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Indian people sure love Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), the1964 Olympics Gold Medalist. He was a sense of pride for Indigenous people, and still is. He’s like the Jimmy Carter of Indian country: still motivating, still helping Indian youth, still loving his wife. He didn’t have to overcome a tough presidency, just poverty.

If you haven’t heard of him, or just want to watch this amazing video for the 119th time, here’s his epic come-from-behind moment in time. A metaphor for his life. And for Indian country writ large.

If the few hairs on your arms don’t stand up when you watch/hear this, there might be something wrong with you. And those sports announcers!

We’ve all got a little Billy Mills in us. At least we think we do. If you are thinking of dusting off the sneakers and hitting the pavement this year, take a look at the health story post from Penn State Professor Julie Reed (Cherokee). Or, if you’d prefer to just cut to the chase, here’s the running plans she shared.

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