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Ben Reifel program
July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Sean Flynn will tell about Ben Reifel at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Flynn is the author of Reifel’s biography, “Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel & American Indian Acculturation.”
Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, which is part of the History and Heritage Book Club. People may join the program at locations other than the Cultural Heritage Center by calling (605) 773-6006 for more information.
Reifel was born on Sept. 19, 1906, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation near Parmelee to a Lakota mother and German American father. He earned his high school diploma through a vocational high school on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from SDSU in 1932 and later earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. Reifel began his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1933. He was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Republican in 1960 and served 10 years. He died in Sioux Falls on Jan. 2, 1990.