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History & Heritage Book Club

We've got a great lineup of programs coming to the Heritage Center. We hope to see you at the meetings!

Sean Flynn will be the guest speaker at the July 9 History and Heritage Book Club meeting, discussing his biography of Ben Reifel, “Without Reservation.”

The book follows the career of Reifel, who was an administrator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a U.S. congressman from South Dakota. Reifel served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1971, the first Lakota to do so.

Reifel believed that American Indians needed to move off the reservations and integrate into white communities. At the same time, Reifel did not believe that American Indians needed to forsake their racial identity to enter the American mainstream.

Flynn is a graduate of South Dakota State University and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in history from Texas Tech University. He has served as professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell since 1999.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, in the education room at the Cultural Heritage Center.

“Without Reservations” is sold in the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call (605) 773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call (605) 394-1936 for more information.

About the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is a private charitable nonprofit that seeks funding to assist the South Dakota State Historical Society in programming and projects to preserve South Dakota’s history and heritage for future generations.