The desk of Ben Reifel

South Dakota State University in Brookings has the office desk of former U.S. Rep. Ben Reifel, the first and only Indian American — his words — to serve South Dakota in Congress. Reifel donated the desk to his alma mater upon his 1971 retirement after spending 10 years as the state’s First District representative. Shown at the desk at the SDSU alumni center are Andi Fouberg, the current alumni director, and Keith Jensen, who was alumni director when Reifel made the donation. Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed Tuesday, Sept. 19, as Ben Reifel (Lone Feather) Day in South Dakota. Reifel was born Sept. 19, 1906, at Cut Meat (now called Parmelee) on the Rosebud Indian reservation.