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South Dakota (; Sioux: Dakhota itokagacode: lak is deprecated , pronounced [da’kxota i’tokaga]) is a U.S. state in the North Central region of the United States. It is also part of the Great Plains. South Dakota’s name is derived from the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American Tribes. They make up a large part of the state’s population. There are nine reservations in the state. They have historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the 17th largest state by area, the 5th most populous and the 5th densest populated of all 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. They are the 39th and 40th states admitted to the union; President Benjamin Harrison shuffled the statehood papers before signing them so that no one could tell which became a state first. Pierre is the state capital. Sioux Falls is South Dakota’s biggest city, with a population around 187,200.

The states of South Dakota are bordered by North Dakota (to its north), Minnesota (to it east), Iowa (to their southeast), Nebraska (to south), Wyoming (to west), and Montana. The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as “East River” and “West River”.

South Dakota
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