Ruth Buffalo is sworn into office at the North Dakota state Capitol. [Photo Credit – Lea Black]

Ruth Buffalo wore a traditional Native American dress and held an ornate fan made with eagle feathers as she was sworn in as a state representative Dec. 3 at the state capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota. Buffalo became the first Native American democratic women elected in North Dakota.

Buffalo beat Republican incumbent Randy Boehning in North Dakota’s 27th District, which includes Fargo, the state’s most populous city. Boehning sponsored voter ID legislation that sought to suppress the Native vote in North Dakota by requiring each voter provide an ID with a physical address.

Today, I witnessed history. Congratulations Ruth Anna Buffalo elected to serve and lead in the ND State Legislature House of Representatives! || Lea Black Photography

Posted by Lea Black on Monday, December 3, 2018

Eighteen freshman legislators were sworn into the North Dakota State Legislature: 12 in the House and six in the Senate.