When Vince Two Eagles started volunteering his time in 2007 to write a local column, his intent was to help improve communication between his people, the Ihanktowan Dakotah Oyate (Yankton Sioux Tribe), and the residents of his community at Wagner, South Dakota. His column, dubbed by the editor of The Wagner Post as "The Rez of the Story," focused on providing both historic and current information about his people: their customs, philosophy, and some of the ongoing issues they have dealt with since European settlers began arriving in America.
In an everyday, conversational style, Vince has written about how the Yankton Sioux Tribe is organized, the values held dear by Dakotah peoples, what it means to be Native, the role Native Americans around the globe have played in contributing to society as a whole. He also skillfully addresses issues such as stereotyping, the benefits of diversity and the origin of some commons terms such as "Red Man."
His insight is informative, entertaining and often poignant. It is his hope that readers of both his columns and this first collection of columns will discover new information, dispel old myths and determine to actively participate in efforts to understand "the rez of the story."