Members of Congress in session in the 1960s
Representative Ben Reifel with 4-H club members in Washington, D.C.
Ben Reifel and constituents discuss the Vermillion River flood control project in 1962
Representative Ben Reifel and Senator Karl Mundt meet with constituents.
Representative Ben Reifel and Senator George McGovern meet with 4-H club members in 1970.
Ben Reifel served for five terms as Representative from South Dakota's First Congressional District. He was elected by a landslide of votes in 1960 and continued to be politically popular throughout his career. He was the first person of Sioux ancestry to serve in Congress and worked with notable political figures such as Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Gerald R. Ford, who fully supported him during his time in Congress. Because of his dedication to American Indian issues, he was awarded several awards throughout his career.