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Great States | Idaho History

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From the Ice Age to the Civil War, learn the story of how Idaho became the 43rd state.

Great States | Montana Government

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Find out about the way in which the people of Montana are governed. Nearly 60,000 people live on seven federally recognized American Indian Reservations in Montana, governing their own independent territories within the state. The rest of Montana is governed by the state. Montana state government is structured like the Federal government, with three branches: executive, legislative and judicial.

Great States | Iowa Economy

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Iowa’s natural resources gave rise to its early industries like lumber and coal mining. Discover how the real key to Iowa’s growth as a modern economy was transportation. Stagecoaches, freight wagons, steamboats, and trains were crucial to Iowa’s commercial development. 

Great States | North Dakota Culture

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North Dakota’s festivals and events celebrate the people and communities there. Learn more about these communities and what makes North Dakota a great place to be.

Great States | Oregon

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A state on the edge of a continent, Oregon’s first inhabitants first arrived 15,000 years ago. But it wasn’t until 1805 that explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark established Fort Clatsop, paving the way for newcomers who would help shape the state of Oregon into what we know today. Learn how the unique geography, economy, and culture of Oregon earned the state its name—the Pacific Wonderland.

Great States | Idaho Culture

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Learn fun facts about all things Idaho! Find out about the diverse groups of people who have come together to add to the cultural fabric of this “Potato State.”

Great States | North Dakota

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Named for the Dakota Indians who lived there, the state of North Dakota at the edge of the Great Plains is home to wide open spaces, rough-hewn Badlands, and hearty people. 

Great States | North Dakota History

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Learn about the land and its people before European settlement, the changes that followed, and how North Dakota became a state. 

Great States | Idaho Government

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Idaho's state government and tribal councils have two different ways of governing, each with their own structure and set of rules. Delve into the different government structures and the history of Idaho's path to statehood. 

Great States | Montana History

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Learn about Montana’s land and people from before the Gold Rush to modern day.

Great States | Montana Culture

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Today, Montana is largely made up of people of northern European descent. But American Indians make up more than six percent of the state’s population. Learn about these and other cultures that make up the Montana of today.

Great States | Oregon History

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Learn about the history this land on the northwest coast where people first arrived 15,000 years ago. Find out about the changes that came after 1805, when explorers Lewis and Clark established Fort Clatsop, opening the land to newcomers who would help shape the state of Oregon into what we know today. 

Great States | Iowa

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Explore the state named for the Ioway People, one of many American Indian groups that lived in the area. Learn how these groups were forcibly removed by European fortune seekers, paving the way for the expansion of Iowa’s railroads and farming. Transportation proved key to Iowa’s economic development. Learn how religious tolerance and a welcoming attitude to refugees and immigrants have created a rich Iowa culture today.

Great States | Iowa Government

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Why was Iowa’s original Constitution replaced? And why did the State capital move three times? Learn about how Iowa grew as a State and how Iowa is governed today.

Great States | Oregon Culture

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Explore the diverse peoples that have contributed to the cultural tapestry of Oregon, “the Pacific Wonderland.”

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