15 Images of the Iconic Billy Frank Jr.

15 Images of the Iconic Billy Frank Jr.


Turtle Island became crestfallen on May 5 as news spread that the iconic tribal rights and sovereignty leader often viewed as a hero, Billy Frank Jr. had walked on.

“It was news we didn’t want to believe,” attorney Gabe Galanda said while attending the mid-year conference of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, where Frank was expected to make an appearance on Monday.

A citizen of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and a fisherman of the sacred salmon, Frank became world renowned as the leader of the northwest “fish wars” in the 1960s and 1970s when protesters held “fish-ins” aimed specifically at asserting their treaty-protected fishing rights and, more broadly, their resistance to being culturally assimilated into American society.

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Funeral services for Billy Frank Jr. will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, May 11 in the Squaxin Island Tribe’s event center at the Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton, Washington.

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“I tell my people to get ready. Get your smokehouses back in shape. Don’t forget the ceremonies. That guy, the salmon, he’s coming back.” Billy Frank Jr. (Legacy Project)

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