Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
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.