On Tuesday, April 5, 10,000 meter gold medal winner, Billy Mills, gave a heartfelt talk to a near capacity audience.
Mills engaged the audience emphasizing a mindfulness about the journey each person is traveling.
He stressed to the majority Native American audience the importance of creating a common ground in a global world. As examples, he discussed the effects of misperceptions on identity. He overcomes racism by focusing on the strength of his identity as an Oglala Sioux.
He ended his talk with an inspiring video sequence of athletes who found strength in their spiritual and cultural beliefs.
There were numerous tribal members in attendance and Mills stayed about an hour after his talk to greet everyone who lined up to meet him.