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Billy Mills: Indian kids need Indian role models


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 Indian role models.

“Some American Indian kids living on the reservations do not want to leave the reservation,” said Mills, who was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. “Some say it’s difficult to leave the reservation. Some American Indian kids leave the reservation to go to school and they return to the reservation. They need an American Indian role model. They can live in two worlds.”


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