Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement

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University of Oklahoma Press, Feb 1, 2005 - History - 352 pages
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Dennis Banks, an American Indian of the Ojibwa Tribe and a founder of the American Indian Movement, is one of the most influential Indian leaders of our time. In Ojibwa Warrior, written with acclaimed writer and photographer Richard Erdoes, Banks tells his own story for the first time and also traces the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The authors present an insider's understanding of AIM protest events--the Trail of Broken Treaties march to Washington, D.C.; the resulting takeover of the BIA building; the riot at Custer, South Dakota; and the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee. Enhancing the narrative are dramatic photographs, most taken by Richard Erdoes, depicting key people and events.
 

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User Review  - GalenWiley - LibraryThing

"Born in 1937 and raised by his grandparents on the Leach Lake reservation in Minnesota, Dennis Banks grew up learning traditional Ojibwa lifeways. As a young child he was torn from his home and ... Read full review

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Where has the righteous anger of my youth gone? I wish I could hold to my heart the same mirror Dennis Banks has done in the memoir. Completely honest? No, since no one can be truly honest reflecting ... Read full review

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Contents

A Night to Remember
3
At the Center of the Universe
12
The Yellow Bus
24
Interlude
32
Machiko
43
We AIM Not to Please
58
Crow Dog
95
On the Warpath
105
A Nation Reborn
181
The Stand Down
196
The Waters of Justice Have Been Polluted
210
The Symbionese Liberation Army
228
The Informer
266
Fields of Terror
284
Outlawed
299
Exile
312

Yellow Thunder
114
Fishing in Troubled Waters
121
One Hell of a Smoke Signal
126
The Town with the Gunsmoke Flavor
145
A Place Called Wounded Knee
157
The Siege
167
Onondaga
329
Freedom
338
Suddenly I Am an Elder
348
Looking Back
354
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Dennis Banks has been an activist, counselor, teacher, and consultant on American Indian rights. He now owns a natural foods company in Federal Dam, Minnesota, that follows the traditions of his youth.

Richard Erdoes traveled a long way from his birthplace in Vienna, Austria, to become a prominent writer on Native American issues and the Indian Civil Rights Movement. Born on July 7, 1912 into an artistic family, Erdoes moved to the United States where he lived and worked as a magazine illustrator and photographer. While visiting an American Indian reservation, Erdoes was shocked and outraged at conditions he found there. Although Erdoes had illustrated many books during his long career, the first illustrated work of his own dealing with Native Americans was The Pueblo Indians (1967). While doing a painting and portfolio for Life magazine on a Sioux Indian Reservation Erdoes met an old medicine man that asked him to write his biography. This resulted in Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions (1971). Erdoes lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he writes, paints, and is active in Native American issues.

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