Dennis Banks died on October 29th due to problems after a heart surgery. He was 80 years old. After Russel Means he is another legend of AIM who left this world. Like actor Adam Beach, Dennis Banks came from the tribe of the Ojibwa.
Photo credit by Monika Fitzner
As a child, like many others, Banks was separated from his family and sent away to boarding schools. He managed to escape several times to come home to his mother, but was brought back again each time.
It is now the fourth time that the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Eastern Germany (which is dedicated to author Karl May who lived in the 19th century and became famous by writing novels about Native Americans and created a big interest for Native American issues in Germany, lasting until today) celebrated Thanksgiving together with the visitors in the beautiful garden of the museum. For the first time, One Spirit Germany joined in. In Germany Thanksgiving is not a national holiday as it is in the US and we also do not have a
certain date to celebrate Thanksgiving. Normally, a Thanksgiving celebration within a community or city takes place on a Sunday either in September or early October.
Last October 9th, the federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus, eight Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation drove from their home in South Dakota to the mountains of Colorado. Seven are Sacred Hoop runners who ran from Arizona to Standing Rock, North Dakota last year to raise awareness about the need to protect water and Mother Earth. They ran to support a 15-year-old Hopi named Riley Ortega who started the Perseverance for Preservation Run to support the Standing Rock Sioux Lakota seeking to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline then being built and crossing underneath the Missouri River by their reservation.
We're so excited that Gudrun Georges has begun a gofundme campaign on behalf of ONE Spirit!
Her efforts and this campaign are to assist us with the most pressing need--- completion of the Buffalo House, specifically the walk-in cooler.
To maximize this "crowd funding" platform, we would be truly grateful if you could share this link all over the world: https://www.gofundme.com/bringbackthebuffalo