Like all writers, I want to be read. I am a Lakota journalist, a columnist. You may have read some of my columns in Indian Country Today, on, and in other Native American news publications. All my columns are included here in the archives. You are most welcome to read them, download them, or send them to others to enjoy or to criticize.

I would like to especially invite publications in the Native American press to help themselves to the materials for republication. I would ask that I be given credit for the articles, and that my website address be included. I welcome your comments.

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Read, enjoy.

Chuck Trimble, Chashasha, Red Willow



iktomisWho is Iktomi?

In Lakota mythology Iktomi is a trickster and a culture hero. His name in Lakota language means “ground spider,” and he has a large round belly and long spindly legs and arms. He is the son of Inyan, the rock, and the elder brother of Iya, the great devourer.

In the ancient days, Iktomi was Ksa, wisdom, but he was stripped of his title because of his troublemaking ways. Most of his schemes end with him falling to ruin when his intricate plans backfire. There is said to be a prophecy that Iktomi would spread his web over the land.

Today, this has been interpreted by some to mean the internet. Iktomi is considered by some to be the patron of all new technology. Yet others consider Iktomi to be the adopted god of the Europeans, who seem to readily follow in his bizarre behavior and self entrapping tricks.


Any serious student of Native American journalism, diplomacy, and human rights will at some time in their studies come across the name Chuck Trimble.

Chuck is one among only a few dozen Native intellectuals and visionaries who served as camp crier, strategist and journalist during one of the most turbulent, dangerous and focused times of contemporary Native affairs. How close we have, as a people, come to the brink of annihilation only a few people have seen. Chuck is one of them. And, he faced it with all the courage, humor and focused strength of conviction that the times required. 

Ray Cook,  Opinion/Editorial Editor, Indian Country Today Media Network

When Chuck Trimble writes about major events of Indian history of the past 50 years or so, he tells what happened, either because he was there and can give a compelling account, or because he has done his research. The best part of this book is Chuck’s moral vision.  Young people need to read it, to understand that we are responsible for ourselves and that we have great strengths as peoples on which we can rely; and they need to read an account of how we got to today.  
But maybe the best part of this book is that it is funny as heck. 

Sam Deloria, Director of the American Indian Graduate Center

Just a few decades ago many tribes faced the real possibility of disappearing forever. It was a battle that was won because of brilliant leaders like Lucy Covington. Then, after that challenge, a whole slate of new institutions were improved and created in Indian Country, the very ones we see today. Chuck Trimble's account of this history is important because it provides the missing context. Through his experience and through his precise observations, Trimble takes us from his boarding school experience to Congress with many surprises along the way. It's a story young people should know. Why, even Luke Warm Water would approve.

Mark Trahant, National Native American columnist

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