Dennis Banks, American Educator ( April 12, 1932 - )

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Since the beginning, Native Peoples lived a life of being in harmony with all that surrounds us.~Dennis Banks

Life Beginning Harmony

It is an understanding with the Great Spirit or Creator that we will follow these ways.~Dennis Banks

Great Understanding Spirit

Even the people who come our way look upon us in amazement, that we run only for the healing of Mother Earth.~Dennis Banks

Mother Mother Earth Earth

And Americans realized that native people are still here, that they have a moral standing, a legal standing.~Dennis Banks

People Legal Moral

In 1978, the tradition of running from village to village with a message was revived. that first run was from Davis to Los Angeles, a distance of 500 miles.~Dennis Banks

Tradition Distance Message

I have a Father's Day every day.~Dennis Banks

Father Father's Day Day

When you have a spiritual foundation, you look at poverty differently then.~Dennis Banks

Spiritual Poverty Look

The Sun, Moon and Stars are there to guide us.~Dennis Banks

Sun Stars Moon

In 1967 the last Unity Caravan was held.~Dennis Banks

Unity Last Caravan

It also called upon traditional people in the Four Directions to strengthen the healing ceremonies and asked people to heed the warnings of Mother Earth.~Dennis Banks

Mother Mother Earth Earth

To be selected was an honor, and in respect of the family member chosen to run, families held feasts and gave away prized beaver coats, quilled tobacco bags and buffalo hides.~Dennis Banks

Family Respect Honor

Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow.~Dennis Banks

Path Destiny Meaning

I'm on this road for the rest of my life.~Dennis Banks

Life Road My Life

When we arrived in Japan in 1988, we were not prepared for the overwhelming support shown to us.~Dennis Banks

Support Prepared Japan

Every man should see the birth of his children.~Dennis Banks

Children Man Birth

In 1990 we ran across Europe through 13 countries and covering 7,130 miles.~Dennis Banks

Europe Miles Covering

Many young Japanese were hearing for the first time the words of Native people from the West.~Dennis Banks

Time Words People

The Canadian run can be no different, at least in terms of actual running.~Dennis Banks

Different Run Running