North Dakota is inspirational. North Dakota was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on November 2, 1889. North Dakota is a Great Plains state in the Upper Midwestern region of the United States. Canada is at its northern border. Minnesota and Red River is to the east. South Dakota is its southern border. Its border to the west is made by the state of Montana. The capital of North Dakota, since before statehood, is Bismarck. Fargo is the largest city.
A stone marker in Rugby, North Dakota marks the “Geographic Center of the North American Continent”. The west consists of hilly Great Plains and part of the Badlands. The central region of North Dakota is divided into the Drift Prairie and the Missouri Plateau. The eastern region consists of flat, fertile soil that supports a large agricultural industry. Ravines, valleys, and diverse terrain supports nearly 2,oo0 species of plants. The climate in North Dakota is a continental climate. Summers are hot and winters are cold.
Native Americans inhabited North Dakota for thousands of years before exploration. Tribes included the Mandan and Lakota peoples. An exploration party led by a French-Canadian trader was first to reach the area. In 1762 until 1802 the region became part of Spanish Louisiana. Settlers were few until railroads were constructed into the area. North Dakota applied for statehood at the same time as South Dakota, Montana, and Washington.
Refugee resettlement is big in North Dakota. The state has experienced an influx of people from the eastern U.S. and Europe for many years. Farmers and general laborers from Norway, Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom moved to North Dakota. More recently, while the state has tried programs to keep skilled college graduates, many college graduates moved out of the state. The oil industry has improved this situation. The population of the state has recently increased due to jobs in the oil industry.
North Dakota has more churches per capita than any other state. Native Americans impact the culture of the state as well. Pow-wows, social gatherings with costumed dancing, occur regularly. The United Tribes International Powwow, held yearly in September, is the largest Powwow in the United States. Powwows are attended by Native American and non-Natives. The continent’s largest Scandinavian event is held each September as well. Outdoor activities and places like the North Country National Scenic Trail and Theodore Roosevelt National Park attract residents and tourists.
State government is organized and with the Constitution of North Dakota and the North Dakota Century Code. The executive branch has a governor and lieutenant governor elected every four years. The legislature is bicameral. The senate elects one senator. The House of Representatives elects two representatives. The judiciary has four levels.
Famous politicians and activists are included in the list of famous Dakotans. Actors, authors, musicians, Olympians, coaches, and others have impacted culture after calling North Dakota home. Be inspired! Have a bright day!