Vince Two Eagles
I come from the Bad Nation Clan on my mother’s side and White Swan Clan on my father’s side. There are eight clans (tiyospayes) that constitute the Ihanktowan Dakota Oyate.
In addition to the Ihanktowan there are the Sissitowan, Wahpetowan, Wahpekute, Mdewakatowan, Titowan, and the Ihanktowana that make up the Seven Council Fires, and each of these is likewise made up of clans or tiyospayes. We are spread out on various reservations through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and several Canada provinces.
My life has been blessed with two wonderful children who are all grown up (where did the time go?) and who in turn blessed me with 5 grandchildren.
My college studies included Dakota State in Madison (SD), Black Hills State in Spearfish (SD), and special coursework at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Although I did not complete my undergraduate degree and once thought I’d never go back to school, as they say, “never say never” because I still can finish what I need to in order to accomplish a four-year degree.
All of this I just mention so that you (the reader) will have some idea of what I am bringing to the table. This, plus surviving 57 winters, is what I will be tapping into to write this blog for Partnership With Native Americans (formerly National Relief Charities). This effort, and my columns known as “The Rez of the Story” in several South Dakota newspapers, were born out of a desire to bridge the cultural and racial gap that exists between Indian and non-Indian people. Additionally, in these attempts I hope to portray Indian people in the positive light of non-stereotypes with the dignity and respect all people deserve and have the inherent right to expect.
So you are encouraged, if you ever have any questions or concerns, to by all means ask or comment. (Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question and your concerns are what keeps things real, right)? Communication is the cornerstone to understanding and after all isn’t that what we all want in the final analysis?
Doksha (later) . . .
Vince Two Eagles