AIM Co-Founder Seeking Assistance In Search For Missing Granddaughter

Dennis Banks, seen here with family friend Tracy Rector (left), Robert Upham, and an unidentified relative, stopped by the memorial gathering for Misty Upham.

Dennis Banks, seen here with family friend Tracy Rector (left), Robert Upham, and an unidentified relative, at a memorial gathering for Misty Upham.

By Red Power Media, Staff 

While another missing woman case in Minnesota turned deadly, the granddaughter of prominent AIM co-founder Dennis Banks, has been missing for more than a week.

The last solid lead of 31-year-old, Rose Downwind’s whereabouts is from an ex-boyfriend, who told police he saw Downwind leaving a home on Stoner Avenue in Bemidji on Oct. 21.

Police are asking for help locating Downwind

The Bemidji Police Department are seeking information about Downwind’s whereabouts. Police Chief Mike Mastin said his department is chasing down leads across the state but has yet to make a breakthrough in the case.

“Any time someone is missing for this period of time it’s a cause for concern,” Mastin said. “But we haven’t developed any leads that would suggest she’s anything but missing.”

Police originally centered the search around the Bemidji Target, where family members last saw Downwind. Since then, Mastin said Downwind’s ex-boyfriend provided new information placing her on Stoner Avenue two days later.

The ex-boyfriend, Mastin said, may have seen Downwind get into a blue car, but couldn’t describe the make and model.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate the death of University of Minnesota Morris student Laura Ann Schwendemann, 18, whose body was found in a cornfield near Alexandria Monday by a farmer who was harvesting his corn. She had been missing since Oct. 14.

AIM co-founder seeking assistance in finding his Granddaughter

According to Native News Online, Downwind is the granddaughter of Dennis Banks, American Indian Movement (AIM) co-founder— and the daughter of Darla Banks.

Darla Banks said in the article that she would normally hear from her daughter almost daily, but has not heard from her in almost 11 days. Banks said her daughter was reportedly going to Saint Paul; however, no one in Saint Paul that she knows has seen her.

Dennis Banks told the online newspaper that he had recently talked to Duane Lee “Dog” Chapman, who has offered to help locate Downwind.

Dog specializes in finding bail jumpers and missing people.

“She is still missing and we hope there has been no foul play,” said Banks, who is seeking assistance through social media. “Besides the usual law enforcement agencies, I am calling on the regional members of the American Indian movement to assist by going door to door asking if anyone has seen her or knows of her whereabouts.”

Candlelight vigil 

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight for Rose Downwind.

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on the 100 block of Stoner Avenue, where Downwind, was last seen leaving a residence.

Downwind was wearing a blue sweater and black pants when she was last seen. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call the Bemidji police department at 218-333-9111 or call the Rose Downhill Hot Line at 763-242-4242.

Any tip will be greatly appreciated.