Episode 38 – Billy Mills

Eric Ortega

Episode 38 – Billy Mills

Pala Life: Past and Present
In this episode there is a the story “Coyote and the Flood” as told by Rosenda Nolasques. This story follows Coyote as he is escaping a flood and meets several animals on his escape. There is also a song by the Inter-Tribal Bird Singers that was recorded at the 99th birthday party of Bernyce Ponchetti. This is followed by an interview with Billy Mills, the only American to win the 10,000 meter race in the Olympics he won in 1964. He has been speaking to Native American youth for many years. He spoke to our group back in 1981. Now here I am asking him about the changes he has seen in the youth. I also asked him about his new program “Dream Starter” which will be starting in November 2014.

Eric Ortega
Pala Tribal member Eric Ortega lives on the Pala Indian Reservation with his wife and children. He is very involved with the culture, history and the education of the local community. His show “Pala Life: Past and Present” has won awards from the San Diego Press Club.

Pala Life: Past and Present” is the show where you can hear about the history of Pala Through The Eyes of the people who have lived here. Eric Ortega also produces “Songs of the Southwest” which showcases local Native American traditional songs from Southern California Arizona and Nevada.

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