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Memorable Manitobans: Rufus Prince (1920-1989)

Native leader.

Born on the Long Plain Indian Reserve in Manitoba, he was educated at the Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School before serving with the Canadian army in Italy during World War Two. Upon his return he was elected chief of the Long Plain Indian Band. Prince later became vice-president of the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood, and he helped found the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council and the Dakota Ojibway Police Force (the first Aboriginal law enforcement agency in Canada) in 1977. He died at Portage la Prairie.


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

Page revised: 20 April 2008

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