Billy Frank Jr. Day – Area tribes to honor Billy Frank Jr. with ceremonies, holiday today

Tribes are remembering Billy Frank Jr. today in ceremonies and with holidays to recognize his achievements as an environmental leader and Native American fishing rights activist. Billy Frank Jr. Day recognizes the contributions of Frank, who died May 5, 2014, at age 83. Frank was posthumously given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was presented with many other awards during his career, among them the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1992. The Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and the Quinault tribe will close their tribal offices today for Billy Frank Jr. Day on the anniversary of his birthday. Read the story here 10:39 

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