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Bank of North Dakota


Prairie Public Productions created a television documentary about Bank of North Dakota (BND) in 2005 through the generous support of a USDA Rural Development Grant. The production highlights BND’s unique history as the only state owned bank in the nation. The following historical overview is provided courtesy of Prairie Public Television.

It comes as a surprise to many that North Dakota's largest bank is owned and operated by the State – the only one of its kind in the United States.
Bank of North Dakota building

In 1919, an agrarian revolt led by the Non-Partisan League forever changed the economic landscape in North Dakota. Called "a social experiment in state control" the League's Industrial Program sought to break the dominance of the out-of-state financiers who controlled the state's economy.

Cartoon from the collection of Institute of Regional Studies, North Dakota State University