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Billy Mills and Robby Benson will present the film Billy Mills was the inspiration for the movie Running Brave, which stars Robby Benson. The film chronicles the story of Billy's life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the many obstacles he overcame to become an Olympic Champion. (Digital presentation)

Special thanks to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs, LaDonna Jessie BlueEye, Thomas F. Gieryn, Billy and Pat Mills, and Robby Benson.

Billy Mills
Billy Mills was born on June 30, 1938 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He is Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Billy did not have an easy childhood. Surrounded by poverty and orphaned at the age of 12, he started running to channel his energy into something positive. In high school, his gift for running become more apparent as he set records in numerous track events. He went on to earn a track scholarship from the University of Kansas and then served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. An Olympic gold medalist and Running Strong's National Spokesperson, he has dedicated his life to serving American Indian communities.

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Image of Billy Mills and Robby Benson from 1983

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