Billy Mills

By James W. Cameron  photos by Jesse Vasquez

Long before the phrase “Native American” came into vogue, a trim, muscular American Indian in the service of the US Marine Corps came from a humble beginning on the reservation to defeat the world’s best runners in a race of epic proportion, standing the racing world on its ear and achieving enduring fame.  His name was Billy Mills, the race was the ten thousand meter run, and the occasion was the Tokyo Olympics of 1964. Read more »