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Banks, Dennis

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Born: 1937 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Activists, Authors

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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.

 

 

 


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