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Phil Lane

Phil Lane Jr. is a member of the Yankton Dakota (Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate) and Chickasaw tribes and is an internationally recognized leader in human and community development and is a traditionally recognized hereditary Chief. He was born at the Haskell Indian Residential School where his mother and father met and attended school.

Since 1968, Phil has been working with Indigenous people in North, Central and South America, Micronesia, Thailand, India, Hawaii and Africa. He served 16 years as Associate Professor and Founder and Coordinator of the Four Worlds Development Project at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. In July, 1994 the Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development was established as an independent institute. In July, 1995 Four Directions International was incorporated as the economic development arm of the Four Worlds International Institute.

With Phil’s guidance and applied experience, The Four Worlds International Institute has become an internationally recognized leader in human and community transformation because of the institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all dimensions of human and community development. Four Directions International is dedicated to the development of sustainable economic enterprises that support wholistic, political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and educational 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 Will Sampson, "Walking With Grandfather", "The Honor of All: The Story of Alkali Lake" and "Healing the Hurts".

In August, 1992, Phil was the first Indigenous person to receive the prestigious Windstar Award, presented annually by John Denver and the Windstar 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.

On November 11, 2000, Phil received the Year 2000 award from the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights in Berne, Switzerland. Phil was the first North or South American person to receive the award. 

L’arbre Sacre
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

Originally created to support First Nations in their path, The Sacred Tree highlights the concepts, principles and teachings of Aboriginal spirituality. More than a guide, this book reveals how the great traditional values ​​can play a role not only at the individual level but also at EU level and globally. The Sacred Tree is a reference text for all those interested in the wisdom of the First Peoples.

The Creator has planted for all inhabitants of the earth, a sacred tree under which they can find all appeasement, strength, wisdom and security. The roots of this tree deep into our Mother Earth. Its branches reach to the sky like outstretched hands in prayer to the Father Sky. Its fruits are gifts of the Creator teachings that show the path of love, compassion, generosity, patience, wisdom, justice, courage, respect, humility and so many other gifts.

Authentic Indigenous Text

The Sacred Tree
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

Bestselling Native American title exploring Native North American spiritual teachings.

The Sacred Tree was created by the Four Worlds Development Project, a native American inter-tribal group, as a handbook of Native Spirituality for indigenous peoples all over the Americas and the world. This handbook is being used by the Four Worlds Development Project to eliminate widespread drug and alcohol abuse in tribal communities. It is now being shared for the first time with all members of the human family desiring personal growth.

Authentic Indigenous Text