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Calkins: From Prejudice To Pride -- Patty Mills

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Matt Calkins of The Columbian talks with Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills about his family's heritage. ------------------ "Unless someone asks me, it’s not a subject I talk about much," Mills said. The subject pertains to his Indigenous Australian heritage, more specifically his Aboriginal mother, Yvonne, who as a 2-year-old was taken from her mother along with her older brother and three older sisters. The abduction was part of national effort led by the Australian government and church missions to remove Indigenous Australian children from their homes and assimilate them into white culture. It is now classified as "The Stolen Generation," and Yvonne was a textbook victim. "That’s the chip I carry on my shoulder," Mills continued. "Not just being an Indigenous Australian, but knowing that my mom’s side of my family never got to see me play." ------------------ ed: bumped to front page
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