Famous North Dakotans
The legendary North Dakota brand was built on the stories of notable figures who have a legacy preserved here. Visitors can tour the site where Sakakawea lived with her village. They can walk inside Theodore Roosevelt's cabin in the Badlands. They can canoe the same waters as Lewis & Clark. They can see where Sitting Bull surrendered.
These famous figures might not have been from North Dakota, but their history was defined here. And those legends are now joined by modern-day sports heroes, musicians, models, actors and writers who are not only from North Dakota but have blazed, or are blazing, legendary trails of their own.
In the lower level of the North Dakota Capitol, visitors can see the portraits of recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, recognizing present or former North Dakotans who have been influenced by this state. Those honorees include:
- Entertainer Lawrence Welk
- Athlete Roger Maris
- Author Louis L'Amour
- Entertainer Peggy Lee
- Athlete and Coach Phil Jackson
- Actress Angie Dickinson
- Author Louise Erdich (most recent)