The Bishop's tireless advocacy on behalf of Native American rights and their importance to the entire regions development set him up for a great deal of criticism in his lifetime. In spite of this, he worked both locally in the Fargo-Moorhead area, at the state level in St. Paul and in delegations to Washington, D.C. to lobby for education, fair treatment and justice for native Americans.
~Rolf Olson, Minnetonka, MN
His religious guidance in early Minnesota not only with the settlers but with the Native Americans.
~Margaret Sinn, Waseca, MN
He was pivotal in his relations and understanding of the Dakota - most specifically his efforts with President Lincoln to commute the sentance of more than 300 Native Americans following the 1862 Indian War. First Episcopal Cathedral in Minnesota and, in fact, the first building built as an Anglican Cathedral in the United States. He was founder of Shattuck, St. Marys, St. Johns, The three schools now joined as Shattuck and Seaburry Divinity.
~Susan Garwod, Faribault, MN
By his advocacy of Native American people over many years, by writing and by working on Federal commissions, he challenged the conscience of many Minnesotans, many other Americans, and even some people in other parts of the world.
~Bob Neslund, Faribault, MN'
First Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota elected in 1857, Whipple was called Straight Tongue by the Indians, whose cause he championed before and after the Dakota conflict. He had two personal interviews with President Lincoln, first to warn of the corruption of the Indian Agents, second to secure clemency for most of those condemned to die in the largest mass execution in American history at Mankato in 1865 I think. 37 were hanged at once. Without Whipple's intervention it would have been more than three hundred. Whipple also ordained the first native American priest.
~William Teska, Minneapolis, MN