In 2004, we celebrated 30 years since the Boldt Decision of 1974, the landmark Indian fishing rights victory, that Billy Frank Jr. fought so hard for.
“Frank is widely credited as conscience and soul of the efforts by Indian people in Washington to secure their rights to a fair share of fish on their ancient waterways and, by implication and serious struggle, the effort to ensure the survival of steelhead and salmon,” says an editorial that ran on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com on March 1, 2004.
Today, we mourn his passing. He was 83.
“It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of Billy Frank Jr. this morning. No other information is available at this time. The NWIFC offices will be closed for the remainder of the day,” read the announcement on the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission website today.
We will have a larger story as information becomes available. In the meantime, read more about Billy Frank Jr.’s life here: