2016 Conference

Empowering Native American Veterans to Improve Their Quality of Life

The mission of the Southwest Native American Veterans Association, Inc. is to provide the best possible conference for Native American veterans, families, and tribal leaders. Speakers from different agencies, branches of military and congressional leaders have been invited to provide you with information to start and continue the healing process of serving our country. In 2016, the Veterans Rising for Healing Conference will be held September 22-23 at the NM Army National Guard Armory located at 600 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.

The theme this year is: “Using technology to navigate our Native Warriors through the VA System.”

Goals of the conference:

  • Increase and enhance access to VA benefits and services that include quality health care, housing, employment and education;
  • Improve coordination and delivery of care through the development of health information systems and trainings;
  • Increase cultural awareness and culturally competent care for VA beneficiaries;
  • Improve health promotion and disease prevention programs and services to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians; and
  • Review, comment and address VA policies not culturally appropriate to Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

For more information, contact Marvin Trujillo, Jr., 01twineagle@gmail.com or 505-589-0609; Jaye Francis, jfrancis@unm.edu or (505) 353-2709.


Speakers for the 2016 conference include:

– Jack R. Fox, Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
– Earl Newsome, Center for Minority Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
– D. Christopher Norton, Director, VA’s Albuquerque Regional Office
– James P. Sanders, Director, National Cemetery in Santa Fe
– Andrew Welch, Director, New Mexico Veterans Health Care System

To view the entire conference agenda: Download 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional Conferece 2016 – Agenda (PDF)

13731480_1043379219049223_168758303193223608_nVeterans Golf Tournament

Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course
7001 Osuna NE, Albuquerque NM 87123

The Veterans Golf Tournament has been POSTPONED until a later date.

Check back later for more information!

To register your team:
Contact John Lewis at (505) 514-8327 or email at John.Lewis@htsusa.com


Veterans Gourd Dance

NM Army National Guard Armory
600 Wyoming Albuquerque NM 87123
Thursday, September 22nd 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Head Staff:
Head Singer – Ramone Yazzie
MC – Emerson Tully
Head Gourd –Brandon Seber
For more information contact Alvin Tsosie Jr. at (505) 567-9465 or email at atsosiejr@yahoo.com


A Formal Veteran’s Ball will be held on Friday September 23rd from 7:00pm-10:00pm at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, located at 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE. Albuquerque, NM

Tickets for the event are $25.00/person

For more information, please contact Jaye Francis at (505) 353-2709 or jfrancis@unm.edu

Exhibit space is available for the 2016 conference. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit is due at the time application is submitted; balance due prior to set-up.

For more information, please contact Jaye Francis at (505) 353-2709 or jfrancis@unm.edu

  • Conference Exhibitor Fee:$ 150.00/Booth
  • Arts & Crafts: $125.00

Exhibit space package includes: 1 six-foot draped table, 2 chairs, and lunch for 2 representatives. 

>> Download Exhibit Space Application (PDF) <<

SheratonUptown_logoThe conference hotel this year is the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, conveniently located at 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE (google maps): www.sheratonalbuquerqueuptown.com

Make a reservation: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1607018719&key=1576018B

Call (800) 325-3535 and ask for the “3rd Southwest Native American Veterans” rate.


• Map of Sheraton ABQ Uptown Location •

Registering for the 2016 Southwest Native American Veterans Association Conference is FREE

There are three ways to register:

1. Call Jaye Francis at (505) 353-2709.
2. Download the registration form, fill out and fax to (505) 277-7108 or email to jfrancis@unm.edu:
2016 SWNAVA Conference Registration Form (PDF)
3. Register online via the form below.

DEADLINE to register is September 16, 2016

Several sponsorship opportunities are available to government entities, organizations and businesses.

For sponsorship opportunities,

Contact Jaye Francis at (505) 353-2709 / fax: (505) 277-7108 / jfrancis@unm.edu.

>> Download – 2016 Southwest Regional Veterans Conference Sponsorship Info (PDF) <<


Visit our GoFundMe page to help sponsor our 2016 conference!

Our goal is to raise money to help offset the cost of putting this conference together.