Larsen Statement on Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

May 5, 2014 Issues: Environment, Tribes

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today after the passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

“Billy’s fierce and tireless advocacy for Washington state’s tribes, for the environment and for salmon populations was unparalleled. His decades of leadership leave a legacy of stronger treaty rights and healthier habitats to sustain tribal fishing for generations to come.

“Billy worked diligently to share the cultural and spiritual importance of salmon to Washington state’s native populations and in doing so set a powerful example about how we cooperatively manage natural resources.

“I am grateful to have worked with Billy on habitat restoration for salmon and steelhead. My thoughts are with his family and tribal members,” Larsen said.