The United States:
Many newspapers published strong opinions about Riel.
The Chicago Current called the hanging of Riel "a colossal Government blunder."
the New York Independent stated that "His execution must be regarded as unwise if not unjust. The Government has always scorned their petitions and their bills of rights; and two rebellions have been the result."
The Rochester Post-Express said that "when these aggrieved Halfbreeds returned Riel to the Parliament at Ottawa, the latter was forced to leave his seat to gain a hearing by violence and murder. The people of America cannot help but to sympathize with Riel."
Meanwhile, the Albany Argus observed that "there has been too much sympathy in some of the newspapers on this side of the border over the fate of this man."
The Boston Record stated that "The world will not suffer by the loss of the fanatical leader of the Halfbreeds."
The Philadelphia Inquirer came up with the best statement, an accurate prediction: "The ghost of Louis Riel will haunt Canadian statesmen for many a day."