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Nov. 10, 2023 – Speaking at the future site of the tribe’s medically-assisted treatment facility in Olympia, Frank said his past experiences with drugs, motivated him to help get the facility project started.
”Everything does happen for a reason,” said Frank.
The tribe is paying for about half of the 22,000-square-foot facility, set to open in January of 2025. State and federal funds are paying for the rest, said a Nisqually spokesperson.
The investment is personal for Frank, who said he found himself in the depths of an opioid addiction nearly a decade ago.
”July 2nd is my recovery date, 2014,” said Frank.
That’s the day Olympia police arrested Frank after tellers at two Olympia banks called 911 about Frank repeatedly walking in and out of banks. Frank had a toy gun with him and later told detectives he planned on robbing one of the banks, but his conscience made him think otherwise.