THAT REMINDS ME: We could have been ‘Dakota’ (or ‘Manitscolda’)
A great debate was brewing in North Dakota 25 years ago. It was over the proposal to drop the North and change the name of the state to Dakota.
There was a resolution sponsored by Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, in the 1989 legislative session. It called for Congress to shorten the name to Dakota.
Mathern said Dakota speaks of “what we are most proud — the wholesomeness, the hospitality of our people.
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