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After a months-long investigation,Dances with Wolves actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse was arrested and charged on suspicion of running a cult and sexually assaulting a multitude of young Indigenous girls over the last two decades.

The Las Vegas home of Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse, and his five wives was raided on Tuesday evening, according to The Associated Press, which first reported the story. Chasing Horse was arrested and taken into custody.

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) said Chasing Horse was arrested on six charges: sexual assault of a child less than 16 years old, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sex trafficking of an adult and child abuse/neglect.

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He is also accused of recording sexual assaults and arranging sex with the victims for other men who paid him.

Chasing Horse, 46, has not commented publicly on the charges against him.


Las Vegas police work near the home of former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in North Las Vegas.


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A 50-page search warrant by the LVMPD and obtained by The Associated Press accused Chasing Horse of being the leader of a cult called The Circle.

Chasing Horse, who is best known for his role as the young Sioux tribe member Smiles a Lot in the Oscar-winning Kevin Costner filmDances with Wolves,is recognized by many as a healer and spiritual leader. Police allege Chasing Horse used this influence to abuse Indigenous girls in the U.S. and Canada.

Las Vegas police identified at least six victims, some as young as 13, in the search warrant. Police allege one of Chasing Horse’s wives was offered to him as a “gift” when she was 15, while another became his wife after turning 16.

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“Nathan Chasing Horse used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions,” the warrant reads.

The allegations of abuse by Chasing Horse reportedly began in the early 2000s.

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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.

According to the warrant, he was banished in 2015 from the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, Mont., amid allegations of human trafficking.

The LVMPD investigation is ongoing.

Canadian impact and possible victims

In a release on Wednesday morning, the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service in Alberta said it has been collaborating and sharing information with the LVMPD as part of the investigation.

The release added there may be other victims in Alberta. The Tsuut’ina Nation police are working with the Calgary Police Service and other police agencies across the province to help those who may want to come forward.

“We are further reviewing all related historical sexual assault files and working with a dedicated Crown Prosecutor to ensure all victims have a voice,” the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service’s release read.

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The Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service said it encourages anyone who has been a victim of criminal sexual offences and other serious crimes to report the incident, even if many years have passed.

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Anyone with information on this or other incidents is asked to contact the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service at 403-521-9660 or info@tsuutinapolice.com, the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234 or a local RCMP detachment.

Those affected can also contact the following resources below:

  • Stoney Corrections/ Victim Services- 403-238-5649
  • Alberta Mental Health Helpline 1-877-303-2642
  • Native Youth Crisis Hot Line – 1-877-209-1266
  • Community Resources – 211 Alberta
  • Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741
  • Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818
  • Health Link – 811
  • Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

They can also contact resources provided by the National Centre for Truth Reconciliation.

— With files from The Associated Press

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