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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the passing of Billy Frank, Jr., one of Washington state’s foremost advocates for tribal rights, salmon recovery, and conservation efforts.

“From the members of Washington state’s tribes to all of us who cherish our natural treasures and salmon-fishing heritage, Billy Frank’s remarkable life touched everyone who calls Washington state home.

“When it came to representing his community and fighting to make a difference, no one worked harder than Billy. No one could ever replace his incredible joy for life and his unyielding belief in simply doing the right thing.

“I’ll never forget the dozens of meetings and conversations I had with Billy over the years or the impact he made on our state. From his work in the 1960s and 1970s advocating for tribal co-management of salmon resources to his never-ending work in support of his community, Billy made Washington state is a better place. He will be greatly missed by generations of Washingtonians and everyone who was lucky enough to call him a friend.”