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South Dakota

Entered the Union: November 2, 1889 (40) Capital: Pierre
Origin of Name: from Sioux Indian, meaning “allies” or "friends"
State Nicknames: Mt. Rushmore State • Coyote State
State Motto: Under God the people rule State Tree: Black Hills Spruce
State Bird: Ringneck Pheasant State Flower: Pasque Flower
State Jewelry: Black Hills Gold State Animal: Coyote
State Gem Stone: Fairburn Agate State Insect: Honey Bee
State Song:“Hail! South Dakota" State Sport: Rodeo
Famous For: Mt. Rushmore • Black Hills Gold
National Forests: 4 • State Parks: 12 • Recreational Areas: 45
Famous South Dakotans: Sparky Anderson (baseball), Tom Brokaw (TV newscaster), Crazy Horse (Oglala chief), Hubert Humphrey (vice president), Cheryl Ladd (actress), Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux chief), Sitting Bull (Hunkpappa Sioux chief), Norm Van Brocklin (football)


 

 

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