governance, environmental permitting, gaming, intergovernmental agreements, cultural resource protection and contracts. As an active member of her tribal government, Gabriela provides a unique perspective to client service in that she has reviewed, selected, and worked with firms for various consulting services for her tribe.
Prior to her employment at Procopio, Gabriela clerked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, in the Office of Regional Counsel where she assisted in various enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.
Gabriela received a J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law with a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy. In addition to serving as an editor on the Arizona Law Review, she was also an officer for the Native American Law Students Association.
- Cahuilla Band of Indians Housing Authority – Board Member
- Cahuilla Band of Indians Economic Development Corporation – Board Member
- Native Lawyers Association – San Diego County – Board Member
- Native Women for Change Workshop, Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. - Participant
- Cahuilla Band of Indians Culture Committee – Committee Member (Past)
- Tucson Indian Center Legal Referral Clinic – Volunteer (Past)
- JD, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, cum laude, Arizona Law Review
- BA (Native American Studies), University of California, Riverside
- “Federal Indian Law 101”, San Diego Law Library MCLE Series, January 16, 2020
- “Preparing for the Next 30 Years of IGRA,” National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Fall Conference, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Maricopa, Arizona, September 26, 2019
- “Introduction to Tribal Governments and the California Law Practice,” Legal Secretaries, Inc. - Specialty Law Workshop, Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine, California, February 16, 2019.
- "What Tribes Need To Know About The Changed Legal Landscape in 2021," January 11, 2021.
- Co-author. “Cybersecurity, Sports Betting, Hemp, and Child Welfare: 2020 Indian Law Updates,” January 6, 2020.
- Contributor. Procopio's Native American Law blog Blogging Circle
- Co-author. "Procopio's Native Women Attorneys--Mentoring Toward Success," Blogging Circle, May 6, 2019.
- Co-author. "2019 Brings Key New State and Federal Statutes and Regulations Critical to Native American Communities," Blogging Circle, January 29, 2019.
- Co-author. “Now is the Time, California Tribes! Make Sure Tribal Cultural Beneficial Uses are Included in your Region’s 2018 Triennial Basin Plan Update,” Blogging Circle, September 5, 2018.
- "More Appreciation Needed in Graduation Ceremonies," Blogging Circle, October 23, 2017.
- "How to Improve Your Tribal Consultation Practice," Blogging Circle, May 16, 2017.
- "Appreciating Diversity in Graduation Ceremonies," Blogging Circle, February 22, 2017.
- "Sun Setting on Solar Residential Incentives in California: Have Tribal Citizens Benefited?" Blogging Circle, September 21, 2016.
- "Fee-to-Trust Rule Finalized," Blogging Circle, May 20, 2016.
- "A Method to Expand Renewable Energy Capabilities on Indian Reservations," Blogging Circle, May 6, 2016.
- Co-author, "Indian Health Service 2016 California Tribal Consultation: 'Can You Hear Us Now?" Blogging Circle, March 16, 2016.
- "Trust Lands an Easier Target for Tribes," Blogging Circle, March 3, 2016.
- "Protecting Tribal Uses: Cultural Activities and Subsistence Fishing to Become Beneficial Water Uses," Blogging Circle, February 17, 2016.
- "New Rule Improves Certainty for Tribal Rights-of-Way," Blogging Circle, February 2, 2016.
- "New Mexico District Court Holds Urban Outfitters Can Be Sued Under Indian Arts & Crafts Act," Blogging Circle, January 7, 2016.
- "Governor's Office Wants Your Thoughts on New AB-52 CEQA Regulations," Blogging Circle, December 15, 2015.
- "Cole Memorandum Provides Less Security for Tribes than Initially Anticipated," Blogging Circle, November 12, 2015.
- "National NALSA Board Has San Diego Connections," Blogging Circle, October 29, 2015.