Related to Riel Louis: Louis David Riel
Ri·el(rē-ĕl′), Louis 1844-1885.
Canadian insurgent leader who organized the Métis settlers of the Red River valley in a rebellion over land rights (1869-1870) that resulted in establishment of the province of Manitoba. He later led the North-West Rebellion in Saskatchewan (1885) but surrendered to Canadian authorities and was executed.
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