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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. 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.

map of the united states showing the regions which the Office of Tribal Government Relations covers

Meet the OTGR Staff

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Washington, DC

Director, Office of Tribal Government Relations: Stephanie Birdwell
Phone: (202) 461-7400

Regional Specialists

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Region 1

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Peter Vicaire
Phone: (651) 405-5676

North Carolina
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Mary Culley
Phone: (405) 456-3876

 

Region 2

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Mary Culley
Phone: (405) 456-3876

 

Region 3

Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Peter Vicaire
Phone: (651) 405-5676

Kansas
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Mary Culley
Phone: (405) 456-3876

 

Region 4

Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Mary Culley
Phone: (405) 456-3876

Colorado, Utah
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: LoRae Homana Pawiki
Phone: (928) 776-5306

Montana, Wyoming
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Peter Vicaire
Phone: (651) 405-5676

 

Region 5

Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: Terry Bentley
Phone: (541) 440-1271

Arizona, New Mexico
Office of Tribal Government Relations Specialist: LoRae Homana Pawiki
Phone: (928) 776-5306




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