Sweat Lodge Approved For Inmate's Last Wishes

February 2, 1999

Source: The Arizona Republic

On February 2, 1999, The Arizona Republic reported on the granting of a sweat lodge to Darrick Gerlaugh, a Native American on death row for a murder committed in 1980. Gerlaugh, the first Native American to be executed in Arizona since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976 and the sixth Native American to be executed in the United States, was the first death row inmate to be granted a sweat lodge for his last rites. Each of the five previous Native Americans on death row were denied sweat lodges for security reasons. The sweat lodge took place on Saturday, January 30 and Gerlaugh is set to be executed on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3pm by lethal injection.