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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
George Quinn, medicine man, friendly Indian during the massacre, was probably born at Kaposia, now South St. Paul, possibly about 1840. He claimed to be a half-breed Sioux and Kickapoo, but it is generally believed to be the son of Peter Quinn, the scout, and Ineyahewin, a Kickapoo squaw. In November, 1862, he was one of three delegates who conducted the negotiations between Gen. Sibley and Little Crow for the release of prisoners. A note still in existence, signed by S. R. Riggs and T. S. Williamson, missionaries, tells of George Quinn, Mahryaduta and Huntkamaza, the three delegates winning the release of the white captives and of bringing them to General Sibley. "Dr." Quinn, as he was called, sold herbs through the Northwest for many years. He died on the reservation near Morton, Jan. 29, 1915. His last words were: "I soon die. Gitchie Manitou, the Mighty, is calling and soon I answer. Soon I face the setting sun and start the long journey. But it is well, my friend. I have lived long, I have seen much. Many moons have passed since I first winged the arrow. I am going to the happy hunting grounds where peace always is."
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