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Serving Native American Veterans

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For generations, Native American and Alaska Native veterans have had a history of proud and distinguished service in the U.S. military forces. Native American veteran tribal communities are unique from other veteran populations across the nation and bring both strengths and challenges to the development of outreach and engagement in planning events for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native veterans. Click here to view NVTI's informative pamphlet on Working with American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans.

Serving Native American Veterans
The National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) offers resources to help veteran service professionals acquire a better understanding of how to assist the Native American veteran population.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Serving-Native-American-Veterans

Cultural Competence:
Cultural Competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.

Building Blocks for Cultural Integration in the Development and Establishment of Rural VA Telemental Health Clinics for Native Veterans:
This document provides a short overview, suggestions and tips for setting up, operating and maintaining Telemental Health (TMH) Clinics, in the form of live interactive videoconferencing, for rural Native Veterans located on American Indian lands or reservations, Alaska Native Corporations and communities, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander lands and communities.
http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/docs/publications/building-blocks-082411.pdf

Webcast: Working with Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country (March 2014):
On March 25, 2014 in collaborations with VHA, CBO, and IHS OTGR hosted the webcast VA Working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country that featured subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discussed in-depth, "How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs."
https://www.va.gov/TRIBALGOVERNMENT/webcasts.asp

SAMHSA American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card:
This guide enhances cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/American-Indian-and-Alaska-Native-Culture-Card/sma08-4354

Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service Form:
Applicants seeking employment in the Indian Health Service and/or Indian Affairs use this form to establish evidence of Indian preference as part of the application process. The Family History Chart is also used as part of the Indian Preference verification process.
https://www.bia.gov/policy-forms/online-forms