Mills: Tribal business can lead toward just society
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota, is a sought-after inspirational speaker in Indian Country. Generally he talks about how he overcame racism, depression and borderline diabetes to come from behind and win the gold medal in the 10,000-meter run in the 1964 Olympics — and he did some of that at the ninth annual Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino Nov. 13.
It’s an inspiring story.
But last Tuesday, the still-powerful octogenarian also waxed political, warning that if the current takeover of America’s political system by large corporations continues, the consequences for future generations will be dire. “Democracy, we’re not there yet,” Mills told a room full of tribal officials and financial personnel.