Native American Veterans Association
Serving and Honoring Native American Vets and Their Families

Services

NAVA Programs

Informational Breakfast Circles

On the second Saturday of every month NAVA hosts gatherings from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at South Gate Girl's Club House, Room A, located at 4940 Southern Avenue, South Gate, CA 90280.  The gatherings provide free meals to veterans, active duty military and their families and opportunities for veterans to band in unity and support. Guest speakers are invited to inform and inspire veterans on various topics: from human services, housing, healthcare, veteran’s business development and small business administration, VA benefits resources and services, veteran’s senior services, employment and training, tribal benefits, and local resources for tribal veterans.  Additionally, it is a venue to share our culture through storytelling, drumming, and other artistic endeavors, an important aspect of our social and spiritual gathering.


Annual NAVA Summit

The NAVA Summit was designed to build on the good work of local and national organizations and agencies who share our mission: to provide and/or connect vital services to American Indian retired veterans and individuals currently serving in the military and their families. The Summit is open to service providers who want to keep their professional development continuous.  Moreover, the programs are offered at no cost to Veterans and their families; they are valuable, enriching and in some cases life-saving experiences while helping the most deserving groups of Americans - veterans, active duty military. Plenary sessions cover relevant topics including but not limited to veteran’s readjustment, mental health and wellness, employment and training, families and relationships. 

NAVA Color Guard

The “Guard” ushers in the flags at all NAVA sponsored events honoring all veterans and inviting the community to pay their respect to veterans in a unique way. The NAVA Color Guard is dedicated to assisting grieving families to ensure our veterans receive the funeral honors to which they are entitled (honorably discharged). We are currently recruiting for our Color Guard. Please contact Roy at (888) 412-5997 or at turningbear5@frontier.com.


Traditional Healing Ceremonies

NAVA brings veterans, members of the military and their families together as needed at no cost. “Ceremony” is an essential part of traditional Native healing; because physical and spiritual health are intimately connected, body and spirit must heal together.


Two-day Annual Veterans Appreciation and Cultural Gathering

The event honors the beauty, strength, spirit, and endurance of Native American culture; it provides the arena, atmosphere, and incentives for the continuance of the traditional American Indian way of life.  The Gathering is a tribute to Native Americans that goes well beyond wartime survival; it serves as a testament to the preservation of our unique cultural values.  Native Americans are strong, patient, wise and deeply spiritual people and we will continue to flourish in the 21st century. The two-day event shares our traditions and culture through songs, dances, food and the arts; the city of South Gate and Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation are major stakeholders and provide the venue.