As you travel from US18 north toward Wounded Knee on the Big Foot Trail, the vision of the lush rolling hills, the clear blue skies, and the miles of visibility are quite amazing. In the middle of thousands of acres of grassland stands this single Elm tree. Friends have nicknamed him “The Little Warrior” since he seems to exist all alone and against the odds. Through the sustained winds of Summer and the oppressive blizzards of Winter, this “Little Warrior” had existed alone for quite some time.
I found out from my friend, Moses Bull Bear, that this tree had been there for some 75 years. A trading post used to exist in that location and Moses remembers riding there with his grandfather in a horse-drawn wagon.
An older Lakota woman on the Reservation also passed along a story to a friend about our tree. It seems that the people have always retained a sacred love for this tree since it shades a burial ground which was used primarily for babies and small children who passed away years ago.