Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

VA Initiates Tribal Consultation on Proposed Rulemaking

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is considering issuing a proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, state, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, the proposed rulemaking would amend VA’s regulations to expressly provide for the VA recognition of Tribal organizations so that representatives of Tribal organizations may assist Native American claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of their VA benefit claims. In addition, the proposed rule would allow an employee of a Tribal government to become accredited through a recognized State organization.


Comments on the proposal are due April 11, 2016 and can be submitted via e-mail to


Click here to learn more about the proposal and opportunity to comment.