Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested and raided the home of a Dances With Wolves actor turned alleged cult leader accused of sexually assaulting young Native girls for two decades, according to police records.
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by the name Nathan Chasing Horse, was arrested in the afternoon near the north Las Vegas home he allegedly shared with his five wives.
Swat officers were seen outside the two-storey house in the evening as detectives cthe property.
Known for his role as a young Sioux tribesman Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s Oscar-winning 1990 film, Chasing Horse has earned a reputation among tribes in the United States and Canada for hosting healing ceremonies and gatherings spiritual. Police allege he used his position to abuse young Aboriginal girls.
His arrest is the culmination of a months-long investigation that cafter police received a tip in October 2022. According to a 50-page search warrant, Chasing Horse is believed to be the leader of a cult known as of Circle.
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Las Vegas police have identified at least six alleged victims and uncovered sex allegations against Chasing Horse dating back to the early 2000s in states including Montana, South Dakota and Nevada, where he has lived for about a decade.
There were no attorneys listed on Chasing Horse’s court records who could comment on its behalf Tuesday night.
Chasing Horse was born on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, 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, Montana, amid human trafficking allegations.
“Nathan Chasing Horse has used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions,” it reads, adding that his followers believed he could communicate with higher beings and the called “Medicine Man” or “Holy”. The person”.
Although the warrant includes details of crimes reported elsewhere, the arrest stems from crimes allegedly committed in Clark County, Nevada. They include sex trafficking, sexual assault of a child under 16, and child abuse.
Some of the alleged victims were as young as 13, according to the warrant. One of Chasing Horse’s wives was reportedly given to him as a “gift” when she was 15, while another became a wife after she turned 16.
Chasing Horse is also accused of recording sexual assaults and arranging sex with the victims for other men who allegedly paid him.