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Crow man known for Supreme Court win now facing sexual abuse charges

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Posted at 11:21 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 13:21:09-05

A Crow tribal member who fought for Crow treaty rights in U.S. Supreme Court and won is now behind bars in Billings facing multiple felony charges, including sexual abuse of children.

Clayvin Herrera, 39, is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on a $57,000 bond on charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, theft, strangulation of a partner or family member and sexual abuse of children.

Court documents state the FBI seized a phone that belonged to Herrera containing hundreds of images of children engaging in sexually explicit acts with adults.

In May of 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Herrera in a hunting rights dispute with the state of Wyoming.

Herrera had been cited for violating Wyoming game laws. But the high court ruled that hunting rights for the Crow tribe under a 19th century treaty did not expire when Wyoming gained statehood.

Related: Crow man takes hunting case to U.S. Supreme Court, says 1868 treaty is on his side