Or mail checks to:


PO Box 1035

Portland, OR  97207​​


Eugene Sanchez 

     -President (US Army)

Reynaldo Bontje

     -Vice-President (National Guard)

Channa Bliner-Smith

     -Secretary (Supporter)

Regina Woods

     -Treasurer (US Army)

David Hancock

     -Office Manager (US Army)

Martan Mendenhall

     -Outreach Services (US Army)​​


Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan Area

Meeting Site:

Columbia Room, 3rd Floor, Building 11
Vancouver Campus of the Portland VA Medical Center
1601 East Fourth Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA  98661

Office Location:


Vancouver, WA 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1035
Portland, OR  97207



In 1989, the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ATNI) formed the Northwest Indians Veterans Association (NIVA).  Several tribes throughout the Northwest formed chapters of NIVA. The organization of the Northwest Indians Veterans Association on April 14, 1989 was recognized as a Warrior Society for all American Indian Veterans.  During the period, May 24-26, 1989, it was recognized as the official veterans’ organization for the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians, by resolution #89-32. 

Because of this, most Tribes in Oregon have an Honor Guard/Veterans Organization.  However, NIVA-Portland/Vancouver Chapter is the only organization like this in the Portland Metropolitan area.  There are no other organizations that do what we do in the area.  As the nearest reservations are 2 to 3 hours away, NIVA is the primary Native American Veteran support organization in the area.

NIVA has been a non-profit 501(c)(3) since 1995 (EIN: 93-1185452).

NIVA was formed to serve the needs of the Indian Veteran Community.  One goal is to ensure access to the VA’s healthcare system.  Another is to seek out all entitlements and benefits that would serve our Veterans.  NIVA works to identify programs and agencies that can assist Indian Veterans in improving their quality of life.  NIVA was also founded with the purpose of promoting and advancing the needs of and services to American Indian Military Veterans and their families.  NIVA does this by promoting the American Indian Veteran in a positive image and manner, by promoting traditional methods for American Indian Veterans to heal from military trauma and by promoting awareness of the American Indian’s unique culture and traditions.  NIVA also promotes physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence and usefulness of American Indian Veterans. 

Northwest Indian Veteran 

Association (NIVA)