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Retired Senator Ben Knighthorse Campbell

09/17/2013 09:09PM ● Published by Tom Wilmer

Ben Knighthorse Campbell (left) Tom Wilmer (rt)

Listen in as correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with retired senator, Ben Knighthorse Campbell on his weekly NPR.ORG Podcast "Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer". Wilmer visited with Campbell at the American Indian Arts Institute's 2013 Cultural Summit, held at the Hopi village of Upper Moenkopi in the new Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites. 

Campbell’s political career commenced when he was elected to the Colorado State Legislature as a democrat in 1982. Following two terms in the state house, Campbell was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served from 1987 to 1993. Campbell was also the first Native American elected to the U.S. Senate in more than 60 years, serving from 1993 to 2005. Campbell’s tenure as both a congressman and senator was etched with an unflagging advocacy for Native American causes and a strong belief in cultural self-determination. Some of his noted accomplishments include establishment of tribal operated schools, a law requiring museums and the Federal Government to return all human remains and sacred objects taken from tribes without their consent, and passage of the religious freedom Restoration Act that guaranteed the right of Native Americans to practice their traditional religion without state interference.

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