Nathan Chasing Horse trained his wives to 'shoot it out' with cops

Dances With Wolves star Nathan Chasing Horse had trained his five wives to use firearms to ‘shoot it out’ with cops if they tried to ‘break their family apart’: He is due to face a judge today on sex abuse charges

  • He also allegedly instructed his wives to take ‘suicide pills’ if the shoot-out failed
  • Chasing Horse, 46, is accused of sex trafficking, sexual assault and child abuse 
  • He was arrested Tuesday and is set to appear in a Las Vegas court later today

Nathan Chasing Horse trained his five wives to use firearms, instructing them to ‘shoot it out’ with police officers if they ever tried to ‘break their family apart,’ according to records obtained by The Associated Press. 

If that failed, the actor from ‘Dancing With Wolves’ said they should take ‘suicide pills.’

Chasing Horse, 46, was arrested on Tuesday following a monthslong investigation by Las Vegas police in connection with various charges including sex trafficking, sexual assault and child abuse.

He was taken into custody as he left the home he shares with his five wives in North Las Vegas. SWAT officers were seen outside the two-story home in the evening as detectives searched the property.

During the raid, police found memory cards with videos of the sexual assaults, firearms, 41 pounds of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms in the home, according to an arrest report released Wednesday.

Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse from ‘Dances With Wolves’ is seen left in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges for sexual assault of a child less than 16, sexual assault (2 counts), sex trafficking of an adult (2 counts) and child abuse/neglection on February 1, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Screen grab from the 1990 movie ‘Dances with Wolves’ shows young Native American Actor, Nathan (Lee) Chasing Horse

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, Nev. Authorities raided the home of the former actor Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault investigation

Known for his role as the young Sioux tribe member Smiles a Lot in the Oscar-winning Kevin Costner film ‘Dances with Wolves,’ Chasing Horse gained a reputation among tribes across the United States and in Canada as a so-called medicine man who performed healing ceremonies. 

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But police said he abused his position, physically and sexually assaulting Indigenous girls and women, taking underage wives and leading a cult.

Chasing Horse will be charged with at least two counts of sex trafficking and one count each of sexual assault of a child younger than 16, child abuse or neglect and sexual assault, according to court records. Authorities have not said when he will be formally charged.

He was booked before midnight into Clark County’s jail, where he remained held without bail on the sexual assault charges as he awaits his first court appearance, expected Thursday in North Las Vegas. 

There was no lawyer listed in court records for Chasing Horse who could comment on his behalf, and Las Vegas police said he was ‘unable’ to give a jailhouse interview Wednesday.

According to a 50-page search warrant obtained by the AP, Chasing Horse is believed to be the leader of a cult known as The Circle.

At least two women told police that Chasing Horse had shown his wives a stash of ‘small white pills’ that he called ‘suicide pills’ sometime in 2019 or 2020, years before his arrest.

The women were instructed to ‘take a pill to kill themselves in the event he dies or law enforcement tries to break their family apart,’ according to the warrant.

One of Chasing Horse’s former wives also told police that she believed his current wives would ‘carry out the instructions’ to take the pills and open fire on law enforcement if officers came to the home to arrest Chasing Horse. 

Chasing Horse’s arrest is the culmination of a months-long investigation that began after police received a tip in October 2022 (actor is seen in 2011)

Police have accused Nathan Chasing Horse (pictured) of using his reputation ‘ as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions,’ according to an arrest warrant, which noted that his followers believed he could communicate with higher beings

Las Vegas police said in the document they have identified at least six sexual assault victims, some who were as young as 14 when they say they were abused, and traced the sexual allegations against Chasing Horse to the early 2000s in multiple states, including Nevada, where he has lived for about a decade, and South Dakota and Montana.

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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,’ detectives wrote in the warrant, adding that his followers referred to him as ‘Medicine Man’ or ‘Holy Person’ because they believed he could communicate with higher beings.

One of Chasing Horse’s wives was offered to him as a ‘gift’ when she was 15, according to police, while another became a wife after turning 16.

Some of the alleged victims were as young as 13, according to the warrant, and one woman claimed online that she was first raped by the star when she was just 14.

Corena Leone called the actor a ‘predator’ who demanded that she give her virginity to him and the life of her firstborn to help her mother, who had been diagnosed with stage four cancer.

Corena, who posted her claims online in September, said: ‘At the time I didn’t recognize what happened for what it was. And I was proud to help my mom. And I didn’t expect it to happen again I thought it was a one time thing.

‘But it just kept happening. On the road with just him and his helpers. And at first he would get a room for his helpers and one for us with two beds.

‘And either he would sneak into my bed or he would make me go to his and the rape continued.

‘Then it stopped being two beds and went to just being one in the room. I don’t remember much. I just know things happened every night and there would be several times he recorded himself raping me.’

A second woman also posted similar claims online, though has not revealed her identity.

Chasing Horse (right) is seen in 1999 taking part in a symbolic journey, carrying a sacred bundle from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Yellowstone National Park to raise awareness of the importance of bison

Police allege Chasing Horse also used his position to abuse young Native American girls, some as young as 13 Pictured: Chasing Horse in the movie Dances With Wolves

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

He was arrested nearly a decade after he was banished from the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, Montana, amid allegations of human trafficking.

Fort Peck tribal leaders had voted 7-0 to ban Chasing Horse from stepping foot again on the reservation, citing the trafficking allegations in addition to accusations of drug dealing, spiritual abuse and intimidation of tribal members, Indian County Today reported.

State attorneys general and lawmakers around the U.S. are looking into creating specialized units to handle cases involving Native American women.

In South Dakota, where police said Chasing Horse committed some of his crimes, the attorney general’s office has put a new focus on crimes against Native American people, including human trafficking and killings.

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.

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