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Office of Tribal Government Relations

Archived Events

  • Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians Winter Convention, Portland, OR January 27-29, 2020
  • Kiowa Tribe of Ok Claims Event, Carnegie, OK April 10, 2020 — — cancelled
  • Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Public Health Conference, Durant, OK April 14-16, 2020 — Cancelled
  • National Council on Aging Conference, Dallas, TX June 8-10, 2020
  • Choctaw Nation of OK Claims Event, Durant, OK June 11, 2020 and Pocola, OK June 18, 2020 — cancelled
  • VA National Tribal Veterans Summit, Oklahoma City, OK June 30 – July 1, 2020 — cancelled
  • Cherokee Nation of OK Claims Event, Tahlequah, OK August 7, 2020 — cancelled
  • OTGR Webex Wednesday Series – August 19, 2020 “Missing & Murdered Native Americans & Human Trafficking in Indian Country”
  • OTGR Webex Wednesday Series - September 2nd, 2020 “Presumptive Pathways and Blue Water Navy Updates”
  • OTGR Webex Wednesday Series - September 16, 2020 “Tribal Veteran Representatives & Tribal Veteran Service Officers Best Practices Panel”
  • OTGR Webex Wednesday Series – October 7, 2020 “Mental Health & Suicide Prevention in Indian Country”
  • OTGR Webex Wednesday Series – October 21, 2020 “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG)”

Claims Day Event

  • June 19, 2019– Hotevilla, AZ
  • Ft. Peck Reservation Claims Event, Poplar, MT October 23, 2019
  • Fort Belknap Claims Event, Fort Belknap, MT October 24, 2019
  • Rocky Boy Reservation Claims Event, Box Elder, MT October 24, 2019
  • Pokagon Band Claims Event, Kalamazoo, MT November 14, 2019

Presumptive Conditions Events “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” Campaign

  • May 7-8, 2018 – Osage Nation, Ponca City, OK
  • May 8, 2018 – Navajo Nation, Tuba City, AZ
  • May 10, 2018 – Navajo Nation,St Michaels, AZ
  • May 11, 2018 – Copper River Native Association, Copper Center, AK
  • May 16, 2018 – Kewa Pueblo, Kewa Fire Station, Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM
  • May 16, 2018 – Tule River Tribe, Porterville, CA
  • May 18, 2018 – Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pojoaque , NM
  • June 5, 2018 – Native Villiage of White Mountain, Nome, Ak
  • June 12, 2018 – Navajo Nation, Crownpoint, NM
  • June 12, 2018 – Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID
  • June 14, 2018 – Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Bayfield, WI
  • June 14, 2018 – Navajo Nation, Chinle AZ
  • June 14, 2018 – Nooksack Indian Tribe, Deming, WA
  • June 16, 2018 – Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Lincoln City, OR
  • June 29, 2018 – Navajo Nation, Flaggstaff, AZ
  • July 10, 2018 – Choctaw Nation of OK, McCalester, OK
  • July 17, 2018 – Choctaw Nation of OK, Poteau, OK
  • July 21, 2018 – Tohono O'odham, Sif-Oidak, AZ
  • July 24, 2018 – Miami Nation of OK, Miami, OK
  • August 1, 2018 – Bay Mills Indian Community, Brimley, MI
  • August 4, 2018 – San Carlos Apache Tribe, Burdette Hall, San Carlos, AZ
  • August 14, 2018 – White Earth Nation, Mahnomen, MN
  • October 24, 2018 – Walker River Paiute Tribe, Schurz, NV

4th Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans

July 20–22, 2018, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

VA and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Host Presumptive Conditions Event
“Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” Campaign

April 17–18, 2018
Mekusukey Mission Gym, Seminole, OK

VA and Taos Pueblo Host Presumptive Conditions Claims Event
“Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” Campaign

April 14, 2018
Taos Pueblo Senior Center, Taos, NM

VA and Navajo Nation Veterans Administration Veterans Office Shiprock Host Presumptive Conditions Claims Event
“Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” Campaign

April 12, 2018
Navajo Nation Veterans Administration Office, Shiprock, NM

VA and Navajo Nation – Kayenta IHS Health Center Host Presumptive Conditions Event
“Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing Benefits Home” Campaign

April 10, 2018
Kayenta Health Center IHS, Kayenta, AZ

Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Meeting

October 24–25, 2017
Embassy Suites DC Convention Center, Washington, DC

National Congress of American Indians 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace

October 15–20, 2017
Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI

United South and Eastern Tribes Conference Annual Meeting

October 9–13, 2017
Harrah's Cherokee, Cherokee, NC

Otoe-Missouria Intertribal Veterans Stand Down

October 6, 2017
7 Clans Paradise Casino, Red Rock, OK

Department of Veterans Affairs Round Table Discussion

July 12, 2017
Heard Museum, Phoeniz, AZ

Veterans Training Summit

June 14–16, 2017
Clearwater River Casino, Lewiston, Idaho

National Reservation Economic Summit (RES)

March 13–16, 2017
Mirage Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

2017 United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Impact Week Meeting

February 6–9, 2017
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

NMAI Native Nations Inaugural Ball

January 20, 2017
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

D-Q University Veterans Big Time Pow-Wow and Veterans Service Fair

November 12, 2016
Davis, CA

2016 Intertribal Veterans Stand Down

November 4, 2016
Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Veterans Summit 2016

November 4, 2016
Warm Springs, OR

8th White House Tribal Nations Conference

September 26, 2015
Washington, DC

Women Veterans Summit

September 24, 2016
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA

Women Veterans Summit

September 17, 2016
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, Suquamish, WA

Tribal Veteran Representative Training & Veteran Summit

July 13–16, 2016
12 Tribes Resort & Casino, Omak, WA

Southwest Region Veterans Training Summit

July 6–7, 2016
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Santa Fe, NM

Department of Veterans Affairs Tribal Consultation

National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference
June 29, 2016, 5:15–8:15 p.m.
Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA

Tribal Veteran Representative (TVR) Training & Veteran Resource Fair

May 17–19, 2016
Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton, OR

16th Annual Tribal Veterans Representative Training

May 9–13, 2016
Muscogee Creek Nation Dome Building, Okmulgee, Oklahoma

2016 CANAR Mid Year Conference

April 11–14, 2016
Sheraton Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade & Expo

March 30, 2016
Warm Springs, OR

50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War

March 29, 2016
The Salem Armory, Salem OR

NMAI/National Native American Veterans Memorial discussion

January 21, 2016
Choctaw Nation Community Center, Durant OK

Phoenix Indian Medical Center Hosts Affordable Care Act Benefits Fair

November 18, 2015

Native American Indian Heritage Month Program

November 13, 2015
G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Conference Center, VACO, Washington, DC

2015 CANAR Annual Conference

November 9–12, 2015
Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT

Veterans Pow-Wow & Service Fair

November 7–8, 2015
D-Q University, Davis, CA

Veterans Summit 2015

November 6–7, 2015
Warm Springs Community Center, Warm Springs, OR

Looking Towards Open Enrollment 3: Lessons Learned and Promising Practices in AI/AN Outreach and Engagement

October 13, 2015
Columbia Center, Seattle, WA (also presented via webinar)

Tribal Veteran Representative Training

September 22–24, 2015
Oregon State Department of Veterans Affairs Building, Salem, Oregon

Annual Session ATNI

September 2015
Pendleton, OR

OTGR Summit

September 2015 (date TBD)
Seneca Nation, NY

Camp Chaparral

August 16–22, 2015
Toppenish, WA

Two Part Series
Partnerships with the VA: Reaching & Serving Indian Country’s Veterans

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
1:00–2:30 PM ET

Call-in Number: (855) 897-8197
Webinar link:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division of Tribal Affairs in partnership with the Veterans Administration(VA) will host a two part webinar for Veterans who have earned access to a broad range of benefits as a result of their service in the armed forces. This two part series provides listeners with important information necessary to understand benefits Veterans have earned through their service.

Part I: Focuses on benefits administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration. This webinar will provide an overview of service-connected compensation, pension, educational benefits, vocational rehabilitation, employment, other benefits and services.

Part II: Focuses on how to establish health care reimbursement agreements with the VA. This webinar will provide an overview of how Veterans enroll in the VA healthcare system, the VA medical benefits package, care coordination with local VA resources and highlight the process for current progress made on the VA/IHS/Tribal Health Program (THP) Reimbursement Agreement.

Southern Plains Veterans Training Summit

July 30-31, 2015
Wind River Hotel, Norman, OK

The VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations, Southern Plains Office, will be holding its 3rd Annual Veterans Training Summit, co-hosted with the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.  This year’s training summit will provide information, services and processes to key programs requested by tribal and IHS staff, as well as the Veterans themselves.

Urban Indian Health Programs: Connecting with VA
"What you need to know about the Choice Act"

July 30, 2015, 3pm EST

Justice For Vets Tribal Courts Presentation

July 27–29, 2015
Washington D.C.

Native Veterans Summit

July 10–11, 2015
Uyxat Powwow Grounds, Grand Ronde, OR

California Rural Indian Health Board & Portland Northwest Indian Area Health Board

July 9–10, 2015
Sacramento, CA

Town Hall Meeting

July 7, 2015
Veterans Hall, Warm Springs, OR

National Congress of American Indians 2015 Mid-Year Conference and Marketplace

June 28–July 1, 2015
St. Paul River Centre, St. Paul, MN

Veteran's Resource Conference

June 4, 2015
Lac Courtes Oreilles Convention Center, Hayward, WI

CMS Training for Tribal Programs

May 21–22, 2015
Portland, OR

CMS Training Outreach

May 12–13, 2015
Norman, OK

AARP Inter-Tribal Community Meeting

May 5, 2015
Oklahoma City, OK

IHS Office of Tribal Self Governance Annual Conference

April 28-May 1, 2015
Reno, NV

Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board

April 28–30, 2016
Catoosa, OK

Veterans Summit

April 14–19, 2015
Anacortes, WA

Paralyzed Veterans of American VSO Training

April 22, 2015
Dallas, TX

Kiowa Black Leggings Veteran Honoree

April 10, 2015
Carnegie, OK

Veterans 2015 Summit - Service for Veterans

April 17–18, 2015, 9:00am–4:00pm
Swinomish Conference Center, Anacortes, WA

Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals

March 24–25, 2015
Novi, MI

Secretary's Tribal Leaders Conference Call

VA Secretary Bob McDonald cordially invites tribal leaders to join him in a conference call on October 23rd at 3:30pm EST.  During the call, the Secretary will introduce himself to tribal leaders, offer updates on VA’s engagement with tribes and share agency updates as we continue traveling the Road to Veteran’s Day.  The Secretary looks forward to hearing tribal leaders’ priorities and concerns on any issues affecting Veterans across Indian Country.

Tribal leaders who wish to participate may register at:

Date/Time: October 23, 2014 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Dial in number: 1-800-767-1750
Participant code: 64281

Please direct questions regarding the upcoming call to

2014 Southwest Regional Veteran's Conference

September 22-24, 2014
Isleta Resort & Casino, Pueblo of Isleta

Veterans Training Summit

September 18-19, 2014
Lucky 7 Casino/Hotel, Smith River, CA

Department of Veterans Affairs Tribal Consultation

September 8, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, NM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is holding a tribal consultation on Monday, September 8, 2014, at 1:00-2:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Hotel in Albuquerque, NM.

The consultation topic is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between VA and the Indian Health Service, and how the MOU has affected care for Veterans.

Download a copy of the Dear Tribal Leader Letter that was mailed on August 1, 2014, for full information. A short information briefing and full text of the VA-IHS 2010 MOU are also available.

Representatives of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health, VHA Chief Business Office, and Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs/Office of Tribal Government Relations will be present to seek input from tribal leaders on questions for tribal consultation.

This VA tribal consultation is held in conjunction with the National Indian Health Board's Annual Consumer Conference. Registration for the consultation is not required, but if you wish to register, please submit your name, title, tribe or organization, phone, and email address to

Written comments are also welcomed. Please download the DTLL for information on how they may be submitted. Written comments are due no later than October 8, 2014.

We look forward to your participation in the upcoming tribal consultation.

Phone: 202-461-7400

Southern Plains Native Veterans Training Summit

August 27-28, 2014
Choctaw Nation Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Durant, OK

Southwest Region Veterans Training Summit

August 20-21, 2014
Ute Mountain Ute Resort, Towaoc, CO

Veterans Training Summit

August 7-8, 2014
Spirit Lake Casino & Resort, St. Michael, ND

Native Veterans Summit
Gathering of Warriors II

July 10–11, 2014
Grand Ronde, Oregon

Society of American Indian Government Employees
11th Annual Training Program

June 9-13, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Please see the flyers for additional information:

Nez Perce Tribe Elder Day

June 6, 2014
Clearwater River Casino and Hotel, Lewiston, Idaho

25th Anniversary Native Health Research Conference

June 1-5, 2014
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, AZ

Memorial Day Dinner
Honoring American Indian Vietnam Warriors

May 24, 2014
Steele Auditorium Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Honor Riders Documentary Film Screening

April 27, 2014
Burton Barr Central Library‎
Lecture Room, 4th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona

20th Annual Vietnam Remembrance Day

April 27, 2014
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
Phoenix, Arizona

2014 Hopi Code Talkers Recognition Day
“Through Humble Duty and Sacrifice... E’dah Lavayi E Da Muy Duwala”

April 23, 2014
Kykotsmovi, Arizona

8th Annual Salt River Veterans Recognition Pow Wow

April 11-13, 2014
Salt River Ballfield
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, AZ
N.E. Corner of Longmore and McDowell Roads

Western/Central Region Training Summit

April 9–10, 2014
Clearwater River Casino, Lewiston, ID

Veterans Training Summit Twin Arrows

March 20-21, 2014
Flagstaff, Arizona

Department of Veterans Affairs, Working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country

How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Chief Business Office (CBO), and Indian Health Service (IHS) leadership hosted a webcast focused on two important, related topics: How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs and VHA’s healthcare enrollment eligibility. The webcast featured subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discuss increasing healthcare access opportunities for eligible Veterans across Indian Country.

Native American Veterans Benefits Enrollment Fair

February 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Holdenville Creek Community Center, 224 E. Poplar Street, Holdenville, OK

Statewide Arizona American Indian Behavioral Health Forum III

February 20-21, 2014
Blue Water Resort & Casino
Colorado River Indian Tribes
11300 Resort Dr.
Parker, AZ 85344

Veterans Treatment Court Conference

December 2-5, 2013
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

The nation's first conference dedicated to Veterans Treatment Courts and justice-involved veterans suffering from substance abuse and trauma will take place December 2-5 in Washington, DC! Justice For Vets has assembled an unprecedented cadre of experts who will be presenting over 75 sessions making up over 100 hours of training and education.

Highlights at this year's conference include:

  • Best practices to make your Veterans Treatment Court the best it can be;
  • How to identify and manage volunteer Veteran Mentors to improve outcomes;
  • How to connect veterans to the benefits and services they've earned;
  • How to help your community identify justice-involved vets;
  • How to treat trauma; and much, much more!!! (Click here for Everything Vet Court Con!)

Register today and book your hotel room.

Native American Indian Heritage Month Annual Celebration

November 21, 2013
Denver, CO

The Native American Indian committee of Eastern Colorado Healthcare System also known as the Veterans Administration of Denver would like to formally invite our Native American community from all Nations to our annual celebration for Native American Indian Heritage Month held in the Auditorium on November 21, 2013. We will have several information booths and guest speakers about taxes how to prepare for 2014 financial planning to our community provided by Scott Ellenwood. We welcome every Native American and speak to them on how to prepare themselves for job opportunities here at the VAMC. Our location is 1055 Clermont St. Denver, CO 80220.

Jeanne Rubin from Indigenous Film & Arts Festival and will be demonstrating some arts and crafts. Tentatively we are requesting for a Drum group to provide an honorary, Warrior and Friendship song for our Veterans.

Please RSVP by 10/31/13 if interested in attending. Please call Regina Harris 303.399.8020 ext. 5923 or email

Oregon's Greatest Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2013
Roseburg, OR

Sleeping Warrior Veterans Honoring Powwow

November 9, 2013
Pala Rey Youth Camp, Pala, CA

15th Annual VA/IHS Native American Veterans Symposium

November 8, 2013
Route 66 Hotel & Casino, Albuquerque, NM

Hopi Veterans Day Events

November 8, 2013
Hopi Veterans Memorial Center, Kykotsmovi, AZ

Chickasaw Nation Benefit Enrollment Fair

November 4, 2013
The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, Ada, OK

Tribal Veterans Representatives Conference

October 29-30, 2013
Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, WA

Oklahoma Women Veterans Recognition Day

October 25-26, 2013
Wyndham Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

7th Annual Eastside Native American Program Veterans' Powwow

October 19, 2013
Juanita High School, Kirkland, WA

Explore Video Recruiting

October 18-20, 2013
Minneapolis, MN

National Congress of American Indians 70th Annual Convention and Marketplace

October 14-18, 2013
Tulsa, OK

Veterans Stand Down & Resource Fair

October 10, 2013
Nez Perce Reservation, Lewiston, ID

O'Odham Veterans Celebration

September 21, 2013
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Gymnasium, Scottsdale, AZ

VA OTGR Southwest Region Veterans Benefits Training Summit

September 16-17, 2013, Salt River, AZ

Opening Doors 2013

September 9-10, 2013
Tulalip Resort Casino, Marywville, WA

Helping businesses form a solid foundation for government contracting and find ways to nurture strong growth. This is our 5th Small Business Conference and Tradeshow focusing on Native owned businesses including tribal owned and ANC owned. Also highlighting veterans in these communities!

National Indian Health Board 30th Annual Consumer Conference

August 26-28, 2013
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City, MI

Agenda and details of event can be found at website:

August Tribal Veteran Representative Training

August 19-20, 2013
Clare/Farwell American Legion Post 558, Farwell, MI

The second session of the Tribal Veteran Representative training has been scheduled for Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, 2013! The training will again be facilitated by W.J. “Buck” Richardson who has extensive experience in doing these outreach trainings for VISN 19, Rocky Mountain Network. He is passionate about helping all Veterans become aware of the benefits available to them and family members and is a strong proponent about helping Veterans getting this information.

The intent of the program is for tribes to designate staff to be trained as TVRs who will act as a liaison between the VA and tribal Veterans to assist them in knowing what benefits are available, assist them with communications between the VA, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), and serve to provide information at tribal meetings, etc. The August training will include presentations by the VBA, NCA, and VA and will allow adequate time for questions and interactions with the presenters.

The first training in April laid the groundwork for developing the TVR program. Although a lot of information was covered during that training, there is more to learn! We want all TVRs to feel comfortable in their roles and this training will help to accomplish that objective. We encourage you to send TVRs trained in April as more in-depth information will be covered, as well as, sending other staff you may want to designate who will assist your Native American Veterans. We welcome your participation!

POC: Peter Vicaire (612) 629-7587

2013 Camp Chaparral

August 18-24, 2013, Toppenish, WA

VISN20 sponsors a unique cultural sensitivity training program called Camp Chaparral, which originally started in 1992. It is held on the sacred grounds of the Yakama Indian Nation at the foothills of Mt. Adams in Washington State. Camp Chaparral concentrates on providing a unique and positive experience for VA staff through cultural immersion. VISN20 sends 60 VA employees to a weeklong cultural sensitivity training specific to aspects of American Indian culture, traditions, habits and how these can affect clinical outcomes, to include being able to identify effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) The goals and objectives of the program are: 1) Explain aspects of the American Indian culture, traditions and habits and how these can affect clinical outcomes; 2) Identify the effects of PTSD and physical wounds on American Indian Veterans; 3) Describe the clinical implications of utilization of traditional healers and elders; 4) Demonstrate increased personal sensitivity to American Indian Veterans and their families; and 5) Provide effective communication, problem solving and planning with American Indian Veterans about their healthcare needs.

It includes hands-on interaction with Native American warriors, spiritual leaders, traditional healers and tribal elders and members from the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, Nez Perce, Sioux, Makah, Lummi, Tlingit, Karuk and Colville tribes. Attendees are assigned to “families,” each of which has an identified Indian interpreter who facilitates and leads group members through a specially designed curriculum incorporating Native, as well as other Veterans' issues and concerns surrounding quality service to persons with diverse needs and backgrounds. Additionally, Camp Chaparral offers an opportunity to see the interface between Native American traditional healing and western medicine.

POC: Terry Bentley (541) 440-1271

Drum Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA)

August 14, 2013

The Indian Health Service's Tele-Behavioral Health Center for Excellence presents: Drum Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA): Research and Practice Implications for Native Americans with Addictions. This is an online training. There is no cost to attend, and no need to preregister. Free CME/CEU credit will be offered.

Idaho Women's Veterans Conference

August 10, 2013
Riverside Hotel, Boise, ID

Annual Service Officer Training Conference

August 7-9, 2013
Riverside Hotel, Boise, ID

Tribal Veteran Representative (TVR) Training

August 6-7, 2013, Lincoln City, OR

Lincoln City, OR. Terry Bentley, Office of Tribal Government Relations has teamed up with the Oregon State Department of Veterans Affairs to offer TVR training for tribes within the Western Region. The event is hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon. The training will be two full-days of intense Veterans benefits and services class work. It will also include a session on VA enrollment and eligibility, as well as an overview of Social Security Administration benefits and services.

POC: Terry Bentley (541) 440-1271

2013 NCAI Mid-Year Conference

June 24-27, 2013, Reno, NV

Agenda and details of event can be found at website:

Native American Veterans Stand Down

June 27, 2013, Shawnee, OK

Contact Mary Culley for more information.

Indian Health Service's TeleBehavioral Health Center for Excellence Suicide Training

The Indian Health Service's TeleBehavioral Health Center for Excellence is pleased to announce an eight-part series on suicide training. This series will cover Operation S.A.V.E. (gatekeeper), Risk Assessment and Safety Planning.

This 8-session series will occur on the following dates at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and cover the following topics:

  • 6/10 - Operation S.A.V.E
  • 6/17 - Understanding Suicide
  • 6/24 - Theory of Suicide
  • 7/01 - Understanding Impact of Suicidal Related Behavior
  • 7/08 - Safety Planning for Suicide
  • 7/15 - Clinical Practice Related to Suicide
  • 7/22 - Suicide Risk Assessment Formats
  • 8/12 - Introduction to Available Clinical Resources from the Suicide Prevention Research Center

VA OTGR Southwest Region Veterans Training Summit

June 19-20, 2013
Hopi Moenkopi Legacy Inn, Tuba City, AZ

Contact Homana Pawiki for more information.

2013 Ceremonial Honor Dance and Blessing

June 6, 2013, Long Beach, CA

Veterans Art Fair

May 25, 2013
Holiday Mall, Devil's Lake, ND

The Devils Lake Chapter of Disabled American Veterans is hosting its first annual Veterans Art Fair. It's going to take place on May 25th from 1200-1600 at the Holiday Mall at Devil's Lake, ND. There will be a silent auction, free coffee and snacks, bag raffle, and homeless veterans artwork will be on display. All proceeds go directly to the DAV. See the attached document for more information. To pre-register email Jim Hanson at or call him at 701-381-9485. You can also contact Ellen McKinnon at 701-866-2446 or email her at

National American Indian Housing Council Conference

May 21-23, 2013, Chicago, IL Contact Peter Vicaire for more information.

Centers for Medicaid/Indian Health Service/Northwest Portland Indian Area Health Board Partnership Training

May 21-22, 2013, Seattle, WA

Other details of event can be found at website:

Ho-Chunk/Tomah VAMC Veterans Benefits Fair

May 15, 2013
Ho-Chunk Tribal Office Building Atrium, Black River Falls, WI

All Veterans are welcome at this event, which will take place on May 15 (1300-1600) at the Ho-Chunk Tribal Office Building Atrium, and include information on Registration, Enrollment & Eligibility, Homeless Veterans Initiative, Veterans Transportation System, Audiology Services, Outreach & Health Promotion, Women's Health Coordinator, WDVA Home Loan & Job Program, OEF/OIF Program, State Benefit Programs

United South and Eastern Tribes Semi-Annual Meeting

May 14-17, 2013, Niagara Falls, NY Contact Peter Vicaire for more information.

New Town, ND Stand Down

May 14-15, 2013
4 Bears casino and Lodge, New Town, ND

ALL veterans who have served in the United States Armed Services are welcome—as well as any family members and/or widows who may have questions about VA benefits. For more info you can also call 701-239-3274.

Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services Training

May 14-15, Dallas, TX Contact Mary Culley for more information.

Eastern Region Training Summit

May 7-8, 2013, Cherokee, NC

To register: Download the summit brochure (below), complete the registration form, and return it by email to or fax it to (202) 273-5716.

Working For Veterans in Indian Country

April 30-May 1, 2013
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, SD

To register: Contact Peter Vicaire at or 651-405-5676. Book a hotel room ($77/night) at 1-605-348-4000

IHS Tribal Self Governance Annual Conference

April 29-May 2, 2013, Anaheim, CA

Agenda and details of event can be found at website:

VISN 19 MT Tribal Veterans Representative Training

April 29-May 3, 2013, Ft. Harrison, MT

Go to the following link for more information:

Supporting Our Heroes: Getting the Most Out of State and Federal Veterans Programs/Marching to War—Wisconsin Military History from the Tribal Perspective

April 26-27, 2013, Green Bay, WI

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) will be hosting a 2-day event on April 26 (1300-1700) and April 27 (0900-1700). This April 26 session will bring together state and federal officials in the areas of education, homeless programs, employment, small business development, licensing and certification, and tribal programs with veterans from throughout Wisconsin. The second day will have Tribal scholars and visiting experts on site to discuss the role of Wisconsin's tribes in shaping our state and national histories. See the (2) attached documents for more info on this pretty exciting event.

VHA Health Eligibility Center Training

The VHA Health Eligibility Center (HEC) provides monthly training focused on eligibility, the medical benefits package, and enrollment.


  • Apr 23, 2013@ 2:00 PM EST

Please email to receive a calendar invite.

Western Region Veterans Benefit Summit

April 9-10, 2013
Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, CA

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