39th State (November 2, 1889), the midwest U.S.
State Abbreviation: ND
Nickname: Peace Garden State, Flickertail State, Roughrider State
Origin of Name: From the Dakota or Sioux tribe, meaning "allies" or "friends".
North Dakota State:
Motto: Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable
Wild Prairie Rose
Teredo Petrified Wood
Song: North Dakota Hymn
Things to Know
, twelve miles northeast of Grenora, is a large glacial
boulder covered with Indian pictographs. Writing Rock
The geographic center of North America is near the town of
One of North Dakota's nicknames is the Peace Garden State. This
nickname honors the
Dakota is most often called the Flickertail State, because of the
that are abundant in North Dakota. Richardson
Land regions. North Dakota has three major land regions: in the east
and the rolling drift prairie and in the
Red River Valley
. Missouri plateau of the Great Plains
North Dakota's top
(farming). industry is agriculture
North Dakota is one of the largest producers of
in the nation. crude petroleum
Major rivers: James River, Missouri River,
Famous North Dakotans
(1784-1884?), Shoshone Indian woman who, with her husband
Toussaint Charbonneau, served as interpreter and guide for the Lewis
& Clark Expedition. Sakakawea
Things to Do
North Dakota State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Things to Do-Other Sites
Commission's Fun for Kids
Activity pages and color pages for grades pre-5.
Missouri River Boats
A history of navigation on the Missouri River
from bullboats to steamboats. Download:
Sites to See
With the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher
Alice Fletcher (1834-1923) was America's first woman anthropologist
and a pioneer in the study of Native American culture and society. In
1881 she traveled to the Dakota Territory where she lived with Sioux
women and recorded their way of life. Includes a photo gallery and a
few Sioux folktales. Read her diary online.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The National Park Service site.
Things To Do-Other Sites
North Dakota State
Read about the North Dakota State
Quarter and print out the color page.
North Dakota Flag color page
Sakakawea color & fact sheet
Moccasin Quillwork Color Page
Moccasin Beadwork Color Page
Plains Indian Parfleche
A rawhide carrying case decorated with geometric designs. This
two-page handout includes instructions on how to make a parfleche.
Chuckwagon Color Page: The Settlement Period: North Dakota 1870-1915
Stories To Read
- A Lakota (Sioux) Tale The
Origin of the Prairie Rose