Johnson O'Malley Public School Program

Johnson O'Malley (JOM) is a federally-funded program which provides supplemental education programs and activities for Native American students attending public schools.

The Chickasaw Nation receives federal funding for JOM and contracts with public schools within the tribal boundaries. Schools receive funds based on the number of Native American students attending each school. Funds must be used to supplement the education of the Native American students. The Chickasaw Nation partners with 53 public schools in the JOM program with more than 9,000 participating students.

Programs and activities the JOM program funds includes, but are not limited to, tutoring, school supplies, academic incentives and field trips. Programs must supplement not supplant the existing programs in the schools.

The JOM program is overseen by a committee elected from the parents of Native American students enrolled in the school district. The parent committee should be active in the planning and implementing of the JOM program.

The Johnson O’Malley Act was passed in 1934 to ensure Native American children receive the educational opportunities that would not otherwise be provided. Federal JOM funding is supplemental and is not guaranteed each year.


  • Chickasaw or other Native American citizen
  • Must attend a public school within the Chickasaw Nation boundaries

Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

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Contact Information

(580) 421-7711

(580) 272-1222


Douglas H. Johnston Building

300 Rosedale Road

Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 421-7711

Last Updated: 07/13/2018