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Kickapoo Tribe dedicates running park in honor of Billy Mills





The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas welcomed Olympian Billy Mills to the reservation on Monday to dedicate a cross country park in his honor.

Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, won the gold medal for the 10,000-meter race at the 1964 Olympics. He set a world record and remains the only American to win the gold in the event.

The tribe hopes his achievement will inspire a new generation of Indian runners. “The Billy Mills Kickapoo project will become a premier destination, a tourist attraction for the Kickapoo nation," Chairman Steve Cadue said at the dedication ceremony, Kansas First News reported.

The tribe is still raising funds for the park.

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