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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Prince “Red Eagle” [Mis-koo-kenew] (1819-1899)

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He was a son of Peguis, chief of the Saulteaux Indians, who had taken the European name William King. In his own tongue Prince was known as Pa-bat-or-kok-or-sis, although he signed Treaty One as Mis-koo-kenew (“Red Eagle”). In October 1840, he was married to Sarah Badger at St. Peter's Dynevor. He complained in 1869-70 that the Métis were not sympathetic to the Native people, and he was a firm supporter of the Canadian annexation of Red River. He met the arriving Wolseley Expedition in his canoe at the mouth of the Red River. Prince died at St. Andrews, Manitoba on 7 June 1899.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Treaty One, Library and Archives Canada.

St. Peter's Dynevor, The Original Indian Settlement of Western Canada by T. C. B. Boon
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 9, 1952-53 Season

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Anne Lindsay for assistance in preparing this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 May 2011

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