Official State Seal of South Dakota
The symbols on the great seal of South Dakota represent the state's commerce, industry, and natural resources. All State Seals
The outer circle of the seal bears the words "State of South Dakota," "Great Seal," and "1889," the year South Dakota became a state. The state seal also appears on South Dakota's state flag.
"Under God the People Rule" (South Dakota's state motto) appears at the top of the inner circle, which has a background of sky and hills. In the foreground, a steam ship navigates a river running through agricultural and industrial land (the Missouri River runs through the center of the state north to south).