Renville’s Soldiers and the Renville Rangers – The “Tokadantee” or “Prairie Dogs”

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Title: Renville’s Soldiers and the Renville Rangers – The “Tokadantee” or “Prairie Dogs”
Creator: Barkwell, Lawrence J.
Subject: Renville’s Soldiers, Renville Rangers, Métis History, War
Description: In the early 1800s, Joseph Renville II maintained a squad of 15 to 25 guards for his farm and trading post and Reverend Williamson’s Mission at Lac Qui Parle, Minnesota. These guards were known as Renville’s Soldiers, also known as the “Tokadantee.” Joseph Renville II adopted Gabriel Renville after Gabriel’s father was killed in 1833 leading a Dakota war party against the Ojibwe. Later, his nephew Gabriel Renville would evolve the “Tokadantee” group into what became known as the Renville Rangers. The Renville Rangers, largely made up of Dakota-Métis men, worked on the government side during the great Sioux outbreak of 1862.
Publisher: Louis Riel Institute
Type: Text Document
Language: English
Date of Copyright: June 23, 2008
Coverage: Minnesota
GDI Media Filename: Renville Soldiers and Renville Rangers.pdf

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