Dennis Banks Lecture

Dennis Banks Diabetes Awareness Lecture and Health & Information Fair
May 13, 2011
University of Oregon Erb Memorial Union Ballroom

The Northwest Indian Language Institute, together with the Longhouse, the Native American Student Union, and other UO partners, are joining together to bring Dennis Banks to the University of Oregon on May 13, 2011 to talk about the work he is doing on raising awareness on the prevalence of diabetes in Native Americans.

Mr. Banks will talk about the early days of the American Indian Movement and how it was formed, his health today, and The Longest Walk I, II, and III.  The Longest Walk III is dedicated to diabetes awareness and prevention in the Native population across the United States.

Dennis Banks Poster (Download the PDF here)Dennis Banks Poster
Poster design by Pyuwa Bommelyn

Schedule for the Day

1:00pm – 4:00pm, Health and Information Fair
Erb Memorial Union Ballroom Lobby, Gumwood, Maple, and Oak rooms

6:30pm, Doors open for Dennis Banks lecture

7:00pm, Dennis Banks lecture
Erb Memorial Union Ballroom

Dennis J. Banks (from

“40-50% of Native people have some form of Diabetes. It is a crippling disease that if left unchecked will doom the population of Native people within 500 years. Therefore we as Native Nations must declare war on Diabetes. Within 50 years we must completely reverse it.

It is the intention of The Longest Walk 3 to set in motion a series of plans that will return us to a path long followed by our ancestors. A path of planting, growing, harvesting crops and eating healthy. This habit linked to the daily activity of walking, running and general exercise will close the door to Diabetes, Heart failure, Kidney failure and other related concerns.

We will once again have demonstrated to the 7th generation that we insured their survival. That is the goal of the walk. It is a goal that is achievable. There is no other answer. Failure is not an option. We shall be victorious.”

For more information
Janne Underriner at jlu at uoregon dot edu or 541-356-0772
Marnie Atkins at nwili at uoregon dot edu or 541-346-0730
Gordon Bettles at gbettles at uoregon dot edu or 541-346-6262

Thank you to our Partners and Sponsors!

Associated Students of the University of Oregon • Circle H Farm • Costco • Creative Fitness • Eugene City Bakery • Great Harvest • Jeanne Carnini • Lane Community College Division of Health Professions • Lane Community College Nursing Program • Lost Creek Farm • Many Nations Longhouse • Native American Student Union • Newman’s Fish Company • Northwest Indian Language Institute • University of Oregon Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity • Oregon Humanities Center • PacificSource Health Plans • PeaceHealth • University of Oregon Bookstore • University of Oregon Health Center • University of Oregon Student Recreation Center • YMCA

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