Published July 22, 2016
PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — Dennis Banks, 79, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, suffered a heart attack while attending a Sun Dance ceremony in northern Michigan. He was taken to a hospital on Thursday morning where he remains under observation in Petoskey, Michigan.
It was just last Friday, July 15, Banks concluded the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. after making the 3,600 mile journey acorss the southern portion of the United States.
He attended a powwow at the American University in Washington, D.C. last Saturday and then traveled to northern Michigan for the Sun Dance ceremony earlier this week.
Bank has a history of heart problems. In 2008, Banks suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with diabetes during his hospital stay.
Banks, a tribal citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, co-founded the American Indian Movement with Clyde Bellecourt and others in 1968 as the result of police abuse against American Indians in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area. Banks lives on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, near Walker, Minnesota.
Famiy and friends ask for privacy and prayers to be sent for him.