Statue Donation Letter from WA State Treasurer

Letter from WA State Treasurer marks 1st Billy Frank Jr. Statue Donation

Honoring a Legacy and Committing to Action The WA State Treasurer sent his thanks for the $70, 332 donation from Salmon Defense to the state of Washington Billy Frank Jr. National Statuary Hall Collection Fund, March 22nd 2022. Together we can build the Billy Frank Jr. Statue and the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Forever Fund Donations are currently […]

Billy Frank Jr Salmon Coalition

The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition identified a need for a powerful media campaign to build understanding and support public engagement that ultimately strengthens the resolve of decision makers. We have partnered with the communications firm C+C to build and develop a solid and sustainable communications campaign to carry the work forward of the Billy […]

Thank you Sponsors, Participants, and Volunteers!

The tournament is the Billy Frank Jr. Classic, but we were also thinking of our other salmon warrior who walked on, Lorraine Loomis. We continue the work she challenged us to do for the fish and tribal people and culture. We congratulate the winners of the 2021 BFJ Classic: First – Lower Elwha Tribe 1 […]

Sasquatch Sez #4: Toxic Politics Are Assaulting Our Health

Context: On April 16, as the coronavirus attacked communities across Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is rolling back our water quality standards that are the most protective of human health in the country. For more information, click the following links to read more: May 7, 2020 | BEING FRANK: POLLUTION-BASED ECONOMY […]

United to Save Salmon and Orcas

Below is a link to a guest editorial that ran in the Seattle Times, written by Lorraine Loomis (Salmon Defense Vice Chair) and Phil Anderson (former director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife). It focuses on chinook fishing, orca recovery and the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition. “Some people are renewing the call […]

Billy Frank Jr. Classic 2018, In The Books

For the past ten years in May, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has generously donated their beautiful golf course, The Cedars at Dungeness, to Salmon Defense for our annual golf tournament. The tournament was renamed the Billy Frank Jr. Classic shortly after he made his journey home on May 5, 2014. The Cedars at Dungeness is […]

Sasquatch Sez: We Must Work Harder & Together to Save the Salmon

It has taken more than 40 years for the tribes and state to build the working relationship needed to jointly manage the salmon resource. Like all relationships, ours has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day we all want the same thing.

As salmon continue to decline, every management action we take requires increasingly careful consideration. One thing that’s certain is that fisheries management is better when we work together!

Sasquatch Sez: Tribes Facing Down Climate Change

For tribes, climate change is half of a double whammy that began more than 150 years ago when we signed treaties with the U.S. government. The treaties secured our rights to fish and hunt in exchange for nearly all the land in western Washington, but ever since then the region’s ecosystems that support those resources have been under steady attack.

Sasquatch Sez: The State of Our Water

Tribal, state and federal government, environmental groups and industry wrestled with updating the standards for more than 20 years,
but the results are something we can all feel good about.