Dances With Horses actor Nathan Lee Chasing’s sex cult leader has been arrested “delayed by hostility,” experts say
DISGRACED actor Nathan Chasing Horse, who is accused of running a sex cult, should have been stopped years ago, a lawyer close to the issue has claimed.
Fochik Hashtali, director of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA, claims his arrest has been a long time coming, but said “police hostility” against Indians could thwart justice.
“People knew about it and something had to happen,” she exclusively told The US Sun of Chasing Horse’s arrest.
“And something should have been done a long time ago because I’ve been hearing about it for years.”
Chasing Horse, best known for his performance in Dances With Wolves, was arrested Tuesday at his Las Vegas home after allegedly grooming vulnerable Indigenous girls and sexually abusing them for years, police said.
The former actor targeted young women and chronicled how he sexually abused some while promising they could join his cult, 8 News Now reported, citing sources.
Police told local outlets that Nathan now faces one charge of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16, along with two other sexual assault charges, two sex trafficking charges and one child molestation charge.
He has yet to be formally charged.
According to local reports, he told his five wives to “take suicide pills” and prepare for a shootout at his home with children present when police arrived to arrest him.
However, there are currently no reports of any acts of violence during the arrest.
Authorities traced the incidents in Canada and several states, including South Dakota, Montana and Nevada, back to the early 2000s.
When asked how the allegations went unnoticed for so long, Hashtali claimed that crimes against local women are not taken seriously and provided devastating statistics to back her statement.
“There are many stereotypes about tribal peoples that also lead to the police choosing not to take them seriously,” said the attorney, who is of Chippewa descent.
“Particularly in areas where there are a lot of Aboriginal people, we find that people who are not part of the Aboriginal community are quite hostile.”
According to Hashtali statistics, more than 85 percent of Native American women have experienced some type of domestic violence.
One in three local women suffer sexual assault, Hashtali said.
However, the vast majority of these crimes go unreported, and reports received by authorities rarely result in an arrest.
According to Hashtali, racism plays a big part in this matter and claims that if a missing woman appears less ethnic, the police act quickly.
“I know someone personally who was kidnapped and their friends called the police because they saw it,” the MMIW director said.
“You saw her being kidnapped.
“And the police didn’t take it seriously until they were told she had blonde hair and blue eyes.
“What we have in common is that we tend not to be taken seriously.
“We tend to get thrown to one side.”
“HEAL, NOT HURT”
Law enforcement have been investigating the actor since receiving a disturbing tip in October 2022, according to a search warrant obtained by The Associated Press.
Police allege he molested young Indigenous girls after gaining a reputation as a medicine man among tribes in the United States and Canada.
He would tell women spirits wanted them to have sex before he began abusing them, a warrant says.
Chasing Horse has also been accused of giving alleged victims emergency contraception after sex to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
His alleged actions even led to an expulsion from the Fort Peck Reservation after tribal leaders voted unanimously to no longer welcome the so-called cult leader.
When asked if his position distinguished him, Hashtali confirmed that he is a spiritual leader who likely has some form of influence.
Angeline Cheek, an attorney who has lived on the Fort Peck Reservation, said the ban sparked great discord among the tribes and she vividly recalled the aftermath.
“Some of Nathan’s followers told the members something bad was going to happen to them,” Cheek told the AP.
“They threatened our elders who sat in the council chambers.”
After the tragedy, both Hashtali and Cheek have expressed their support for the alleged victims and said there are still dedicated medicine men who are preserving rich crops.
“There are good medicine men and women among our people who are not trying to commercialize the sacred ways of our ancestors,” Cheek said.
“They are meant to heal people, not harm them.”
The former Dances With Wolves actor appeared in court Thursday morning, where a judge ruled he was being held without bail.
He has not spoken in court and has not yet been formally charged, the AP reports.
Public Defender Michael Wilfong said Chasing Horse had “great support” and waved to relatives standing by the accused.
According to the warrant, Chasing Horse was also charged with sex trafficking, facilitating sex with the victims and recording sexual assaults.
Some of the alleged victims were as young as 13 years old.
The warrant claims one of his wives was given to him as a “gift” when he was 15 and another became his wife after he turned 16.
He was scheduled for a bail hearing on Monday, at which he is expected to face charges, but it has been postponed to Wednesday.
MESSAGE SUSPECTED VICTIMS
MMIW USA supports victims and families of victims affected by kidnapping and murder.
Asked what can be done for those affected by crimes similar to the Chasing Horse allegations, Hashtali said only victims can know what is for the best.
“We must have psychiatric services available. We need services for those trying to escape human trafficking,” she told The US Sun.
“There must be ways for these people to be healed from their trauma.”
While more of the Chasing Horse’s history remains to be revealed, Hashtali had a message for those who might have fallen victim to the so-called cult leader.
“We stand by them. We support them. We believe them,” said the passionate lawyer.
“That’s our tough stance that we believe them.
“Only they can decide what they need, but if someone reaches out to us and asks for resources, we will do our best to connect them to resources.”
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