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American Indian Oral History: Interview with Albert Trimble

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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Thomas Brownoll (TB): I'm visiting with Albert Trimble, the recently elected Tribal President of the Sioux Nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. I'm at his home today, and he's graciously accepted and--my invitation to do a tape for this Oral History Department.



Segment Synopsis: AT shares about his personal background and professional experiences working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). He discusses some of his main focuses.

Keywords: BIA; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Department of Interior; Elections; Energy; Federal Government; Federal Trusteeship; Indian Termination Policy; Land Rights; Lehman Brightman; Native American; Oglala Sioux; Oglala Sioux Tribe; Pine Ridge; Pine Ridge Agency; Superintendent; Termination; Tribal Council; Tribal President

00:10:28 - Attitudes toward Native Americans

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Partial Transcript: TB: I'm gonna move into a little different area right now. I had a friend who was up at the country club in Martin, South Dakota. And he was talking with a BIA official, a white man. And talking about the housing and the official, we don't know his name but we did want to catch his response.

Segment Synopsis: AT discusses the attitudes that are directed at Native Americans and he breaks down the social and economic factors that come into play. He also highlights the emphasis of paternalism that the U.S. federal government enacts and the lack of change over eighty years in rights for Native Americans (since Wounded Knee).

Keywords: BIA; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Bureaucracy; Cultural Ignorance; Cultural Indifference; Culture; Department of Housing and Urban Development; HUD; Housing; Inequality; Low-income; Paternalism; Pine Ridge; Pine Ridge Reservation; Social Power; South Dakota; Spirituality; Wounded Knee

00:20:59 - Development in Pine Ridge

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Partial Transcript: TB: How are things coming along, let's say in Pine Ridge, in terms of development. I did notice that you had a couple super markets but the two nicest building was the Presbyterian church and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office.

Segment Synopsis: AT discusses the lack of development in the Pine Ridge Reservation at the time (1970s). He shares about the population of Pine Ridge, the state of the tribal council, and the farming/ranching industry.

Keywords: BIA; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Cattle; Cattle Ranching; Community; Community Building; Community Health; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Development; Economic Development Administration; Farming; HUD; Housing; Low-income; Nebraska; Pine Ridge; Pine Ridge Reservation; Ranching; Rosebud; Rosebud Reservation; South Dakota; Urban Development; Wakpamni

00:30:48 - Tribal Council Election

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Partial Transcript: TB: I'd like to move into the area now of the election and the things that happened during election. What moved you to get in the election? Those kind of things.


Segment Synopsis: AT shares about the campaigning and lead up to the elections, in which he won over Dick Wilson (in 1975). He discusses the AIM movement briefly.

Keywords: 1970s; 1975; AIM; Abbie Hoffman; American Indian Movement; Dennis Banks; Dick Wilson; Elections; Oglala Sioux; Pine Ridge; Pine Ridge Reservation; Russell Means; Superintendent; Tribal Council