The North Dakota state flag consists of a field of dark blue with a bald eagle with outspread wings and open beak in the center. The left foot of the eagle grasps a sheaf of arrows; the right foot grasps an olive branch with three red berries. On the breast of the eagle a shield is displayed, the lower part showing seven red and six white stripes placed alternately representing the original thirteen states. Through the open beak of the eagle passes a scroll bearing the words "E Pluribus Unum" - “Out of Many, One". Over the scroll carried through the eagle's beak are thirteen five-pointed stars representing the birth of the United States, the whole device being surmounted by a sunburst. Beneath the eagle is a scroll with the words "North Dakota".
North Dakota flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.