Daughter of LaVoy Finicum pens book about his stand for liberty, and the price he paid for it

Trauma’s brutal course changed something within her the day LaVoy was shot three times in the back by out-of-control American agents while his hands were up in the universal sign of surrender. Yet, true to form, the motivation behind the toil this book demanded was her children. Her resolve was found in the reality that they deserve answers to their future adult questions. 

 “Regardless of which political side you might fall on, this story is so compelling, tragic, and iconic that once your journey of discovery begins, the hope is you will be moved by the details.

Everyone who was there with Dad on that fateful day was acquitted in an Oregon Federal Court. Today my Dad, the “dead man,” has his day in court. You, the readers become the jury—reviewing his side for the first time.  

Dad said, “I’m just a redneck doing the right thing… was never one to poke people in the eye or cause trouble. I always stood in line, rose my hand, and never had a parking violation.” He definitely did not fit the description of a “loose cannon” or “hothead.” Interviews with his family and footage from his own home videos bear witness that he was a family man and ranching cowboy, not a closet criminal as the media portrayed him.

So what changed in Dad’s life? Why did he begin his public political activism in 2014 by attending the Nevada Bundy Standoff understanding he may be labeled as a domestic terrorist? Why did he go to Burns, Harney County, Oregon and participate in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation in 2016? Why, on his way to a political symposium in Oregon did he end up stepping out of his truck into a hail of bullets? …

Dad was One Cowboy who stood to uphold and defend the United States Constitution against domestic adversaries.The series of events that led up to that tragic day, January 26, 2016, in Oregon, where his right to life was taken, are grossly misunderstood by a vast amount of Americans.

This is your journey of discovery to decide, was he the villain, fool, or hero?” ~Thara Tenney

Bio and reviews provided by Thara Tenney

Book by Thara Tenney
You can order “Liberty Rising: One Cowboy’s Ascent” by clicking here

About the Author

Thara Tenney is the lucky wife of Tom Tenney and the proud mother of four boys. While she has a bachelor’s in communication with an emphasis in marketing, her motivation never was to advance the 21st century’s corporate ladder. Alongside many small projects, her sacred toil has forever been dedicated to raising her boys with the aim to train up strong sons of liberty. Through the years the battle of the balance has flitted between homeschooling, community self-care coach, fundraising chairman, children’s sports, campaign messaging director, and more. 

She is the oldest child of the LaVoy and Jeanette Finicum dozen. After the tragic murder of her father, for a year she had the opportunity to travel the country with her mother, speaking about what really happened January 26th, 2016. 

Trauma’s brutal course changed something within her the day LaVoy was shot three times in the back by out-of-control American agents while his hands were up in the universal sign of surrender. Yet, true to form, the motivation behind the toil this book demanded was her children. Her resolve was found in the reality that they deserve answers to their future adult questions. 

Proceeds from this book will go to support the Finicum family’s civil wrongful death case. 


“Thara inspires us to embrace the eternal law of opposition and speak the language of liberty.”

– Mark Herr  President and co-founder of Center for Self Governance and co-Author of Speaking the Language of Liberty

“This book is perfect for anyone who seeks truth and loves liberty. This is the true story of LaVoy Finicum and the facts about where our liberties stand.”

– Caitlyn Baxter An American millennial who loves freedom and liberty

“LaVoy Finicum’s death was the result of 40 years of unconstitutional oppression by federal bureaucrats. In 1976 there were nearly 60,000 grazing allotment owners in the U.S.. The year of LaVoy’s murder there were only 22,000. Despite never having met the Hammonds, LaVoy took a stand for those who he saw as fellow ranching neighbors who were for years put under duress and eventually wrongfully incarcerated. The hope was to shed light on the federal theft taking place in Oregon to work toward responsible government. 

“The scriptures say, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ LaVoy did this. He stood for his neighbor and didn’t back down.”

– Angus McIntosh, Ph.D.  E. D. of Range Allotment Owners Assn., an expert witness in the U.S. Court of Fed. Claims and Fed. District Courts of AZ, CO, NV, and OR, given testimony before the State Legislatures of AZ, NM, MT, and NV on water rights, range management, and fed regulatory impacts on property rights, and co-Author of two works: The Code of the West: American Land Disposal (a legal textbook) and Our American Trial: The History of an American Family

“The motivation for this book I completely understand. The press is merciless against those of us who are trying to serve to protect life, liberty, and property. People are afraid to stand. I have had to learn just what I’m made of. 

“If the occupiers committed a crime it was only trespass, which is a misdemeanor not worthy of death. I pray people will read this book. The information is so important for them to see the awful state we are in. 

“I admire you and your family.”

– Senator Sylvia Allen  Arizona State Senator,  District 6 Chair, Education Committee, and Natural Resource Committee

“Thara Tenney has put together one of the most personal and timely accounts for our generation that I have come across. Her insights into her father’s life and his life sacrifice for personal Constitutional rights are so vital at this time when those rights are threatened and even quashed. This isn’t simply a lecture of right and wrong, but a book told with passion and insight that allows the reader to know LaVoy Finicum, his motives, and the present conflict between rights and institutional government. 

“This book belongs in every patriot’s library.”

– Mayor Jack Monnett  Spring City, Utah Mayor and Author of several works.

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  1. Yes I fully believe that some in our government are above the law. This is just one case, but let’s make a comparison: This man was shot in the back and another rancher killed in Nevada. Hundreds of cows killed because they were grazing on land that was family owned and managed for years.
    Yet when a pipe line crossed Native American land, these people were just as armed, they also lite fire to millions of dollars of equipment and were never charged with anything. The garbage that was left amounted to tons and destroyed the environment that wanted to protect.
    USA can’t build a solid wall to protect our southern border because of a turtle that lives there. This is being back by NATO… If you read and look at the information from the environmental groups, they are seeking a no man’s land along the Rockie Mountains… Dams removed…

    1. The web of life is interconnected. Take that turtle species, or the owl species, or the insect…and remove it, and then 10 other things collapse. Which cause 50 other things to collapse, and ultimately it all impacts those humans at the top of the food chain too. All of us- especially our future great grand children. You want that?

      Building roads, and fences, removing timber, natural predators, replacing bison with cows, building dams, mines, and drilling for oil…all impacts everything and everyone else. Unfortunately, what you do on your patch of land for profit does impact everyone else – sometimes several states over – in detrimental ways. You want freedom while taking it from everything and everyone around you. It’s called Manifest Destiny, and it’s destroying Indigenous Cultures around the entire globe, and destroyed the environment and all those living upon it. It’s destroying rain forests, it destroyed the Great American Prairies.

      We have a difference of opinion of what land value means. I want nature, and environmentally safe areas for wildlife, trees, wetlands, and all that. We have lost most of it within the past 300 years in this country. I paid too, for the land your cattle graze on. I wish I could give it back to those whom who it was stolen from to begin with. At least they valued that turtle’s life you could now care less about.

      1. Yes, Beau Lee James, the web of life is interconnected. All the things you want to do (e.g. protected wetlands, wildlife areas) also have an effect on everyone else. The restrictions you want to impose at the bottom of the food chain also ripple up the food chain to humans detrimentally impacting our future great grand children.

        Your idea of good management of the earth’s resources is for government empowered humans to determine how land owning humans may use their land. Other’s idea of good management is for land owning humans to be allowed to determine the use of their land.

        In both cases finite humans are making decisions about land management. Both will make mistakes. But history tells us that when government empowered humans are making the decisions about the allocation and management of resources things are dramatically worse for everyone than when decisions are being made locally.

        As far as the land being stolen, I beg to differ. European and Asian immigrants came to this land just like Central Americans are coming to North America now. They worked just like today’s immigrants. Those that were not willing to work didn’t get very far and generally went back home. Yes, there were gross injustices by immigrants and natives alike. But the immigrants then didn’t steal the land anymore than the immigrants today are stealing the land – despite some people’s outcry against them.

        The natives did not settle and cultivate the land like the immigrants. War was a normal part of their culture. [See for example, War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage (Oxford University Press, 1996) or The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage (Saint Martin’s Press, 2003)]. Feeling pushed out of their land, they attacked the immigrants, much like some natives today want to do. They lost the war to the immigrants despite their superior skills in tracking and navigating.

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