Billy Mills: 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal Recipient

March 11, 2013 | 1:22

Mills serves as the spokesman for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization he co-founded in 1986 that supports cultural programs and provides health and housing assistance for Native American communities. Mills gained prominence when he unexpectedly won a Gold Medal in the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and remains the only American to win this event. Mills competed in the Olympics as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and afterwards was made a warrior by his tribe, the Oglala Lakota.

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