It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Billy Frank Fr.
“I don’t believe in magic. I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They’re measurements. They tell us how healthy things are. How healthy we are. Because we and they are the same.”
– Billy Frank, Jr. from Where the Salmon Run
More about the life and legacy of Billy can be found here: billyfrankjr.org
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