An Eastern Band Cherokee Veteran built a family mountain home using the VBA Native American Direct Loan mortgage product. Learn more about how you can take advantage of this benefit.
Consultation facilitates tribal engagement and input in VA policies, programs and services that may affect Veterans living in Indian Country and tribal governments. The focus: establishing and sustaining enduring, trusting relationships necessary to serve our Nation’s heroes.
We help ensure Indian Country's Veterans know what VA offers Veterans and how to access the full range of services and benefits our Veterans have courageously earned through their service. Learn more about 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...
VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR) has a special responsibility to oversee tribal consultation and support VA’s commitment to honor government-to-government relationships with tribes. OTGR works to engage tribes and strengthen VA’s ability to work with tribal governments by building trust, sharing information, and continuing to expand services to American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. This report describes how VA engaged with Indian Country in 2015. Download the report in PDF format.
Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants (Federal Register)
Blog: VA to recognize tribal organizations as Veteran representatives. (By Peter Vicaire, OTGR Specialist, and Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor, Chickasaw Nation)
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.
See the Tribal Consultation page for more information.
Arriving in a Blackhawk helicopter Friday afternoon April 21, 2017, the Interim Deputy Secretary for U.S. Veterans Affairs, Scott Blackburn, met Taos Pueblo Gov. Ruben A. Romero, tribal officials, and veterans from the area during an Intergovernmental Site Visit and Cultural Tour.
See the Upcoming Events page for more information.
VA Office of Rural Health: Rural Connection Newsletter (article on page 11)
On Wednesday, July 12, the Phoenix Indian Medical Center hosted a site visit and tour for local, regional, and national Veterans Affairs (VA) representatives. This visit reflects the ongoing relationship building between the Indian Health Service and VA. Both agencies shared information and identified opportunities to better partner to continue providing the best care possible for our American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans. Read the full article.
Up-to-date and comprehensive information on this program can be found on the Reimbursement Agreement page.
Brandon brought the war home with him. With help from VA, he’s turned his life around. Share his story to help other Veterans.
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.