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ABOUREZK, James George

1931–

Biography

ABOUREZK, James George, a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Wood, Mellette County, S.Dak., February 24, 1931; attended the Wood and Mission public schools; graduated as a civil engineer from the South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, S.Dak., 1961; graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School, Vermillion, S.Dak. 1966; lawyer; admitted to the South Dakota bar in 1966 and commenced practice in Rapid City; served in the United States Navy 1948-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second Congress (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 1972, but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1979; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978; chairman, Select Committee on Indian Affairs (Ninety-fifth Congress); chairman, American Indian Policy Review Commission 1976; resumed the practice of law and began a career in writing; is a resident of Sioux Falls, S. Dak.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library

College Park, MD
Papers: 3 audiotapes (1974-1975) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Irving Brant papers, 1910-1977. Available on 7 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

University of South Dakota
I.D. Weeks Library

Vermillion, SD
Papers: 1970-1979. Ca. 510 feet. Political papers, correspondence, and drafts of resolutions. Finding aid. Restricted.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Abourezk, James G. Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1989.

___. "The Congressional Veto: A Contemporary Response to Executive Encroachment on Legislative Prerogatives." Indiana Law Journal 52 (1976-1977): 323-43.

___. "South Dakota Indian Jurisdiction." South Dakota Law Review (Winter 1966).

Bookbinder, Hyman, and James G. Abourezk. Through Different Eyes: Two Leading Americans, a Jew and an Arab, Debate U.S. Policy in the Middle East. Bethesda, MD: Adler & Adler, 1987.

Pressler, Larry. "James G. Abourezk." In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 164-70. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

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