We would like to express our condolences to the Banks family at the last walk of Dennis Banks. One of the original founders of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks worked tirelessly to elevate the status of Natives in America. For decades, he was the target of government persecution as he protested contemporary treatment and historical injustices against indigenous peoples in the United States.
Dennis Banks was 80 years old when he went to meet the ancestors Sunday October 29, 2017.
From his children:
"Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.
As he took his last breaths, Minoh sang him four songs for his journey. All the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes. Then we proudly sang him the AIM song as his final send off.
Our father will be laid to rest in his home community of Leech Lake, MN. Presiding over traditional services will be Terry Nelson. We welcome all who would like to pay respects. As soon as arrangements are finalized, we will post details.
Still Humbly Yours,
The children and grandchildren of Nowacumig
Tashina Minoh Banks Arrow Banks DeeDee Banks Tokala Win Banks Glenda Roberts Darla Banks Tatanka Banks"
Dennis, we thank you for your lifelong sacrifice.