On May 5, 2014, legendary Nisqually Tribal leader Billy Frank Jr., passed away after a lifetime of fighting for Tribal fishing and land rights. Known as one of the greatest leaders in Pacific Northwest history, his life’s work led from being violently arrested at age 14 for exercising the right to fish to being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom a year after his death. Today Billy Frank Jr.’s son Willie Frank III, recently elected as Nisqually Tribal Chairman and one of the youngest leaders in his Tribe's history, continues these efforts. Over the next year, he will carry out the honoring of his father with a statue in Washington D.C. in Statuary Hall. As his father once said, “The fight is never over—the fight for who we are and our culture and our way of life.”

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