The paper lasted from February to May, ending with Mitchel's sentence to fourteen years' transportation for treason-felony
Bob Beal and Barry Wright follow this with the "Summary and Incompetent Justice" notorious in the eighty-four treason-felony
cases against Riel's associates in 1885, which put sixty Aboriginals and Metis in Stony Mountain Penitentiary.
Along with Riel, eight Indian leaders were found guilty of treason-felony and hanged.
Big Bear was charged and found guilty of treason-felony and sentenced to three years at Stony Mountain Penitentiary.
Of the Metis jailed, 19 were convicted of treason-felony
. One man (Louis Riel) was hanged, seven were conditionally discharged and the others were either not brought to trial or were unconditionally discharged.
Although over-shadowed by the earlier treason trial of Louis Riel, the trial of Big Bear on four counts of treason-felony
deserves recognition as a decisive moment in Canadian history.