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May 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Billy Frank Jr.: Honor him by opposing oil terminals

Billy Frank Jr. was a fighter for a healthy ecosystem right to the very end [“Billy Frank Jr. spoke for salmon, tribes and the natural environment,” Opinion, May 6]. On the morning of his passing, his last editorial was posted on his Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission blog “Being Frank.” In “Keep Big Oil…


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May 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Billy Frank Jr.’s death: A member of local tribes’ ‘Greatest Generation’

101707  Billy Frank, Jr., front, a Nisqually, and Randy Kinley, a Lummi, examine DNR culverts near Nooksack, Washington.

Billy Frank Jr., front, examines DNR salmon culverts near Nooksack, Wash., in 2007. Frank, 83, died Monday.(Alan Berner/ The Seattle Times, 2007)

Billy Frank Jr.’s generation of leaders were our transformational leaders [“Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually elder who fought for treaty rights, dies,” The Today File, May 5]. They built the bridges that moved us away from and out of the atrocities of the past to the road to recovery — recovery of our salmon and natural resources, our economies and our people’s mental, physical and emotional health, as well as our sovereignty.

Our Indian leaders and warriors of Billy’s, Joe’s (DelaCruz), Mel’s (Tonasket), Sam’s (Cagey) generation and many others were, and are, our


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February 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Dangers to salmon recovery: Loss of salmon habitat to blame, not gill-netting

Ron Judd used just about every stereotype and mischaracterization of treaty tribal salmon fisheries in his article that appeared in Pacific NW Magazine [“40 years after Boldt, the fight goes on over fewer and fewer fish,” Feb. 7]. All fisheries, including mark-selective sport fisheries, incidentally kill non-targeted species. We manage fisheries so that they…


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January 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Native fishing rights: Partner with tribal leaders on the environment

In recognition of The Times’ editorial position in “An overdue apology for Native fishing activistsAnd gratitude for their legacy” [Opinion, Jan. 20], I couldn’t agree with you more: It is about time. Everyone who lives in the Puget Sound region owes tribal fishing-rights activists, past and present, appreciation for their…


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