2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki delivered remarks during the morning session.
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Secures Direct Home Loan Benefits
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs securing direct home loan benefits to eligible Mohawk veterans on the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation.
On November 22, 2013: The Office of Tribal Government Relations and the VBA Loan Guaranty Office held a webcast on the Native American Direct Loan Program. Please view the webcast below:
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The VA OTGR is creating a Veteran photo grid that will display images of tribal leaders (past and present—elected and appointed officials) who are Veterans or who are current active duty military. Please submit a high resolution jpeg image to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include name, tribal affiliation, branch of service, years of service plus any additional information that would be noteworthy to add. Our goal is to post the grid to the VA OTGR website in early 2014. We’re already collecting images. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our tribal government relations specialists directly (contact numbers are listed under Who We Are on this website).
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. This work is done in the spirit of government to government consultation and collaboration, respectful of the special relationship that exists between the United States and tribal governments.
Our efforts focus on three important goals: facilitating VA's Tribal Consultation Policy, facilitating increased access to health care and promoting economic sustainability (highlighting opportunities for Veterans to access fiscal, educational, housing and other special programs and benefits through the VA).
We bring key partners to the table to address important issues raised by tribal leaders. Linking decision makers and stake holders to tribal leadership ensures Indian Country's Veterans know who we at VA are, what VA offers Veterans and how to reach VA to ensure access to the full range of services and benefits our Veterans have courageously earned through their service.