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Reifel, Ben, 1906-1990
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National Park Service

Correspondence between Ben Reifel and members of Congress in regards to his appointment as assistant for Indian Affairs to the Director of National Park service.

Gavel Given to Ben Reifel

Gavel given to Ben Reifel. It is made of pine wood and has a brass plate that is engraved '2nd Billionth Board Foot Harvested on the Black Hills National Forest'.

Ben and Alice Reifel's World's Fair Congressional Ribbons

Congressional Group ribbons, which were worn by Ben Reifel and his wife, Alice Reifel, during their visit to New York City for the World's Fair. The ribbons are yellow with blue lettering with the works 'Congressional Group New York City' and a seal of the city of New York above the words. A number is located at the bottom for each ribbon, number '3' and '4'. There is a gold pin at the top of each ribbon with 'B. Reifel' in typescript on one and 'Alice Reifel' handwritten on the other. The ribbons were kept in a red felt drawstring bag.

Americans for Constitutional Action Distinguished Service Award

Americans for Constitutional Action Distinguished Service award was presented to Ben Reifel in 1968. The award is a wood plaque with a cream colored background and yellow and black lettering. Word on the plaque read 'American for Constitutional Action the Board of Trustees has conferred upon Ben Reifel the distinguished service award for a notable voting record in the Congress of the United States (during a period from 1961 to 1968) in support of those legislative measures which would serve to sustain, strengthen, and defend the spirit and principles of the Constitution of the United States as these were defined by the Founding Fathers of our Republic. Fifth Biennial Awards given at Washington, District of Columbia, on the seventeenth day of November in the year Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-Nine.' It is signed by the chairman of the Board of Trustees, the president, and the recording secretary.

SDSU Foundation Distinguished University Benefactor Plaque

South Dakota State University Foundation recognizes Ben Reifel as a distinguished university benefactor in 1989 with an engraved oval shaped brass plate mounted on a octogon shaped wood plaque. The word of the engraving read 'South Dakota State University Foundation honors Honorable Ben Reifel Class of 1932 Distinguished University Benefactor in recognition of exemplary financial support of higher education 1989'.

Federal Laws Relating to Campaigns

Booklets about laws relating to federal corrupt practices and political activities, as well as a letter to republican nominees like Ben Reifel from the National Republican Congressional Committee in regards to filing reports of campaign receipts and expenditures.

American Indian News Stories

Various articles about topics collected by Ben Reifel such as suicide, education, reservations and administration among American Indians. Also includes articles about Ben Reifel during the senate race.

Commemorative Booklets of Congressional Dinners

Booklet of the 25th Anniversary Victory Dinner, featuring the services of Francis Case that includes photographs of Ben Reifel, and a booklet from the Congressional Dinner, which features an article on Ben Reifel and his wife, Alice Reifel.

Ben Reifel's Correspondence for 1950-1951

Correspondence in regards to Ben Reifel and an article he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor while he was at Harvard. Also includes correspondence between Reifel and the Department of the Interior in regards to his studies of relocation for Crow Creek and Lower Brule reservations.

Ben Reifel Correspondence With Linda Hasselstrom

Letter from Congressman Ben Reifel to Linda M. Hasselstrom of Sioux City, Iowa in regards to an article written in the July 11, 1965 issue of the Rapid City Journal about the Sun Dance. Included is a clipping of the article and an additional Rapid City Journal article about Crazy Horse.

Ben Reifel Career in the Military

Various papers that pertain to Ben Reifel's time in the military, such as his phyical examination reports and certificates of completion for courses required in the military.

Ben Reifel Naval Ship Tours

Souvenir booklets containing photographs of Ben Reifel's tours of the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) and U.S.S. Lake Champlain (CVS-39) aircraft carriers.

Ben Reifel Appointment Book for 1966

Ben Reifel's reminders for various breakfast and lunch appointments, meetings with the American Legion, as well as reminders for speaking at different college campuses. Also includes reminders for different Briefings, 4-H meetings, and Appropriation Committee luncheons.

Glenard P. Lipscom Memorial Addresses Delivered in Congress

Book of memorial addresses delivered in Congress for the late Glenard P. Lipscomb, a Representative from California. Includes his biography, announcement of death, resolution of respect, as well as tributes from various Representatives in Congress. Ben Reifel's address is on page 71. Also includes a tearsheet of the Congressional Record with Reifel's address.

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