NIGA to Honor Charles “Chief” Boyd with Chairman’s Leadership Award at Indian Gaming 2018CDC Newswire · April 18, 2018 at 4:07 pmLas Vegas, NV, April 18, 2018 – The National Indian Gaming Association announced today that they will present the Chairman’s Leadership award to Charles “Chief” Boyd for his long-time commitment and leadership as an Associate Member of NIGA during the 2018 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., will present Boyd with the prestigious leadership award on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the NIGA Associate Members reception at the Las Vegas Convention Center.“An important component towards the success of the industry is those committed to partnering with tribal gaming enterprises towards the development and advancement of this business called Indian gaming,” Chairman Stevens said. “Our associate membership represents many of those who stand with us towards our commitment to tribal self-reliance.”Stevens added, “Chief Boyd is one of the greatest examples of a person who has committed his life to working with Indian country to advance the economic opportunities of many tribal communities. He is a great Indian country Warrior, and we look forward to recognizing his contributions.”The Associate Membership consists of non-voting members of NIGA who represent businesses and industries engaged in gaming enterprises throughout Indian Country.Charles “Chief” Boyd, is majority owner, principal, and CEO of Thalden Boyd Architects LLC (TBE Architects), a Native American firm. “Chief” Boyd is one of the most well-known Native American architects in the U.S., having worked with nearly 114 of the best Tribal projects across the country and in Canada on casinos, hotels and tribal facilities.The firm’s capabilities include Master Planning, Architecture Theming, and Interior Design. The firm has designed over 200 Casino projects and over 400 Hotel projects and worked with 101 Native Nations.Chief’s broad experience in casino, cultural and recreation facilities and hotels throughout the United States and Canada led to his being honored as the Native American Professional Businessman of the Year in 2000 in the state of Oklahoma and the Contemporary Achievement Award from the Cherokee National Historic Society in 2012.The Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 17 – 20, 2018. It is the largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in the country. The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention is both the meeting place where the community gathers to learn, network and exchange industry-specific ideas, and a cultural celebration of success, strength, and self-reliance.###About the National Indian Gaming Association The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), established in 1985, is a non-profit organization of 184 Indian Nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around the country. The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.