Happy Billy Mills Day! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

Nearly 60 years ago, a young Oglala Lakota runner left his mark on the sports world.

On October 14, 1964, Mills won a startling comeback victory in the 10,000-meter run at the Tokyo Olympics and brought home the gold medal. The victory by Mills is considered one of the greatest comeback victories in Olympic history.

About two years after Japan, the California state Legislature declared May 6, 1966 “Billy Mills Day.”

Watch highlights of the race below and be prepared to get chills. Want more? A movie based on Mills’ life, “Running Brave,” is available to watch on YouTube for free.

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Bison shooting opportunity at Grand Canyon draws 45k applicants

The National Park Service opened a rare opportunity for skilled shooters to kill bison at the Grand Canyon's North Rim where officials say they've been trampling on archaeological and other resources, and spoiling the water.

The opportunity drew 45,040 applicants, about 15 percent of which were Arizona residents.

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Birth rates fell 6 percent for American Indians or Alaska Natives

The U.S. birth rate fell 4 percent last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday.

The rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly every age group, falling to the lowest point since federal health officials started tracking it more than a century ago.

Births have been declining in younger women for years, as many postponed motherhood and had smaller families.

Birth rates fell 8 percent for Asian American women; 3 percent for Hispanic women; 4 percent for Black and white women; and 6 percent for moms who were American Indians or Alaska Natives.

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Quinault woman named to Marguerite Casey Foundation board

National Urban Indian Family Coalition Executive Director Janeen Comenote, Quinault, was recently named to the Marguerite Casey Foundation board.

Seven new board members were named, including Comenote.

“Each new board member will bring a fresh perspective on fulfilling the core mission of the foundation — creating greater freedom for leaders who can increase community power and help bring about a truly representative economy,” read an announcement.

Air Force establishes Indigenous working group

The Indigenous Nations Equality Teams, or INET, will review and analyze guidelines, programs, data and other information for barriers to employment as well as retention and advancement of Native Americans, according to a press release. The acronym, INET is a play on words for the term Innit which is a slang term among tribes meaning, “yes, I agree.” 

“We are looking forward to representing our Airmen and Guardians who are a part of the Indigenous nation’s community,” said Col. Terrence Adams, INET champion. “We are hoping to identify changes that will eliminate barriers affecting members within these groups. We cannot be aware of things that need to change unless we are talking about them with an open mind.”

The announcement included the LGBTQ Initiative Team that focuses on the LGBTQ community and identifies and works to resolve the issues that impede the success of LGBTQ airmen and guardians.

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Navajo Nation reports no COVID deaths for 4th time in 5 days

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 13 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths for the fourth time in the last five days.

Tribal health officials said the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago now is 30,565 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The known death toll remained at 1,282.

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