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Indian Education

April 08, 2019

Indian Education


The district's Indian Education program provides paths that foster character, cultural awareness and academic excellence in our students and empowers them to positively impact the world. Through character, culture, career and community, the program maximizes school and district resources to serve students and families. 

The Indian Education Programs is comprised of two programs:

Title VI and Johnson O’Malley


What is Title VI?

Title VI is a federally funded program through the Department of Education operating within the Office Of Indian Education in Washington, D.C.  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.  Eligibility does not consider income level. Procedures for enrolling your school-age child as recipient of the program begin with the completion of a Title VI student Eligibility Certification Form (506), which may be obtained at Catoosa Public Schools Administration office or during the Yearly Enrollment process. 



What is Johnson O’Malley?

Johnson O’Malley (JOM) is a federally-funded program which provides supplemental education programs for Native American Students attending public schools.  Schools receive funds based on the number of Native American students attending each school.  For Johnson O’Malley the requirement is:  any student who can prove Indian blood by submitting a copy of a tribal membership card to Catoosa Public Schools Administration Office.  Funds must be used to supplement the education of the Native American Students.  The Indian Education Committee meets regularly with the program director on designing, implementing, and evaluating the Title VI and Johnson O’Malley programs. 


Tribal Consultation

Tribal consultation, required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for states with Title I grants and Title VI programs, is a formal process between tribal representatives and local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve an American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. This consultation is for the LEA’s benefit, not the State Education Agency’s state plan

This consultation process is essential to meeting the needs of Oklahoma’s 130,000 American Indian students. It is required of any LEA with more than $40,000 in funding under Title VI’s Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native title or with AI/AN enrollment of at least 50 percent.

The intent of the consultation process is to open the door to more conversation and collaboration between districts and tribes. Ideally, this work will be ongoing and evolve to become a monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or annual opportunity to enhance the education of Oklahoma’s American Indian student population.



Paula Haueter

Indian Education Coordinator



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