Kevin Killer

Kevin is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and is currently serving his third term in the South Dakota State House as a representative of District 27 on the Pine Ridge reservation.  He is the Director of the Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA), a non-profit organization that uses indigenous approaches to leadership development and community change for Native youth.  Kevin’s role at NYLA includes local and national relationship building, fund development, and fellow support and training.

Kevin grew up in Denver, and a commitment to his culture and sense of roots and responsibility brought him to South Dakota.  As a state representative, he is currently working on Indian Child Welfare Act and Native health care legislation.  He is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network and National Conference of State Legislators.

He began working in politics as a field organizer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004.  In 2006, he was director of Native American outreach for South Dakotans Against Discrimination that fought for civil union protection in South Dakota.

In 2010, he graduated from the Oglala Lakota College, where he was the president of the student senate and a member of the board of trustees.  He was also the first Tribal College fellow of Young People For, which is a long-term leadership development program that identifies and empowers young progressive leaders.  He enjoys playing basketball, running, and reading in his spare time.