Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be the keynote speaker at Haskell Indian Nations University's commencement ceremonies May 17.
Mills, a Lakota Sioux who now lives in Sacramento, Calif., attended Haskell from 1953 to 1957. He then transferred to Kansas University and won the 10,000-meter run in the 1964 Olympics.
In recent years Mills has spent his time speaking to young people about remaining free of alcohol and drugs. He focuses on communications skills, listening skills, self esteem and physical and mental well being.
One program he is involved with, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, has raised more than $40 million for young Native Americans.
Haskell's commencement ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. May 17 in the school's auditorium.