The Confederated Tribes of The Colville Reservation has just announced that singer/songwriter and tribal chairman Jim Boyd has walked on. Boyd, 60, was well-known for his music as a member of the bands XIT, Greywolf and Winterhawk, and for four songs in the iconic Indian Country classic movie Smoke Signals.
The release from the Colville Tribe about Tribal Chairman Jim Boyd stated the following:
Boyd, a prolific songwriter and entertainer, was well known throughout Indian Country. He travelled throughout the United States, was known for his love of Harley Davidson 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.
Shane Moses courtesy - Colville tribal chairman Jim Boyd laughs as a TV reporter interviews a Colville tribal member during a time in which the Okanogan Complex and North Star fires had scorched a record amount of timber, including homes on the Colville.
Colville Business Council Vice-Chairman Michael Marchand said in the release, "He will be greatly missed. 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.
"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.
Details regarding the passing of Chairman Boyd have not yet been released.