Welcome to NDStudies.org

The North Dakota Studies regional website offers resources on the people, places, events, and fascinating history of North Dakota and the region for teachers, students, and lifelong learners. A collaboration of the North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC), the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the North Central Council for School Television in partnership with Prairie Public, the site provides teaching resources not only for fourth grade, eighth grade, and high school North Dakota Studies classes but also for cross-curricular applications for K-12 classrooms across the region. In addition, you will find photographs, maps, and other primary documents, well-researched and authoritative articles, as well as audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of the region.

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This Week's Feature

Prairie Artists: Mary Louise Defender Wilson - The Woman Who Turned Herself to Stone
Native storyteller Mary Louise Defender Wilson tells the story of the woman who turned herself to stone.


National award-winning, renowned Dakotah and Hidatsa storyteller Mary Louise Defender Wilson, from the Standing Rock Reservation of south-central North Dakota, tells the traditional story of the rock from which the reservation takes its name. The narrative describes a young woman who loved nature so much she found a way to remain in the midst of nature forever and help people to this day. The Woman Who Turned Herself to Stone is also included in greater detail on the NDCA produced CD The Elders Speak.

Lesson plan with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades 4-8: The Woman Who Turned Herself to Stone English Language Arts and Social Studies

Lesson plan with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades K:6: The Blue Heron Who Stayed for Winter English Language Arts and Social Studies


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North Dakota Blue Book Available on Digital Horizons

Past editions of the North Dakota Blue Book are available on Digital Horizons! The Blue Book is easy to use, authoritative, statistical and narrative profile of North Dakota's government, geography, economy and culture, published periodically since 1889.

Click here to search Digital Horizons for the "Blue Book."

This Day in ND History

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