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Billy Frank Jr.

Billy Frank Jr. is a Nisqually tribal elder who for 23 years has chaired the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. In this capacity, he "speaks for the salmon" on behalf of 19 Treaty Indian Tribes in western Washington. Mr. Frank has been jailed numerous times during his struggles for tribal fishing rights and has grappled tenaciously with the state to help secure those treaty-mandated rights for the indigenous people of the region. Mr. Frank has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and the Indian Country Today Inaugural American Visionary Award.

Myron Ford, the singer you hear on this website, is enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is a student in the Environmental Science and American Indian Studies programs. He is a member of the Yankton Nakota Tribe and the Lower Brule Lakota Tribe.

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Last updated: October 14, 2009