The Metis petitioned for rights, but were ignored. They called for Louis Riel for help, because they were getting pushed out of Saskatchewan. On March 19, 1885, they seized a protestant church, Batoche, and they set up another provisional government. They were supported by other First Nation groups, and then began the war. Riel was arrested for high treason, and was found guilty. Macdonald chooses to hang him, and publicized the photos of Riel being hung.