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North Dakota Cultural Symbols

As a son of West Dakota, I’m not terribly impressed with North Dakota’s official cultural symbols.

Cultural Symbols  
Railroad Museum Mandan Railroad Museum 1989
Beverage milk Redundant Symbol 1983
Dance square dance Redundant Symbol 1995
March Flickertail March 1975
Art Museum The North Dakota Museum of Art (on the North Dakota University Campus at Grand Forks) 1981
Language English Redundant Symbol 1987
North Dakota Cultural Symbols

North Dakota’s symbols include milk, the square dance, and English, three of the most redundant state symbols. (Milk and English also represent South Dakota.) Add a couple museums and a march, and that’s it. Exciting, huh?

Am I being too harsh? After all, the Dakotas aren’t exactly a cultural mecca. Nashville and Hollywood are far away.

So, what are my suggestions for Dakota cultural symbols? Perhaps a one-room country school, or maybe home-made ice cream, especially when made with ice picked up off the ground after a hail storm.

It would also be cool to make Sioux and German the official languages. My grandparents spoke German.

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