Washington State Historical Society Names New Tribal Liaison

The Washington State Historical Society recently announced the appointment of Michael Finley as its new tribal liaison.

In his new role, Finley will work closely with the tribal nations of Washington, garnering tribal input in the society’s initiatives and exhibitions going forward.

“The Washington State Historical Society and State History Museum in Tacoma are primarily responsible for telling the stories of Washington, and those stories aren’t complete without the tribal perspective,” Finley said in a statement. “I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the society’s mission and I think the people who call Washington home will appreciate the added context to their history.”

A graduate of Eastern Washington University, Finley has a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in American Indian Studies as well as a master’s degree in history. He is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and he also has served as the first vice president to the National Congress of American Indians.

Moreover, Finley co-authored Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot, which received praise from the governor’s office.

“We’re proud to make this announcement,” WSHS Director Jennifer Kilmer said in a statement. “Michael will truly advance our mission of partnering with our communities to explore how history connects us all by leading collaboration efforts with tribal communities and ensuring the voice of Native American people, past and present, are at the forefront in all the Society does.”

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