Like last week, there was big news yesterday out of Washington D.C. This time the House of Representatives passed the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act.
“Like many Washingtonians, I frequently pass the sign on I-5 indicating the way to the wildlife refuge,” Heck said. “I cannot wait to make that drive and see the name of our friend Billy, who mattered so much to the health and welfare of our area. It will remind me of the special place we call home and the people that cared for its wellbeing. I would like to thank everyone, notably Indian Country, the Republican majority, and a unified Washington House delegation who joined together in this effort. This passage is a fitting tribute to Billy and the treaty rights he lent his advocacy to for a lifetime.”
The bill would rename the national wildlife refuge at the mouth of the Nisqually River after Frank and would also create a national memorial honoring the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty.