Publisher description for Where the salmon run : the life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr. / Trova Heffernan.


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Billy Frank Jr. was an early participant in the fight for tribal fishing rights during the 1960s. Roughed up, belittled, and handcuffed on the riverbank, he emerged as one of the most influential Northwest Indians in modern history. His efforts helped bring about the 1974 ruling by Federal Judge George H. Boldt affirming Northwest tribal fishing rights and allocating half the harvestable catch to them. Today, he continues to support Indian Country and people by working to protect salmon and restore the environment.

Where the Salmon Run tells the life story of Billy Frank Jr., from his father's influential tales, through the difficult and contentious days of the Fish Wars, to today. Based on extensive interviews with Billy, his family, close advisors, as well as political allies and former foes, and the holdings of Washington State's cultural institutions, we learn about the man behind the legend, and the people who helped him along the way.

Trova Heffernan is director of the Legacy Project and the creative director of the Heritage Center in the Washington State Office of the Secretary of State.

"I hope this book finds a place in every classroom and library in Washington State. The conflicts over Indian treaty rights produced a true warrior/statesman in the person of Billy Frank Jr., who endured personal tragedies and setbacks that would have destroyed most of us." -Tom Keefe, former legislative director for Senator Warren Magnuson

"This is the fascinating story of the life of my dear friend, Billy Frank, who is one of the first people I met from Indian Country. He is recognized nationally as an outstanding Indian leader. Billy is a warrior--and continues to fight for the preservation of the salmon." -Senator Daniel K. Inouye


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Frank, Billy.
Nisqually Indians -- Biography.
Indian activists -- Washington (State) -- Biography.
Nisqually Indians -- Fishing -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Washington (State) -- History.
Nisqually Indians -- Treaties.
Salmon fisheries -- Law and legislation -- Washington (State) -- Nisqually River Watershed.
Pacific salmon -- Habitat -- Conservation -- Washington (State) -- History.
Fish habitat improvement -- Washington (State) -- History.
Nisqually Indian Tribe of the Nisqually Reservation, Washington.