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APNewsBreak: Sweat lodge lawsuits settled for $3M

A self-help author imprisoned for the deaths of three people following a "Spiritual Warrior" sweat lodge ceremony settled civil lawsuits with the victims' families for more than $3 million, according to court documents. Full story

American Indians see lessons in sweat lodge trial

Self-help author James Arthur Ray faced more than a judge at his sentencing last week for a sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead. Members of the American Indian community sat through almost the entire trial in silent protest of Ray's use of a sacred tradition. Full story

Prison time for self-help guru in sweat lodge case

A self-help author's acknowledgement that he was responsible for the deaths of three people in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony was something the victims' family members had hoped for long ago. But the court action wasn't about apologies for them; it was about accountability. Full story

A local reporter's view

   The Prescott Daily Courier's Mark Duncan talks about covering the James Arthur Ray trial. This web exclusive is part of the Dateline report 'Deadly Retreat' from Friday, October 21.

Inside Dateline: Oct. 21: 'Deadly Retreat'

In October 2009, James Arthur Ray, a renowned self-help author and speaker, held a "Spiritual Warrior" retreat in Sedona, AZ. Three people died during the retreat, and Ray was charged with manslaughter but convicted of a lesser charge. Full story

Preview: 'Deadly Retreat'

   For 3 people, the search for personal growth in an Arizona sweat lodge resulted in death.  The charismatic leader of the ceremony, James Arthur Ray, was charged with manslaughter.  Dateline NBC's Chris Hansen follows the investigation into the courtroom this Friday, October 21, at 9pm/8c.

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Self-help author James Arthur Ray, left, sits with one of his attorneys Thomas Kelly during a pre-sentencing hearing at Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott, Ariz. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Prosecutors want the maximum punishment for the deaths they say were entirely preventable. Ray faces anyt