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Nowacumig-Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement joins the ancestors at age 80
April 12, 1937 - October 29, 2017

October 29, 2017

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

Dennis J. Banks Wake and Funeral Services
Wednesday, November 1 at 12:00 pm
Wake Service
Minneapolis American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Thursday, November 2 at 2:00 pm
Wake Service
Battle Point Community Center
10051 Battle Point Trail NW
Federal Dam, Minnesota 56484

Friday, November 3 at 12:00 pm
Wake Service
Battle Point Community Center
10051 Battle Point Trail NW
Federal Dam, Minnesota 56641

Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 am
Battle Point Community Center
Federal Dam, Minnesota
Traditional Burial
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Cemetery at Battle Point on the Leech Lake Reservation

"For 30 years, I was AIM's field director. People always said that wherever AIM was, there was trouble. That wasn't true. AIM went to where the trouble was. We were called.

The worst field case was on a Navajo reservation. I got a call from Larry Anderson who said that there had been some brutal killings on a Navajo reservation. I had the resources to fly there. It was a grizzly murder. Larry started organizing a march. As it turned out, there was a cult, white Aryan guys. Their initiation was to kill a Navajo. They killed five of them. That was the worst place we were. I was a point person.

There will be a thousand books written about the American Indian Movement and hundreds of personal stories. If our stories can fill the households and if they can be told around every fire, then we will surely have implanted a deep sense of responsibility in our people.

When we look back at the 60s and 70s, history will reveal that AIM had more to do with changing the landscape than any other organization. That's going to be our legacy. We weren't architects, we weren't physicians, we were dog soldiers, and that was our job, to bring about that change, so that people could become architects, could become engineers, could become lawyers, could become great distance runners, and that they'd have rights and the right to exercise them."