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The Dakotas
The Dakotas is a collective term used around the world that refers to the U.S. states of North Dakotamarker and South Dakotamarker together. The term has been used historically to describe the Dakota Territory, and is continued to be used to describe the collective heritage, culture, geography, fauna, sociology,the economy, and even diets among the two states.

The name "Dakota" comes from the Tipi Sapa, a Native American clan that is a branch of the Lakota.

A sub-region of the Frontier Strip, the Dakotas are also within the Midwestern United States, with the western portion comprised of high plains. According to the Public Broadcasting Service, important areas within the Dakotas include the Black Hillsmarker, the town of Deadwoodmarker, Fort Buford, Standing Rock Reservationmarker and Wounded Knee. The Upper Missouri Rivermarker and the Upper Missouri River Valley are important geological features in the area, as well.


  • McMacken, R. (2006) Off the Beaten Path: The Dakotas. Globe Pequot.

See also


  1. "Serengeti in the Dakotas", Scientific American. May 2007. Retrieved 4/20/08.
  2. "Prairie Basin Wetlands of the Dakotas: A Community Profile. USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. Retrieved 4/20/08.
  3. "Wild Horses in Montana and the Dakotas", Retrieved 4/20/08.
  4. "Time Passages, Genealogy of the Dakotas". Retrieved 4/20/08.
  5. "Dakotas rank high on congressional pork list", April 2, 2008. Retrieved 4/20/08.
  6. "Black Gold in the Dakotas", Dakota Voice. April 6, 2008. Retrieved 4/20/08.
  7. Wieland, K. (2007) The Dakota Diet: Health Secrets from the Great Plains. Basic Health Publications.
  8. Olden, S.E. (1918) The People of Tipi Sapa (the Dakotas): Tipi Sapa Mitaoyate Kin. Morehouse Publishing Company.
  9. "New perspectives on the West: The Dakotas", PBS. Retrieved 4/20/08.

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