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Ben Reifel: US Congressman

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 reading a headline about his 1960 primary victory

1960 Campaign

United States Interior Department Appropriations Subcommittee in 1964

Issues & Committees

Representative Ben Reifel and others with President Park Chung-hee in Seoul, Korea.


Representative Ben Reifel with President John F. Kennedy and others in 1961.

Congressional Connections