The American Indian Movement. The Alcatraz Island occupation. The Wounded Knee takeover. The Longest Walk. These are some of the notable events that propelled Native American issues onto the national stage during a critical time. Ojibwe activist Dennis Banks is closely associated with all of them. The towering and sometimes controversial figure walked on in October. He’s known for his early, in-your-face activism that exposed federal corruption and bias against Native Americans. He spent his last years quietly raising awareness against the scourge of addictive drugs, domestic violence and other destructive influences on reservations. We’ll talk with his friends and family members about his life and accomplishments.
Tashina Banks-Rama (Lakota/Ojibwe) – executive director of advancement Red Cloud Indian School and daughter of Dennis Banks
Minoh Banks (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) – son of Dennis Banks
Robby Romero (Apache/Pueblo) – Native rock musician
Break Music: Longest Walk 2 (song) Dennis Banks & KITARO (artist) Let Mother Earth Speak (album)