Oglala Legend Mills Honored with a Day
Billy Mills Day, March 6, 2018
Karin Eagle, Editor, OLN Newsletter
PIERRE—At the State Capitol Building in Pierre, SD, on Tuesday March 6, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a proclamation designating March 6, 2018 as Billy Mills Day in the State of South Dakota.
Mills, Oglala Lakota, was born on June 30, 1938 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. While growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Mills earned a track scholarship from the University of Kansas and then served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
During the 1964 Olympics, he won the gold medal in the 10k race, setting a world record of 28 minutes, 24.4 seconds and is still the only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10k event. His win has been called the second greatest moment in Olympic history.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe sends Congratulations to Billy Mills and his family for this very well deserved honor. It has been a long time coming, but we all stand and applaud your achievements.
Photo Credit/Patricia Mills
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