Nathan Chasing Horse, a former child actor and suspected cult leader, reportedly equipped his wives with firearms and “suicide pills.”
This was to be used if law enforcement attempted to separate the family.
According to a 50-page search warrant obtained by the Associated Press, Chasing Horse instructed his five wives to use firearms and shoot it out with police in case of a raid. If that failed, he had a backup plan – the ingestion of fatal pills.
Chasing Horse, who played a role in the 1990 film “Dances with Wolves,” was arrested on Tuesday for charges of sexually assaulting indigenous girls as young as 14 for over two decades.
On Tuesday, SWAT officers conducted a raid on Chasing Horse’s north Las Vegas home following an investigation that started in October 2022. According to the arrest report, police found memory cards with videos of the alleged sexual assaults, multiple firearms, 41 pounds of marijuana, and psilocybin mushrooms.
Nathan Chasing Horse is currently being held in police custody at Clark County jail, with no bail set while he awaits his first court appearance.
The allegations of sexual abuse against the cult leader span back to the early 2000s and involve multiple states.
According to investigators, Chasing Horse, who is 46 years old, used his influence and power among US and Canadian tribes to create a cult and prey on young indigenous girls. He was considered by members to be a “Medicine Man” and “Holy Person” with the ability to communicate with higher beings.
The search warrant states, “Nathan Chasing Horse used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions.”
Court records indicate that he will be charged with at least two counts of sex trafficking, as well as one count each of sexual assault of a child under 16, child abuse or neglect, and sexual assault. These charges are still pending.
Las Vegas police have identified at least six victims of sexual assault by Nathan Chasing Horse, who were as young as 14 years old at the time of the abuse.
According to a document, followers of the cult “The Circle,” which Chasing Horse is believed to lead, offered their underage daughters to him as wives.
Police state in the warrant that one girl was offered as a “gift” to Chasing Horse when she was only 15 years old.
Investigators also allege that Chasing Horse recorded the sexual assaults and allowed other men to have sex with the victims for payment.
Two women in “The Circle” cult claimed that Chasing Horse showed them a stash of “small white pills” and instructed them to swallow one in case of his death or law enforcement intervention between 2019 and 2020.
Long before his arrest, Chasing Horse was banished from the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, Montana over allegations of human trafficking, drug dealing, spiritual abuse, and intimidation of tribal leaders. According to Indian Country Today, Fort Peck tribal leaders voted 7-0 to ban him from stepping foot on the reservation in 2015.
Nathan Chasing Horse, the accused cult leader, was born on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, which is the home of the Sicangu Sioux tribe.
He is well known for his role as Smiles a Lot, a young Sioux tribe member, in the Academy Award-winning film “Dances with Wolves.”