2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki delivered remarks during the morning session.
John Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary, office of Intergovernmental Affairs at NIHB Conference August 2103
Inter-Tribal Native American Veteran Stand Down
Inter-Tribal Stand Down for homeless Veterans was held on June 27, 2013 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
On November 22, 2013: The Office of Tribal Government Relations and the VBA Loan Guaranty Office held a webcast on the Native American Direct Loan Program. Please view the webcast below:
The 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference was held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Department of Interior. This is the fifth Tribal Nations Conference of the Obama Administration. The conference provided an opportunity to connect tribal leaders across the country directly with President Obama and his Administration. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki provided remarks during the morning session. To view the conference, please click the link below:
Secretary Shinseki's Speech: http://www.va.gov/opa/speeches/2013/11_13_2013.asp
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The VA OTGR is creating a Veteran photo grid that will display images of tribal leaders (past and present—elected and appointed officials) who are Veterans or who are current active duty military. Please submit a high resolution jpeg image to email@example.com. Also include name, tribal affiliation, branch of service, years of service plus any additional information that would be noteworthy to add. Our goal is to post the grid to the VA OTGR website in early 2014. We’re already collecting images. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our tribal government relations specialists directly (contact numbers are listed under Who We Are on this website).
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. This work is done in the spirit of government to government consultation and collaboration, respectful of the special relationship that exists between the United States and tribal governments.
Our efforts focus on three important goals: facilitating VA's Tribal Consultation Policy, facilitating increased access to health care and promoting economic sustainability (highlighting opportunities for Veterans to access fiscal, educational, housing and other special programs and benefits through the VA).
We bring key partners to the table to address important issues raised by tribal leaders. Linking decision makers and stake holders to tribal leadership ensures Indian Country's Veterans know who we at VA are, what VA offers Veterans and how to reach VA to ensure access to the full range of services and benefits our Veterans have courageously earned through their service.