Riel takes Schultz into custody, executes Thomas Scott.
This was a positive for the Metis because they had gained the upper hand. They had control over that area, and had proved it. It was clear that they were a force to be reckoned with now.
This was a negative for the government, because they now had more to deal with. It wasn't a matter of just taking the land now. They had to seem as though they were doing the right thing but everything pointed to them being in the wrong.