‘Dances With Wolves’ actor Nathan Chasing Horse arrested on sex abuse claims
Former ‘Dances With Wolves’ actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who goes by Nathan Chasing Horse, was arrested on Tuesday after Las Vegas police raided his home in connection with sprawling sexual abuse charges. over more than two decades, the Associated Press reported.
Chasing Horse, believed to be now the leader of a cult known as The Circle, is accused of sexually assaulting young Indigenous girls, according to police records obtained by the AP.
The actor, best known for his role as a young Sioux tribesman Smiles A Lot in Kevin Costner’s award-winning film, was arrested Tuesday afternoon near his north Las Vegas home he would share with his five wives . His arrest came after months of investigation following a tip-off to police in October.
SWAT officers were seen outside the two-story house as detectives searched the property later that evening.
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Nathan Chasing Horse of Rosebud, South Dakota, and a member of the Sioux Tribe, leads the color guard at the start of the grand entrance into the Coliseum during the 37th Annual Denver March Pow Wow. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
According to the AP, Las Vegas police have identified at least six alleged victims.
Additionally, the department uncovered sexual allegations against the actor dating back to the early 2000s in multiple states, including Montana, South Dakota and Nevada, where he has lived for nearly 10 years.
Chasing Horse is also accused of recording sexual assaults and arranging sex with the victims for men who allegedly paid him. He gained a reputation among tribes across America and Canada as a “healer” who held healing ceremonies and spiritual gatherings.
He allegedly used his position to abuse Native American girls.
“Nathan Chasing Horse has used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions,” the warrant states, adding that his followers believed he could communicate with higher beings and the called “Medicine Man” or “Holy Person.”
Las Vegas police work near the home of former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, who passes by Nathan Chasing Horse, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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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.
A Las Vegas police officer stands near the home of former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse on January 31, 2023, in North Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo/John Locher)
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He was also banned from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana in 2015 after allegations of human trafficking surfaced, the AP reported.
The case against the actor comes at a time when state attorneys general and lawmakers across the country are seeking to create specialized units to handle cases involving Indigenous women and girls.
In South Dakota, the AG’s office announced a new focus on crimes against Native Americans, including human trafficking and murder.
17-year-old Lakota actor Nathan Chasing His Horse, who played Smiles A Lot in ‘Dances With Wolves’. (Getty Pictures)
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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.
There were no attorneys listed on court records who could comment on his behalf Tuesday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.