Unsurprisingly, he assumed he was going to die. It wasn't just a working knowledge of how the human body handles exposure to cold weather that led him to this conclusion, either. That police in Saskatoon would routinely take First Nation people picked up for being drunk and disorderly to the outskirts of town, often during the winter, and tell them to sober up on the walk home was common knowledge in the area. The act of doing that actually has a name. It's called a "Midnight Blue Tour" or "Starlight Tour", and that it was commonplace in Saskatoon was more like a legend at the time, but one based on the fact that, over the years, several First Nation people in Saskatoon turned up dead of hypothermia on the edge of town, for reasons that no one could ever really explain.
In that moment, Night had the explanation, but he also had an unwillingness to be, in his words, "one more dead Indian." He set off walking and eventually made his way several miles to a power plant, where a night watchman let him in.
Pictured: A stock photo of some random power plant
Having survived the ordeal, he immediately filed a complaint. His story prompted human rights watch group Amnesty International to issue a report criticizing the pattern of abuse against First Nation men by police in Saskatoon. It had all the makings of a huge international news story when the two officers involved, Dan Hatchen and Ken Munson, were finally sentenced for their crime ... in September 2001. Unfortunately, that timing means that if it was major news in the United States at the time, 9/11 would have guaranteed it didn't stay that way for long.
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That said, those two constables did go to prison (for eight entire months), and Night's story prompted inquiries into several other suspicious deaths, including a man named Neil Stonechild who, according to a friend, was last seen getting into a police car before eventually turning up dead from exposure on the outskirts of Saskatoon.
Unfortunately, in every case other than Night's, no police misconduct was ever proven, and no additional charges were filed. To add a truly sad ending (so far) to an already sad story, in 2003 a police official admitted that Starlight Tours may have been a common practice for decades within the department after it came to light that a Saskatoon cop was disciplined for abandoning a native woman outside of town in 1976. So how long was it happening before that one person got "disciplined" in 1976? I don't know, but "forever" is probably a decent guess.