AIM Leader Dennis Banks Laid to Rest

The casket of Dennis Banks being carried by pallbearers on Saturday to his final resting place.

In Memoriam – Dennis Banks (1937 – 2017)

Published November 5, 2017

Color photos by Patricia Montes Gregory for Native News Online.

LEECH LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – Eagle staffs and American Indian Movement (AIM) flags were present as the body of Dennis Banks, the co-founder of the movement, was carried by pallbearers to the final resting place of the great American Indian warrior on Saturday afternoon.

They were present just as they had been in the several Longest Walks, Banks led across America.

Banks began his journey to the spirit world last Sunday. He passed away from complications from open heart surgery he underwent at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on October 18, 2017.

The late Russell Means (l) and Dennis Banks (r) at Wounded Knee in 1973

The 80-year-old Banks’ funeral was attended by hundreds of American Indians and non-Natives, many of whom traveled from various parts of Indian Country to honor him, and now his memory and legacy.

Tashina Banks Rama, daugther of Dennis Banks from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is draped with the AIM flag.

Banks was laid to rest at  with traditional burial at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Cemetery at Battle Point on the Leech Lake Reservation.

Drummers honor Dennis Banks for his final journey.

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