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WRUSD Johnson O'Malley Program

  • What is the Johnson-O’Malley Act?  The Johnson-O’Malley act of 1934 was passed on April 16, 1934, to subsidize education, medical attention, and other services provided by States or Territories to Indians living within their borders. Today, the Johnson-O’Malley program’s purpose is to financially assist those efforts designed to meet the specialized and unique educational needs of eligible Indian students, including programs supplemental to the regular school program and school operational support, where such support is necessary to maintain established State educational standards.

    What is the Purpose of JOM?  To provide supplementary financial assistance to meet the unique and specialized educational needs of Indian children. Johnson-O'Malley funds are not to take the place of federal, state or local funds.

    What students make a school district eligible for JOM funding?  Eligible students are from age 3 years to grades 12 -AND- ¼ or more of degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe.

    History on the establishment of the Navajo Nation Johnson O’Malley Program participation and co-organization. The Johnson-O'Malley (JOM) Program was established in 2001 by the Government Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Council, Resolution No. GSCAP - 35-01. The JOM Program is situated in the Department of Diné Education within the Executive Branch of the Navajo Nation Government. The activities of the JOM Program are conducted by a Program Director who shall be under the general direction of the Superintendent of Schools, Department of Diné Education.

    Purpose The JOM Program provides supplemental funding, pursuant to 25 CFR Part 273-Johnson-O'Malley Program for eligible Native American students in public schools, tribal organizations, Indian corporation and previously private schools with unique and specialized educational supports and opportunities, i.e. substance abuse counseling, teacher assistants, tutoring program, home school liaison, summer schools, curriculum development, Navajo language and culture enrichment, and other necessary supplemental programs. These programs are implemented with active parental involvement through subcontracts to establish a local Indian Education Committee (IEC) as provided for by 25 CFR Section 273.16, to conduct needs assessments, planning, development, implementation and evaluation.