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Case against alleged cult leader Nathan Chasing Horse heads to grand jury trial

Chasing Horse headed to Grand Jury trial
Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 22, 2023

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The case against accused cult leader Nathan Chasing Horse was dismissed for North Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday morning.

The indictment returned by a Clark County grand jury reveals Chasing Horse is facing 19 felony charges including 10 counts of sexual assault against a minor. He's also facing sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and trafficking in a controlled substance.

A judge announced at the beginning of the hearing that the former "Dances with Wolves" actor had been indicted by a grand jury and will soon face trial.

Supporters of Chasing Horse have been present at recent hearings, often blowing kisses to Chasing Horse. During Wednesday's proceedings, some supporters were seen with clothing that had his name on it.

Also on hand were victims' advocates supporting indigenous women.

"We want justice brought so they have a voice delivered for them," said Davis Huskon with Las Vegas Indian Center.

Allison Renville, an organizer for the Lakota people, also weighed in.

"We're more likely to be sex trafficked. We're more likely to be kidnapped," said Renville. "We have to keep coming together as people and support each other in a positive way, and take the lessons from this in order to teach the next generation how to not fall victim to predators."

Renville is organizing an event taking place at the Indian Center Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. to provide resources and support for indigenous women and girls in need.

Chasing Horse is accused of grooming and sexually abusing young indigenous girls within "The Circle," a group that prosecutors say is his cult.

Chasing Horse faces multiple charges of child sexual exploitation and pornography from local, federal and Canadian courts. He is currently being held on a $300,000 bail and is prohibited from making contact with any minors, firearms, drugs or alcohol.

Public defender for Chasing Horse Kristy Holston told KTNV that they have "no comment at this time."