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American Indian and Alaska Native Employment Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proudly leads the effort to build a diverse workforce and cultivate an inclusive work environment. We do this by developing and implementing policies and programs that promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace as we strive to ensure that VA’s workforce is drawn from the broadest segments of society so that it is poised to meet the present and future needs of our Nation's Veterans, their families, and survivors.

The Department places a high priority on respecting the government-to-government relationship between the Federal government and the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and their unique sovereign status.

The VA AI/AN Special Emphasis Program is designed to create plans to address potential and validated discriminatory and inequitable practices in hiring and employment and ensure full participation of AAPIs by implementing plans to eliminate adverse data trends at all levels of the agency.


Regulation Description
Executive Order 13592 Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities, December 2, 2011
Executive Order 13583 Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce, August 18, 2011
Executive Order 13562 Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates, December 27, 2010
Executive Order 11478 Equal employment opportunity in the Federal Government
29 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 1614.102(b)(4) Federal implementation of the Civil Rights Act

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Within this framework, some of the specific program objectives include:

  • Identify and address barriers to the hiring, development and advancement of AI/AN.
  • Assist to develop and implement special program initiatives that will enhance the employment and advancement of the AI/AN program.
  • Identify ways to ensure equal consideration for promotions, training, and awards for AI/AN.
  • Monitor separation and disciplinary actions for AI/AN.
  • Serve as liaison between recruiters and internal/external organizations which can assist in recruitment efforts and activities.
  • Develop and maintaining positive working relationships with community, professional and national organizations, college and universities.

For more information, contact VA's National American Indian and Alaska Native Employment Program Manager or, for additional resources, visit the National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month page.

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VA Resources

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VA Annual Reporting Requirements

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External Resources

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American Indian Alaska Native (AI/AN) Youth & Internship Information

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MOUs and Partnership Agreements

  • Memorandum of Understanding between VA and SAIGE (PDF)
  • Memorandum of Understanding between VA and IHS (PDF)

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