- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plan to sign an agreement that will allow the tribe to be reimbursed for services.

Under the agreement, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse the tribe for primary care services Native American veterans use through the Cherokee Nation health center.

The tribe says the agreement will give Native veterans more flexibility in choosing where they receive health care, allows tribal health employees to enroll veterans for military benefits and will bring in more funding to expand tribal health services.

The signing of the agreement will take place Friday at 10 a.m. at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center.