Possible extradition effort, but Dances With Wolves actor may never see an Alberta court: Tsuut’ina police

Police Sgt. Tsuut’ina. Nancy Farmer said that regardless of the likelihood of extradition, arrest warrants are important to ensure that local victims know they have been heard.

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The Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service says it is unsure when, or if, Nathan Chasing Horse will face the local sex crime charges against him due to the fact that he is wanted in multiple jurisdictions on both sides of the border and legal proceedings against him continue in the United States.

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At a press conference on Wednesday, officials revealed more details about their investigation into the actor-turned-suspected cult leader, who allegedly used his position as a self-styled quack on the powwow circuit to sexually abuse several indigenous girls in Canada. and the United States over the course of two decades.

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Locally, Chasing Horse, 46, is wanted on nine warrants for his arrest. He is charged with four counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual interference with a person under the age of 16 and one count of removal of a child under the age of 16 from Canada.

Tsuut’ina police said those orders will take effect across the country within a week.

Legal proceedings against Chasing Horse south of the border have been ongoing since he was arrested at his North Las Vegas home in January, complicating the process for other jurisdictions with warrants. He is currently attempting to appeal the 18 felony charges, most of which are sex-related and local in scope, against him in Nevada.

Tsuut’ina police worked alongside Nevada detectives prior to his arrest in January, and he has since been charged with similar crimes on both sides of the border in Fort Peck, Montana, Keremeos, BC and now in the Tsuut Nation. ‘ina.

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However, it’s unclear if Chasing Horse will ever see the inside of an Alberta courthouse. Police Sgt. Tsuut’ina. Nancy Farmer said an extradition effort is possible, but she conceded there is a chance she may never face local charges.

“The justice minister and the attorney general’s office will ultimately make the decision as to whether we would consider extraditing Mr. Chasing Horse to respond to his arrest warrants,” he said.

“If he doesn’t spend any time in the United States, which would surprise me, there’s a chance he’s here, and it’s a warrant for his arrest across Canada. We will absolutely get our hands on him and take him into custody.”

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Farmer said that regardless of the likelihood of extradition, it is important that local victims know they have been heard.

“If we just waited and said, ‘Well, let the United States get on with its business and wait.’ How does the victim feel? she said. “You have my information. I spoke to you. I gave you my statement. I cried tears in the quiet room with you. You stained with me We had an interaction that was meaningful because you heard my voice.”

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Farmer revealed few details about the nature of the alleged crimes. She said the names of the victims are under a publication ban to prevent further trauma, and she could not say how many victims were represented by local charges, only confirming that there are “multiple.” She also did not confirm whether the charges in other jurisdictions were linked to local victims.

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Las Vegas arrest documents may provide insight into the history of victims of local crimes, with two Tsuut’ina women mentioned in the documents.

The arrest report states that Chasing Horse acquired several alleged wives through his interactions in indigenous communities, one of whom was allegedly a 15-year-old girl from Tsuut’ina whose mother gave her to Chasing Horse as an “offering.” and another that said the man sexually assaulted her in 2008 when she was 15 years old. The documents state that Chasing Horse ran a cult-like group called “The Circle”, where he was referred to as a “holy man”.

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Farmer also said that at least one Chasing Horse-related case was reported to the department in 2005, evidence of which did not meet the threshold for charges at the time. The Tsuut’ina police reopened that investigation when the new Chasing Horse investigation began.

“With the additional information we were able to gather, we were able to bring charges in that 2005 investigation,” he said.

Farmer said Tsuut’ina police, the RCMP and various agencies south of the border have been constantly sharing information over the course of the extensive international investigation, which is ongoing. She said they are still waiting for more victims to come forward.

Chasing Horse is known for playing Sioux tribesman Smiles A Lot in the 1990 film Dances With Wolves, but according to his IMDB profile, he appeared in at least three smaller productions filmed in southern Alberta during the 2000s. .

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