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Chasing Horse Faces Additional Sex Crime Charges in New Canadian Case

by Madison Thomas
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Nathan Chasing Horse, the former actor of “Dances With Wolves,” has been recently charged with new sex crimes in Alberta, Canada. This latest criminal case adds to the already shocking sexual abuse allegations against him, which have garnered attention in Indian Country and led to investigations in multiple jurisdictions. Chasing Horse, currently detained in Las Vegas, awaits trial for these serious offenses and could potentially face decades in prison if convicted.

During a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Sgt. Nancy Farmer of the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service acknowledged that the charges in Alberta hold symbolic significance. Given the circumstances, Chasing Horse may never return to Canada to answer for these specific allegations, as he already faces criminal prosecution in five jurisdictions. However, Farmer emphasized the importance of having these charges on record, ensuring that the victims feel heard and supported.

Chasing Horse has consistently declined interview requests from The Big Big News while in county jail. His public defender in Las Vegas, Kristy Holston, stated that she has no comment regarding the new charges. It remains unclear whether Chasing Horse has legal representation in Canada who can speak on his behalf.

According to Farmer, the 47-year-old actor is facing nine charges in Alberta, including three counts of sexual exploitation and four counts of sexual assault. These crimes date back to 2005 within their jurisdiction.

Chasing Horse, originally from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, belonging to the Sicangu Sioux, gained fame for his role as Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s Oscar-winning film. However, in the aftermath of his acting career, he developed a reputation among tribes in the United States and Canada as a self-proclaimed medicine man with the ability to communicate with higher beings. Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas have accused him of exploiting this position to establish a cult, prey on vulnerable Indigenous women and girls, and engage in relationships with underage individuals since the early 2000s.

In the Las Vegas case, Chasing Horse faces 18 felony charges, including sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, and kidnapping. He is also subject to criminal prosecution in the British Columbia village of Keremeos, the U.S. District Court in Nevada, and on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana.

Due to Chasing Horse’s appeal filed last month with the Nevada Supreme Court, seeking to dismiss his indictment, court proceedings in the Las Vegas case have been indefinitely suspended.

Chasing Horse and his defense team have argued in legal filings that his accusers willingly engaged in sexual encounters with him. However, one of the victims alleges that she was under the age of consent in Nevada (16 years old) when the abuse began.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about sex crime charges

What charges is Nathan Chasing Horse facing in Canada?

Nathan Chasing Horse is facing nine charges in Canada, including three counts of sexual exploitation and four counts of sexual assault. These crimes date back to 2005 within the jurisdiction of Alberta.

Is Nathan Chasing Horse still awaiting trial in Las Vegas?

Yes, Nathan Chasing Horse remains in jail in Las Vegas as he awaits trial for a sweeping sexual abuse case. He is facing multiple charges, including sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, and kidnapping.

Has Nathan Chasing Horse responded to the new charges or given any interviews?

Nathan Chasing Horse has declined multiple interview requests while in county jail. His public defender in Las Vegas, Kristy Holston, has stated that she has no comment regarding the new charges. It is unclear if Chasing Horse has legal representation in Canada to comment on his behalf.

Are there other jurisdictions where Nathan Chasing Horse is facing criminal prosecution?

Yes, Nathan Chasing Horse is also facing criminal prosecution in the British Columbia village of Keremeos, the U.S. District Court in Nevada, and on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. The charges against him extend beyond the jurisdiction of Alberta and Las Vegas.

Are court proceedings in the Las Vegas case currently ongoing?

No, court proceedings in the Las Vegas case have been put on hold indefinitely as Nathan Chasing Horse awaits a decision on his appeal filed with the Nevada Supreme Court. The appeal seeks to have his indictment dismissed.

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5 comments

NewsJunkie23 June 15, 2023 - 9:10 am

The impact of these allegations on Indian Country is significant. It’s important to support the victims and ensure they are heard. Hopefully, this brings about necessary changes in the industry to protect vulnerable individuals.

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JustCurious June 15, 2023 - 9:57 am

Is it common for cases to be brought against someone in multiple jurisdictions? Seems like there’s a lot going on here. Wonder how it will all play out in court.

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FilmFanatic June 15, 2023 - 11:15 am

Can’t believe someone from one of my favorite movies turned out to be a criminal. This is truly disappointing. Hope the victims find justice and healing.

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BookLover42 June 15, 2023 - 11:22 am

Wait, wasn’t Nathan Chasing Horse in “Dances with Wolves”? It’s sad to see an actor with such potential involved in such serious crimes. Justice needs to be served!

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JohnDoe87 June 15, 2023 - 4:55 pm

omg this is so messed up! nathan chasing horse is facing more sex crime charges? what a shock! he’s already in jail in vegas and now this? smh

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