The Cherokee National Historical Society’s 2012 Contemporary Achievement Award has been given to Charles Chief Boyd, majority owner, principal and managing member of Thalden Boyd Emery Architects, a Native American firm. The award recognizes a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, has brought honor to the Cherokee Nation and serves as an inspiration for others.
Boyd, also known as “Chief,” is one of the most well-known Native American architects in the U.S., having worked with nearly 100 tribes across the country and in Canada on their casinos, hotels and tribal facilities throughout the United States and Canada.
Boyd helped establish the Thalden Boyd Emery Scholarship Fund for Native American Children, which has provided scholarships for hundreds of young Indians. “To bless the world and help a world in need, we have to start with a strong Cherokee Nation by preserving our heritage, teaching our history and living our culture,” Boyd said.