Native American Veteran Assistance (NAVA) is non-profit organization serving the veterans of Native American Communities across America. We are the community we serve, we are Veterans, we are Native Americans. As members of the tribes we help provide assistance for our fellow veterans, no matter which branch of the military they served in. We know first hand the struggles of not only the Native American communities but also the great warriors coming home from service to the greatest nation on the planet.

Coming home to see these Warriors broken and battered is heart-breaking. So many of our vets are facing grave economic crisis and substandard living conditions. We had to do something about it. That’s why Native Vets (NAVA) was born.

 Our founder is Major Clay Ramsey, and our board of directors include Charles Little Spotted Horse, Charlotte Moore, Brandy Maxcy, and Tonya Belile. The rest of the team includes Logistics Director Will Burritt and Programs Director Ed Vocu Jr. 

Our Team

Clay Ramsey

Founder/CEO | Oglala Sioux Tribal Member and Major USMCR

I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 35 years ago. The Marines helped me to go to college to be an officer in the Marines. I started out as a private in the infantry and ended my career as a reserve Major. I was fortunate. However, many others have not been so fortunate. That is why we have decided to do every thing we can to help these honorable Native American Warriors with a hand-up. I have worked with hundreds of programs on dozens of reservations helping people. We know what we are doing as a trusted partner in Indian Country.

Charlotte Moore

Board of Directors | USMC Veteran, Northern Cheyenne Tribe

 

    

Tonya Belile

Board of Directors | Yankton Sioux Tribe

Will Burritt

Logistics Director | Oglala Sioux Tribe

Charles Little Spotted Horse

Board of Directors, Disabled USMC Veteran | Oglala Sioux Tribal Member

My name is Charles Little Spotted Horse. I joined the Marines to serve my country as a true Lakota Warrior. I never knew I would return to the economic depression I left years before with a disability. I am not angry – service to our country is what we warriors do. Natives have always served in the Armed Forces. I am incredibly proud to be on the board of Native American Veterans Assistance and incredibly proud to be a Marine for life – once a Marine, always a Marine.

Brandy Maxcy

Board of Directors | Oglala Sioux Tribe

Ed Vocu Jr .

Programs Director | Oglala Sioux Tribe

partner organizations

We work with partner organizations who provide various different services to Native American Veterans. If you belong to such a group who offers food boxes, energy assistance, soup kitchens, clothings boxes, rides to VA appointments, or a similar charitable program, then we may be able to help you with funding. By partnering with other organizations, we can help our veterans more effectively and efficiently. To partner with Native American Veteran’s Assistance and help those in need, please fill out our online form to “Request Assistance” by clicking the button below.

Contact us

  • Phone

    605-838-1500

  • Email

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  • Address

    P.O. Box 5053

    Pine Ridge, SD

    57770