American Indians/Alaska Natives

“Since the birth of America, [American Indians and Alaska Natives] have contributed immeasurably to our country and our heritage, distinguishing themselves as scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in all aspects of our society. Native Americans have also served in the United States Armed Forces with honor and distinction, defending the security of our Nation with their lives.”

-President Barack Obama

VA Indian Health Services (IHS) Faculty Leaders Project

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC) program office established the VA Indian Health Services (IHS) Faculty Leaders Program to improve palliative care for Veterans at IHS and Tribal Health sites. The IHS Project Summary provides a description of the project, a summary of outcomes and recommendations for sustaining the nascent training programs.

Access the IHS Faculty Leaders Project Summary here.

Participation of American Indians in the U.S. Military

American Indians and Alaska Natives have a rich history in the United States Military, with several Native Americans receiving the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration. Since the Civil War American Indians have had an active role in the military; as code talkers they have ensured secure communications for troops on the battlefield.  For more information on the history of American Indians in the military, visit the Center of Military History or the Naval History and Heritage Command

American Indians and PTSD

The Department of Veteran Affairs has created a video for mental health providers discussing PTSD and the legacy of war among American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. Visit Wounded Spirits, Ailing Hearts: PTSD in Native American War Veterans.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health has developed a list of frequently asked questions about American Indians in the military.