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RuthAnna Buffalo

Honor the Earth; Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Since 2004, Ruth Anna Buffalo has been working in tribal communities to improve the quality of life. She has led a wellness program for seven years at a tribal college to forming coalitions against substance use. Her public health background and indigenous perspective guide her work to address the social determinants of health. Ruth believes poor health is a result of poor policy. She recently ran for public office in 2016 as a candidate for ND Insurance Commissioner. Ruth Anna completed work for the ACLU of North Dakota which focused on Standing Rock.

She is a new board member to the ND Human Rights Coalition. Ruth is an alumni of several women’s leadership initiatives and is currently working on a project led by women to increase civic engagement throughout North Dakota. This project is through Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s, Leadership, Organizing, and Action, online certificate program. Currently, she is a consultant to two non-profit organizations led by women, Honor the Earth and Sacred Pipe Resource Center. Her work focuses on community capacity building and reconciliation through education and the assessment of food systems.