CRAMER: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Receives VA Grant to Construct All Nations Veterans Cemetery
Quote: Video Statement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will receive a $4.9 Million grant to construct the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates.
The grant, which is being provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration, will be used to for 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 cremated remains gravesites, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure. The project will develop eight acres and serve 2,264 tribal Veterans and their families.
“This national cemetery will bring recognition and honor to many patriots, and some pride to the families of loved ones who have fought for, and in many cases, gave their lives for our country and for the world’s freedom,” said Cramer. “The funding for this cemetery to be built near Fort Yates is really long overdue, it’s a long time incoming, and I’m really grateful and pleased that the Trump Administration approved their application.”
According to a notice provided to Cramer’s office, since 1980, the program has awarded grants totaling more than $714 million to establish, expand, improve, operate and maintain 107 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. These VA funded Veteran cemeteries provided more than 36,000 burials in 2016. 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.