Metlakatla Indian Community Receives $2,074,980 Grant for Expansion of Metlakatla Cemetery in Alaska - National Cemetery Administration
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Metlakatla Indian Community Receives $2,074,980 Grant for Expansion of Metlakatla Cemetery in Alaska

September 16, 2020

Metlakatla Indian Community Receives $2,074,980 Grant for the Expansion of Metlakatla Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Alaska

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today that it has awarded the Metlakatla Indian Community a grant in the amount of $2,074,980 for the expansion of Metlakatla Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Metlakatla, Alaska.

"It is truly an honor to partner with the Metlakatla Indian Community to expand their Veterans cemetery," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves. "Native Americans serve at a higher rate than any other group in the U.S. military, and it is only fitting that we help those communities provide the burial and memorial benefits their Veterans have earned through their service and sacrifice."

This grant will fund the construction of 88 single depth pre-placed crypts, roadway paving, a maintenance building, a memorial wall, signage, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure on approximately one acre, enabling Metlakatla Veterans Memorial Cemetery to provide continued service for approximately 1,600 Veterans and their eligible family members.

The VA Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP) is designed to complement the VA's national cemeteries. Since its inception in 1978, the VCGP has awarded grants totaling more than $862 million to establish, expand, improve, or operate and maintain 117 state and tribal Veterans cemeteries. These grant-funded cemeteries provided more than 39,000 burials in 2019.

For more information about the Metlakatla Veterans Cemetery contact Reginald Atkinson, Tribal Chairman at 907-886-4441 or visit http://www.metlakatla.com/.