Hi Jeanne,

Yup, you nailed it totally here. Celebrities and others see NA traditions as a way to make a quick buck, and it trivializes those traditions when they do so. As I said before, I have no problem with non-Indians participating or even running sweat lodges, but the key here is that they are personally trained by an NA who has been doing it for years and that they have that person's permission to run their own sweats. Someone that has been taught correctly would never dream of charging money to participate as it goes against everything that NA's hold sacred.