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South Dakota State Motto
"Under God the people rule"
Adopted in 1885.
Focus: Religious and People
South Dakota motto was adopted as part of the state seal. It was suggested by the Reverend Joseph Ward, founder of Yankton College, at the 1885 Constitutional Convention. It was adopted as the South Dakota motto, as an element of the state seal in the 1885 constitution and in the 1889 constitution.
The wording in the South Dakota Constitution, pertaining to the motto, reads:
There are four states with mottos that mention "God." Most people would probably regard them as being religious mottos:
There are three other states with mottos that make reference to "God."
There are three states with mottos that focus on the people:
South Dakota Constitution, Article 21, Section 1.
Mottos of the States
State motto is a word, phrase, or sentence inscribed on or attached to a coin, building, or other object. The motto states an important idea for a group of people within the state.
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