Larsen Applauds Announcement That Billy Frank Jr. Will Receive Medal of Freedom

Nov 17, 2015 Issues: Environment, Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today after President Obama announced that Billy Frank, Jr., will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Frank was a member of the Nisqually tribe and a fierce advocate for Washington state’s tribes and the environment.

“Washington state’s tribes and our environment are stronger because of Billy’s fierce and tireless advocacy. His decades of leadership leave a legacy of more robust treaty rights and healthier habitats to sustain salmon populations today and long into the future. Honoring Billy’s diligent commitment with the Medal of Freedom rightly recognizes the lasting impact of his work in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide,” Larsen said.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest honor given to civilians. The awards will be presented on November 24.