Carlisle Journeys: Celebrating the American Indian Sports Legacy
Join the Cumberland County Historical Society for Carlisle Journeys, a biennial symposium on the history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The theme of this year's event is "Celebrating the American Indian Sports Legacy." Billy Mills will be the keynote speaker. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation and was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Billy became involved in distance running and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and continued training for the Olympic team in two events -- the marathon and the 10,000 meter run. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the world would witness one of the greatest upsets in Olympic History.
The Carlisle Indian Industrial School left an indelible mark upon the sports that Indigenous Americans have played over the past century and a half. Our goal is to spark conversations about identity, cultural preservation, stereotypes, inequality, inclusion and innovation. Please continue to check our website (www.carlislejourneys.org) for updated information about the schedule.