Turtle Island is still mourning over the news that Billy Frank Jr. walked on earlier this week. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe released a statement on May 8 in regards to the long-time advocate for treaty rights passing.
“Like the rest of Indian country, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe mourns the loss Billy Frank Jr. Billy’s life-long fight for treaty rights and tribal sovereignty were an inspiration to all Indian people. He came to the Mille Lacs Reservation and gave an inspirational talk a few years ago – his words still resonate with many of us,” Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said. “A man with his courage, wisdom and spirit comes along once in a generation. We will remember his strong voice, his hearty laugh and the fearless way that he stood by his principles. He was a warrior for all of us, and he will not be forgotten.”
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