Great Plains Studies, Center for


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Great Plains Research Vol. 20 No. 2, 2010


Copyright © 2010 by the Center for Great Plains Studies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The American Indian Oral History Manual offers a clear, succinct, and practical approach to guide and encourage the collection of American Indian oral history by Indigenous peoples themselves. Building on previous work conducted for the Native American Veteran History Project, it was tested at two Great Plains states workshops (South Dakota and Nebraska) attended by representatives from tribal colleges and veteran interest groups. The authors bring a great deal of expertise to the table in producing this useful text. Charles Trimble, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, has a distinguished record of involvement in Indigenous issues, including service as director of the National Congress of American Indians, as a board member with the Nebraska State Historical Society, and an appointment to the American Folk Life Center Board of Trustees at the Library of Congress. Coauthors Barbara Sommers, a founder of the Minnesota Oral History Association, and Mary Kay Quinlan, editor of the Oral History Association Newsletter, also authored The Oral History Manual (2002).