The Gold Medal Dreams of Billy Mills

Illustrated by S.D. Nelson

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publishing July 2, 2024

He faced poverty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was orphaned by the age of 12, developed a debilitating health condition, and struggled against extreme racism, but Billy Mills persevered against all odds by chasing a dream. In 1964, he became the first American to win Olympic Gold in the 10,000-meter event—the second Native American in history to win Gold in any Track & Field event, after Jim Thorpe. Billy knew then that it was time for his traditional Lakota Giveaway. He stepped off the winner’s podium and into a life of service, helping Indigenous people around the world.

Autobiographical picture book, publishing July 2, 2024


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