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Kevin Killer

Kevin Killer

President, Oglala Sioux Tribe

Oglala Lakota

Kevin Killer is a youth activist, Native American politician, and president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Kevin served 10 years in the South Dakota legislature, representing a district that includes the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He is a co-founder of Advance Native Political Leadership. Kevin recently completed his fellowship with the Open Society Foundation Leadership in Government program working on Truth and Healing in Native communities in the United States.

He attended Oglala Lakota College and was the first Tribal College Fellow of a progressive youth leadership development organization, Young People For (YP4). Killer expanded YP4’s tribal college network into an independent, Native-led organization called the Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) in 2009.

Killer serves on the board of the People for the American Way Foundation, and past service includes, the National Indian Education Association, the Oglala Lakota College Board of Trustees, the Young Elected Officials Network, the Quad Caucus, and the National Caucus Native American State Legislators. He was a 2015 Bush Fellow.