Statement on the Passing of Billy Frank Jr.
Statement of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission on the Passing of Billy Frank Jr.
Paul Lumley, Executive Director
Portland, OR- Indian County has suffered a monumental loss in the passing of Billy Frank, Jr. Billy was a staunch advocate for tribal sovereignty and treaty reserved fishing rights as well as the region’s salmon populations. His impacts knew no boundaries and were often felt from the streams of the Pacific Northwest to the halls of Washington DC. Billy was a living icon whose legacy will be seen in every fish return, every tribal fishery, and every battle for those resources that has yet to be fought.
About CRITFC The Portland-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe.
CRITFC, formed in 1977, employs biologists, other scientists, public information specialists, policy analysts and administrators who work in fisheries research and analyses, advocacy, planning and coordination, harvest control and law enforcement.