As Indian Country Today previously reported, Gold medal-winning Olympian Billy Mills, Lakota, hosted his fifth annual Dreamstarters closing ceremony on Tuesday night in Alexandria Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. to wrap up a four-day Dreamstarter Academy in which Native youth were awarded $10,000 grants to pursue their dreams.
For the past five years, Native youth have applied annually for the chance to be awarded $10,000 in support of fulfilling their dreams affecting Indian Country.
In an interview with Indian Country Today, Billy Mills described the legacy behind his work for his IndianYouth.org website and the Native youth Dreamstarters effort.
During the interview with Indian Country Today associate editor Vincent Schilling, Mills talked about the importance of helping to fulfill the dreams of others, how people can create miracles from their deeds, how he and his wife Pat want to leave a "takeaway" for youth and how his father left him a lifelong message that "The pursuit of a dream heals broken wings."
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