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The North Dakota State Motto
The North Dakota motto was adopted in 1889 is:

"Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable"

The Meaning of the North Dakota State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the aspirations relating to freedom and liberty and also the independent nature of North Dakota and the strength provided when being part of a greater union. The phrase was first used by South Carolina Senator Robert Y. Hayne in a great oratorical celebration of American nationalism.

"Liberty and Union
Now and Forever, One and Inseparable"



The North Dakota State Nickname
The North Dakota Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular North Dakota nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

North Dakota State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Peace Garden State
Flickertail State
Rough Rider State
Land of the Dakotas" or "The Sioux State"

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The Origin and Meaning of the North Dakota Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from North Dakota, are referred to as North Dakotans. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Peace Garden State
The official nickname of the Peace Garden State is dedicated to peace alludes to the commemoration of the International Peace Garden on North Dakota's border with Manitoba, Canada - the world’s longest unfortified border. The International Peace Garden was dedicated on July 14, 1932.

The Flickertail State
The Flickertail nickname relates to the cute Richardson Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii) that cheerfully flicks its tail whilst running and just before entering its borrow.

The Rough Rider State
The Rough Riders were members of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry regiment in the Spanish-American War who were organized and led by Theodore Roosevelt. Rough Riders are also a term used to describe skilled riders who break untrained horses.

The Land of the Dakotas" or "The Sioux State"
The Land of the Dakotas" or "The Sioux State" is a direct reference to the tribes of Native American Indians who inhabited the area who were also referred to as the Lakota or Dakota Sioux. The names of a famous Sioux leaders were Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.


The Constitution of North Dakota
The constitution of North Dakota establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain and establish this constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of North Dakota


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