North Dakota Travel
North Dakota Tourism
On March 2, 1861, President James Buchanan signed the bill creating the Dakota Territory, which originally included the area covered today by both Dakotas as well as Montana and Wyoming. The name was taken from that of the Dakota or Sioux Indian Tribe.
Beginning about 1877, efforts were made to bring Dakota into the Union as both a single state and as two states. The latter was successful and on November 2, 1889, both North and South Dakota were admitted.
Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for "friend".
North Dakota has a lot of wildlife. The creation of shelters and parks has kept the animal population strong, and travellers have plenty of good spots to view native species such as bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep and coyotes.