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Indians To Fight Olympic Ban

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Parent Issue
Month
October
Year
1968
OCR Text

The United Status Glympic teom's reported refusal to allow Billy Milla, a Sioux Indian runner, to compete in the 5,000 meter race for a place on the Glympic team has led to a groundswell of protest from American Indian people . Lehman Brightman, a Sioux himself, President of the United Native Americans organization and a gradúate student at the University oíCalifornia, Berkely, stated that r'the action of the Olyinpic Committee is an insult to all American Indions everywhero. "We would net bo angry if Billy Mills had been given a chance to %Vy out i'or the race and had f ai led, but the reasons repofcted in the press are unbelievable ." Brightman continuad: "Tlie report uu press account, that the canmittec was .inxious not to uffend a Negro runnor on tho groanda that i'D.lls aiigiit hae beaL hia is very disturbing. We do. uoL j.ike rociam in ony iorm, cvqn if it -is racism against öne minority in order to avoid oil'ending anóthor minority. What thev have done ia to insult the Ifcgro runner ai well qs thó Indian people." Brightman pointed oüt that "there are 30,000 Indians in the Americas along vith70,000,000 part-índians" and stated that "our Brown bróthers in Canada and Latin America" will join in tho protest . Tho United Native Americans, a San Francisco-based pan-.Indian group plans to do evorything poésible, including a Brown boycott if necessary" to set to it that mils guts a vfair chancen to the team. The UÍ1A iiitends, he stated, to alert all people of Indian doscant everywhere . There is a grape strike on, don 't buy California grapes 1 Many of our urothers are being killed in Liexico, we botter get it togethor, the revolution is on the move. t