Prior to contact by European settlers, North Dakota was home to Native American tribes for thousands of years. Lewis and Clark entered the territory in 1804. Present day North Dakota was included in the Louisiana Purchase while other sections of the acquired land were organized into what is now parts of Minnesota and Nebraska. Due to the early occupation of Native American settlements, the contemporary culture of the state is greatly influenced by many of their beliefs and most of the rituals and traditions are still carried out by the Native American peoples that still live in the state. North Dakota has the lowest percentage of nonreligious people of any state as well as the highest churches per capita of any state. Like much of the Midwest, agriculture remains to be a huge source of income for the state. It is the largest producer of grain in the United States. Such grains include barley, durum wheat, and a variety of oats. Tourism is rather low in North Dakota; however the state is not without interesting natural habitats and considerable opportunities for its residents. The state is home to many private and public institutions of higher learning, such as Minot State University and Trinity Bible College. Home of the Wild Prairie Rose, North Dakota lives up to its slogan of Strength in the Soil.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan