Hereditary Chief, Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations, and URI Trustee
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations and an internationally recognized leader in human and community development. 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. With elders from across North America, Chief Phil co-founded the Four Worlds International Institute. As well, Chief Phil is a Director of the Four Directions Corporation, an Indigenous-owned company, incorporated in 1996 as Four Worlds’ economic development arm.