Chuck Trimble to be honored at USD Winter Commencement

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will honor Charles E. “Chuck” Trimble during its 33rd Winter Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Trimble, who will deliver the keynote address to candidates receiving their degrees, is to be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his distinguished public service.

A member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, Trimble grew up in the village of Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. After graduating from Red Cloud Indian School, Trimble earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from USD. Following college, Trimble founded the American Indian Press Association, forerunner of the Native American Journalists Association, in 1970. From 1972 through 1978, Trimble was executive director of the National Congress of American Indians – an organization in Washington, D.C. representing the vast majority of tribes in the United States. Additionally, he founded and served as president of the Charles Trimble Company and the Red Willow Institute, organizations dedicated to fostering economic development on Indian reservations and providing technical and management assistance to Native American nonprofit organizations. He is retired and lives in Omaha, Neb.

A recipient of the USD Alumni Achievement Award, Trimble was recognized by USD in 2003 for donating his personal library to the University in response to the partnership that The U developed with Sitting Bull College of Fort Yates, N.D. to enhance Native American college-level entrepreneurship curriculum.

More than 450 students from USD are scheduled to receive degrees during winter commencement at 10 a.m. at the DakotaDome on the USD campus.