Dennis Banks, co-founding father of the American Indian Motion, referred to as Northern Kentucky house for the higher a part of the Nineteen Nineties.
Banks, greatest recognized for main the siege on Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973, died Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was 80. His family announced the death on Banks’ Facebook page and said four days of services would begin Wednesday at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Banks moved to Northern Kentucky in 1990 after meeting the woman who would become his fourth wife, Alice Lambert, a photographer from Florence.
They married in 1991. She gave birth to their only child – his 20th – in 1992 and named him Minobiqkuad (Good Arrow) “Mino” Banks.
In a 1996 Enquirer profile, the couple said they drove a 13-year-old Honda and lived in a one-bedroom house in Dayton, Kentucky, that had a leaky basement.
The couple later divorced.
Banks met his fourth wife when he came to Kentucky to join the effort to end desecration of an Indian burial ground in Uniontown, about four hours southwest of Cincinnati. Relic hunters had dug up 1,200 graves in 1987 and 1988. Ten men were charged with misdemeanors. The case and Banks’ high-profile involvement – he spoke at public meetings and met with members of the Legislature and then-Lt. Gov. Brereton Jones – led Kentucky to become the first state to make grave desecration a felony.
Banks is best known for the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, where he and follow American Indian Movement co-founder Russell Means attempted to call attention to the historical injustices suffered by Native Americans. Two people died and 300 were arrested after the armed takeover.
“Before Wounded Knee, we said there had to be a massive education movement to teach white America of the legal responsibilities Congress has to Native people,” Banks told The Enquirer in 1996.
“The government owes Native people a great deal in exchange for the natural resources that were taken from our land.”
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