Join me for a visit with retired Republican Senator, Ben Knighthorse Campbell. The audio interview is a featured Podcast on my NPR.ORG Podcast site: “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” (Media Player at bottom of this post). Campbell was 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.
Click on the Media Player below to listen to retired Senator Campbell’s interview