“Under God the People Rule.” Is The Official State Motto Of South Dakota. The original design of the Great Seal of South Dakota, along with the National Motto Of South Dakota “Under God the People Rule”, was first suggested by Dr. Joseph Ward, the founder of Yankton College. At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention of 1885, the ultimate design and South Dakota State Motto were adopted and then modified in 1889. The emphasis of belief in God or another Deity like figure is not only conveyed in the State Motto Of South Dakota but also appears in the state mottos of Arizona, Colorado, and Ohio.
South Dakota State Nicknames
“Mount Rushmore State” (Official)
This official South Dakota state nickname is a reference to the giant granite sculpture in Mount Rushmore made by Gutzon Borglum. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial pays tribute to the first 150 years of the United States’ history featuring the former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
“The Sunshine State”
This is one of South Dakota’s attempts at attracting tourists.
“The Artesian State”
This South Dakota nickname refers to a large number of artesian wells found in South Dakota.
“The Coyote State”
Coyotes were so plentiful in the state that it made ground for this nickname.