Dennis Banks On Overcoming All Odds and Surviving as Indians in America

Dennis Banks covers some issues near and dear to the hearts of we Indian people.

What is the role of Indian people in setting land use policy? This is an issue of local control versus Federal control. Would we abuse the land like the Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management does? No one will take care of that land better than those who have to live on it and raise generations of children on it. My favored approach is clan or band control of land and resources, but this idea is drastically different than the non Native ideas of land use and land ownership.

Mothers are the unsung heroes of our communities. A relevant Cheyenne saying – “A people is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground.” They are the ones who send their sons to war. The ones who see their children jailed. They are the ones who hold families together at all costs, sacrificing their health and their own lives to keep us together. On his death bed my grandfather lamented that our family lost it’s mother even before most of his grandchildren were born. That he did the best he could, but the role of a head man in a family is different than that of a head mother or grandmother.


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I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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