The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) recently gave an award to Assistant Professor of Education Richard Scheuerman for his article “Chief Cleveland Kamiakin and 20th Century Political Change on the Colville Indian Reservation.” The article received the WSHS “Gates Award,” recognizing an outstanding article on regional studies. Scheuerman co-wrote the article with Michael Finley, tribal council chair of the Colville Confederated Tribes.
The article, published by the University of Washington in Pacific Northwest Historical Quarterly, was based on a recently discovered series of taped interviews with Chief Kamiakin in the 1950s. SPU’s Instructional Technology Services department digitally restored the translation by Yakama elder Carrie Jim Schuster. Scheuerman and Finley discovered the recordings while conducting research for their recent book, Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot. The book was a finalist for “2010 Washington Book of the Year” by the Washington Library Association.