About Tom Keefe
Tom Keefe’s experience as legislative director for U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson (D-WA) and later work for Senator Brock Adams (D-WA) gave him a unique perspective on the tragic collision of governmental, commercial, sport and industrial and tribal interests along the Columbia River that led to David Sohappy’s federal court prosecution.
Currently legal counsel for Kauffman & Associates, Inc. in Spokane, Keefe has extensive experience in litigation involving federal Indian treaty rights in federal, state and tribal courts. He also served as an appellate judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System.
left to Right Suzan Satiacum, Nancy Shippentower and Robert Satiacum.
Learn the Truth about what happened during the Fishing Struggle and the what is still happening today.
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Billy Frank Jr and Hank Adams
I tell my people get ready. That guy, the salmon, he’s coming back.” – Billy Frank Jr.
Decades ago, in a far different America, salmon wars erupted on Northwest rivers. Unknown tribal members held up Indian treaties and took a stand for fishing rights. One was a Nisqually Indian named Billy Frank. “I wasn’t the Billy Frank that I am now,” the Nisqually tribal leader told reporters in 1984. “I was a bitter person.” Says friend Tom Keefe, “When I look at Billy Frank, and I guess I know more about him than most people, I can say there is a guy who decided that he could change the world by changing himself.”
American of the past sixty years. From his mediation of disputes between the US government and AIM in the 1970s to his key role in the Trail of Broken Treaties, Adams shaped modern Native activism. For the first time Adams’ writings are collected, providing a well-rounded portrait of this important figure and a firsthand history of Indian country in the late twentieth century.
Why Billy’s strategist Hank Adams is “The Most Important Indian”
You could never run out of adjectives describing Hank Adams. The Assiniboine Sioux is uncommonly gifted and marvelously complex. He is as elusive as he is loyal—and rarely without sarcasm. Though few outsiders grasp his role, Adams’s mark is everywhere in Indian Country, from its seminal events to its most obscure. Billy’s friend for a half century, Adams has played a central character at every turn in the Nisqually elder’s life. Hank was the one “making sure you understood that there was a problem,” muses Dan Evans, former governor, of their respective roles in the divisive fish wars. “And Billy was the guy who very quickly started to say, ‘This isn’t working. We’ve got to find a better answer.”
Willie Frank; Billy Frank Jr.; and Fran Wilshusen at the Nisqually Tribe’s charitable event. Photo by Peggan Hines
Willie brings extensive tribal governance experience to his role as a Councilmember. A graduate of Evergreen State College’s Native American Studies program, Willie plans to use his education to work for and with tribal members to plan future growth and development.
photo by Deborah L Preston
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Hank Adams, Ramona Bennett and Billy Frank Jr. talk about the history of the Fish Wars.
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Was thinking that Governor Inslee should write another proclamation to honor the First Peoples of this land. Thinking we should make it for February 12th, it will be a day to be witness that the first people are still here. Thank you Creator! The day would honor the Boldt Decision and the ancestors of this land! What do you guys say ? We all need to write to him and make this so.
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The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission & Salmon Defense will host an event, “Boldt 40″, a day of perspectives on the Boldt Decision, on February 5, 2014, 10 am-4pm at the Skookum Creek Event Center, Squaxin Island Tribe, Shelton, WA. 10 am-4pm
More information will be posted at http://boldt40.com .
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