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A coat of arms is a shield with designs that represent a family or government. The North Dakota coat of arms, adopted in 1957, is shaped like an arrowhead. It is colored gold and green and has the words “Strength From the Soil” to show that North Dakota is a great agricultural state. Three stars in the center represent the three branches of government. Above the shield is a bow with three arrows.
The state coat of arms may be used by the Governor, the North Dakota National Guard, North Dakota veterans’ organizations, state government agencies, and certain educational institutions.
The North Dakota coat of arms was first displayed by the National Guard at Camp Grafton in 1957.