Nebraska Authors

Charles Trimble

AKA: Charles E. "Chuck" Trimble

Born 1935-03-12 Wanblee, SD

Died 2020-03-02
Omaha, NE

A distinguished Native American leader and journalist, Trimble served on numerous boards and represented Native Americans at many national and international gatherings. He served as president of the Nebraska State Historical Society and helped de-escalate tensions between NSHS and the Pawnee tribe. Referred to as a "founding father of Native American journalism", he wrote a column for Indian Country Today for many years.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Journalism


Native American journalism; Native American activist; Oglala Sioux


B.F.A. in advertising, University of South Dakota, 1957

Places Worked

Taught courses at University of Nebraska Omaha College of Continuing Studies


Recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Nebraskaland Foundation in 1998.
University of South Dakota Alumni Achievement Award, 1999
Honorary Doctor of Cultural Sciences degree from Creighton University, 2000
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wayne State College, 2002
Cameron University in Lawton, OK Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of South Dakota, 2008
Honorary degree in Lakota Leadership from Oglala Lakota College, 2012


Board of Directors of the American Indian National Bank
Principal founder of the American Indian Press Association
Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians
President of the John G. Neihardt Foundation
President of Red Willow Institute
President of Nebraska State Historical Society


wrote introduction for Black Elk Lives: Conversations With the Black Elk Family. 2000. (with Esther Black Elk DeSersa, Olivia Black Elk Pourier, Aaron DeSersa Jr. and Clifton DeSersa)
The American Indian Oral History Manual. (with Barbara Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan) 2008.

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