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On December 3rd 2018, Ruth Buffalo, a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara nation stood with her peers to take an oath into office wearing an elk tooth dress, otter skins and other traditional regalia!
To read more about this day, please click below to read a HuffPost article on Ruth Buffalo and her swearing in.
From Huffington Post:
Standing alongside other newly elected lawmakers during the swearing-in ceremony, Buffalo wore a traditional Native American dress and held an ornate fan made with eagle feathers given to her by her clan brother hours earlier.
“Eagle feathers in our culture are very significant,” she told HuffPost. “Oftentimes they’re gifted to people when they’ve accomplished a great achievement.”
It was an uncommon scene in North Dakota’s Capitol in Bismarck, Buffalo, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, told HuffPost. But it was a moment that she was proud to be a part of.
“It’s part of my identity and who I am,” Buffalo said of the traditional clothing. “It was to honor my ancestors, those that have gone before me, and the future generation.”
(Photo by Lea Black Photography)
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