Former SD Olympian Receives National Honor
by KDLT News
February 15, 2013 7:13 PM
A former Olympian raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has received one of our nation's highest honors.
Friday, President Obama awarded Billy Mills with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award in the country.
Mills took home gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at the time he ran the fastest 10,000 meters in Olympic history.
In the mid 1980s, Mills co–founded and now serves as spokesman for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that supports cultural programs and provides health and housing assistance for Native American communities.
The 18 recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal were chosen from more than 6,000 nominees nationwide.