The RCMP said the head of the Manitoba First Nation had been arrested on charges of multiple sex crimes.
Little Grand Rapids First Nation chief Raymond Keeper, 65, was arrested on Thursday after police investigated messages sent to a 16-year-old girl in late September.
The keeper is charged with luring a person under the age of 18, two counts of sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and touching for sexual purpose in a position of authority.
He has also been charged with possession of a weapon obtained by committing a crime, negligent storage of a prohibited weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence.
The keeper has been released, police said, pending a court appearance next month.
The RCMP said it believes there may be more victims and is asking anyone with information to contact the Little Grand Rapids detachment at 204-397-2249.
After months of evacuation due to wildfires in mid-July, more than 1,000 members of the Keeper’s community of Little Grand Rapids were finally given the go-ahead to return home.