A 'Dances with Wolves' actor was accused of leading a cult and sexually abusing girls and women
Police said he abused his position, physically and sexually assaulting indigenous girls and women, taking underage wives and running the cult. He was arrested outside the house he shares with his five wives near Las Vegas
Nathan Chasing Horse in his role in "Dances with Wolves".
A “Dances with Wolves” actor faces at least five felonies for allegedly sexually abusing indigenous women and girls. He will appear before a US judge for the first time today.
The possible charges against Nathan Chasing Horse, 46, include sex trafficking and sexual assault , according to court records. Clark County prosecutors have not said when he will be formally charged or if more charges will be filed.
Las Vegas police arrested Chasing Horse this week after a months-long investigation into alleged abuses that authorities say spanned two decades.
He remained being held in a Clark County jail without bail Wednesday night on the sexual assault charges. A judge is expected to address his custody status on Thursday and could set bail.
Known for his role as the young Sioux tribesman Smiles a Lot in the winning film Kevin Costner's Oscar, Chasing Horse gained a reputation among tribes in the United States and Canada as a so-called medicine man who performed healing ceremonies.
Believed to be the leader of a well-known cult as The Circle with many followers who believed he could communicate with higher powers, according to an arrest warrant.
Police said he abuses his position, physically and sexually assaulting indigenous girls and women, taking underage wives and leading the cult. He was arrested outside the home he shares with his five wives near Las Vegas.
Chasing Horse was born on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, which is home to the Sicangu Sioux, one of the seven tribes of the Lakota nation.
Possible charges against Nathan Chasing Horse, 46, include sex trafficking and sexual assault, according to court records
A 50-page search warrant obtained Tuesday by the AP news agency claims that Chasing Horse trained their wives in the use of firearms and instructed them to “shoot” with police officers if they attempted to “separate their family”. Failing that, the wives were required to take “suicide pills”.
He was detained as he was leaving his home in North Las Vegas. SWAT officers were seen outside the two-story house at night as detectives searched the property.
Police found firearms, 18.5 kilograms of marijuana and mushrooms from psilocybin and a memory card with multiple videos of sexual assaults, according to an arrest report released Wednesday.
Additional charges could be filed in connection with the videos of the underage girls, according to the report.
There was no attorney in court records who could comment on their behalf and police Las Vegas said Chasing Horse “was unable” to give a jailhouse interview Wednesday.
Las Vegas police said in the search warrant that investigators identified at least six victims of sexual assault, including one who was 13 when she claims to have been abused. Police also tracked down sexual allegations against Chasing Horse in the early 2000s in Canada and in several states, including South Dakota, Montana and Nevada, where he has lived for about a decade.
One of Chasing Horse's wives was offered to him as a “gift” when he was 15, according to police, while another became a wife after she turned 16. He is also accused of recording sexual assaults and arranging sexual relations between victims and other men who paid him.
Police said he abused his position, physically and sexually assaulting indigenous girls and women (Colprensa – Camila Díaz)
His arrest comes almost a decade after he was expelled from the reservation of Fort Peck in Poplar, Montana amid allegations of human trafficking.
Fort Peck tribal leaders voted 7-0 to ban Chasing Horse from returning to set foot on the reservation in 2015, citing alleged trafficking and allegations of drug dealing, spiritual abuse and intimidation of tribal members, reported Indian County Today.
Angeline Cheek, an activist and community organizer who has lived on the Fort Peck reservation for most of her life, said she vividly remembers the tensions that arose inside the council chambers when Chasing was banned Horse.
“Some of Nathan's supporters told the members that something bad was going to happen to them,” Cheek told the AP. “They threatened our elders sitting in the council chambers.”
Cheek said she remembered Chasing Horse visiting the reservation frequently when she was a child, especially during her high school years in the early 2000s, when she would see him talking to his classmates.
Cheek, now 34, said she hopes the arrest of Chasing Horse will inspire more indigenous girls and women to report crimes and pressure lawmakers and elected officials in the US to prioritize addressing the crime. violence against the natives.
But he said he also hopes the cultural significance of the healers doesn't get lost in the crime news.
“There are good healers and healers among our people who are not trying to commercialize the sacred forms of our ancestors,” he said. “They're supposed to heal people, not harm them.”
(With information from AP)