On Monday, June 15, 2015 Wagner Horizons members Amy Doom and Vince Two Eagles, as well as myself, traveled to Pierre to participate in the annual “Community Conversations” event co-hosted by SDSU Extension and the Bush Foundation. Other community leaders and volunteers attended the event and partook in networking activities, presentations and facilitated group discussions. One of the presentations came from our very own Wagner Horizons group. Amy Doom and Vince Two Eagles presented the story of the Wagner Horizons organization and the racism study circles they have been putting on for over 8 years. A quote by Vince Two Eagles really hit home for many living in reservation communities that were in attendance: “History should inform us of the future, not hold us hostage.”
Amy and Vince are among many volunteers in the community who are working to shape the future of Wagner to be a place where cultural barriers no longer keep the flow of knowledge, wisdom, and production from happening between native and non-native residents. Allowing this reconciliation to take place and for the community to work together is a goal for Horizons, as well as Wagner Area Growth.
I am not sure you all are aware, but Wagner is talked about by other communities (as well as at the state level) in a very positive light in regards to how much our community has going on, the progress we are making, and the potential we have as a community. That buzz would not exist without the volunteers and change-makers that reside here.