AIM leader Dennis Banks dies

Native American activist helped lead The Longest Walk 5 through Taos in 2016

Dennis Banks talks about 'The Longest Walk 5' through Taos in April 2016.
Rick Romancito

American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks, 80, died Sunday night (Oct. 29), according to a family statement:

“Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

As he took his last breaths, Minoh sang him four songs for his journey. All the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes. Then we proudly sang him the AIM song as his final send off.

Our father will be laid to rest in his home community of Leech Lake, MN. Presiding over traditional services will be Terry Nelson. We welcome all who would like to pay respects. As soon as arrangements are finalized, we will post details.”

This is a video shot for The Taos News as The Longest Walk 5 came through Taos in 2016.