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Billy Mills

12/14/2019

article Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills give inspirational message at United Tribes
(North Dakota) -- At United Tribes Technical College, the only American to ever win the 10,000 meter run at the Olympics was on campus. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Billy...

11/13/2019

article A chance encounter: Box Elder's MacDonald meets iconic runner Billy Mills
(Montana) -- A flight delayed overnight is a nightmarish scenario for travelers. For Jeremy MacDonald, it turns out, it was more of a dream come true. After a trip home...

7/26/2019

article Olympic legend Billy Mills starts writing monthly newsletter in run-up to 2020 Games
(Japan) -- The excitement that marked the official one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Games is real. A vivid expression of human joy that exists in locales near and...

5/6/2019

article 'The pursuit of a dream heals broken wings,' an interview with Lakota Olympian Billy Mills
(Virginia) -- As Indian Country Today previously reported, Gold medal-winning Olympian Billy Mills, Lakota, hosted his fifth annual Dreamstarters closing ceremony on...

5/2/2019

article Billy Mills to visit Sault for Billy Mills Fun Run/Walk
(South Dakota) -- The Billy Mills Fun Run/Walk featuring special guest speaker Billy Mills is slated for May 11 this year. The road race event is designed to promote a...

5/1/2019

article Olympian Billy Mills honors 10 Native youth $10,000 grantees at Dreamstarters ceremony
(Indian Country) -- Mills: ‘On October 14, 1964, I laid footprints on Mother Earth that forever altered my life. That moment was a gift, and Patricia and I wanted...

4/25/2019

article Billy Mills to receive honorary degree from University of Kansas
(Kansas) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be an honorary degree recipient at this year's commencement ceremony at the University of Kansas. Mills is a...

11/30/2018

article School District 166 hosts Olympian Billy Mills
(Minnesota) -- Olympian Billy Mills spoke to students and staff at School District 166 on November 29, sharing a message about following your dreams. Mills, a member of...

11/21/2018

article Mills: Tribal business can lead toward just society
(Arizona) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota, is a sought-after inspirational speaker in Indian Country. Generally he talks about how he overcame racism...

11/15/2018

article The healing power of pursuing a dream
(Arizona) -- When Billy Mills beat the pack on a muddy cinder track in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, it was one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The grainy black-...

11/10/2018

article Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills has school named after him
(Kansas) -- This marks the first time in history that a public school is named after a Native American public figure. Mills won the gold medal for Team USA in the 10,000...

11/5/2018

article Public school named after Native Olympian Billy Mills, becomes first in history
(Kansas) -- Supporters, students, teachers and the gold medal-winning Olympian Billy Mills gathered in Lawrence, Kansas on Friday to celebrate a historic day in honor of...

11/2/2018

article Olympian Billy Mills visits Coos Bay, partakes in film screening
(Oregon) -- On October 30, Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills visited Coos Bay in Oregon, which is the hometown of American track and field legend Steve Prefontaine.

10/25/2018

article Billy Mills Announces Fifth Round of $100k in Grants for Native Youth’s Dreams on Anniversary of Greatest Olympic Race
(Washington D.C.) -- On October 14, 2018, fifty-four years to the day after winning Olympic gold in what has been repeatedly named the greatest race of all time, Oglala...

8/18/2018

article Statue honoring 1964 Olympic icon Billy Mills needs home
(Japan) -- Some of track and field’s biggest names have lent their prominent voices toward an effort to honor Olympic icon Billy Mills in 2020, The Japan Times has...

3/4/2018

article Olympian Billy Mills to speak at Child Abuse Prevention Conference
(Arizona) -- In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth will present the 2018 Annual Child Abuse Prevention...

1/12/2018

article Cryptocurrencies Pose Regulatory Risk for Casinos in Asia, Says Ex-Police Chief
(Macau) -- Cryptocurrencies are bad news for Asia’s casinos and gaming companies that flirt with them should expect a regulatory backlash from Beijing and other...

11/8/2017

article Gold medalist Billy Mills to return to Lawrence for 10K, meet-and-greet
(Kansas) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills and his wife, Pat, will be in town this weekend to participate in the second annual Billy Mills 10K at Haskell Indian...

8/26/2017

article New honor for Olympic legend Mills
(California) -- Legendary distance runner Billy Mills, whose performance at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics catapulted him to global fame, is receiving a special honor close to...

7/14/2017

article Billy Mills Talks Running as Spiritual Practice on ‘On Being’ Podcast
(South Dakota) -- When Billy Mills was a child on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, a Jesuit priest gave his father a book with a collection of articles.

10/15/2016

article Billy Mills Announces 100k in Native Youth Grants on Anniversary of Gold Win
(South Dakota) -- Fifty-two years after winning Olympic gold in what has been called the greatest race of all time, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota Sioux) has announced the...

8/5/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Olympic legend Billy Mills congratulates runners at Rosebud
(South Dakota) -- Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota Olympic Gold Medalist, visited Rosebud to help with the 3rd Annual Half Marathon Run by greeting all finishers with a medal...

7/28/2016

article Billy Mills Participates in Rosebud Half Marathon
(South Dakota) -- Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota Olympic Gold Medalist, visited Rosebud to help with the 3rd Annual Half Marathon Run by greeting all finishers with a medal...

7/21/2016

article Billy Mills: Indian kids need Indian role models
(Arizona) -- Billy Mills, 1964 10K Olympic Gold Medalist, said he has traveled the world many times during his lifetime. Mills said American Indian kids do need American...

4/23/2016

article Olympian Billy Mills to visit Sault
(Michigan) -- Olympian Billy Mills returns to Sault Ste. Marie this May as special guest of the Billy Mills Fun 5k Run/Walk special guest. Mills will appear May 12 at...

4/10/2016

article High Country Running: Olympian Mills set to inspire Flagstaff
(Arizona) -- I remember going to see the movie “Running Brave” with my dad in downtown Topeka, Kan., when I was in high school. I remember a person at the...

1/22/2016

article Dreamstarters Named By Billy Mills Take Top Honors
(USA) -- On October 14, 2014, fifty years to the day since Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills’s historic gold medal win in the 10,000-meter run, Mills and Running...

1/21/2016

article Thunder Productions Release Billy Mills Interview: Retraces Historic Olympic Victory
(Minnesota) -- One of the best treats for American Indian journalists is to meet your American Indian heroes in life. Such has been the case for journalist Stacey...

9/16/2015

article Olympic gold medalist to give public talk about resilience
(Michigan) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be on the Western Michigan University campus Monday, Sept. 21, to present a talk about resilience to students.

7/28/2015

article Olympic Gold medalist Billy Mills speaks at BHSU Distance Running Camp
(South Dakota) -- Black Hills State University had a surprise guest at a distance running camp Thursday. Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic gold medalist, addressed area high...

7/16/2015

article 50 years later, Billy Mills recalls journey
(New Mexico) -- When Billy Mills wakes up every morning he doesn’t picture that momentous day 50 years ago, when he won the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Instead he feels...

6/16/2015

article Billy Mills celebrates 50th anniversary of gold medal
(New Mexico) -- The second ever Native American gold medalist was in the metro on Saturday, June 13. It is the 50th anniversary of Billy Mills winning the gold in Tokyo...

6/14/2015

article Mills’ Olympic shot into history inspires Native American runners
(New Mexico) -- Billy Mills has proved that a moment of glory can last 50 years and inspire every generation.

4/19/2015

article Billy Mills: Embracing The Past and Hope For The Future
(Kansas) -- In October 1964, Billy Mills captured the gold medal in the Tokyo Summer Olympics for the U.S. in the 10,000 m event. What makes Mills different though, was...

4/8/2015

article Know Your KU History: Billy Mills
(Kansas) -- One of the perks of attending a large university with an illustrious list of alumni, is the ability to hear a legend speak. In the late 1990’s, I had...

3/29/2015

article Hudsonites run on team of friend Billy Mills
(New York) -- Gary and Melissa Porter of Hudson traveled to Washington, D.C., last fall to compete in the Marine Corps Marathon (Gary the full marathon and Melissa the...

3/7/2015

article Olympian Billy Mills Names Dreamstarter Grantees
(Virginia) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills announced today the names of ten American Indian youth who will receive copy0,000 in funding for their dream projects...

2/25/2015

article Gold medal propels Billy Mills' cause
(USA) -- When Billy Mills raced to one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history -- winning the 10,000-meter gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Games -- a lot of people wanted...

2/12/2015

article Billy Frank Jr.’s Courage and Tenacity Honored With Salmon Totem Pole
(Washington) -- A pole honoring the late Billy Frank Jr. (1931-2014) now stands at Wa He Lut Indian School at Frank’s Landing on the Nisqually reservation in...

2/9/2015

article Billy Mills Just One of the (Famous) Guys at Track Reunion
(California) -- In recent years, this Olympic legend has been honored by President Obama, revered by Native American groups and cheered amid his moving speeches.

12/18/2014

article Billy Mills brings unity message to Heard Museum
(Arizona) -- Winning an Olympic gold medal once was Billy Mills' dream. When he accomplished that a half century ago in a stunning 10,000-meter track upset in Tokyo...

11/4/2014

article Champion encourages students to share their culture with others
(California) -- Fifty years after winning Olympic gold in a stunning victory, distance runner Billy Mills encouraged American Indian students to expand their minds and...

10/19/2014

article Running Strong begins new grant for Native youth
(South Dakota) -- On the 50th anniversary of his Olympic win Tuesday, Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills announced a new grant program for American Indian youth.

10/16/2014

article EDITORIAL: Billy Mills a true hero to all
(South Dakota) -- A true hero lives among us in western South Dakota, and his name is Billy Mills. It's been almost exactly 50 years since Mills, an Oglala Lakota,...

10/15/2014

article Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills to attend Cocopah celebration
(Arizona) -- The Cocopah Indian Tribe hosts its annual Cultural Celebration this Saturday, offering everything from traditional dance performances to food vendors to a...

10/14/2014

article Mills' new challenge: Start Native youth dreaming
(South Dakota) -- Fifty years to the day after he stunned the sports world by winning Olympic gold in the 10,000-meter run in Tokyo, Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota,...

10/13/2014

article Dream Big: Billy Mills Reflects On Olympic Gold Medal
(South Dakota) -- On October 14, 1964, a young American distance runner named Billy Mills shocked the world with an improbable last-second sprint to claim gold in the 10...

9/25/2014

article Native Sun News: Billy Mills marks 50th birthday of Olympic win
(South Dakota) -- Fifty years ago a young Oglala Lakota man stepped up to the starting line of the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Olympics not knowing that he was about...

9/19/2014

article HISTORY: Tokyo 1964 gold medallist Billy Mills recalls the secret source of his inspiration
(Japan) -- Billy Mills’ win in the 10,000m at Tokyo 1964 was a landmark in the USA’s Olympic history, and he remains the only American to take a gold medal...

9/4/2014

article Olympian Shares Achievement at Tribal Summit
(North Dakota) -- Athlete Billy Mills was orphaned at the age of 12. Through his tough times, he never thought he would win an Olympic gold medal, but he did. And today...

8/28/2014

article Former Olympic champion Billy Mills to attend dedication for new Kickapoo walking trail
(Kansas) -- Former Olympic champion Billy Mills will attend a ceremony Saturday to unveil a new, half-mile oval walkway to be used by the Kickapoo Nation.

8/13/2014

article Billy Mills to be honored at Thunder Half Marathon
(New Mexico) -- The fourth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon set Sept. 14 will honor the 50th anniversary of Billy Mills’ victory in the 10,000 Meter...

8/8/2014

article Billy Mills to be honored at Thunder Half Marathon
(New Mexico) -- The fourth running of the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon set Sept. 14 will honor the 50th anniversary of Billy Mills’ victory in the 10,000 Meter...

5/2/2014

article Virtues and values highlight message Billy Mills brings to Taos
(New Mexico) -- Before running in the 10k at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Billy Mills told an audience gathered in Taos High’s theater (April 23) that he saw...

4/23/2014

article Haskell University Battles Cutbacks With Billy Mills as Best Weapon
(Kansas) -- Billy Mills knows every dream begins with a first step. The American distance running legend has a vision for how he’d like to help Haskell Indian...

4/15/2014

article Olympic hero Mills to visit Bemidji, area
(Minnesota) -- U.S. Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will visit Bemidji and the area the today-Thursday. Mills, who won the 10,000 meters in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic...

1/28/2014

article Gold Medalist Billy Mills to speak on campus Feb. 5
(North Dakota) -- Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion, and Leadership will present Olympic Gold Medalist, former U.S. Marine...

12/6/2013

article Olympian Billy Mills to Receive the NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award
(USA) -- The NCAA announced Friday morning that Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills is to receive the Theodore Roosevelt Award which is given annually to an individual...

11/4/2013

article Olympian Billy Mills visits Pojoaque studio to see sculpture of historic moment
(New Mexico) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills looked up at the brown clay statue that depicts him running in the Olympic race he won 49 years ago. He became teary-...

10/29/2013

article Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills to speak at NDSU
(North Dakota) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Memorial Union Great Room as part of North Dakota State University’s Native...

9/9/2013

article 17 State AGs Back Mich. In Supreme Court Casino Suit
(Michigan) -- Seventeen state attorneys general Friday lined up behind Michigan in its U.S. Supreme Court case to limit the sovereign immunity of Native American tribes...
article Native Sun News: Billy Mills talks diabetes at NIHB conference
(Michigan) -- Olympic Gold Medalist and humanitarian, Billy Mills brought people to their feet in standing ovation as he shared his experiences with diabetes and...

7/9/2013

article Mills inspires youth at Kickapoo Nation ceremony
(Kansas) -- 1964 Olympic gold medalist, Billy Mills was guest of honor July 1 at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Billy Mills Kickapoo Tribe Cross Country Park...

7/1/2013

article Billy Mills opens cross country park on Kickapoo Reservation
(Kansas) -- Billy Mills knows a thing a two about racing. “Billy Mills, he’s a hero to us. We are proud of him,” Steve Cadue, chairman of the Kickapoo...
article Billy Mills Visits Kickapoo Reservation to Debut Cross-Country Trail
(Kansas) -- Olympic champion Billy Mills is the guest of honor today, July 1, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Billy Mills (Makoce Pe’hila) Kickapoo Tribe...

6/30/2013

article Kevin Haskin: Kickapoo project tribute to Olympic hero Mills
(Kansas) -- The Olympic victory Billy Mills claimed almost 50 years ago remains an upset in the minds of virtually everyone. Except Mills.

6/25/2013

article Kickapoo Nation to Host Olympic Champion
(Kansas) -- A world-renowned athlete will be guest of honor at a special ceremony at 10 a.m., Monday, July 1, on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation west of Horton on K-20...

4/20/2013

article NCAA Honors Billy Mills
(Indiana) -- On Thursday, April 18, the NCAA dedicated a room at its national office in Indianapolis to Billy Mills, continuing the organization’s tradition of...
article Not living by the public’s perception
(Indiana) -- Perceptions used to hurt Billy Mills, make him feel devalued, even led him to thoughts of suicide. Then the former All-American distance runner at Kansas...

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