Chuck Trimble

Emma North-Best filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

21-02026

RF-349

1462233-000

Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records mentioning or describing Chuck Trimble.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records mentioning or describing Chuck Trimble.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Emma Best,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request for records in the
custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to process FOIA requests according to
our normal procedures. We have assigned your request the temporary tracking
number RF-349. When we resume normal operations, we will log requests into
our system in the order they were received. At that time, we will provide
you with a new FOIA tracking number and a more substantive response. We
apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and
patience.

Our unit (Special Access & FOIA) has custody of and will conduct a search
of our accessioned FBI holdings. We will also forward your request to the
Textual Reference branch who can conduct a general reference search of
other record groups.

Sincerely,
Brigitte Flynn
Special Access & FOIA Staff

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Emma Best,

This is in reply to your Freedom of Information Act request, dated
September 30, 2020 for records mentioning or describing Chuck Trimble. Your
request was received in this office on October 19, 2020 and assigned the
case number 21-02026.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, our access
to postal mail is extremely limited. We apologize for the delay in our
response and encourage future correspondence with our office through email
at archives2reference@nara.gov.

The National Archives is the repository for the permanently valuable
non-current records of the Federal Government. Although only 1-3% of the
records created by the Federal Government are transferred to the National
Archives, our holdings consist of hundreds of thousands of records, the
vast majority of which are not name-searchable. We are staffed to provide
recommendations and information related to specific bodies of records.
However, given the limitations on staff resources, we do not generally
conduct substantive research in response to requests filed under the
Freedom of Information Act, except in circumstances where documents are
easily locatable.

We conducted a search in the National Archives Catalog under "Chuck
Trimble" but did not locate any responsive records.

Since Mr. Trimble was heavily involved in activism on behalf of Native
Americans, we also conducted a review of our Department of Justice case
files held in *Record Group 60: General Records of the Department of
Justice*, as DOJ maintained files on many civil rights, labor, and student
activists. We reviewed the following indexes to the DOJ records, but did
not identify any responsive files:

General Index to Litigation Case Files, 1904 - 1951
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1882794>
Entry A1 110

Civil Rights Division, Name Index , 1957 - 1984
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/731115>
Entry A1 1003

Criminal Division, Internal Security Index, 1930 - 1979
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/729763>
Entry A1 1011

Civil Division, Classification Cards, 1960 - 1978
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4521218>
Entry P 269

Your request has also been referred to our Special Access and FOIA office
for a search of our FBI holdings. They will provide you with a separate
response.

Additionally, we have referred your request to the National Archives at
Washington, DC, the National Archives at Denver, and the National Archives
at Kansas City, MO for a search of our Bureau of Indian Affairs records.
Since Mr. Trimble appears to have served in the military, we have also
referred this request to the National Personnel Records Center for a search
for his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Each office will provide
you with a separate response.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attachment. If you have any
questions, you may reach us at archives2reference@nara.gov.

This completes the processing of your request.

Sincerely,

David Castillo
Archives Specialist
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
National Archives at College Park, MD

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Ms. Best

This is in reply to your Freedom of Information Act response from our
Archives II Textual Records branch dated October 22, 2020 and assigned the
case number 21-02026. It was forwarded to us here at the National Archives
at Denver for a search of possible relevant records.

The late Mr. Trimble was Oglala Lakota, a tribal nation administered by the
BIA’s Pine Ridge Agency and records from which are found in our Kansas City
branch. I did a search of our RG 75 Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
records for the mountain states we cover dating up through the early 1970’s
but found no references. Mr. Trimble did attend college here in Colorado
but such records are not federal and so not held by the National Archives.

We do not consider this response as a denial of your FOIA request.
However, if you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have
the right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days
from the date of this letter via regular U.S. mail or email. By filing an
appeal, you preserve your rights under FOIA and give the agency a chance to
review and reconsider your request and the agency’s decision. If you
submit your appeal in writing, please address it to the Deputy Archivist of
the United States (ND), National Archives and Records Administration, 8601
Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740. Both the letter and the
envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” If
you submit your appeal by e-mail please send it to FOIA@nara.gov, also
addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States. Please be sure to
explain why you believe this response does not meet the requirements of the
FOIA.

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to
attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process,
you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison Michael Marquis for assistance at:

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3190
DC.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public
Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal
FOIA Ombudsman’s office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes
between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for
OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
ogis@nara.gov
ogis.archives.gov
202-741-5770
1-877-684-6448

Regards,
Cody White, Archivist
National Archives at Denver

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: David Castillo <david.castillo@nara.gov>
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 2:06 PM
Subject: Fwd: [21-02026] Freedom of Information Act Request - Emma Best
To: archives1reference <archives1reference@nara.gov>, denver archives <
denver.archives@nara.gov>, KansasCity Archives <kansascity.archives@nara.gov
>

Hi everyone,

Please see below a FOIA request from Emma Best and RR2RR's response
regarding records relating to Chuck Trimble. Since Mr. Trimble was a Native
American activist, we are referring this to you for as well for a search of
our RG 75 holdings.

Thanks,

David

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: David Castillo <david.castillo@nara.gov>
Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [21-02026] Freedom of Information Act Request - Emma Best
To: <requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Emma Best,

This is in reply to your Freedom of Information Act request, dated
September 30, 2020 for records mentioning or describing Chuck Trimble. Your
request was received in this office on October 19, 2020 and assigned the
case number 21-02026.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, our access
to postal mail is extremely limited. We apologize for the delay in our
response and encourage future correspondence with our office through email
at archives2reference@nara.gov.

The National Archives is the repository for the permanently valuable
non-current records of the Federal Government. Although only 1-3% of the
records created by the Federal Government are transferred to the National
Archives, our holdings consist of hundreds of thousands of records, the
vast majority of which are not name-searchable. We are staffed to provide
recommendations and information related to specific bodies of records.
However, given the limitations on staff resources, we do not generally
conduct substantive research in response to requests filed under the
Freedom of Information Act, except in circumstances where documents are
easily locatable.

We conducted a search in the National Archives Catalog under "Chuck
Trimble" but did not locate any responsive records.

Since Mr. Trimble was heavily involved in activism on behalf of Native
Americans, we also conducted a review of our Department of Justice case
files held in *Record Group 60: General Records of the Department of
Justice*, as DOJ maintained files on many civil rights, labor, and student
activists. We reviewed the following indexes to the DOJ records, but did
not identify any responsive files:

General Index to Litigation Case Files, 1904 - 1951
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1882794>
Entry A1 110

Civil Rights Division, Name Index , 1957 - 1984
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/731115>
Entry A1 1003

Criminal Division, Internal Security Index, 1930 - 1979
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/729763>
Entry A1 1011

Civil Division, Classification Cards, 1960 - 1978
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4521218>
Entry P 269

Your request has also been referred to our Special Access and FOIA office
for a search of our FBI holdings. They will provide you with a separate
response.

Additionally, we have referred your request to the National Archives at
Washington, DC, the National Archives at Denver, and the National Archives
at Kansas City, MO for a search of our Bureau of Indian Affairs records.
Since Mr. Trimble appears to have served in the military, we have also
referred this request to the National Personnel Records Center for a search
for his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Each office will provide
you with a separate response.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attachment. If you have any
questions, you may reach us at archives2reference@nara.gov.

This completes the processing of your request.

Sincerely,

David Castillo
Archives Specialist
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
National Archives at College Park, MD

> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Brigitte Flynn <Brigitte.Flynn@nara.gov>
> Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 9:32 AM
> Subject: FOIA request
> To: Textual Reference Archives II Branch <archives2reference@nara.gov>
>
>
> Forwarding a mailed request. I also logged it in to RF for an FBI search
> just in case.
>
> Thanks!
>

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David Castillo
Archives Specialist
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
National Archives at College Park, MD
Phone: (301) 837-0751

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

MuckRock News:

This email is in response to your mail request of September 30, 2020,
received at the National Archives at Kansas City via email on October 22,
2020, made under the Freedom of Information Act for “Records mentioning or
describing Chuck Trimble.” Your FOIA Request ID Number is 21-03029. The
requestor's name is Emma Best.

It appears that Mr. Chuck Trimble spent time on the Pine Ridge Agency,
leaving around 1952. I do not see any mentions of Mr. Trimble in our Pine
Ridge Agency finding aids. I am attaching to this email a series title
list for our records from Pine Ridge. Please let me know if you would like
a particular series checked for information on Chuck Trimble. I do not
know of any other records at the National Archives at Kansas City that
would be related to Chuck Trimble. Please let me know if you have any
records searches outside of the Pine Ridge Agency.

We do not consider this response as a denial of your FOIA request.
However, if you are not satisfied with our action on this request, your
options for appeal or dispute resolution are outlined below.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have the
right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days
from the date of this letter via regular U.S. mail or email. By filing an
appeal, you preserve your rights under FOIA and give the agency a chance to
review and reconsider your request and the agency’s decision. If you
submit your appeal in writing, please address it to the Deputy Archivist of
the United States (ND), National Archives and Records Administration, 8601
Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740. Both the letter and the
envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” If
you submit your appeal by e-mail please send it to FOIA@nara.gov, also
addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States. Please be sure to
explain why you believe this response does not meet the requirements of the
FOIA. All correspondence should reference your case tracking number
21-03029.

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to
attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process,
you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison Michael Marquis for assistance at:

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3190
DC.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public
Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal
FOIA Ombudsman’s office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes
between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for
OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
ogis@nara.gov
ogis.archives.gov
202-741-5770
1-877-684-6448

Jake Ersland

Director of Archival Operations

National Archives at Kansas City

400 West Pershing Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 268-8014

*Jake.Ersland@nara.gov <Jake.Ersland@nara.gov>*

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