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Thousands Attend Native American Environmental Leader Billy Frank Jr.’s Funeral

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SHELTON, Wash. (AP/CBS Seattle) — Thousands of people attended a funeral service for Billy Frank Jr., the Nisqually tribal elder who fought for Native American fishing rights in Washington state and was an advocate for salmon habitat.

Frank died May 5. He was 83.

Frank figured prominently in Northwest fish-in demonstrations of the 1960s and 1970s that eventually led to sweeping changes in how salmon and other fish are managed in Washington state.

Among those at the service Sunday at the Little Creek Casino Resort’s Event Center were Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington’s two United States senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. Inslee said Frank was a state and national leader, and that when he spoke, “people listened.”

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