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South Dakota Name Origin:

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1899 photo of Sioux Indian Eddie Plenty Holes (public domain image on Wikipedia).
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What does the name South 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.

South Dakota map - click to see all state name origins
South Dakota Geology and Topography Map from USGS.
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South Dakota USA - click to see all state name origins
South Dakota USA. See All State Name Origins.
Source:
South Dakota Quick Facts: Ben's Guide to US Government
Links:
The Weekly South Dakotan: South Dakota History for Kids
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