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One day after President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosts a conference about Native American veterans.
Ben Smith reports from the conference aimed at making sure military veterans receive the proper resources and support.
The excitement of the President coming to the reservation is over
But discussion about Native Americans continues...
A Native American Veterans Summit was held at United Tribes Community College in Bismarck.
Heidi Heitkamp brought administration officials, tribal leaders, and native american veterans together to talk about the challenges that veterans face when returning from war.
One of the biggest topics was healthcare.
"We need to prepare for these vets in Western North dakota.  We need to make sure that we have the facilities to handle post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries."
Much of the discussion centered around veterans being able to access affordable healthcare once they return home.
But Heitkamp says there is more to the story.
"It's not just healthcare, obviously that's a big part of it.  We wanted to take this afternoon and talk about pension benefits."
For these soldiers, finding a home back on the reservation can be tough, especially if when they need specific healthcare.
"We have a lot of veterans, enrolled members of the three affiliated tribes that may be living off the reservation, in an assisted living type of facility."
Ken Hall is talking about building an assisted living facility right on the reservation.
"Where they can be amongst family, friends, and be able to continue to provide healthcare for them." Says Hall
He says it could be a few years down the road, but he wants to bring these old soldiers back to a place that they call home.
Ben Smith KXNews
Hall says the next step would be finding out where the site would be located, and also to talk to veterans about what types of services they think the facility should provide.
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