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Banks, Dennis

Born: 1937 AD
Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Activists, Authors

1937 – Born on the 12th of April in Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Banks is also known as Nowa Cumig (Naawakamig in the Double Vowel System); his name in the Ojibwe language means "In the Center of the Ground".

1968 – He is the  co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM).

1969-1971 – Participated in the occupation of Alcatraz Island.

1972 – Assisted in the organization of AIM’s "Trail of Broken Treaties".

1973 – He spearheaded the movement on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to oust the corrupt government-appointed chairman.

1976-1983 – Banks earned an associate’s degree from the University of California.

1978 – Established the first spiritual run from Davis to Los Angeles.

1979 – He taught at Stanford University.

1984 – Received sanctuary from the Onondaga Nation in upstate New York.

1985 – Banks left Onondaga to surrender to law enforcement officials in South Dakota and served 18 months in prison.

1987 – Banks was called in to organize the reburial ceremonies.

         – His activities resulted in Kentucky and Indiana passing strict legislation against grave desecration.

1993 – He has had roles in the movies War Party, The Last of the Mohicans, and Thunderheart.

        – The musical release Still Strong, featuring Banks’ original work as well as traditional Native American songs.

2006 – Led Sacred Run a spiritual run from San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island to Washington, D.C.