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March 2, 1962 – Sunday, July 1, 2018

Service Information
Battle Point Community Center, Federal Dam, MN
Friday, July 6, 2018

Visitation Information
Battle Point Community Center, Federal Dam, MN
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Beginning at 7 PM – All Night

Janice Banks, age 56, began her journey to the Spirit World on July 1, 2018.

She was born on March 2, 1962 the daughter of Dennis J. Banks and Jeanette (Statley) Banks.

Janice was enrolled in the Leech Lake Tribe of Ojibwe and was raised into the AIM Community. She enjoyed spending time with a few close people. Janice danced traditional in her early years and had her own way of dancing through life.

She is survived by her children Waagosh Banks, Waboose Banks, Antaysha Banks and Nicole Roberts; ten grandchildren; brothers Tatanka Banks, Chanupa Banks, Redelk Banks and Minoh Banks; sisters Glenda Roberts, Darla Banks, Deanna Banks, Beverly Baribeau, Denise Banks, Pearl Blanchard, Tashina Banks, Tiopa Banks, Tokala Banks and Arrow Woman Banks; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents; brother Roland Blanchard; and an infant daughter.

Traditional Native American Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 6 at Noon at Battle Point Community Center in Federal Dam, MN. Interment at Battle Point Cemetery.

All-Night wake will be held Thursday, July 5th beginning at 7 PM at Battle Point Community Center.

Honorary casket bearers will be Travis Sayers, Adrian Sayers, Safe Traditions Staff and Hospice Care Staff.

Casket bearers are Randy Roberts, Muck-wa Roberts, Minoh Banks, Gage Francisco, Waagosh Banks and Waboose Banks.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN is serving the family.

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Jeffrey David Rogers

    I only knew Janice a few months. I am glad that somewhere along the way that she started to share her thoughts, feelings, and history with me. I couldn’t always respond with how I felt on certain topics but I did my best to be honest when it mattered to her the most. Before Janice came to the last stages of illness she shared with me who her father was. She didn’t tell long stories but left the talk open for me to ask questions and read about him more/again, I wish there had been more time to finish our talks. When I was younger I’d seen the movies he had been in. I’d read books about AIM. I remember the Alcatraz occupation and the stand off at Wounded Knee from the books and they really opened my eyes. Janice would tell me that she was ” A mean B____” but I never saw that. I saw her upset at times and given how tough she was I sensed that she was not going to give up easy. I heard of her passing as I left on a trip but I felt uneasy not being here to help or attend. I hope that everyone she loved can find peace in this. I hope I said nothing to get myself in trouble but I need to speak to thank her and wish her well. Thank you, Jeff R.


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