American Indian Studies director named

American Indian Studies director named The president of a national consulting firm specializing in economic development on Indian reservations has agreed to serve as interim director of the Institute of American Indian Studies at The University of South Dakota.�Charles E. Trimble began his duties on Jan. 2.

The South Dakota Legislature established the Institute of American Indian Studies in 1955 to study and preserve American Indian culture.�The institute houses the South Dakota Oral History Center, including the American Indian Research Project and the South Dakota Oral History Project, and coordinates the University's American Indian Studies major and minor. The institute is part of the College of Arts & Sciences at the university.

"Mr. Trimble has an outstanding record of leadership on American Indian issues, and he is also a distinguished USD alumnus," said Matthew Moen, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.�"We are fortunate he is willing to serve at this time."

Trimble grew up on Pine Ridge in South Dakota, and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He received a B.F.A. from USD in 1957. He is recipient of two honorary doctorates:�doctor of cultural sciences, honoris causa, Creighton University; doctor of humane letters, Wayne State University.

Trimble is founder and president of Charles Trimble Company, a national consulting firm specializing in economic development on Indian Reservations. He is also president of the Red Willow Institute, a non-profit corporation he founded to provide technical and management assistance to Native American non-profit organizations.

Trimble has served as executive director of the American Indian Press Association, which he helped found; executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; a director of the American Indian National Bank in Washington DC; trustee and president of the Nebraska State Historical Society; trustee of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress; and president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation in Omaha.�

He represented U.S. tribes at the founding of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in Denmark in 1975, served as U.S. delegate at the U.N. Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in Switzerland; and a U.S. delegate to the Human Rights Experts meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Accord) in Ottawa, Canada.

Trimble is also an educator, having taught Native American affairs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha; Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO; and, at the Nebraska State�Historical Society's Nebraska Institute.� He established the Institute for Vision and Learning for the Neihardt Foundation, a summer workshop in literature and writing for Native American students.

The University of South Dakota Alumni Association presented Trimble its Alumni Achievement Award in 1999. He replaces Dr. Leonard Bruguier, who retired as director of the Institute of American Indian Studies.

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