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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...

2015 VA/OTGR Executive Summary Report

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Final Rule Recognizing Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants

Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants (Federal Register)

Q&A Webinar: New VA Proposed Rule re: Recognition of Tribal Organizations


Blog: VA to recognize tribal organizations as Veteran representatives. (By Peter Vicaire, OTGR Specialist, and Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor, Chickasaw Nation)

Read the full story here.

Outreach, Communication & Training

January–February 2017 Office of Tribal Government Relations Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

  • June 14-16, 2017: Idaho Veteran Training Summit, Lewiston, ID

See the Upcoming Events page for more information.

The Health Eligibility Center (HEC)

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)


VHA Blog: National reimbursement agreement between VA and the Indian Health Service extended through 2019

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

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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

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Tribal Government Relations and the Veterans Health Administration hosted a Tribal Consultation in Washington, D.C on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Comments are due by November 5, 2016. Please email comments to

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.

National Native American Veterans Memorial

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been charged by Congress with establishing a National Native American Veterans Memorial, to give “all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, gives a presentation on the National Native American Veterans Memorial on September 28, 2016.

Viist the National Native American Veterans Memorial website

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