some scholars argue that the results of the 1884 election had profound consequences for Riel, and say that had the outcome of it been different, i.e. a Republican rather than a Democrat elected, Riel’s cause, and indeed all that happened to him in 1885 might never have happened. Riel was a Republican and an attested American citizen at the time of his arrest and trial. This is one of the travesties of justice that a foreign national, an American citizen, was tried for treason. This is against International law.

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