Center told to stop cultural sage burning at Rapid City mall

Posted Nov 20, 2019 5:44 PM

Photo courtesy: Rushmore Mall facebook page


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City mall has banned a Native American cultural practice following health complaints.


Rushmore Mall security recently gave the I Am Legacy youth outreach center a letter saying it could no longer burn sage because it was jeopardizing people’s health.


The center’s founder, Erik Bringswhite says they didn’t mean to harm anyone by burning about a nickel-sized amount of sage twice a day. Bringswhite says the cultural sage burning is done “mainly for exchanging the atmosphere from the negative to the positive” in a prayerful manner.


KOTA-TV reports the mall ‘s general manager says the burning smell has sickened some people.