News

Large crowd at memorial for Billy Frank Jr.

Large crowd at memorial for Billy Frank Jr.

Photo: clipart.com

AP News

SHELTON, Wash. – Thousands of people attended a funeral service for Billy Frank Jr., the Nisqually tribal elder who fought for Indian 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 Washington manages salmon and other fish.

Little Creek spokesman Greg Fritz says about 6,000 people attended the service Sunday.

Crowds also watched the service on jumbo screens from a large tent and other areas of the resort.

The service featured traditional Indian Shaker Church prayers, a presentation of a folded U.S. flag for the family — Frank had served in the Marine Corps — and remarks from more than 20 tribal leaders and elected officials.

Frank was arrested more than 50 times for “illegal fishing” during the protests that came to be known as the fish wars.

Patterned after the sit-ins of the civil rights movement, the campaign was part of larger nationwide movement in the 1960s for American Indian rights.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Former ‘Idol’ star needs second kidney transplant

Fresh
scottmacintyre

Scott MacIntyre needs a second kidney transplant within the next six months.

in Music

Ed Sheeran kisses and makes up with Niall Horan

Fresh
sheeran

It appears the singers are friends again, after Sheeran recently hinted that his new song "Don't" was inspired by a cheating ex, who romanced Horan.

in Music

Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

Fresh
gaga

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett bridge a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs.

in Entertainment

Reality TV matriarch Kris Jenner divorcing

Fresh
jenners

She filed for divorce from her husband Bruce Jenner, the gold medal-winning Olympic athlete, almost a year after they announced their separation.

in Entertainment, Sports

Boxing champ Mike Tyson helped rescue a crash victim

Fresh
miketyson

The former world heavyweight came to the aid of a motorcyclist who crashed on an interstate in Las Vegas last week.