A.I.M. founder, Dennis Banks dies of complications of pneumonia

Dennis Banks, native american activist

Dennis Banks, a founder of the American Indian Movement who helped lead demonstrations — notably the 10-week siege at Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1973 — that at times descended into violence as they brought long-festering tribal wounds to national attention, died Oct. 29 at a hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was 80.

November is Native American Heritage Month

A Native American man wearing traditional clothes and feathers dances inside a large room.

November is Native American Heritage Month! It’s time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation’s first people. Interior works to honor the nation’s trust responsibilities and special commitments to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Check out how Interior supports Native American heritage and helps individuals and tribes strive towards a bright future.