Distinguished Alumnus 2003
Charles Trimble, of Omaha, Neb., attended Cameron for four semesters from 1952-54. He received a bachelor's in journalism from the University of South Dakota and did further studies in journalism at the University of Colorado. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Wayne State College and an honorary doctor of cultural science degree from Creighton University. He founded the American Indian Press Association, now the Native American Journalists Association. He was executive director of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., representing the vast majority of tribes in the U.S. He is president of the Charles Trimble Company which is dedicated to fostering economic development on Indian reservations, president of the Red Willow Institute which provides technical and management assistance to Native American non-profit organizations, and president and CEO of the John G. Neihardt Foundation. He has served as president of the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C.