Ben Nighthorse Campbell Campbell, born in 1933 in Auburn, Calif., has had a storied career in American politics. Winning a seat in the Colorado General Assembly in 1982, Campbell went on to be elected into the United States House of Representatives four years later. It was during this tenure that Campbell made one of the most significant contributions to the present-day museum. Then a congressman, Campbell sponsored the bill in 1989 which formally authorized the establishment of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  Following this momentous achievement, Campbell was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1993 and served as one of the only Native Americans in Congress until his retirement in 2005. During his term, Campbell also served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  His commitment to his country and to Native Americans runs deep. A former Airman Second Class of the United States Air Force, Campbell was stationed in Korea during the Korean War and received both the Korean Service Medal and the Air Medal.  With work located in museums and private collections around the world, the Creation Pendant is sure to be a treasured gift and another masterwork from an accomplished artist.