On Feb. 5, leaders of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) so eligible Native American Veterans and their spouses have the opportunity to use their VA home loan guaranty benefit on Federal trust land.
By statute, before VA may make a loan to a Native American Veteran desiring to build or renovate a home on tribal land, the Veteran’s tribal sovereign governing body must enter into a MOU with VA.
Native American Veterans eligible for VA home loan benefits and whose sovereign governments have signed a MOU may then apply directly to VA for a 30-year fixed rate loan to purchase, build, or improve a home located on Federal trust land. They may also refinance a direct loan already made under this program to lower their interest rate. If the property is not located on Federal trust land, the Veteran can use the traditional VA-guaranteed Home Loan program. Call toll free 1-800-827-1000 or visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans for more information about the Native American Direct Home Loan Program (NADL).