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Turtle Soup - "Ben Reifel - Without Reservation"

October 11, 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.

Join us Friday, Oct. 11 at noon for “Ben Reifel - Without Reservation.” This Turtle Soup about the Indian affairs philosophy of Benjamin Reifel is led by Author and Professor Sean Flynn.

Reifel straddled different cultures as the first Lakota man to serve in Congress. This presentation will chronicle his career and civil service, highlighting his controversial views toward American Indian integration and the future of Indian Country.

“Reifel did not want American Indians defined by reservations,” Flynn writes. “By his example, Reifel showed American Indians they could be productive members of a modern technological society while remaining authentic to the traditional values that shaped their personalities.”

Flynn is a professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he has served since 1999. A native of Gregory, South Dakota, he earned his bachelor’s degree at South Dakota State University and his master’s and Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.

In addition to “Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation,” Flynn is the author of “Chief” and “Marine Corps Warrior,” as well as a biography of his father - a decorated Marine aviator, combat veteran, and Korean War POW.

He is currently at work on a book about the New Right political movement in the Midwest since the 1970s and is exploring how the relationship between Sen. Karl Mundt and Richard Nixon shaped Cold War domestic politics.

Flynn has been married to his wife Deb, a speech-language pathologist, for 37 years. Their three grown children are all college professors, teaching finance, jazz studies and music therapy, respectively.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.