Statement from Cynthia Iyall, Chair of Nisqually Indian Tribe regarding the passing of Billy Frank Jr.

May 05, 2014, 16:03 ET from Nisqually Indian Tribe

OLYMPIA, Wash., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nisqually people are mourning the sudden passing of Billy Frank Jr. this morning.

Billy dedicated his life to protecting our traditional way of life and our salmon.  For more than 60 years, Billy was in the center of action on behalf of the Nisqually people and of Native Americans throughout our country.  Along the way, Billy achieved national and international recognition as a towering figure protecting treaty rights, natural resources and the environment.

Billy will be sorely missed and long remembered.  On behalf of the Nisqually people, the tribal council expresses our sincerest condolences to Billy's family. 

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Cynthia Iyall (360) 888-0754

SOURCE Nisqually Indian Tribe