White House, Bellingham honor Billy Frank Jr.

Bellingham Public Works employee Tom Oberlander installs the first Billy Frank Jr. Street sign at the intersection of what used to be Indian Street at Laurel Street, on Monday morning, Nov. 16. Bellingham officially changed Indian Street to Billy Frank Jr. Street on the same day it was announced he would be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House announced Monday, Nov. 16, that Frank, the late treaty rights activist, would be one of 17 Americans both living and dead to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor on Nov. 24. The list of other honorees includes many recognizable names such as Yogi Berra, James Taylor, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Willie Mays, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.