This Day in History: November 2, 1889
South Dakota, The Mount Rushmore State
“Under God the People Rule”
South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation. Custer State Park is home to a herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the bison played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the “tatanka” for food, clothing and shelter. The Dakota Territory originally included the area covered today by North and South Dakota as well as Montana and Wyoming. This year (2014) both states are celebrating their 125th anniversary since on November 2, 1889, North and South Dakota were admitted to the Union. South Dakota became the 40th state and is officially known as The Mount Rushmore State. The Capital of South Dakota is Pierre.
Welcome to the gentle and thundering South Dakota! "We need the tonic of wildness — to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.~Henry David Thoreau