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North Dakota State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year of adoption


North Dakota Legislative Branch. North Dakota Century Code <http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/statutes/cent-code.html> Accessed February 8, 2011.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Great seal Find out more... 1889
Flower Wild prairie rose, (Rosa blanda or Rosa arkansana) 1907
Flag Find out more... 1911
Bird Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1947
Song "North Dakota Hymn," words by James W. Foley, music by Doctor C. S. Putnam 1947
Tree American elm (Ulmus americana) Virginia Tech 1947
Fossil Teredo petrified wood 1967
Fish Northern pike (Esox lucius) 1969
March "Flickertail March," by James D. Ployhar 1975
Grass Western wheatgrass (Agropyron smithii) 1977
Art museum The North Dakota Museum of Art on the North Dakota University Campus at Grand Forks 1981
Beverage Milk 1983
Language English 1987
Railroad museum Mandan Railroad Museum 1989
Honorary equine The Nokota Horse 1993
American folk dance Square dance 1995
Fruit Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) 2007
Insect Convergent lady beetle (ladybug) Hippodamia convergens 2011

Making laws in North Dakota

The North Dakota legislature offers How a Bill Becomes Lawadobe document, a one-page chart, to help us understand how laws are made in North Dakota.

Additional Information

State Symbols (capital, bird, tree, flag...): Website of the State of North Dakota.

North Dakota Facts and Symbols
North Dakota
Facts and Symbols

Karen Bush Gibson

North Dakota Facts and Symbols, by Karen Bush Gibson. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major North Dakota symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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