Billy Mills

Billy Mills: A Gentle Giant

It was snowing lightly this past Tuesday in Michigan. It was the first snowfall during autumn. Because of the snow, I left several minutes for my trip to Kalamazoo from Grand Rapids for lunch with Billy Mills (Oglala Sioux Tribe) and his wife Pat. I arrived 10 minutes early to...
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Native American Student Organization hosts talk with Billy Mills

The Native American Student Organization hosted Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills in the Fetzer Center as part of their celebration of Native American Heritage Month Nov 15. Mills discussed his life and work as well as other topics including racism and his hope for the future. The event also featured...
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Billy Mills attends honoring ceremony at South Dakota Mines

Billy Mills attends honoring ceremony at South Dakota Mines. In a nice sized ceremony at the Surbeck Center’s ballroom, an Honoring Ceremony took place Friday, to recognize five Native American students, who will graduate and start the next chapter of their lives. With friend’s family and staff present, the...

Billy Mills Speaks to Students

RAPID CITY – On Saturday, Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and winner of the 10,000 meter gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, gave the commencement address at the 185th SD School of Mines graduation ceremonies held at the Monument Ice Arena in Rapid City where 307 undergraduate, 79 graduate and 12 doctorate students were honored.
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Olympian Billy Mills to speak at SD Mines commencement

Olympian Billy Mills is the featured speaker at the South Dakota Mines 185th commencement ceremony starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Ice Arena at The Monument in Rapid City. William “Billy” Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was born in Pine Ridge and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Orphaned at age 12, he took up running and set records in numerous track events during high school at the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, a former residential boarding school for Native American children now known as Haskell Indian Nations University.

🎙 The Jayhawker Podcast | Billy Mills: Wings of an Eagle

Billy Mills has mixed emotions when it comes to Lawrence and returning to KU. In his words, it’s where he never had a great race as a long-distance runner. And like most campuses across America at the time, he would experience racism for his Native American heritage. Despite all...

Billy Mills, KU Seniors Honored at Jayhawk Senior Celebration

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Athletics recognized some of its top current and former student-athletes and presented the 2022 class of 92 graduating seniors their K Rings at the Jayhawk Senior Celebration inside the Kansas Union Monday night. Kansas track and field legend Billy Mills was presented with the K...

Billy Mills, the first South Dakotan to win Olympic gold

SDPB's Nate Wek tells the story of one of the state's most iconic athletes. Billy Mills grew up in Pine Ridge, S.D., became a Kansas Jayhawk, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and went on to become an Olympic legend. We take a moment to honor, in video and sound, an athlete and community leader with a lifetime of achievements and influence.