Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'charles trimble'

Charles Trimble: The 51st state for Indian Country

"In an online article, Mark Charles proposed the concept for a 51st state representing Indian country in the U.S. Congress. It is an interesting concept that has been considered before, as far back as the late 1800s when the leaders...

Charles Trimble: A challenge for the next generation

I was asked to give the keynote address at the winter Commencement of the University of South Dakota on December 13th, 2008. I was very honored to be asked, especially in that USD is my alma mater where I received...

Charles Trimble: Thanksgiving and colonization

"A day after Thanksgiving last year, the Omaha World Herald carried a story about the Meskwaki reservation in Tama, Iowa, and feelings about the holiday on the part of some of the tribal people there. Apparently the assignment was to...

Charles Trimble: NCAI service the highpoint in life

I recently read with fond remembrance an article in Indian Country Today that the National Congress of American Indians passed a record number of resolutions in their 65th annual convention a few weeks ago in Phoenix. It brought back to...

Charles Trimble: Indian warriors serve nations

At the Wounded Knee massacre site there is a stone monument marking the mass grave of the Dakota men, women and children slaughtered there by a troop of US Cavalry. Juxtaposed around the monument are several plain white headstones of...

Charles Trimble: Pawnee Nation reburies ancestors

Note: An earlier version of this column was published in Indian Country Today. “Old Ones, I want to speak to you. I am Pawnee. My grandparents were Pawnees. I am Skidi and Chaui. I speak for the Pawnee people. We’re...

Charles Trimble: Twisting history for victimhood

“A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.” Those words are attributed, by different writers, to Amos Bad Heart Bull and to Crazy Horse. Whichever the author, the words hold great truth and wisdom. But history itself...

Charles Trimble: Sen. Obama a man for our time

Over a quarter century ago, I changed my registration, which had up to then been Democrat. In 1976-77, in the days of the great white backlash, as it became known, I attempted to work with both political parties to help...

Charles Trimble: Tribes are players in marketplace

In a recent column, Indian columnist Tim Giago brings up an interesting point about Indian tribes as vulnerable players, willingly or not, in the stock market and money markets in today’s volatile economy. I’m not sure, as he indicates, that...

Charles Trimble: Overdue obituary of Shirley Plume

In the bitterness of the political environment that pervaded the Pine Ridge reservation over the past several decades, the death of Shirley Plume was noted only in a cursory and terse announcement relegated to the deep interior of the local...

Charles Trimble: Indian Country must take control

" It does Indian country no good to have the answers to our economic problems over-simplified as only a lack of government assistance or legislated incentives. And it doesn't do us any good to blame others - our federal trustee...

Tim Giago: Charles Trimble always a hero to me

In my formative years as a newspaper reporter, Chuck “Wobbie” Trimble was - and still is - a hero to me. When I read many years ago that Trimble had assumed the role of Executive Director of the National Congress...

Charles Trimble: On the last Indian war with Giago

My friend Sam Deloria mentioned that, from what he’s been reading, he is led to believe that the last of the Indian Wars is between me and Tim Giago. He asked jokingly if it is true that I have held...

Q&A with Charles Trimble: On Indian victimhood

Dorreen Yellow Bird of The Grand Forks Herald interviews Charles Trimble, a former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, about his recent column in Indian Country Today that called on Indian people to shed the chains of...

Charles Trimble: Shed the chains of victimhood

"In this new social and political era, we will be challenged to solve the problems that plague our tribal communities, moving up from victims to victors; the one thing we must do is shed the chains of victimhood. In the...

Charles Trimble: A tribute to a 'pest' named Esther Ross

"It was at a 1973 meeting of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians that I first met a strange, remarkable, elderly woman named Esther Ross. The first impression was truly lasting. Using a walker, she struggled along in the...

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