Co-Partners JOM

The Johnson-O'Malley Program is authorized by the Johnson-O'Malley Act of 1934. This Act authorizes contracts for the education of eligible Indian students enrolled in public schools and previously private schools. This local program is operated under an educational plan, approved by the BIE, which contains educational objectives to address the needs of the eligible American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Johnson O’Malley programs offered to American Indian and Alaska Native students vary and may include such programs as culture, language, academics and student retention.

Johnson-O’Malley funds under this program may not be used for capital expenditures. Eligible applicants are tribal organizations, Indian corporations, school districts or states with eligible American Indian and Alaska Native children attending their schools or public school districts that have established Indian Education Committees to approve supplementary support programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native students.

Johnson O’Malley requires eligible American Indian and Alaska Native students to be at least one of the following:

·         An enrolled citizen of a federally recognized tribe


·         At least one-fourth or more degree of Indian blood descendant of a member of a federally recognized Indian tribal government eligible for services from the Bureau.

In addition, eligibility requires these children be between age 3 through grades 12, with priority given to children residing on or near an Indian reservation.

Proof of tribal citizenship and enrollment in a Cherokee Nation JOM program are the only requirements for Cherokee Nation JOM services.

Q: What is Johnson-O’Malley (JOM)?
A: A federal program whose main objective is to ensure Indian Children children receive educational opportunities that would not otherwise be provided through the public school system. JOM is a supplemental program providing special services to Indian students based on the needs of individual communities. 

Q: Does JOM buy clothing for students?
A: No. JOM does not buy any type of clothing for students. 

Q: Where do I pick up my child/children’s school supplies?
A: You must contact the school your child/children attends for information on school supply distribution. 

Q: Does JOM buy letter jackets, shoes, class pictures or class rings for students?
A: No. JOM does not buy any of these items. 

Q: Does JOM buy digital cameras or computers?
A: No. JOM does not buy any technical equipment or devices. 

Q: Does JOM provide field trips for students?
A: Sometimes. The field trip must be culturally appropriate and must be an incentive or award for perfect attendance, improved grades, citizenship or any other measureable academic outcome. 

Q: Are scholarships offered through JOM?
A: No. JOM does not award any scholarships. 

Q: Does my child have to be Cherokee to receive JOM services?
A: No. JOM provides services to students from ages three through grade 12 who are members of a federally-recognized tribe. 

Q: Does JOM provide tutoring?
A: No. Title VII or other federal programs may provide this service in the school.