Published March 23, 2016
PARIS – South Dakota State Representative Kevin Killer (Oglala Sioux Tribe), who represents South Dakota’s 27th district, was in Brussels from March 14 – 20 attending a transatlantic leadership workshop. Fortunately, he left Brussels on Monday prior to the suicide terrorist attacks that left 31 and 271 dead at Brussels International airport and a metro train station.
Representative Killer informed family and friends that he was safe via social media.
“I was shocked and saddened by what occurred because of the people I’ve been able to meet and mutual concern at finding solutions for security issues in Europe. I sat through a discussion at the Brussels Forum which brings together leaders from across the world to share ideas about this,” commented Killer from Paris.
“My heart goes out to the victims of the tragic terrorist attack in Brussels. Times like this require us to strengthen our resilience and social cohesion”
Killer says there was a heightened awareness prior to this week’s attacks because of the Paris terrorist attacks last November.
Killer was invited as one of the very few American Indians to ever participate in the Transatlantic Inclusion leaders network that was formed to bring young and diverse from the United States and Europe to foster discussion on critical issues facing their generation.
The Brussels forum, a high-level meeting of transatlantic leaders in government and private sector, had meetings with the European Parliament. The participants had site visits with civil society promoting integration in the fractured communities of Brussels.
Killer returns to the United States from Paris later this week.