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Curriculum Materials developed by FWII & Phil Lane, Jr.
6 years ago
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For more than forty years Phil Lane, Jr., an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux and Chickasaw First Nations, has worked unceasingly for the human family, and especially of Indigenous Peoples. A few highlights in his years of service:

-Presented Native culture and history programs at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

-Guided the development of rural community development and basic literacy programs for Quechua and Aymara Indians across Bolivia.

-Developed and managed programs for single parent Indian mothers and their children from across North America.

-Served as the founding Director of the Native American School of Government at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

-Started the first Indigenous cultural education and self-help program for Indian men in the North American prison system.  From the beginning this kind of programming for Indigenous inmates has now spread to most prisons in Canada and the United States.

-Co-Founded Four Worlds International, a Canadian-based organization designing and implementing extensive culturally-based, participatory community development work with Indigenous communities throughout North and South America and with local and national governments and NGOs throughout the world.

-Taught 16 years as Associate Professor and Founder and Coordinator of the Four Worlds International Institute at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.  Four Worlds became an independent Institute in 1995.  As well, Phil is President of Four Directions International, an Aboriginal company, which was incorporated in 1996 as Four Worlds' Economic Development Arm.  With Phil's guidance and applied experience, Four Worlds 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.  Four Directions International is dedicated to the development of sustainable economic enterprises that support holistic, political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and educational development.

-Served as the Director of Planning, the Director of Education and more recently he returned as Chief Executive Officer of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in Seattle, Washington.  This organization grew from a staff of three to a staff of more than one hundred, and among the Foundation's achievements include the launching of the first-ever Native American film festival, the development of a host of innovative education programs ranging from curriculum design and development, to adult education, to early childhood education, and the recent founding of a holistic poverty-alleviation program model.

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In August, 1992, Phil was the first Indigenous person to win the prestigious Windstar Award, presented annually by the late 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.  At this International event, 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 Sacred Headdress Ceremony.

Special emphasis on this award is for Lane's dedicated work as one of the primary leaders in the resolution of Canada's Residential School issue that involved the sexual, physical, cultural, psychological and emotional abuse of thousands of Canadian Aboriginal peoples in Canada.  The Government of Canada and the Catholic, Anglican, United and Presbyterian churches' intergenerational abuse inflicted on more than 150,000 Canadian Indigenous children was a government-funded attempt to assimilate them into society.

The efforts led by Lane, the late Phil Lucas and other Aboriginal Leaders in Canada resulted in a three billion dollar settlement for thousands of survivors of residential schools and their descendants, a full apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the floor of Parliament, and the establishment of a nationwide Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will hold hearings that will examine federal policy and record testimony from survivors.

Lane 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".

Under the leadership of Phil Lane, Jr, the Four Worlds International Institute offers wholistic, culturally-based DVDs, books & curriculum materials such as:







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