CSU, Chico News

Native American Olympic Gold Medalist Will Speak April 7

Date: 03-26-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Paul Villegas, director

Billy Mills, Olympic Gold Medalist and best-selling author, will speak on Wednesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the California State University, Chico campus. Mills, the second Native American ever to win an Olympic medal, won the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Mills was inducted into the United States Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1976 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984. Mills is the subject of the 1984 film “Running Brave,” starring Robby Benson.

Mills also serves as the spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that helps support projects that benefit the American Indian people, especially the youth.

In 1990 he wrote Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding with Nicholas Sparks. His Lessons of a Lakota was published in 2005.

Mills’ visit to Chico is being sponsored by MESA, MEP (MESA Engineering Program), Chico Student Support Center and the Office of Diversity.

His visit is free and open to the public. For more information, call Paul Villegas, director of MESA at 530-898-4017.