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Indian Education (Title VI) / JOM

Tahlequah Public Schools
Title VI - Indian Education

Indian Education Staff

Title VI Director Tanya Jones
Title VI Coordinator Chris Ray
Student Advocate Heather Taylor

Cultural Resource Specialists

High School Hayley Miller
Middle School April Bardell
Elementary School Bethany Barnhart

Instructional Assistants

Cherokee Patti Rozell
Greenwood Ashley Franks

Amanda Culver


Indian Education Meetings

September 16, 2020 Parent Committee

Meeting Time: Noon
Location: BOE Conference Room

Meetings are open to the public.

Indian Education Parent Committee

 Chairperson Mark Vance
 Vice Chairperson Alayna Farris
 Secretary Leah Matlock
 Parents-at-large Rae Wacoche
Sheri Gourd
Beverly Ray
 Teacher Rep

Melissa Keller


Title VI Program Description & Eligibility

Title VI is a federally funded program through the Department of Education
operating within the Office of Indian Education in Washington, D.C.
These federal funds go directly to local programs to meet academic,
social, and cultural needs, as well as college and career planning.
All students of Native American descent are eligible to participate
whose tribe is recognized by the federal government.
To enroll a student, each student must complete a Title VI Student Eligibility
Certification Form, commonly referred to as a 506 form.
The form must be completed in its entirety and approved
by the federal program office prior to services being offered.


Tahlequah Public Schools
Johnson O'Malley Program

Johnson O'Malley Staff

JOM Director Tanya Jones
JOM Coordinator Chris Ray
Student Advocate Heather Taylor



JOM Indian Education Meetings

October 7, 2020 Parent Committee
(Member Elections)
October 14, 2020 Parent Committee
(Office Elections)

Meetings are open to the public.


JOM Needs Assessment

The JOM program  annually conducts a survey
to determine needs.The survey results  are then assessed
and the needs ranked according
to feasibility importance, and appropriateness.


JOM Indian Education Committee

 Chairperson Priscilla Valdez
 Vice Chairperson Stacie Baker
 Secretary Kay Lynn Davis
 Members Jo Lynda McMurtrey
Stacey Thornton


Johnson O’Malley Enrollment Eligibility

Indian students ages 3 years through grade 12 that are 1/4
or more degree of Indian blood or a member of a federal recognized tribe.
A student who is 1/4 degree of blood of one or more tribes but not
an eligible memberof a tribe may be counted providing the
appropriate documentation for degree of Indian blood is provided.

 Acceptable  Documentation:

  • Student’s CDIB card showing 1/4 or more degree of blood;
  • Tribal membership card; or
  • A certified letter from  the Tribal Agency verifying the student
    is a member of the tribe or is 1/4 or more degree of blood.

Johnson O’Malley Services

The Johnson O’Malley (JOM) Program addresses educational needs to accomplish increased attendance and improve academic standing.  To enroll in the JOM Program,  a student CDIB card or appropriate tribal membership documentation is necessary (a copy of the front and back of the CDIB or tribal membership cards is required).


Current JOM Service Offerings

School Supplies STEM Special Projects Senior Cap & Gown Expense
College Test Fees Organizational Dues Cultural Presentations



Senior Cap & Gown Assistance

JOM qualified Senior Students will receive $30.00 towards the purchase of their Senior cap and gown.  Seniors will need to call Herff Jones @ 866-238-5336 to order.Herff Jones has a current list of Tahlequah JOM Seniors that qualify for the $30.00 assistance.  Jonathan Kissinger is the Herff-Jones representative for Tahlequah High School.


ACT Test Fee Assistance

The Tahlequah JOM Program will assist 10th-12th grade qualifying JOM students with a $30.00 reimbursement towards the ACT test.  Students will need to provide their ACT admission ticket / receipt and submit the required requisition and reimbursement documentation  to receive the $30.00 reimbursement.   See Chris Ray in Room 222 @ the High School .