Great Seal of the State of North Dakota
ArmigerState of North Dakota
MottoLiberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

The Great Seal of the State of North Dakota is the official seal of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The coloring added to the seal varies by source.


The seal is based on the description of the seal of the Territory of Dakota, enacted in 1862-3:[1]

A tree in an open field, the trunk of which is surrounded by three bundles of wheat; on the right a plow, anvil and sledge; on the left, a bow crossed with three arrows, and an Indian on horseback pursuing a buffalo toward the setting sun; the foliage of the tree arched by a half circle of forty-two stars. It is surrounded by the motto "Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable", from Daniel Webster's Reply to Hayne; the words "Great Seal" at the top; "State of North Dakota" at the bottom; "October 1st" on the left and "1889" on the right.

The current seal was designed by Lili Stewart of North Dakota in 1987, before computers made commercial art less exacting. Stewart continues to work as a free-lance artist, specializing in North Dakota wildlife and landscape paintings.

See also


  1. ^ "History of Dakota Territory". 1915.