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Tribal chairman Boyd dies at 60

 

Scott Hunter

Jim Boyd playing at the Festival of America at Grand Coulee Dam, July 4, 2009.

The Colville Tribes announced this morning (6-22-16) that Chairman Jim Boyd has died at the age of 60.

What follows is the tribal press release:

Chairman Boyd walks on

NESPELEM, WA - The Colville Business Council has announced today that the Chairman of the Colville Tribes, James L. Boyd, has passed on. He was 60.

Scott Hunter

Jim Boyd talking with state Department of Natural Resources Director Peter Goldmark Sept. 7, 2015 in Omak, just before flying to the nation's capitol to lobby Congress for changes in law that would improve wildfire fighting and prevention.

Boyd, a prolific songwriter and entertainer, was well known throughout Indian Country. He travelled throughout the United States, was known for his love ofHarleyDavidson Motorcycles, and won numerous awards for his music, including 7 Native American Music Awards & Associations awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He has held the post of Tribal Chairman since 2014. Representing the Inchelium District of the Colville Indian Reservation, Boyd previously held the position of the Council's Law and Justice Committee Chairman.

Boyd was well-liked and respected by his peers and colleagues. "He will be greatly missed" said Colville Business Council Vice Chairman Michael Marchand. "Jim was a guy that was very focused and intelligent, a great storyteller. He lived life to the fullest and his good nature and sense of humor were infectious" Marchand added.

"This is a very, very sad day for the Colville Tribes. One of our most respected leaders, and talented tribal members is no longer among us. The sheer enormity of our loss has not set in yet, and I doubt that it will for quite some time. We are especially saddened for his family, who loved this caring man greatly" Marchand concluded.

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