“U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell answers questions posed by students at the
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Education Center on Tues. [July 19].”
Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian.
– “Refuge that served as Billy Frank Jr.’s medicine now named for him”
“Hundreds of people — including tribal, local, state and federal leaders — gathered Tuesday [July 19] to celebrate the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge’s official name change to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.”
“The event featured a prayer and songs by the Nisqually tribe’s Canoe Family and remarks from more than a dozen people, including U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Nisqually Indian Tribe Chairman Farron McCloud, Squaxin Island Tribe Councilman Jim Peters and former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks.”
“Heck said he sponsored legislation to change the name of the refuge near Lacey, where the Nisqually River meets Puget Sound, because it fit in well with Frank’s legacy of promoting clean water and environmental stewardship,” quoting Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.