Southwest Native American Veterans Association Request Donation of $20,000 from Tribe

The Southwest Native American Veterans Association (SWNAVA) came before the Isleta Tribal Council on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, to request a donation of $20,000.00 from the Tribe. According to their website, the purpose of this organization is to help Native American Veterans “with regard to Veterans Rights, Entitlements, and Benefits.”

SWNAVA_MainLogoChairman Ramus Suina, Vice-Chair Fred R. Lujan and Secretary/Treasurer Marvin Trujillo represented the organization before the Council. This month, the group plans to hold their first regional conference at the Isleta Resort & Casino beginning September 21st thru September 24th. The Pueblo of Isleta Veterans Association is co-hosting the event.

The conference is free.

To register online, click: 2014 Southwest Regional Veterans Conference.

On September 21st, the group will conduct a golf tournament at the Isleta Golf Course and they will have a motorcycle run. The cost to participate in the golf tournament is $125.00. According to SWNAVA’s website, proceeds from the golf tournament “will go directly towards providing services to all Veterans whose needs far exceed the capacity of any single stand-alone program.”  There is a limit of 125 golfers for their tournament.

For a detailed agenda, click the following links:

Sunday & Monday Agenda – September 21st & September 22.  Theme: Leadership, Veterans Benefits Administration & national Cemetery Administration.

Tuesday Agenda – September 23rd. – Theme: Veterans Health Administration.

Wednesday Agenda – September 24th. – Theme: Veterans Housing Fair & Business Expo.

According to Marvin Trujillo, the Secretary/Treasurer for SWNAVA, the group has already raised $30,000.00.  In addition to the services that Isleta is providing, they are asking our Tribe to donate an additional $20,000.00 to pay for the lunches of the participants to the conferences. They estimate that they will have 1,000 participants, which includes the spouses and dependents of the veterans that attend the conference.  According to the trio, the organization requested donations from other Tribes and they are waiting to hear back from them.

The Isleta Tribal Council referred the matter to the Council’s donation committee for further action.


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By Christopher Abeita

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