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Office of Tribal Government Relations


Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus. See the resource links below:

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...

Upcoming Events


Please tune in September 2nd, 2020 for our next edition of VA WebEx Wednesday when our topic will be “Presumptive Pathways and Blue Water Navy Updates

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2018 Summary Report on VA Claims Events in Indian Country

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In 2018, VA conducted a special outreach campaign to reach Veterans across Indian Country during which VA held events on tribal lands. For many tribal Veterans, VA’s visits to their communities for this campaign offered their first-ever opportunity to interact with VA. This report describes how VA engaged with tribes and AI/AN Veterans in 2018 to bring benefits to Veterans who experience presumptive conditions. Download the report in PDF format.

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

Tribal Consultation

Image of Secretary Wilkie speaking with Alfie Alvarado, State Director  The 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.


Amended IHS and VA Agreement Expands Reimbursement for Direct Health Care Services

The Acting Director informs Tribal Leaders that the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Department of Veterans Affairs recently amended its agreement for reimbursement for direct health care services to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans at 77 IHS facilities.

Outreach, Communication & Training

Dear Tribal Leader Letter re: Mission Act of 2018 Legislation

Read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter

VA Presumptive Campaign in Indian Country

This initiative is a nationwide outreach campaign focused on identifying and assisting Veterans across Indian Country who may have presumptive disabilities and Veterans who may have non-compensable disabilities (VA pension claims).

Office of Tribal Government Relations Newsletter — Winter 2019

Upcoming Events

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The Warrior Tradition

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The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear. Watch video

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