Billy Frank, Jr. of the Nisqually Indian Tribe was Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for 22 years. In this capacity, he “spoke for the salmon” on behalf of 19 Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington.
Under his leadership, the tribal role over the past 30 years has evolved from that of activists, fighting the state to secure fishing rights reserved in treaties with the United States government, to managers of the resource.
Celebrated regionally, nationally and internationally as an outstanding Native American leader, Frank was the recipient of numerous recognition awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and the Indian Country Today Inaugural American Visionary Award.
Updated on March 5, 2020