Charles Trimble: Never ending Wounded Knee story
Spinning his business venture into a humanitarian crusade, he tells what motivates him to this risky decision, and again it’s those tyrannical tribal governments. In announcing his new business, Giago says, “For too many years tribal governments have run roughshod over their members without recourse. Indian Country needs a watchdog, one that does not fear turning over a rock to see what is under it.” This from the man who dedicated scores of column inches in his editorials and weekly “Notes from Indian Country” to lionizing OST President Dick Wilson and his goons who trampled human rights and Lakota people throughout the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s. His other hero was Navajo chairman Peter MacDonald, who shut down the Navajo Times newspaper precisely for looking under rocks.
Amid the economic demise of newspapers nationwide, Indian country should be concerned about the Native press, and we should support Indian newspapers by advertising in them and subscribing to them. And I wish the best to any man or woman with the courage to begin another Indian newspaper in this harsh economic climate. Nonetheless, having seen members of my family on the receiving end of many attacks without recourse by Giago’s defunct Lakota Times, I cannot help but feel that we are in for a new wave of self-serving sanctimony and unending editorial attacks on those he considers critics, detractors or enemies.
I don't have a problem with editorial attacks on critics, detractors, or enemies. But I don't waste time on old sparring partners--e.g., Jim Sondergeld (right-wing fanatic), Mark Waid (comics writer), or Russell Bates (Kiowa sci-fi writer). After kicking their butts all over the map, I've moved on.
I don't recall Giago's columns from 10 or 20 years ago and I didn't read anything earlier. As Trimble notes, a lot of them are about AIM or boarding schools. Others are about mascots or gaming.
This isn't exactly a problem, but gaming, the newest of these topics, is 20 years old. Even if you limit yourself to the intersection of Native America and pop culture, as I do, there are several new topics every day. What does Giago think about these things?
Giago says he won't put the Native Sun News on the Internet. I'm guessing he'll reverse that decision or the newspaper will fail. Maybe both.
Below are some previous postings on Giago and Trimble. Note that Giago the "liberal" endorsed McCain while Trimble the "conservative" endorsed Obama. That's one point for Trimble, at least.
Giago's photo isn't Crazy Horse
Giago endorses McCain
Giago still undecided
Giago on Trimble's victimhood
Trimble on victimhood
Trimble to Indians: Get over it
Giago vs. Gray on the candidates
Giago in Newspaper Hall of Fame
Giago notices casino benefits
For more on the subject, see Native Journalism: To Tell the Truth.