Dennis Banks in September 2017
Published October 29, 2017
LEECH LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION – American Indian Movement (AIM) co-founder Dennis James Banks, 80, remains in critical condition Sunday night as his family gathers to be at his side. Banks developed a bout of pneumonia as complications arose as the result of undergoing open heart surgery 10 days ago.
Native News Online will keep everyone updated. First and foremost ensuring that the family’s wishes are respected.
During this most difficult time we should come together and pray for that is what he would have wanted. We pray for him and his family, who were the light of his life.
He did everything in prayer and that is what he showed us to do. At the beginning of the Longest Walk he said we always begin in prayer, we ask permission from the ancestors, spirit life, animal life, and the people whose land we walk upon.
So may we pray that his journey home is blessed for he blessed us all with his presence.
Below is a statement from his family.
The family released a statement on Dennis Banks’ Facebook page late Sunday afternoon:
Our family will honor our father’s wishes that he not be kept alive through the use of life support systems.
This evening our father Dennis James Banks will begin his final journey home to join our ancestors.
Wophila! Miigwech! for all the prayers you’ve shown to our father and our family over the last several weeks. We are deeply grateful for all the support.
We will post information once we’ve made final arrangements.
In Spirit of Our Ancestors,
The Banks Family