Police said he led a cult known as “The Circle” — and persuaded underage girls to believe spirits wanted them to have sex with him.
Documents stated he also portrayed himself as the “Medicine Man” and had as many as six wives — but it was unclear if any of them were in the courtroom on Thursday.
Chasing Horse was banned from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana back in 2015 after allegations of trafficking.
Angeline Cheek who grew up on that reservation has memories of Chasing Horse.
“The people who were in Chasing Horse’s circle would often threaten the ones who weren’t for him,” Cheek said.
She also told 8 News Now that at the time of the banishing of Chasing Horse from the reservation, his people said things such as “something bad is going to come your way you better watch out. “
Cheek said she remembers when she was a teen in high school, Chasing Horse would try to recruit some of her classmates to be his wife.
“A lot of people at the time were scared to tell their story because there were a lot of young women involved,” Cheek said.
Bail for Chasing Horse was not set on Thursday, but he is expected back in court on Monday, Feb. 6, where the judge will hear from the defense attorney, prosecutor, victims, and Chasing Horse’s relatives.
The Las Vegas Indian Center released a statement following the arrest of Chasing Horse.
In 2015, Fort Peck Tribal Leaders voted unanimously to banish Nathan Chasing Horse, following an investigation of crimes similar to those he allegedly was arrested for in North Las Vegas, Nev. on January 31. Leaders of the local urban Native American community are appalled at these allegations and want our Indigenous women and families to know that culturally-appropriate resources and programs are available to support them.
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