Ruth Buffalo: “Real Change Needs to Happen”

ruthfacewithposter1North Dakota Business Watch named Ruth Buffalo a “40 Under 40 Leader” in 2010. She has a Master of Business Administration and Master of Management from University of Mary, a Master of Public Health at North Dakota State University and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Huron University.


Ruth Buffalo has been a Bush Fellow, identified as a leader bringing expertise to finding  “sustainable solutions to the tough problems that face Native people and nations.”

Ruth Buffalo has also directed the United Tribes Wellness Center, coached men’s and women’s basketball and taught other wellness-related activities. Buffalo is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Ruth is running for ND Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner post manages the state’s insurance department.

We caught up with Ruth this week and she was happy to answer a few questions:

Iron Eyes:   Before I forget, would you mind briefly sharing something about why you support Iron Eyes for Congress?

I support Iron Eyes for Congress because he is a true grassroots leader who knows and understands the people of North Dakota.

Iron Eyes:  What is your brief platform for your campaign?

Ruth:  Poor health is a result of poor policy.  It is up to us to change policy in order for ALL North Dakotan’s voices to be heard.  All North Dakotans deserve a bright and safe future for their kids and grandchildren; we need a state that is looking to the future.  My brief platform is to increase access to behavioral health services (mental health services & substance use treatment centers) and form a stronger partnership with Workforce and Safety Insurance.  I will stand up for ALL North Dakotans.  I recognize the enormous potential throughout our state, while acknowledging the challenges. My unique background and experience is perfect for the office of Insurance Commissioner.


Iron Eyes:  What do you like most about the campaign trail?

Ruth:  What I like most about the campaign trail is meeting the people across North Dakota.  Everyone has embraced me throughout the race with great encouragement and support.  They’ve shared their personal stories with me, many of which are very heartfelt. They’re ready for real change.  I’m thankful for this opportunity and appreciate all the support.

Iron Eyes:  How has this journey changed you and what are your plans for the rest of the election?


Ruth:  This journey has strengthened my spirituality.  This journey continues to remind me that real change needs to happen.  We are here, we have always been here, and we are ready to serve and work for the people of North Dakota.  My plans for the rest of the election are to continue to work hard in engaging voters, spreading the word, raising money, and to support other candidates running for office.

Iron Eyes:  What are you working on right now that you’re enjoying outside of politics?

 Ruth: I’m enjoying working on a few women’s leadership initiatives.  Empowering each other as women is so important to me.  Supporting each other and lifting each other up.  I also enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family.  Hopefully, I will be able to go camping, hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking before the summer is over.

My husband, Master Barber, and I own a barbershop that is 2 years old. In the past we have done toy drives, free haircuts for homeless, and free back to school haircuts in Mandaree.

 This past year I did consulting for my tribe’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The previous 4 summers I was the administrator of this program. I also have 20+ years in serving our youth.

 I believe in providing our youth with opportunities and skills to well prepare them for the future workforce.

Coming from a health and wellness background, the health and well being of individuals, families and communities is very important to me.


Iron Eyes: Bravo. Thank you Ruth. We wish you success in your race and in all that you do!




Ruth Buffalo was inducted into the Oak Grove Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2015. The Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who best exemplify the spirit, integrity and philosophy of Oak Grove Lutheran School. Alumni, faculty, staff, coaches and teams who have made significant contributions and have brought honor to Oak Grove Lutheran School are eligible for selection to the school’s Hall of Fame.  Read more about that here:


Learn more about Ruth Buffalo and follow her campaign at the links below!

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