A Collection of Stories and Links about Billy Frank

Billy Frank’s Last Post at NWIFC: Keep Big Oil Out of Grays Harbor

PBS Newshour: Northwest “Salmon People” Face Future without Fish

Oral History Project, Where the Salmon Run

Bunky Echohawk’s Portrait of Billy Frank

NY Times: On the River Bank with Billy Frank Jr. Indians and Salmon: Making Nature Whole

Seattle Times: Billy Frank: Champion of Tribal Rights Dies at 83

Seattle Times: Timeline of Billy Frank’s Life

Bellingham Herald: Billy Frank Jr. — Activist, Icon, Environmental Giant

Time Magazine: Native American Fishing Activist Billy Frank

North Kipsap Herald: Billy Frank Jr. Devoted His Life to Defense of Fishing Rights, Salmon Habitat

The Olympian: Tribal Fishing Activist Led Fight Resulting in 1974 Boldt Decision

Statement of Cynthia Iyall, Nisqually Indian Tribe Chair

Statement of the President

Statement of the Secretary of the Interior

Statement of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior

Senator Cantwell’s Statement

Special thanks to Julia Good Fox, who tweeted the first four links at @goodfox

Assistant Secretary Washburn on the Passing of Billy Frank

Here.

Statement of Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn

on the Passing of Billy Frank Jr.

  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today issued the following statement on the passing of Billy Frank Jr., a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Washington State:

 “Billy Frank Jr. was an undaunted defender of and respected elder statesman for tribal treaty fishing rights.  For over 30 years he helped lead the fight to preserve and protect the salmon and its habitat in Western Washington, thereby ensuring it remains a vital part of Northwest tribal culture and the Pacific Northwest’s economy. 

 “His wisdom on the importance of conservation and the protection of natural resources has been recognized by all who love the great outdoors.  Thanks to his leadership and years of hard work, we can continue to appreciate the great gifts of nature that are still with us and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest can still rely on the salmon to sustain them for generations to come.

 “Thank you, Billy, for your tireless work for Indian Country and our nation.

 “On behalf of my office, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education, we extend our condolences to the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and to Mr. Frank’s family, friends and colleagues.”

 -DOI-

President Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Billy Frank Jr.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014

Statement by the President on the Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Frank, Jr. – Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Billy fought for treaty rights to fish the waters of the Pacific Northwest, a battle he finally won in 1974 after being arrested many times during tribal “fish-ins”. Today, thanks to his courage and determined effort, our resources are better protected, and more tribes are able to enjoy the rights preserved for them more than a century ago. Billy never stopped fighting to make sure future generations would be able to enjoy the outdoors as he did, and his passion on the issue of climate change should serve as an inspiration to us all. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and to Billy’s family, and to his many friends who so greatly admired him.

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Interior Secretary Jewell on the Passing of Billy Frank

Secretary Jewell Statement on the Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released the following statement on the passing of Billy Frank, Jr., a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission:

“Indian Country and the nation lost a true giant as Chairman Billy Frank has walked on. His lasting legacy will be felt for generations in the hearts and minds of those he touched over an entire life dedicated to serving others. Two weeks ago, the entire room fell silent at a tribal summit held at the Suquamish reservation in Washington to listen as Billy spoke forcefully and passionately about the need to tackle the growing threat of climate change. Billy shared a great sense of urgency that we come together as one people to work toward practical solutions to address its impacts.

“To honor his life of service, let us redouble our efforts to do everything we can to uphold our trust and treaty responsibilities and to partner with tribes across the country on caring for our lands, waters and wildlife. On behalf of all Department of the Interior employees, we extend our deepest condolences to the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and to Mr. Frank’s family and friends during this difficult time.”