Source: Indian Country Media Nework
Police in North Dakota have dropped charges against a Native American male had built a sweat lodge and was just trying to pray
Local station KFGO reported there was a misunderstanding by Fargo Police Department officer Jacob Rued concerning the traditions of the ceremony, specifically about the fire needed to heat the stones for the sweat. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Rued responded to the sight of a large fire and proceeded to question Zebadiah Gartner, 20, a Native American.
Gartner told Rued he had a right to be at the location and would not comply with the officer’s orders, according to the Tribune. Gartner was arrested and charged with resisting an officer, but the charge was dismissed.
“We got some new people on the police force and they don’t know about the sweat lodge, the older guys do, but this is, he really didn’t know how a sweat lodge works or what happens so we’re gonna go through what this is about and what’s happening out there,” Mayor Tim Mahoney said, reported KFGO.