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Trimble, Albert William, 1928-1982



Albert William "Al" Trimble (1928-1982, Oglala Lakota) was born in Interior, South Dakota, and raised in Wanblee Village on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He graduated from the Haskell Institute in 1946 and served in the US Army after World War II. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for twenty years. In 1975, he was elected Tribal Council President on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and he instituted numerous reforms. Near the end of his life, he served as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians.

Source: Trimble, Charles E. "Unsung heroes: Obituary delayed for Albert William 'Al' Trimble." Indian Country Today. November 24, 2004.

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American Indian Oral History: Interview with Albert Trimble, Interview Date: 1976 April 30, Date Digitized: 2/10/2017

Identifier: MSS0018_au073
Scope and Contents

The oral history interview of Albert Trimble concerning conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after Wounded Knee II was conducted by UNO student Thomas Brownoll on April 30, 1976. Trimble shared his thoughts about the Indian and non-Indian populations living on the Pine Ridge Reservation and gave details regarding his election as Tribal Council President when he ran against Richard A. "Dick" Wilson in 1975.

Dates: Interview Date: 1976 April 30; Date Digitized: 2/10/2017