The great seal of North Dakota features a tree in an open field with three bundles of wheat surrounding its trunk. To the right of the tree stands a plow, anvil, and sledge: on the left a bow crossed by three arrows and an Indian on horseback pursuing a buffalo toward the setting sun (North Dakota's state quarter also features buffalo, and the name of the state originates from the native American Sioux language).
Above the foliage of the tree arches a half-circle of forty-two stars surrounded by the state motto: "Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable." The words "Great Seal" appear at the top and the words "State of North Dakota" appear at the bottom of the seal. North Dakota adopted its state Constitution on October 1, 1889.
*NOTE: The North Dakota Great Seal is the state's only symbol that is protected by state law (Section 54-02-01 of the North Dakota Century Code). It cannot be reproduced or modified in any manner for use in any commercial applications. For more information regarding its use, contact the office of North Dakota Secretary of State.