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 inhuman and community development. During the past 44 years, he has worked with Indigenous peoples in North, Central and SouthAmerica, Micronesia, South East Asia, India, Hawaii and Africa. He served 16 years as Associate Professor and Founder and Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. 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.

Phil 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. He received numerous international awards for his work, among which the Year 2000 award from the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights in Berne, Switzerland. Phil is the first North or South American person to receive the award, and he joins a select international group: the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dr. Boutro Boutros Ghali, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and British Lord Yehudi Menuhin, musician and philosopher, have, also, received the award. The foundation says the award is in recognition of Phil’s “most special merits of promoting freedom and justice for indigenous people by building human and spiritual capacity rather than opposing oppression directly and also on his international visionary initiatives among Native populations by healing the root causes of hopelessness and despair.”

Phil Lane Jr. about In Claritas:

“I am very pleased to find the Jungian connections to In Claritas. My late Uncle Vine Deloria Jr. wrote the book CG Jung and Sioux Traditions that was published after his death in 2005. It was the first and only book to be written by an Indigenous person about Dr. Jung. Dekshi Vine wrote three completely different drafts until he finally wrote his fourth and final draft. It was by far the longest time he ever spent writing a book over a very long and distinguished literary career that began in 1969 with the book Custer Died for Your Sins.

“Dr. Jung first entered my spiritual life at the beginning of 1968 when I first read his books Memories, Dreams, Reflections and Man and His Symbols that were followed by others over the years. This past April I had the great joy of giving the Spring Presentation to the C.G. Jung Society of North Texas entitled, “An Indigenous Perspective on the Life and Work of C.G. Jung.” It was a great joy because I spent some much focused time, over several months, re-reading an overview of Jung’s collected works and reflecting on my own experiences and life over the past 67 years. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process from beginning to end!

“Finally, I would like to share a couple of links I think are relevant for the work of the In Claritas community: Guidelines for Talking Circles and Principles of Consultation;  Spiritual Qualities of Leadership-An Indigenous Perspective, and Guiding Principles for Consultation, Steps for Raking Unified Action, and Non-Political Elections.

With warm love an greetings,

Brother Phil.”

 Starting from within, working in a circle, in a sacred manner,

we heal ourselves, our relationships and our world.