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Michael O. Finley

Wrong Michael O. Finley?

Board of Trustees

Phone: (509) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Spokane , Washington , United States
Eastern Washington University
526 Fifth St.
Cheney , Washington 99004
United States

Company Description: Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public university located in Cheney and Spokane, Wash., with programs offered throughout the state and...   more

Employment History

  • Business Council Chairman
    Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Chiefs Executive Council Member
    Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Chairman
  • Land Technician
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Vice Chairman, Colville Business Council
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Chairman
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Chairman
    Colville Business Council
  • First Vice President
    National Congress of American Indians
  • Vice Chairman, Colville Business Council
    Confederated Tribes fo the Colville Reservation
  • Chairman, Colville Business Council
    Confederated Tribes fo the Colville Reservation
  • Chairman
    Colville Tribal

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's Degree , History
  • Associate of Arts Degree
    Spokane Community College
  • Masters Degree , History
  • Bachelor's Degree , American Indian Studies
134 Total References
Web References
Michael Finley's thesis ..., 9 Sept 2009 [cached]
Michael Finley's thesis advisor at Eastern Washington University told him that if he wanted to be an authority in Native history of the Inland Northwest, he had to know who the authorities were. "He probably meant pick up their books," says Finley. Which he did. But he also took his advisor literally, personally contacting Trafzer, Scheuerman, and Robert H. Ruby, another prolific scholar of Northwest Indians.
After finishing his thesis, on the three chiefs of the Colvilles, Skolaskin, Moses, and Joseph, Finley went to work for the Colville tribe in the history and archaeology division.
"I had some extra time on my hands outside of work. Coupled with that, I did a lot of research in my work. I'd come across references to Kamiakin," which he started e-mailing to Scheuerman.
Finley also had access to genealogy records, which interested Scheuerman very much.
He said this is wonderful stuff, says Finley. What should we do with it?
Finley is currently vice chairman of the Colville Business Council for the Colville Confederated Tribes.
"The rapid dispossession of Puget Sound tribal domains," write Scheuerman and Finley, "confirmed Kamiakin's suspicion that the polite rhetoric of White officials concealed other motives."
Whether it was that threat or the combined advocacy of the other leaders, muse Scheuerman and Finley, Kamiakin finally signed with an X. According to one of the priests present, he was in such a rage that he bit his lip until it bled.
"As word spread," write Scheuerman and Finley, "Army officials railed again against Stevens and the volunteers' methods, which were 'to provoke a continuance of the war and to plunder the Indians of their horses and cattle.'"
"On a grand scale," write Scheuerman and Finley, "epidemics demoralized and decreased Native populations, adversely affecting their overall social organization and strength."
Wright's strategy had relied on overwhelming force and a "focused assault on Tribal leadership," write Scheuerman and Finley.
Scheuerman and Finley give slightly different answers.
Some of the reason for the biography's slow coming is simply a matter of privacy, says Finley.
Okanagan Nation Alliance - Home, 26 April 2014 [cached]
Michael O. Finley Business Council Chairman
Okanagan Nation Alliance - Home, 26 April 2014 [cached]
Business Council Chairman Michael Finley,
Colville Confederated Tribes
Tribal chairman Michael ..., 19 Aug 2013 [cached]
Tribal chairman Michael Finley told the audience the ferry route is a crucial link for tribal members and others between Lincoln County on the south and the reservation and Ferry County on the north side of the river.
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