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Olympian Billy Mills to Keynote Gathering
July 7 2014


BISMARCK (UTN) – The Oglala Lakota athlete who became an Olympic Gold Medalist in his youth and is today an admired role-model in America is the keynote speaker at the 2014 United Tribes Summit set for September 3-5 in Bismarck.

            Billy Mills is scheduled to address the conference of tribal leaders and other guests at noon on Thursday, September 4 at the Bismarck Civic Center.

            His talk is open to the public; tickets are available.

            Mills is famous for his unexpected come-from-behind win in the 10,000 Meter Run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His thrilling gold medal victory is widely considered one of the greatest moments in Olympic sports history. His story inspired the 1983 Hollywood movie “Running Brave.”

            Mills continues to be a source of inspiration and pride for Native people everywhere. He was a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves when he competed in the 1964 Olympics. He is now age 76 and lives near Sacramento, CA and continues with speaking tours and public appearances. In 2012 President Obama awarded him a Presidential Citizens Medal for his work with “Running Strong for American Indian Youth,” an organization that benefits Native young people.

            Mills will also attend these events of the United Tribes International Powwow: Grand Entry 7 p.m. Thursday, September 4; Youth Day 10 a.m. Friday, September 5; “Diamond Legends” Softball Tournament 5 p.m. Friday, September 5; Thunderbird Run Road Race 8 a.m. Saturday, September 6; and “Parade of Champions” 10 a.m. Saturday, September 6.
Early Registration by August 1

            The United Tribes Summit is hosted by leaders of North Dakota’s tribal nations. This is the 18th annual gathering of key tribal personnel from the region and federal, state and local government representatives. The event is organized by United Tribes Technical College.

            “We have a tradition of coming together to talk about relevant issues and exchange ideas,” says Janet Thomas, conference coordinator. “We invite all who are interested in advancing Indian issues.”

            August 1st is the deadline for a $100 discount for early registration. Online registration is available, along with CEU’s for educators and students.

Conference Agenda
            The agenda offers major sessions about health care, public safety, energy, education, environment, economic development, child welfare, housing and Indian gaming.

            Two main tracks are offered that share breaks, luncheons and general sessions: Tribal Leaders Summit and Tribal Transportation Planners Conference. Other conferences and meetings are scheduled in and around the same time, including board meetings of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the United Tribes of North Dakota.

            A new feature at the conference will be a women’s luncheon titled “Women Inspiring Women,” Friday, September 5.

            Conference entertainment includes music with Frank Wahn and Keith Seccola (sponsored by Honor the Earth), a reception at the North Dakota Heritage Center and participation in the United Tribes International Powwow.

Trade Show
            The summit trade show in the Civic Center Arena is open to vendors with a current North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Permit.

            Early registration is recommended: http://tinyurl.com/n54x9av.

            More info: Teresa Hughes 701-255-3285 x 1535, thughes@uttc.edu or
            Brek Maxon 701-255-3285 x 1359, bmaxon@uttc.edu.

Summit Info
            The Tribal Leader’s Summit begins Wednesday, September 3 at 8 a.m. with an opening ceremony. The theme is: “We Are All Related.”

            View the agenda and registration form, along with listings of other meetings here: http://www.unitedtribespowwow.com/summit/. Or contact Janet Thomas 701-255-3285 x 1431, jthomas@uttc.edu.
Billy Mills is a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe



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