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South Dakota became the 40th state of the Union on November 2, 1889. The state has two unique physical characteristics: it contains the geographic center of the United States, which is north of Belle Fourche and has its own continental division. as a result, Traverse Lake in the southeastern part of the state flows north to Hudson Bay, and Great Stone Lake, which borders Minnesota, flows south to the Gulf of Mexico. South Dakota is bordered by North Dakota to the north, Minnesota, and Iowa to the east, Nebraska to the south, and Wyoming and Montana to the west. The state is divided by the upper valley of the Missouri River into eastern and western regions.
Pierre in central South Dakota is one of the smallest state capitals in the country. The state is named after the Dakota Sioux people. It is located near the center of the region traditionally used by the Sioux and remains the seat of the central population of this influential federation of Native Americans.
The Sioux Alliance fought and defended the second largest percentage of ancestral lands in the Great Plains, a feat only surpassed by the neighboring Crow people. Although appeasement led to reservations, the Sioux used their relative isolation to protect their religious, linguistic, and other cultural traditions, often practicing them in secret. During the cultural revival of the 1970s, the Sioux were one of the most active Native American groups in restoring their traditional customs.
The way of life in South Dakota as a whole has not changed markedly since the 1930s when most of the state’s settlements ceased to exist. About half of South Dakotas live on Native American farms, religious enclaves, or reservations. Unfavorable climatic and economic conditions caused migration from the countryside to the cities, and limited resources forced some Native Americans to leave the reserves. Education, health care, social services, and transportation have improved since the 1960s, but at the turn of the 21st century, many South Dakotas continued to depend on federal support.