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Still the champion

The legendary Billy Mills is still holding the gold for the 10,000 meter Olympic race. Plus, Blackfeet law enforcement officer Walter Lamar explains how they are handling training

It’s been called one of the greatest moments in Olympic history. The year was 1964, the place, Tokyo, Japan and the runner was Billy Mills.

Mills, Oglala Lakota, was not even considered a potential medalist for the 10,000 meter race but he surged in the last lap to capture the gold.

Nearly 60 years later he remains the only U.S. citizen to win gold in this race.

Mills joins us today to talk about his historic moment and the 2021 race held Friday in Tokyo.

How is law enforcement training to handle protestors? Blackfeet citizen Walter Lamar for 18 years served as a supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

He now provides law enforcement and security consulting services to tribal governments.

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  • Indian Health Services is announcing its new Chief Medical Officer.
  • Lawmakers are threatening to withhold major funds from all tribes over the treatment of descendants of Freedman.
  • A stamp featuring an Alaska Native symbol is now available for purchase.
  • Christmas came early to Tohono O’odham students this year. 
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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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