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May 05, 2014
Tribal fisherman Billy Frank Jr. dies, Attorney General Ferguson offers statement

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement regarding the news that Billy Frank Jr. died today.

“Billy was a true statesman who brought an optimistic, can-do approach to environmental and natural resource challenges,” said Ferguson. “His activism and perseverance helped build the foundation of an enduring legacy that Washington state will never forget.”

More than four decades ago Billy was a tribal fisherman who began fighting for American Indian fishing rights. He remained a zealous champion of tribal rights, the salmon and the environment the rest of his life.

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