American Indian Leader Banks Leaves Prison

Associated Press

American Indian leader Dennis Banks, who was imprisoned last fall after nine years as a fugitive, left prison Friday to begin a work-release job on a reservation, officials said.

Banks, 48, will work as an adult education community counselor in alcohol prevention at Lone Man School in Oglala.

Banks was sentenced last Oct. 8 to concurrent three-year prison terms on convictions of rioting with a dangerous weapon and assault with a weapon. The charges resulted from a 1973 American Indian Movement-led riot at the Custer County Courthouse. He fled South Dakota before he was sentenced.