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Stephanie Birdwell
Director
Office of Tribal Government Relations

Stephanie Elaine Birdwell is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Director, Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR), which is located within the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. The VA OTGR was established in 2011 as part of the agency’s effort to implement the VA tribal consultation policy and enhance relationships with 566 tribal governments located in 38 states....

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Erika D. Moott
Executive Officer,
Tribal Government Relations Specialist, Eastern Region
Office of Tribal Government Relations

Erika D. Moott is the Executive Officer for the Office of Tribal Government Relations. She also serves as the Tribal Government Relations Specialist for the Eastern Region covering the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Erika joined the VA in December 2006 as a Veterans Service Representative at the Baltimore Regional Office. In this role, Erika served as the Pre-Discharge Program Coordinator and Minority Veterans Program Coordinator.

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Terry R. Bentley
Tribal Government Relations Specialist, Western Region,
Office of Tribal Government Relations

Terry R. Bentley, an enrolled member of the Karuk Tribe of California is the Tribal Government Relations Specialist for the Western Region, covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California and Alaska. A former Health Systems Specialist for VHA Roseburg, Oregon....

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Mary Culley

Mary Culley
Tribal Government Relations Specialist
Southern Plains and Eastern Regions

Mary Culley is the Tribal Government Relations Specialist for the Southern Plains and Southeastern Region, covering the following states: Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Central/Eastern Texas. A military dependent herself....

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L. Homana Pawiki

L. Homana Pawiki
Tribal Government Relations Specialist (AZ, CO, NM, UT)
Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR)

LoRae Homana Pawiki previously worked for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) in Prescott, Arizona where she continues to be based. Ms. Pawiki is Hopi-Navajo. She uses her middle name – HoMana, a Hopi Indian name. She is our Southwest Region tribal government relations specialist responsible for managing a portfolio of relationships....

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Peter Scott Vicaire
Tribal Government Relations Specialist, Central Region,
Office of Tribal Government Relations

Peter Scott Vicaire is a member of the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation in Quebec, Canada, where he was raised. He is also a former U.S. Marine, honorably discharged as a sergeant after serving with the 8th & I Presidential Honor Guard in Washington D.C. and as an infantry squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines....

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