Indian Country Mourns Loss of Dennis Banks

Sad news out of Minnesota over the weekend. Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, passed away at the age of 80. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Native News Online released a statement from the family:

“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.”

Our hearts go out to family and friends of Dennis Banks, he will surely be missed.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

2 Comments on “Indian Country Mourns Loss of Dennis Banks”

  • Sheila McKell


    Love and Respect…Soar dear Brother.

  • steve


    met Dennis Banks at the Santa Cruz Red Road Pow Wow, he was an inspiration to all who met and had a chance to talk to him, the knowledge he possessed was invigorating and very educational. May he sore high above the mountain tops while looking down on us….

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