North Dakota Representative Ruth Buffalo was given a special honor today, all the way in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Democrat from Fargo danced and spoke during the grand entry of the Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest Native American Powwow and gathering.
The 36th annual Powwow honored Native American women in politics.
Ruth Buffalo is the first Democratic Native American woman to ever serve in the North Dakota legislature.
Representative Buffalo spoke about her accomplishments this year, helping to pass bills that will improve resources to finding missing indigenous women and children.
She was presented with a Star Quilt. A spokesperson for the Gathering of Nations told KX News this is one of the highest honors according to traditional Native American culture.
Over 700 tribes were represented at the gathering.
Dawn Charging was the first Native American North Dakota Representative. She served in the House from 2005 to 2008.