Billy Mills stops at South Dakota State Legislature

A legendary Olympian and South Dakota hero was honored by the South Dakota Legislature Tuesday in Pierre.

Billy Mills

Gold Medalist Billy Mills made stops in the Senate and House chambers to receive House Concurrent Resolution 1010. It commends and honors the accomplishments and patriotism of Billy Mills. For his contributions to not only the state, but the entirety of the United States of America. Mills talked about how the divisions in America today can be overcome by people and governments at every level sitting down to find solutions.

Mills says, "And it just magnifies the importance of the progress we've made and how much further we have to go. It magnifies to me that, never in our history, as citizens of tribal nations, as citizens of states, as citizens of the United States -- has the need for our tribal, state, federal governments to come together, along with the marketplace, work on our journey into the horizon over the future. The need has never been more urgent or greater."

Mills won a gold medal for the 10,000 meter run at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.