Mitch Bouyer and Baptiste "Big Bat" Pourier probably knew one another around the Fort Laramie & Chugwater, WY area in the days of the Plains Indian Wars.Mitch was the half brother of John Bouyer."Big Bat" may have been related to Mitch Bouyer through his wife, but I don't think they were blood relatives - maybe blood brothers (cutting and touching of the blood together)."Big Bat" arrived in Wyoming just before his 15th birthday from St. Charles, MO.Was raised around Chugwater, WY by John Richard (Reshaw)."Big Bat" Pourier can be found in the histories of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and of course his home state of Missouri.Probably the greatest cavalry scout/guide/interpreter that ever lived.Many historians felt he was a mixed breed - French/Lakota, but he was a 100% Redheaded Frenchman.You can read about "Big Bat" Pourier in a book by Hila Gilbert copyright 1968.Type his name into the YAHOO search engine and there he is.A most modest individual of the plains, he has been written about, interviewed and is the subject of many letters written about the Old West."Big Bat" was scout, guide & interpreter for General George Crook, along with Frank Grouard and Louie Richard (Reshaw).In my personal opinion, a dynamic trio as far as scouts of that era are concerned.If you would like to read more about "Big Bat's exploits read "FRANK GROUARD; ARMY SCOUT" by Margaret Brock Hanson.Stories most have never heard, but incidents that could have been adapted to the "silver screen" in any old western movie."Big Bat" rode for the Cavalry, but his heart was with the Lakota.He was adopted into the tribe of Red Cloud after the Plains Indian Wars and has many many Pourier ancestors in western Nebraska, South Dakota and elsewhere along the trails of the Old West."Big Bat" is buried in the Holy Rosary Mission Cemetery at Pine Ridge, SD near Chief Red Cloud and by other scouts - William Garnett (aka Billy Hunter),Joe Merivale, family and Lakota friends.