Campbell, Ben Nighthorse

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  • Ben Nighthorse Campbell (1933–) is a Colorado rancher, jewelry designer, and politician. An enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Campbell was the first American Indian in the U.S. Senate since Charles Curtis of Kansas (1907–29). Described as independent or even mercurial in his thought and action, Campbell captured the imagination of Colorado's voters as both a Democrat and a Republican, and he captured national attention as a western politician.

    Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado makes opening remarks at the White House breakfast in honor of the National Museum of the American Indian. Campbell's father was a Northern Cheyenne Indian.

    Campbell was born on April 13, 1933, in Auburn, California. His father's alcoholism and his mother's tuberculosis made for an unstable childhood, including a brief ...

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