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Office of Tribal Government Relations

Archived Events

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


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 regina.harris2@va.gov.


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: http://www.nihb.org/communications/conferences_events.php


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: http://www.ncai.org/conferences-events


Native American Veterans Stand Down

June 27, 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 jhhanson@gondtc.com or call him at 701-381-9485. You can also contact Ellen McKinnon at 701-866-2446 or email her at ellen_mckinnon@usc.salvationarmy.org


National American Indian Housing Council Conference

May 21-23, 2013, Chicago, IL

http://www.naihc.net/index.php/events/annual-convention/. 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: http://www.blsmeetings.net/cmsitutrainings/seattle.cfm


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 , Niagara Falls, NY

http://www.cvent.com/events/uset-2013... 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

http://www.blsmeetings.net/cmsitutrainings/dallas.cfm. 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 erika.moott@va.gov 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 Peter.Vicaire@va.gov 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: http://www.tribalselfgov.org/____NEWSGCE/index.html


VISN 19 MT Tribal Veterans Representative Training

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

Go to the following link for more information: http://www.regonline.com/2013rockymountaintvrtraining


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.

Schedule:

  • Apr 23, 2013@ 2:00 PM EST

Please email Tribal.Agreements@va.gov to receive a calendar invite.

Western Region Veterans Benefit Summit


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


Upcoming Events announces and lists key national and regional tribal government meetings where our OTGR tribal government relations specialists will be conducting workshops and presentations. Also listed will be important national and regional VA conferences and events as well as other important activities or sessions focused on the needs and concerns of Veterans in Indian Country.

Click here for a list of past events


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!


VA OTGR Southwest Region Veterans Benefits Training Summit

September 16-17, 2013, Salt River, AZ


O'Odham Veterans Celebration

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


Veterans Stand Down & Resource Fair

October 10, 2013
Nez Perce Reservation, Lewiston, ID


Tribal Veterans Representatives Conference

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


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.


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