Prominent Crow education leader involved in vast drug conspiracy connected to a cartel

CHRISTINA MACINTOSH

A former Dean of Academics at Little Big Horn College has been named a “ringleader” of a vast drug conspiracy connected to a cartel.

Frederica Lefthand, 52, of Lodge Grass, pleaded guilty on Aug. 23 to possession with intent to distribute meth and to conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She will be sentenced on Mar. 7, 2024.

Beginning in 2007, Lefthand served as the Dean of Academics at Little Big Horn College on the Crow Indian Reservation. From 2001 to 2007, she worked at Montana State University Bozeman as part of the Caring for Our Own Program, which helps to support Native nursing students.

Wendell Lefthand, Frederica’s brother, also pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy. He was previously an adjunct professor at Little Big Horn College, according to his LinkedIn.

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