Washington D.C. The Interior – The Seal of the United States Department of the Interior consists of a male buffalo with the head and body in a left position, standing on a prairie, with mountains and a rising sun in the background, enclosed within two concentric circles, having the words “U.S. Department of the Interior” and the date “March 3, 1849.”
The date on the seal is when Congress created the department.
The buffalo seal dates from 1917, when it was used as the emblem on the initial department flag and thereafter replaced the old version of the seal, which used a federal eagle.
The eagle was reinstated for a few years in the 1920s, and a different seal was used from 1968-69, but on both occasions the buffalo seal was reinstated.
The Seal of the United States Department of the Interior.