Hundreds turn out at Dehler Park for Crow Lives Matter event, candidate rally | Local News

Adella Miesner

Hundreds of people gather for a campaign rally for Crow tribal chairman AJ Not Afraid and other members of his administration at Dehler Park on Wednesday. Billings Mayor Bill Cole, right, gives […]

More than 300 people spent Wednesday evening at Dehler Park to rally for Native lives, share a meal and hear several tribal, local and state officials pitch candidates for Crow Tribal leadership.

Incumbent Crow Tribal Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid joined several other candidates on the field, along with local and state officials, to push his message of more revenue through the riches buried beneath the Crow Nation.

“There’s a reason why people leave the reservation for housing, education, economics, jobs. … What we’re trying to do is lay the groundwork for that. It’s a choice, though,” Not Afraid said after the rally that included him and three candidates for the Crow executive branch.

The rally, held under the label of “Crow Lives Matter,” is one of several attended by Not Afraid in his bid for reelection. His stops in Billings included one in Optimist Park earlier in the month, where he discussed how the Crow Nation will develop its police force that launched in June after the tribe assumed the responsibility of law enforcement from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Montana broke a new daily record for new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and though mask usage at the rally wasn’t universal, attendees did put distance between groups Dehler Park’s seats.

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