In recognition of International Hug a Norwegian Day – let’s talk about the ethnic heritage of North Dakota. Here, you’ve got a 30% shot at hugging someone with Norskie roots. North Dakota has the fifth highest percentage of Norwegian population in the U.S. (Minnesota has the highest.)
North Dakota’s ethnic heritage is predominantly “Americans of European descent” and largely German (44% of the total population). ND is one of only five states where the largest race or ethnic minority group is American Indian (at 5%).
There are five federally recognized Tribes and one American Indian community located at least partially within the State of North Dakota. These include the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes), the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, and the Trenton Indian Service Area.
North Dakota has numerous ways to experience culture and heritage. North America’s largest Scandinavian festival – Norsk Hostfest – is held in Minot each fall. American Indian attractions and culture can be found through the state – from National Historic Sites like Knife River Indian Village, to arts and crafts found at Five Nations Arts, to the new Earthlodge Village in New Town.