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Colville Business Council elects officers

Michael O. Finley returns as chairman


The Colville Business Council, the governing body of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Thursday held its annual swearing-in ceremony for recently-elected members and selected new officers, the tribes announced in a press release.

Michael O. Finley, council member from the Inchelium District, was chosen for the top leadership position of the tribes. Finley served as CBC chair for three years prior to serving the last year as vice-chairman for the tribes.

“I’m honored to again serve as chairman of the Colville Business Council,” says Finley. “I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the outgoing CBC members and committee chairs. It is through their continued diligent hard work and leadership that great strides have been made. I have every confidence in our staff and leadership, and look forward to participating in the further advancement of our nation. The outlook for our future is exciting, as I see that we are not only working towards fulfilling our vision of where we want to go as a tribe, but we also are fulfilling the visions of our ancestors who have sacrificed before us. I look forward continuing my work as chairman to serve our membership and the Colville Tribes.”

Ernest “Sneena” Brooks III, from Omak, was named vice-chairman and was also selected to chair the Tribal Government Committee. William Nicholson II, from the Nespelem District, will be the council secretary and was re-elected to chair the Management and Budget Committee. The chair, vice-chair and secretary positions are all members of the CBC’s Executive Committee.

Andy Joseph Jr. from the Nespelem District, will chair the Human Services Committee as well as the Veterans Committee; Jim Boyd of Inchelium was selected as the chairman of the Law and Justice Committee. Benny Marchand of Omak will chair the Community Development Committee.

Joseph Somday, CBC member from the Keller District, will chair the Natural Resources Committee. New Councilman Jack Ferguson, also of the Keller District, will chair the Education and Employment Committee.

“I’d also like to recognize a special achievement of newly-elected Councilwoman Stevey Seymour of Inchelium,” Finley said. “Not only has she been selected to chair the CBC’s Culture Committee, she also carries the distinction of being the youngest councilwoman ever elected to the Colville Business Council at 28 years of age. We are proud to have her on our team and look forward to her many years of leadership to come.”

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