American Indian and Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs

Are you an American Indian or Veteran with a disability?  If so, please know that in addition to the assistance and support that is provided by the SD Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program there may be additional programs that your may qualify for employment purposes! 


SD American Indian VR Programs

The SD American Indian VR programs provide culturally appropriate VR services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State Reservations, and who are a member of a State or Federal Tribe.  There are four office locations available in SD, and to learn more about each of them please contact the office located nearest you.


Pine Ridge Vocational Rehabilitation Project
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Roberta Ecoffey, Project Director
PO Box 1985
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Phone (605) 867-2798
Serving Shannon, Jackson, and Bennett counties;

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/Oun'iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Lyle Cook, Project Director
PO Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Phone: (605) 964-4400
Serving Dewey and Ziebach counties;


Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Gillion Plenty Chief, Program Director
PO Box 109
McLaughlin, SD 57642
Phone: (605) 823-4222


Oto Kahe Teca Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Jolleen Laverdure, Director
187 Oyata Circle
Lower Brule, SD 57548
Phone: (605) 473-5584
Fax: (605) 473-5581

SD VA VR Programs

The purpose of the VA VR program is to provide appropriate training or education to service-connected veterans enabling them to overcome employment-related impediments, which may be caused by their disability.

There are two VA VR offices located in SD:
  • Sioux Falls: (605) 333-6845;
  • Rapid City: (605) 341-8165;


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