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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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