Allan Houser has Inspired Others in Many Ways
Allan Houser has inspired others in many ways.
I have watched this many times, but I still get very emotional. Billy Mills attended the Haskell School in Lawrence Kansas before attending the University of Kansas and serving in the Marines.
At the 2004 opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, I was in conversation with him in front of Allan Houser's “Comrade in Mourning” on loan from Haskell Indian Nations University. He remarked that although he had traveled the world over and seen museums and art in many countries, this was still his favorite sculpture as it had inspired him in his youth. He shares Allan Houser’s birthday (June 30th), and just turned 78.
William Mervin “Billy” Mills, also known as Makata Taka Hela, is the second Native American (after Jim Thorpe) to win an Olympic gold medal. He accomplished this feat in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, becoming the only person from the Western hemisphere to win the Olympic gold in this event. His 1964 victory is considered one of the greatest Olympic upsets. A former United States Marine, Billy Mills is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe.
His Running Strong foundation does tremendous work: