The Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987

The Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987 – Formally, known as “The Tule River AMVETS (American Veterans) Post 1988” was the first all Native American post in the Nation. Established and recognized in 1987, the Tule River AMVETS Charter had 12 members. In addition there were more than 50 tribal members living on the reservation or elsewhere that had been identified.

In 1988, the post was sponsored and installed by the Tulare Post 56, the largest AMVETS post in the nationwide veteran’s organization. The Tulare post at the time had over 2,000 members. Nationally, AMVETS had more than 200,000 members.

In the year of 2005, The Tule River AMVETS became an independent veteran’s organization. The Tule River AMVETS name was changed to “Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987”. Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987 is a department which is operated under the Tule River Tribal Council.

Some members of the Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987 have served in the active military service dating back to 1941. Other members have served in years after.

The Tule River Native Veterans Post 1987 includes the following members:


Stanley Santos Sr. - Commander Patrick Garfield - Member
Matthew Carabay - Captain Daniel Hackey - Member
Clayton Garfield – 1st Lieutenant Alfonso Jimenez - Member
Ryan Garfield - Treasurer Paul Lara Sr. - Member
Carlos DeSoto - Sgt. At Arms Leonard Manuel Sr. - Member
Leland Castro – Chaplain Amy McDarment - Member
Bernard Baga – Member Allen Navattette - Member
Lewis Christman – Member Linda Peterson - Member
Delbert Davis – Member Albert Quintero - Member
Warren Ensign – Member Frank Silvas - Member
Louie Espinoza – Member Darrell Vera - Member
Nick Encinas – Member Richard Villareal – Member
Danny Franco – Member David Williamson - Member
Mike Garcia  – Member

Phone: 559.781.4271 ext 1052