When my grandpa was very young, he, his brother, and their dad, my great grandfather, were exploring in the badlands. They were looking for fossils and agates, when they came across the remains of a human being. After doing further research it was later discovered that the remains belonged to a Brule warrior named Thin Milk, or Asanpi Bleza. The warrior was shot by a rancher while trying to shoot one of the ranchers” cows for food. The Brule warrior Thin Milk later died in a camp some miles away from the rancher’s property. There his fellow warriors and friends laid him to rest, where my great grandfather and his two boys would later find the remains.
My grandfather’s name was John Swallow Jr. He was a young boy when they found the remains. After my great grandfather and grandfather died, Victor Swallow and the Swallow family set up and established an annual memorial ride for the fallen warrior. The annual memorial ride takes place in Redshirt, South Dakota every year. My family, the Swallow family of Redshirt, and the Two Bulls family organize the ride every year. It includes a 5-mile horse ride from the river to the site of the remains. The annual ride ends with a great home made feast.