Native Americans see hope in Black Lives Matter protests

At the Black Lives Matter rally this month in Bozeman’s Bogert Park, Shane Doyle stood on the stage before the large crowd, beat a hand-held rawhide drum and sang a Crow Indian honor song.


The moment felt hopeful to Doyle, 48, a member of the Apsaalooke or Crow Tribe.


Native Americans are Montana’s largest minority group, 7% of the state’s population, and many identify with Black Lives Matter as protesting a similar history of oppression, violence and discrimination.