(NEWSER) – North Dakota has been a state since 1889—or has it? An 82-year-old government watchdog and local historian has been trying, for 16 years, to get someone to notice an important flaw in the state’s constitution that he says renders North Dakota’s very statehood invalid. The state constitution omits the executive branch, the governor, and other top officials when outlining who must take the oath of office, John Rolczynski notes. This puts it in opposition with the federal constitution, thus theoretically making the state’s version invalid.
That could mean North Dakota is actually still a territory, ValleyNewsLive.com reports. But don’t worry, North Dakotans: State Senator Tim Mathern has introduced a bill to fix the wording, and voters will simply need to approve the constitutional amendment in November 2012.