Michael Finley earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Washington University and is proud to return to serve his alma mater.
Born and raised in Inchelium, Washington, Finley is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and is a two-time chairman of the Colville Business Council. He also served as first vice president to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). He earned his BA in American Indian studies and history (2003) and an MA in history (2005) from Eastern Washington University, and has received numerous awards for his academic and professional achievements.
“I am truly honored being bestowed such a distinguished position,” said Finley. “It is a responsibility I accept with humility, and I pledge to foster success with the university and the entire student body, in every discipline, and at every corner of the institution. This represents an opportunity to give back to the university that helped me realize my own potential, which in turn led to my prosperity.”
Finley received the Cecil Dryden Alumni Award from EWU’s Department of History in 2011, which is given to a distinguished graduate in that field each year. He has co-authored a book on Native American history and continues to serve on national tribal councils.
In 2014-15, Finley launched several businesses, ranging from entertainment to convenience store owner. His primary business, Feathered Arrow, LLC, is a consulting business that primarily serves Indian tribes in national policy issues and realizing economic development opportunities.
In recent months, Finley was recruited by leading gaming innovators to develop a new company, NEX7 that will, over time, drastically transform the gaming experience on tribal gaming properties and eventually the entire gaming industry worldwide. NEX7 will provide tribes with much needed control with the future of this new technology, in hopes of placing tribes on the path to self-determination. Finley continues to serve on boards through Indian Country and someday plans to return to politics.
Original Appointment: Nov. 30, 2015
Term Expires: Sept. 30, 2021
Hometown: Inchelium, WA
Other Assignment: Early Head Start Board and Diversity Initiative