Fort Washakie Woman received Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of her late Father-In-Law

WASHINGTON, DC – Tuesday, President Barack Obama named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to a White House Press Release. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Receiving the award on behalf of her late father-in-law, Billy Frank, was Lander Valley High School graduate, Wind River Indian Reservation’s Peggen Hines Frank, who grew up in Fort Washakie. [image: Inline image 1] *Billy Frank* According to the White House, "Billy Frank, Jr. was a tireless advocate for Indian treaty rights and environmental stewardship, whose activism paved the way for the “Boldt decision,” which reaffirmed tribal co-management of salmon resources in the state of Washington. Frank led effective “fish-ins,” which were modeled after sit-ins of the civil rights movement, during the tribal “fish wars” of the 1960s and 1970s. His magnetic personality and tireless advocacy over more than five decades made him a revered figure both domestically and abroad. Frank was the recipient of many awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award for Humanitarian Achievement. Frank left in his wake an Indian Country strengthened by greater sovereignty and a nation fortified by his example of service to one’s community, his humility, and his dedication to the principles of human rights and environmental sustainability." [image: Inline image 2] *Feature Photos: Peggen Hines Frank meets President Obama to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her late father-in-law Billy Frank Jr. Peggen is a Wind River Indian Reservation Northern Arapaho, Lander Valley High School graduate, and the daughter of Dave and Roxanne Hines of Ft. Washakie. (The White House / Pitchengine Communities)* #county10 #news