Billy Frank

Olympia, Washington

As a child, he fished for salmon with a cotton net and swam in Puget Sound at the mouth of the Nisqually River. Today he works to find cooperative solutions to complex environmental problems facing the region. A member of the Nisqually tribe and chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Frank has encouraged governmental, industrial, environmental, and tribal interests to forge solutions.

"We all want to be good neighbors and do the right thing. . . . What keeps me going is the thought that from this day forward we have to allow nature and the oceans to rebound."

Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan

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Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)