Funeral service for Billy Frank Jr. is Sunday in Shelton

Funeral service for Billy Frank Jr. will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, May 11, in the Squaxin Island Tribe’s event center at the Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton.

The longtime Indian tribal activist and chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for more than 30 years died Monday.

Frank will be interred at the Chief Leschi Cemetery, 2249 Reservation Road, just north of the ballfields. A dinner will follow at the Squaxin Tribe’s event center.

A public viewing will be held on Saturday, May 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater.

Donations are being accepted by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for the Billy Frank Services Fund. Send donations to the NWIFC, 6730 Martin Way E., Olympia, Wash. 98516.

Donations can also be made to the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Forever Fund in care of Salmon Defense, PO Box 7431, Olympia, Wash.

An online memorial to the life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr. is available at

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