Published July 23, 2016
PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — Dennis Banks (Ojibwe), co-founder of the American Indian Movement, has been released from a northern Michigan hospital. Banks was admitted on Thursday complaining from breathing difficulty.
It was initially Friday reported he had suffered a heart attack. Later his publicist told Native News Online that what Banks experienced was not a heart attack, but had trouble difficulty breathing.
Banks has been released from the hospital with medical advice to get rest. He will rest at his home on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.
The 79-year-old Banks spent the last five months leading the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence across a southern route of 3,600 miles from La Jolla, California to Washington, D.C. A week ago Friday, July 15, 2016 held a rally long walkers from the Longest Walk, American Indian Movement members and other supporters at the Lincoln Memorial.
After the Longest Walk, Banks 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.
“I have lived a good long life and met several good human beings. I know there are still many issues out there, many mountains to climb and many rivers to cross. I am going to stretch my life out as long as I possibly can, but I won’t be a living vegetable,” Banks told family and friends Friday from his hospital bed. “I will never give up. Never!”