I'm taking a break from Canada this week, largely because I'm having trouble coming up with good flags for Manitoba and Alberta, but with any luck I'll figure them out by next week.
South Dakota has one thing going for it: Mount Rushmore. Ok, that's not really fair, but you understand my point. The big draw of the state, which it freely admits on its flag, are the massive heads carved into the scared mountains of the Lakota (not a bad microcosm of American history):
This flag returns to a familiar template, that of the seal on blue, and it one-ups the terribleness by adding the state name and the state's nickname (I guess). The fact that the seal is done in only two colors compounds the problem, making the center a confusing, indistinct mess. If they're really married to the idea of the seal on their flag, they could at least remove the words. The sunburst behind the seal provides some promise too:
The only complaint I could envision (Ok, one of the complaints) is that is looks like a jumble of clip art. I freely admit that I agree, but I'm of the opinion that a few simple designs with specific meanings are far more preferable than seals and shields that are both too detailed and attempting to pack as much as possible onto a piece of cloth.
I've also noticed this is the second time I've used Lincoln's hat on a flag. How many others can say that?