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.
Ben Reifel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1960 and served five terms as the representative for South Dakota's first congressional district.
Ben Reifel was respected by his colleagues in congress and by other politicians.
Learn more about the congressional career of Ben Reifel by diving into his papers. A large selection of the Benjamin Reifel Papers is available online through the Digital Library of South Dakota.