North Dakota

The Peace Garden State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue field
  • Thirteen stars
  • Ribbon “E Pluribus Unum” (American motto)
  • Bald eagle holding olive branch and arrows
  • American shield
  • Red and gold scroll “North Dakota”

The flag was used by troops from North Dakota used in the Spanish-American War in 1898 as well as in the Filipino-American War in 1899, but didn’t become the official state flag until March 11, 1911.

The North American Vexillology Association in their 2001 survey of 72 Canadian and American flags rates this flag 56th.

Keep it simple: The elements of this flag are complicated have many details. From far away the feathers on the eagle and the detail on the shield are difficult to disern.

Use meaningful symbolism: The entirety of the flag’s design centered around the eagle is symbolic of the thirteen colomies and the birth of a new nation. This makes sense as this flag was used to represent North Dakota in defence of America during two wars. 

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see nine colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is no seal on the flag, but there is lettering.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is like many of the other state flags with the blue field and complicated design in the middle of the flag.

The Redesign

Keep it simple: This redesigned flag had three stylized feathers pointing down on a light blue field. There is one star in the middle.

Use meaningful symbolism: The three feathers are symbolic of the three main tribes of Native Americans in the state. The star is symbolic of America. The feathers are pointed downwards, acknowldging South Dakota as part of the Dakotas. The colors are all symbolic of sunset in the plains of the state.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct with the stylized feathers and colors, especially the orange.