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Office of Tribal Government Relations


About VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR)

The OTGR team works to strengthen and build closer relations between the VA, tribal governments and other key federal, state, private and non-profit partners in an effort to effectively and respectfully serve Veterans across Indian Country. Read more...

Outreach & Communication

March–April 2016 Office of Tribal Government Relations Newsletter

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Secretary McDonald video
2015 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Annual Convention

Watch VA Secretary McDonald’s Video Message to Alaska Native Delegates, October 15-17, 2015, Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, AK


Upcoming Events

  • May 9–13, 2016: 16th Annual Tribal Veterans Representative Training, Okmulgee, OK
  • May 17–19, 2016: Tribal Veteran Representative (TVR) Training & Veteran Resource Fair, Pendleton, OR
  • July 13–16, 2016: Tribal Veteran Representative Training & Veteran Summit, Omak, WA

See the Upcoming Events page for more information.

VA Reaches Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Programs with Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training Program

VA Office of Rural Health: Rural Connection Newsletter (article on page 11)


HUD VASH announcement
HUD Secretary Castro at the winter meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Tulsa on Friday
NEW: HUD and VA Award $5.9 Million to 26 Tribes to Provide Permanent Homes for Native American Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Report on Enhancement of Collaboration Between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Service (IHS) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2014

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VAntage Point Blog
Treating Hepatitis C: One Vietnam Veteran’s story

Tribal Government Relations Specialist Terry Bentley relates Jack Flowers' tale of how a ;VA employee “saved his life” in helping him find treatment for Hepatitis C. Read the story at VAntage Point.

Tribal Health Program Reimbursement Agreements

Up-to-date and comprehensive information on this program can be found on the Reimbursement Agreement page.

Video: After war and tragedy, a Veteran learns to thrive

Brandon brought the war home with him. With help from VA, he’s turned his life around. Share his story to help other Veterans.

Tribal Consultation

Image of a man and a woman looking at each otherThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consults with tribal governments in order to facilitate tribal engagement and input in VA policies, programs and services that may affect Veterans living in Indian Country and tribal governments. Tribal Consultation is either formal, or informal in nature, with a focus on emphasizing the importance of establishing and sustaining enduring, trusting relationships necessary to serve our Nation’s heroes.

See the Tribal Consultation page for more information.

Fun Facts: Native American Heritage Month

Did you know that three VA hospitals are named after American Indian Veterans? Click here to find out which ones.

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