Redwolf Pope, a man accused of sexual assault in two cities, remains in jail in Santa Fe, New Mexico despite an order for his release to house arrest from the judge overseeing the case.
The release order was handed down last week as a sanction against the prosecution for providing the defense with photos of a search warrant affidavit instead of paper copies. The order was given by Santa Fe District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.
Pope, 43, is charged with kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense, criminal sexual penetration and voyeurism for allegedly drugging a woman and raping her in a hotel room. He is also charged with two rape counts in the state of Washington.
There is an extradition order for the latter charge which is why Pope will remain in jail until it gets sorted out.
In past media stories, Pope has been described as a “Native American activist,” claiming to be Western Shoshone and Tlingit. The Western Shoshone enrollment office said they could not release individual enrollment information when contacted by Indian Country Today and according to a correction ran by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Pope’s name “is not included in a database of Tlingit members.”
Pope also gave a TEDx Talk in Seattle titled, “Lessons of Courage from Standing Rock,” that has since been removed from their website, as well as YouTube.
He has also faced considerable backlash amongst the Native American community on social media, with people calling him out for being a “pretendian” and warning Native women in the Santa Fe area of his potential release.
The next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, Oct. 9.