Olympian Billy Mills Named Honored Guest for UTTC Powwow

Aug 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Dennis Neumann

Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be the honored guest at the United Tribes’ powwow.

The Oglala Lakota athlete who became an Olympic gold medalist in his youth, and is today an admired role model, will be the honored guest of the 2014 United Tribes International Powwow. Billy Mills is scheduled to attend events throughout the powwow, set for September 4-7 at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND). All events of the powwow are open to the public and everyone is invited and welcome.

Mills is famous for his come-from-behind win in the 10,000 meter run at the Tokyo Olympics. His thrilling gold medal victory is widely considered one of the greatest moments in Olympic sports history. His story inspired the 1983 Hollywood movie “Running Brave.”

Mills continues to be a source of inspiration and pride for Native people everywhere. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves when he competed in the 1964 Olympics. Now, at the age of 76, he lives in California and often conducts speaking tours and makes public appearances. In 2012, President Obama awarded him a Presidential Citizens Medal for his work with “Running Strong for American Indian Youth,” an organization that benefits Native young people.

Mills will be a guest speaker and sign autographs while attending the powwow. The event will begin with the first grand entry at Lone Star Arena in the center of campus on Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. A $20 entrance fee guarantees admission to all dance and drum competitions for the four days. Daily admission is $12.  Seniors (65 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free. For more information contact UTTC coordinator Ella Duran at: eduran@uttc.edu.

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