Justin Taylor: “He was a good friend of the tribe”

The Seattle Times story this morning on the passing of Justin Taylor includes refections by Pete Kruger, a Squaxin Island tribal council-member:

Mr. Taylor grew up alongside Squaxin Island tribal members, with whom his family formed close friendships. His family gifted to the tribe the land on which its museum and cultural center stands, and his relationships with tribal members stretch back to childhood.

“He was a good friend of the tribe,” said Pete Kruger, member of the Squaxin Island Tribal Council, who noted that Mr. Taylor’s reputation was a positive force when Western Washington treaty tribes and the shellfish industry worked through a settlement of a long-festering legal battle over shellfish rights.