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South Dakota (i/ˌsaʊθ dəˈkoʊtə/) is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. Once a part of Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. The state has an area of 77,116 square miles (199,730 km2) and an estimated population of just over 800,000.Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of nearly 160,000, is South Dakota's largest city.

South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, 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". Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state's population, and fertile soil in this area is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination, is located there. Other attractions in the southwest include Badlands and Wind Cave national parks, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and historic Deadwood. South Dakota experiences a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and precipitation ranging from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west. The ecology of the state features species typical of a North American grassland biome.

Humans have inhabited the area for several millennia, with the Sioux becoming dominant by the early 19th century. In the late 19th century, European-American settlement intensified after a gold rush in the Black Hills and the construction of railroads from the east. Encroaching miners and settlers caused conflict that triggered a number of Indian Wars, ending with the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Key events in the 20th century included the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, increased federal spending during the 1940s and 50s for agriculture and defense, and an industrialization of agriculture which has much reduced family farming. While several Democratic senators have represented South Dakota for multiple terms at the federal level, the state government is largely dominated by the Republican Party, whose nominees have carried South Dakota in each of the most recent eleven presidential elections. Historically dominated by an agricultural economy and a rural lifestyle, South Dakota has recently sought to diversify its economy to attract and retain residents. It is still largely rural and has the fifth-lowest population density among U.S. states. South Dakota's history and rural character still strongly influence the culture of the state.

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Matching South Dakota Colleges

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South Dakota State University
Four or more years; Public; $5,144 average out-state tuition; $3,429 average in-state tuition
Augustana College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $26,250 average out-state tuition; $26,250 average in-state tuition
University of South Dakota
Four or more years; Public; $5,144 average out-state tuition; $3,429 average in-state tuition
Black Hills State University
Four or more years; Public; $5,486 average out-state tuition; $3,657 average in-state tuition
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Four or more years; Public; $5,140 average out-state tuition; $3,430 average in-state tuition
Dakota State University
Four or more years; Public; $5,144 average out-state tuition; $3,429 average in-state tuition
Northern State University
Four or more years; Public; $5,144 average out-state tuition; $3,429 average in-state tuition

South Dakota College Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Jane and Clem Werner Scholarship $5000 February 15, 2015
David Arver Memorial Scholarship $1000 April 01, 2015
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies February 19, 2015
Minnesota SWE Scholarship Varies March 15, 2015
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