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North Dakota State Name Origin:

North Dakota bicentennial quarter - click to see all state quarters
North Dakota became the 39th state in 1889 (see STATEHOOD ORDER).
North Dakota's state quarter features a rising sun, American buffalo and
badlands. Public domain image on Wikipedia. See All state quarters.

North Dakota - click to see all state name origins

What does the name North Dakota mean? "Dakota" is the Sioux Indian word for friend. President James Buchanan signed the bill creating the Dakota Territory in 1861.

The Dakota Territory originally included the area covered today by North and South Dakota as well as Montana and Wyoming. On November 2, 1889, both North and South Dakota were admitted to the Union, becoming the 39th and 40th states.

Sioux Indian Warrior - click to see all state name origins
Sioux Indian warrior WAHK-TA-GE-LI - photo from
Bodmer and Maximillion Expedition - National Agricultural Library

There have been attempts made to change the state name by dropping the "North" and renaming the state simply "Dakota," but these resolutions were defeated in 1947 and again in 1989.

Source:
North Dakota: Official website ND.gov
Nicknames: North Dakota Official website (ND.gov)North Dakota Quick Facts: Ben's Guide to US Government
Links:
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