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Past North Dakota candidate seeks to protect his teen from actor Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller met Chase Iron Eyes’ family in 2012 when Tokata Iron Eyes was 9 and Miller was 19, according to Tokata Iron Eyes' mother Sara Jumping Eagle.

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Actor Ezra Miller at a red carpet event in 2019.
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FORT YATES, N.D. — The parents of a teen from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have asked a judge to issue a restraining order against a movie star, alleging the celebrity is controlling and abusing their child, according to news reports.

Chase Iron Eyes, an activist who unsuccessfully ran in 2016 to represent North Dakota in the U.S. House, and his wife, Sara Jumping Eagle, recently filed a petition against “The Flash” star Ezra Miller, requesting Miller stay away from their child, 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes , according to news reports.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court is slated to review the petition for a restraining order on July 12 during a hearing in Fort Yates. A judge has already approved a temporary protective order against Miller, according to news reports. However, officials haven’t been able to find 29-year-old Miller and serve the documents to the actor, Jumping Eagle said in a Facebook post.

“Our family has been dealing with a nightmare since January 2022,” Jumping Eagle wrote. “We have tried multiple avenues to assist our daughter Tokata Iron Eyes. Tokata has been under the control of celebrity Ezra Miller … since at least January 2022.”

The allegations were first reported by TMZ . Other outlets, including the Los Angeles Times , also have reported the story.

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This 2019 photo shows Tokata Iron Eyes at the Red Cloud Indian School Fieldhouse on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
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Miller met Chase Iron Eyes’ family in 2012 when Tokata Iron Eyes was 9 and Miller was 19, according to Jumping Eagle. A YouTube video shows Miller visiting Rapid City, South Dakota, where the actor spoke with Chase Iron Eyes.

Miller came to the Standing Rock Reservation with other celebrities to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Chase and Tokata Iron Eyes also protested the pipeline.

Tokata Iron Eyes was 12 when the young activist formed a friendship with Miller, who was then 23, according to news reports.

Tokata Iron Eyes' parents claimed in the petition for a restraining order that Miller was “physically and emotionally abusing” and grooming the teen, according to the Los Angeles Times. The petition also said, according to the news article, Miller was “psychologically manipulating, physically intimidating and endangering the safety and welfare of Tokata Iron Eyes.”

Jumping Eagle accused Miller in a Facebook post of isolating the 18-year-old and not allowing her child to use a phone. Jumping Eagle also claimed in the post that Miller controls Tokata Iron Eyes’ social media accounts.

Miller, who also has starred in the "Fantastic Beasts" series and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower," has identified as nonbinary, meaning they do not identify as male or female.

Tokata Iron Eyes, who also has identified as nonbinary, has denied their family’s allegations against Miller. Tokata Iron Eyes called the claims transphobic, saying in an Instagram post the accusations are “based in the notion that I am somehow incapable of coherent thought or opposing opinions to those of my own kindred worrying about my wellbeing.”

“I am now aware of the severity of emotional and psychological manipulation I was made to endure while in my parents’ home,” the post said. “I am an adult and I deserve to feel authority in my own body.”

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Although Tokata Iron Eyes is 18, the parents are still considered the teen’s legal guardians under tribal court rules, Chase Iron Eyes told the Los Angeles Times. Jumping Eagle, a pediatrician, said in her post that she supports her child’s identity.

In an Instagram post, Tokata Iron Eyes reported dropping out of Bard College, a liberal arts school in New York state, about five months ago.

On social media, Tokata Iron Eyes called their parents’ action a “blatant betrayal” and toxic. In an Instagram video, Tokata Iron Eyes assured viewers that the statements posted to the account were made by the teen.

“No one is controlling my Instagram account,” Tokata Iron Eyes said in the video. “I don’t have a phone right now out of my own personal conviction.”

The Forum's attempts via phone and email to interview Miller, Tokata Iron Eyes, Chase Iron Eyes and Jumping Eagle were not successful.

Chase Iron Eyes, co-director and lead counsel for the Lakota People's Law Project , is an activist for Native American rights. He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Dakota in 2016 but lost to incumbent Kevin Cramer .

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Chase Iron Eyes.
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April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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