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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