Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guilty


Cheryl Little Dog. Photo from BlackfeetNation.Net

Cheryl Little Dog, a former council member for the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, plans to plead guilty to charges in federal court.

Little Dog was indicted in March for allegedly harboring a fugitive and lying to federal agents. She plans to plead guilty to both charges on Tuesday, according to a document filed in federal court on Friday.

The case stems from an incident in which Little Dog allegedly knew Frank Gallardo, a man identified as her boyfriend, was in her home on the reservation yet told authorities that she didn't know anything about his whereabouts. Federal agents searched the home twice and eventually found Gallardo in a crawl space on October 16, 2015.

On May 31, a federal judge ruled that Little Dog consented to the searches, a decision that likely contributed to her decision to plead guilty. An amended order was issued on Monday.

Gallardo is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was wanted at the time for allegedly accused of molesting an eight-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, according to the indictment in his case. The incident led to Little Dog's removal from the Blackfeet Nation council.

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