California Executes Native American Inmate,

| July 8, 2000

California Executes Native American Inmate,Death Penalty Focus of California
On March 15, the state of California executed Darrell 'Young Elk' Rich, who was convicted for murder. It was the state's first execution of the new millennium, and the first killing of a Native American inmate since it reinstated the death penalty in 1977. According to a statement on the website of the anti-death penalty group Death Penalty Focus of California, 'Young Elk was denied the Sacred Sweat Lodge Ceremony that he had requested. This Native American ceremony prepares the soul to travel into the next world. He was allowed, however, to carry with him into the death chamber an eagle feather and he also participated in a Native American pipe ceremony earlier in the evening with his spiritual adviser. Outside the gates of San Quentin a group of Native Americans gathered with a traditional drum and sang songs to help carry him over to the next world safely and in peace.' Go there>>