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Salmon Defense Looks Ahead as Defense. I am saddened that our salmon. Previously, fishing had been his efforts to protect the salmon
They Appoint New Chairman former Chair, Billy Frank Jr. left us confined to the tribal reservations. are never forgotten and his legacy
  too soon and that his wisdom and Even after this ruling, Frank never advanced through the Salmon
The recent passing of Billy Frank presence will be greatly missed. stopped his fight for
Jr., one of the most recognizable I am excited that I will be able the salmon. Forever Fund.
advocates of Native American to continue to work for Salmon  
fishing rights, has placed a spotlight Defense. I believe the work we Although Frank has For more information,
on his legacy and the non-profit have done in the past has been passed, his legacy please contact Tessa
organization Salmon Defense. effective and see much more work still lives on, and Turnbow by phone at 360-
in the future to protect our salmon. Salmon Defense will 888-2753 or by e-mail at
“Salmon Defense was a piece of I look forward to being part of continue to ensure
Billy’s vision, it is part of his the future successes for Salmon
legacy and today we are strong Defense,” explained Whitener when
and committed to aggressively he was asked about his transition to
advancing and continuing the chairman.
work of protecting the salmon
that sustain us, and the Eco-systems Created in 2003, Salmon Defense
that sustain them. Our time is now, was established by the 20 treaty
we are Billy’s salmon warriors, tribes in Western Washington. The
join us,” stated Fran Wilshusen, purpose of this non-profit is to
Executive Director of Salmon solely focus on the livelihood of
Defense. salmon and their habitat. This is
done through the education of young
As chairman of the Board of people and increased awareness
Directors, Frank was instrumental in amongst the public.  In order to
the mission to “protect and defend honor Frank, Salmon Defense has
Pacific Northwest salmon and built the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon
salmon habitat.” Salmon Defense Forever Fund.
works to advocate, educate and
litigate for the salmon. The Salmon Forever Fund was
created to honor and preserve the
“I hear Billy say that we have to vision and work of Frank to protect
fight for the salmon. The salmon the salmon. This trust will provide
can’t get out of the river, we have scholarships for native students,
to be their voice. I look forward to fund restoration projects and
the leadership of Bobby, so we can participate in litigation involving
fine tune that effort and be more salmon.
engaged. It is time to step up and
be this voice,” commented Fawn Frank was a fierce advocate for the
Sharp, President of Quinault Nation. salmon and native fishing rights
since 1945 when he was 14, the
Robert Whitener of Squaxin age he was first arrested for fishing.
Island will take over the position Frank continued to fight for the
as chairman of the board. He will salmon through protests, “fish- ins”
continue the efforts to protect the and support of lawsuits.
salmon and carry on Frank’s vision
through Salmon Defense. In 1974, the Boldt Decision ruled
that most Native American Tribes
“I am both excited and saddened in the Northwest had the right to
to become the Chair of Salmon catch up to half of the harvestable

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