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As Chief Crowfoot said," Life is like the breathe of a Buffalo on a cold winter day, or the Flash of a Fire Fly on a warm, summer evening or the shadows vanishing before the setting sun!"

It was just a little over 30 years ago that our Tiospaye (Extended Family) was blessed by a beloved baby girl, who was named by my father Mato Gi, Brown Bear, Phil Lane Sr., Ampa’o’win, Day Break Star Woman, Deloria Dawn Lane Many Grey Horses. As her sisters before her, Ampa’o’win was born with an undefeatable Spirit an a soft, loving compassionate and courageous heart.

This Saturday Morning, October 13, 2012, my beloved wife and son Tiger and I travel to Lethbridge for Deloria's Marriage Ceremonies. Deloria is marrying a very fine and principle-centered young man from Venezuela and the US, Francisco Violich, who she graduated with from UC Berkeley. Franco will be given a Kainai name today in a Traditional Naming Ceremony by Deloria's mother's side of our Tiospaye before the wedding thw Wedding Ceremonies on Sunday Afternoon.

Franco and Deloria have been together now for more than three years. During this time they have traveled through the US, Canada, Venezuela and an extended time together working throughout SE Asia building Deep Social Networks with Indigenous and Ethnic Minority Young People! They are deeply in love or as my beloved Mother used to say, two peas in a pod!

As is our tradition, Deloria and Franco went to each of their parents to ask for our formal approval of their marriage. We all deeply appreciated this old tradition and gave them our utmost approval and support!

As I discussed with Franco's parents last night, we both agree that a marriage is a not only a union between two individuals, but between two families, as well! So through the coming weekend our Tiospaye will grow to include South America!

I have been praying for the fulfillment of the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle for many years and now it is happening again before my eyes, as it did in the marriage of Deloria's older sister Joslynn with her beloved husband Kris Santa Cruz whose roots reach deep into the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico! My heart is happy!

With other members of our Tiospaye joining in marriage and spiritual relationships with the great Tribes and Nations of Africa, Mesopotamia, and my beloved wife and son having cherished roots in Thailand and China, our Tiospaye now embraces, as it was in our beginning when we all stood under the shadowing protection of the Tree Of Life, all cherished Members of one Human Family.

For all of these heartfelt gifts and blessings I give my full thanksgiving to the Creator of all Good Things! May we all sleep well, have good dreams and good days!

With Warm and Loving Greetings and Thanksgiving,

Brother Phil Lane Jr., Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations (Including some French and English in the background)

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Comment by Stephen Bamford on October 17, 2012 at 6:09am

Congratulations on this new member of your tiospaye.  Many  blessings for them and all their family. 

Comment by Cam Fehr on October 14, 2012 at 8:25pm

may the Creator bless their union throughout his infinite worlds. may they bring forth many good fruits. joy and happiness to all. congratulations!

Comment by Charlotte Solarz on October 14, 2012 at 8:23am

Phil Lane Jr., Happy days!  Joy is abundantly yours! Thanks for sharing... May Deloria and Franco's journey together be long and fruitful... and full of love.

Comment by Cathie Bird on October 14, 2012 at 7:35am

Brother Phil, I got goosebumps as I read this, especially the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle part! Congratulations to all! A happy life to all!

Comment by Sylvia Donna Andreozzi on October 13, 2012 at 9:08pm

Life , as Watres flows in Paths set in the beginning time.. And as all Journeys ~~ there will times of challenge and times of Love to share . During times of challenge , to   lay all else aside and look squarely into the eyes of Ones' Love is to return to the sacred moment of the Joining of the two into a stronger " One "~ ~ Keep close at heart , that Lifes' tempo is set into Natures' beating Heart~~~ All Members of the Family bring to the Tempo their personal tone , which when blended become Music of the Spheres  and embraced by all of Creation . Together in Light, Encouraged by Love ... We are all connected .

Comment by Tracy Rewiri on October 13, 2012 at 3:04pm

Congratulations & heartfelt greetings from Aotearoa to this beautiful young couple & your sharing of a beautiful union...interconnectedness eventually links us all.  Here it is called taumau or tomo "to strengthen bonds between families or tribes..."; like many "in this short life..." I dream of interconnectedness of 'mankind' when we realise we were once 'all one' & in a humane world it is through eachother we gain life - "Together-United-We Are Life"...

A mother, Great Aunt-Aunty, sister, daughter...who has journeyed the disconnection of traditions yet been fortunate to have always been under the 'korowai of wairua' - & thankful to those who have journeyed to uphold me - Ngati Awa/Nga Puhi/Te Whanau a Apanui (including some Australian/Irish and English in the background...) I dream of future generations...future world <3 heartfelt stuff


Comment by Daniel Hanmer on October 13, 2012 at 12:24pm

Congratulations to all! Aho!

Comment by Firewoman on October 13, 2012 at 12:08pm

Congratulations beloved relatives...many blessings to you all.

Comment by Quetzalcoatl- Mexica Vikingr on October 13, 2012 at 11:28am

Congratulations to You and Yours. Blessings of Health, Prosperity, and Resiliency are being poured upon Them. Aho.

Comment by Lee Mason on October 13, 2012 at 11:02am

Congratulations and many blessings to all of your extended family.

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