The Four Worlds International Institute

2013 Alaska Rural Providers Keynote Speaker: Chief Phil Lane Jr.

Chief Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations and is an internationally recognized leader in human and community development. He was born at the Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas in 1944, where his mother and father met and attended school.

During the past 45 years, he has worked with Indigenous peoples in North, Central and South America, Micronesia, South East Asia, India, Hawaii and Africa. He served 16 years as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (1980-1996). With Elder’s from across North America Phil co-founded the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) in 1982.

With Phil’s guidance and applied experience, FWII has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community and organizational development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of development.

In 1977, Phil was named a Modern Indian Sports Great by the National Indian Magazine, Wassaja, for his record-breaking accomplishments in Track and Wrestling. He has extensive experience in his own cultural traditions, is an award winning author and film producer and holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Public Administration. His film credits include the National Public Television series “Images of Indians” with the late Will Sampson, “Walking With Grandfather”, “The Honor of All: The Story of Alkali Lake” and “Healing the Hurts” and “Shift of the Ages (SOTA)” released in December, 2012. In January, 2013 SOTA won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the World Interfaith Harmony Film Festival, in April, 2013 SOTA won the Audience Choice for Best Documentary at the Riverside International Film Festival and was the Official Selection at the Sedona International Film Festival in February, 2013 and the Black Hills International Film Festival in May, 2013.

Foundation to a global citizen whose personal and professional life exemplifies commitment to a global perspective, operates with awareness of the spiritual dimension of human existence and demonstrates concrete actions of the benefit for humans and all living systems of the Earth. At this time in recognition of his lineage and long time service to Indigenous peoples and the human family, Indigenous Elders from across North America recognized Phil as a Hereditary Chief through a Traditional Headdress Ceremony.

On November 11, 2000, Phil received the Year 2000 award from the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights in Berne, Switzerland. This award was given in recognition of Phil's "unique contributions to improve the lives and future hopes of Indigenous populations. It is primarily based on his most special merits of promoting freedom and justice for Indigenous Peoples by building human and spiritual capacity rather than opposing oppression directly and, as well, for his international visionary initiatives among Indigenous populations by healing the root causes of hopelessness and despair."

On June 9, 2013 the Four Worlds Foundation will be officially opened at the City of Knowledge located at the former Clayton Military Base in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama. The Four Worlds Foundation in Panama will be the International Training Center and Digital DSN Hub for actualizing the Reunion of the Condor and Eagle via the Fourth Way across the Americas and beyond!

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Comment by Phil Lane Jr. on November 30, 2013 at 10:52am

Beloved Relatives,

Thank you for your you're kind words and perspectives!

Warm Love and Greetings,

Brother Phil

Comment by Ervene Boyd on November 24, 2013 at 6:08am

Thank you for all that you have done and do!! Watching you speak in this video was genuinely an inspiring message!!  Your wisdom shared is a blessing.. and your presence reaches across the world  in many the winds of change carry it..thru media, etc...... I appreciate so much how as an Elder, your gift of laughter,your open heart and your wisdom freely given is a shining reflection of the Indigenous Way of Harmony, Respect, and Honor of all Sacredness...Thank you for these gifts which I share with all those I know...The Times we live in are in such need...and you are truly appreciated...Blessings Surround you!!

Comment by vicente carranza on November 24, 2013 at 2:38am

If you are going to do important work you need a better sound system to use with the computer. .

Comment by VJ Ross on November 23, 2013 at 10:14pm

The honor of one is the honor of all. Thank you Chef Phil Lane Jr.

Your Important and heart felt information  and teachings for the youth in the many indigenous culture. Forgiveness.

We is a powerful concept, word and action.

Comment by Doreen Agostino on November 23, 2013 at 8:09pm

I very much enjoyed listening to you laugh. Thank you Phil for your sincerity, and heart opening message; a wonderful way to end this day! Namaste!

Comment by Sister Rosemarie Stevens on November 23, 2013 at 7:51pm

so inspiring... thank you for your witness of forgiveness... you have run the race and are triumphant at the finish line and bring all of us into the hoop of Creator's love, beauty and goodness.  Blessings on you and yours

Comment by Rev. Chris Faulconer on November 23, 2013 at 7:30pm

I was moved by the conversation you were having.  You were talking about the spiritual laws being the foundation and then you spoke about the elders faces being the curriculum for the younger people and I thought this was the first of the spiritual laws.  To express beauty, no mater the circumstances of your life.  Then your video ended.  Perhaps that was the end of your talk but I felt as though you had spoken about those laws more and the camera had just finished up before your did.  If this is the case, please post the rest of your talk.  If it isn't the case, thank you from the bottom of my heart for what I was able to hear and see.  Great blessings on your work.  Chris

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