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THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a Native-directed Washington State 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization. Board of Directors are Michael Harris, Contributing Producer, ABC News and others; Owner and Principal Creative for Baby Wild Films / Kevin Ely, Network Photojournalist, ABC News, CBS News and others; Owner, Pacific Image Productions / Vince Cooke, Environmental Consultant; Enrolled Member of The Makah Nation / Lois Allen, Executive Secretary, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission; Enrolled Member, Colville Confederated Tribes / Victoria Hykes Steere, JD, Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, Alaska Pacific University; Alaska Native Initiative; Institute for Village Resilience; Inupiaq, from Native Village of Unalakleet / Jaime Martin, Chief Administrative Services Officer, Snoqualmie Tribe; Enrolled Member, Snoqualmie Tribe (also Yakama and Duwamish) / Willie Frank III, Salmon Defense; Vice Chair, Nisqually Tribal Council; Enrolled Member, Nisqually Tribe.

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About Billy Frank Jr.

Billy Frank, Jr.
From Wikipedia

Billy Frank, Jr. is a Native American environmental leader and treaty rights activist born in 1931 to Willie and Angeline Frank. A Nisqually tribal member, Frank is known specifically for his grassroots campaign for fishing rights on the tribe’s Nisqually River, located in Washington state in the 1960s and 1970s. He is also known for promoting cooperative management of natural resources.[1] Tribes reserved the right to fish, hunt and gather shellfish in treaties with the U.S. government negotiated in the mid-1850s. But when tribal members tried to exercise those rights off-reservation they were arrested for fishing in violation of state law. Frank was arrested more than 50 times in the 1960s and 1970s because of his intense dedication to the treaty fishing rights cause. The tribal struggle was taken to the courts in U.S. v. Washington, and Judge George Boldt found in favor of the Indians in 1974. The Boldt Decision established the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington as co-managers of the salmon resource with the State of Washington and re-affirmed the tribal right to half of the harvestable salmon returning to western Washington.[2]

Today Frank is Chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, a position he has held for more than 30 years. Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) was created in 1975 to support the natural resource management activities of the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. The NWIFC is based in Olympia, Washington, with satellite offices in Forks and Mount Vernon. Frank has chaired the NWIFC since 1981. The commission’s 65-person staff supports member tribes in efforts ranging from fish health to salmon management planning and habitat protection. The NWIFC also acts as a forum for tribes to address issues of mutual concern, and as a mechanism for tribes to speak with a unified voice in Washington, D.C.[3]


Billy Frank, Jr. has held several different titles his career.
WHITE TIIC New21975-1988 - Fisheries Manager, Nisqually Indian Tribe.
1977, 1981–Present - Chairman, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC).
1977–Present - Commissioner, Medicine Creek Treaty Area in the NWIFC.
1996-2003 - Member of Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College.[4]

WHITE TIIC New2Common Cause Award (1985), for his human rights efforts Washington State
Environmental Excellence Award (1987), on behalf of the State Ecological Commission and other tribes.
American Indian Distinguished Service Award (1989) Martin Luther King, Jr.
Distinguished Service Award (1990), for humanitarian achievement Albert Schweitzer Prize (1992), for humanitarianism
American Indian Visionary Award (2004), from Indian Country Today for “exceptional contributions to Indian American freedom.”[5]
Northwest Regional Emmy Award (2010) from National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for "Outstanding On-Air Host or Moderator"

WHITE TIIC New2^ "Interior Secretary Norton Honors Cooperative Conservation Partnership at Nisqually River Watershed.
" Interior Department. 25 Aug. 2005
. ^ "Billy Frank, Jr." Institute for Tribal Government. Portland State University. 2 Dec. 2008
. ^ "Billy Frank, Jr." Institute for Tribal Government. Portland State University. 2 Dec. 2008
. ^ "Biography- Billy Frank, Jr." American Indian Law. The Evergreen State College. 3 Dec. 2008
^ "Biography- Billy Frank, Jr." American Indian Law. The Evergreen State College. 3 Dec. 2008 



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