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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The American Indian Movement's (AIM) initial purpose upon its founding in 1968 was to protect the civil rights of Native Americans living in urban areas. Its scope quickly expanded as AIM turned to ... Read full review

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This book definately had my attention... I met Dennis, when I was about 6 yrs. old. I don't know him personally, but this meeting took place 40 years ago. I highly doubt, he would remember me. But, through the years, I have followed his career, just to see, where I might find him... It's like he's an old friend, someone you could never forget, an impressionable man. I have seen him, through the years... But I always shy away, to say hello. We have friends, in common. But I know that someday I'll have the guts and finally say something. So... reviewing this book, is close enough, for me, right now. Just a few things, I noticed wrong... On pg 62, you miss-spelled Francis Fairbanks, it's supposed to be Frances Fairbanks, a women's name. On pg 71, photo of John F.L.D. look closely on left of photo, an indian's face looks carved in the stone. On pg 81, Russell Means, Sioux... it should say what band of sioux. On pg 87, It says Vernon and Clyde are Lakotas... As I White Earth enrollee, I know that's wrong. And I am also part Oglala Lakota, my dad is from the little town of Oglala. Very Sincerely, Natalie One Feather I can be reached by e-mail... mazashawhe2002@yahoo.com 

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A Night to Remember
At the Center of the Universe
The Yellow Bus
We AIM Not to Please
Crow Dog
On the Warpath
A Nation Reborn
The Stand Down
The Waters of Justice Have Been Polluted
The Symbionese Liberation Army
The Informer
Fields of Terror

Yellow Thunder
Fishing in Troubled Waters
One Hell of a Smoke Signal
The Town with the Gunsmoke Flavor
A Place Called Wounded Knee
The Siege
Suddenly I Am an Elder
Looking Back

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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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