Famed Tribal Leader and Singer, Jim Boyd, has Walked On

Jim Boyd has walked on

Jim Boyd has walked on

Published June 22, 2016

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

Boyd, a prolific songwriter and entertainer, was well known throughout Indian Country. He traveled throughout the United States, was known for his love of HarleyDavidson 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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