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A Response to Chuck Trimble’s “Keeping Victimhood in Perspective”


I was very disappointed to read Chuck Trimble’s mean-spirited, divisive commentary “Keeping Victimhood in Perspective.” I have never met Mr. Trimble, so I will introduce myself. I live in the rural community of Enemy Swim on the Lake Traverse Reservation. I am a Dakota author, member of the Oak Lake Writers, a member of the South Dakota Humanities Indian Task Force and I am the Gaby you mention in your article. My family has experienced injustice as Dakota people. As a family we have not whined about victimhood as you imply in your commentary but have worked hard to confront injustice and help our communities improve with compassion as Kunsi, my grandmother, modeled.

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