During a trial that concluded earlier this month, Baca was found guilty of entering an off-limits Native American roundhouse in Yosemite National Park and making a commercial film in the park without a permit. He is facing up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines.
A park ranger said Baca entered the roundhouse in Yosemite Valley's Indian Village and narrated the film while inside. Entering the roundhouse and sweat lodge is limited to ceremonial use. The buildings are posted with signs advising the public to "stay behind the barrier," and entrances are blocked with barricades, according to the complaint.
His argument is that some white guy built the roundhouse--that it isn't Native or sacred or special. If so, he has no compelling reason to violate the rules and film there.
Baca doesn't seem to have much regard for ceremonial restrictions. That's uncool for anyone, but especially for a Native.