Official State Motto

May 24, 1907

An act approved by Acting Governor Xenophon O. Pindall modified the subject of Arkansas's state motto, regnant populi, to populus, signifying a single group, as in “the people.” Adjusting the verb to agree with the subject resulted in regnat populus, in which form the motto survives today. Regnat Populus is Latin for “the people rule.” No other state employs this motto, in either Latin or English. The motto’s use is mostly limited to the Seal of State and its derivatives used by various state officers. (more)