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Of the population (2014) 85.7% are white, 1.9% black, 8.9% Indians (mainly Sioux) and 3.5% others. Most of the Indians live in reservations such as the Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Standing Rock. Biggest cities are Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
The main branch of the economy is agriculture. The main crops are corn, wheat, flax, barley, soy and rye (leading among the United States); especially in the west cattle farming. Industry (especially processing of agricultural products) is less important. Gold is mined in the Black Hills.
The first Europeans stayed in the area of what is now South Dakota from 1742–43; In 1803 it came into possession of the USA in the course of the Louisiana Purchase. 1861 Dakota Territory established; after its division, South Dakota became the 40th state in the United States in 1889. Gold discoveries in the Black Hills (1874) triggered a gold rush (1875/76). The period up to 1890 was dominated by the armed conflicts with the local Sioux (1868 establishment of the Sioux reservation west of the Missouri, area reductions in 1877 and 1889; 1890 massacre at the Wounded Knee).
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