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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration announced today that it has awarded the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe a grant in the amount of nearly $4.9M for the construction of the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates, North Dakota.

The grant will fund the construction of a main entrance, an administration building, a maintenance building, roads, an assembly area, a committal shelter, 128 pre-placed single depth crypts, 28 standard full casket sites, 12 cremains gravesites, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure. The project will develop eight acres and serve 2,264 tribal Veterans and their families.

The closest national cemetery is Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota, which is 238 miles away. The closest grant-funded cemetery is North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota, which is 65 miles away. VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program is designed to complement VA’s 135 national cemeteries across the country. Since 1980, the program has awarded grants totaling more than$714 million to establish, expand, improve, operate and maintain 107 Veterans cemeteries in 47states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. These VA funded Veteran cemeteries provided more than 36,000 burials in 2016.If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a briefing, please contact Bailey Jackson, Congressional Relations Officer, VA Office of Congressional Affairs, at James.Jackson25@va.gov

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