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Running the Milky Way

Release date: January 19, 2024

In a captivating fusion of visual and auditory artistry, Oglala Lakota visual artist, Sandy Swallow, and songwriter, Scott Simpson, both Spearfish, SD residents, present “Running the Milky Way.” This collaborative song, inspired by Swallow's evocative mixed media piece, delves into the sacred bond between the Lakota people and the Horse Nation. 


The song is an homage to the Horse Nation, making it a resonant piece for anyone who shares a deep appreciation for these majestic creatures. "Running the Milky Way" is set to release on January 19th, 2024, and will be available on all digital music streaming and download platforms. 


Swallow's mastery of hand-pulled block printmaking, infused with Native American symbolism, sets the stage for this unique musical journey. Composing the poignant lyrics herself, she explores the spiritual connection to nature, family, and the profound interconnection with the Horse Nation. 


“Sandy’s been drawing from a deep creative well of Oglala Lakota heritage for many years now,” says Simpson. “It’s an honor to be invited to collaborate with her by translating this powerful vision into song.”


Simpson, a versatile musician, serves as the composer, recording artist, and producer, weaving his musical finesse seamlessly with Swallow's artistic vision.  "Running the Milky Way" reflects the heartbeat of the Lakota Horse Nation, emphasizing their roles as relatives in this life and beyond. 


Swallow's sons, Clint and Matt Morgan, contributed to the song by speaking Lakota at the beginning of the piece, setting the stage for the immersive experience. 


This groundbreaking collaboration celebrates the intersection of Lakota visual and musical art, inviting audiences on a sensory journey through the rich cultural tapestry of Lakota beliefs. "Running the Milky Way" is a testament to boundless creativity when two visionary artists transcend traditional boundaries. 


For media inquiries, please contact:

Scott Simpson,

Sandy Swallow, 



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