1779-1846

1779, Kaposia (just below Mount Trempealeau, south of St. Paul), Minnesota.

March 3, 1846, at home in Lac qui Parle, Minnesota.

On the bluff overlooking Fort Renville in Lac qui Parle, Minnesota.

Renville’s father was a French-Canadian trader, his mother a Dakota Native American. Renville was educated by a Roman Catholic priest, and worked as a guide and fur trader. He founded the Fort Renville fur trading post at Lac qui Parle in 1826, invited missionaries to the area around 1835, and helped them translate the Bible into the Dakota language.

  1. Wakantanka taku nitawa