Hy'shqe si'am, thank you for visiting my site, a virtual space to share visual voice and story. My hands and heart go up to you, all our relations, and our precious Mother Earth. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share and engage with you. As with life, my site is a work in progress so thank you for a much appreciated visit on this journey. As a lifetime athlete and dancer, I like to say "I am a student of the body," so conversations around sports, sisterhood, and relationships entice me. This site is an evolving space for Indigenous voice through the eyes of a soccer loving Lummi-Scottish-Ukrainian woman's perspective. Culturally-specific solutions that address challenges to wellness are key for Indigenous Peoples. Generating solutions for healing and happiness, now and for generations to come, is my goal. Football kicked off the healing journey in my life. I say "football" instead of soccer because it feels more honest to say 'football'. I feel like a citizen of the world through this beautiful game. It's Original. Original like our People to the United States. A return to the beginning for healing is my journey. I look forward to your feedback and good words. ~ Xeli'tia
Temryss Xeli'tia Lane is from the Golden Eagle Clan of Lummi Nation, a Coast Salish tribe in Washington State. Temryss is an Indigenous scholar, sports broadcaster, emcee, coach, and former professional soccer player. She holds a Master's degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA and is an active Nike N7 Ambassador where she works to create access to sport for Native youth. Her purpose is to generate spaces of visibility that prioritize the Indigenous voice and empower Indigenous people and their tribal communities.
As a defender, Temryss played soccer professionally, semi-professionally, and collegiately for the likes of Balinge IF (Damallsvenskan, Uppsala, Sweden), Ajax of America (Women's Premier Soccer League, Los Angeles, CA), California Storm (WPSL, Sacramento, CA), Arizona State University (NCAA Division 1, Pac-10, Tempe, AZ), and the U23 National team (2001 US Soccer Festival, Chicago, IL). Her experience brought her on global adventures in North America, Central America, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.
Catch Temryss on TV for the Pac-12 Networks, as a color analyst for seasonal soccer competition. Follow @TemryssLane across social media platforms for regular updates.