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Native American Education

Mission

It is our mission to provide our community of learners with educational opportunities to acquire and develop the best possible academic, vocational, recreational, social, and participatory skills, enabling them to become valued, contributing members of a changing global society. The program was honored by Muscogee Creek Nation in 2010.

The Title VI and JOM programs are designed to assist Native American students by supporting access to programs that meet their unique educational and culturally related academic needs. Both programs are taught by highly qualified certified teachers and counselors. Referrals are accepted by parents, teachers, counselors and students.

Jackie White, senior executive director of Federal Programs at Union Public Schools, serves on the National Johnson-O’Malley Board of Directors, a nonprofit, educational organization which coordinates issues affecting Native American students and families.

A Title VI Program - Johnson O'Malley Program

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 a recipient of the program begin with the completion of a Title VI Student Eligibility Certification Form (506), which may be obtained at the Education Service Center or any Union school. This form must be approved by the federal program office prior to services.

Johnson O’Malley Program (JOM)

Johnson O’Malley is a federally funded program through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Education in Washington D.C.  Union’s Native American Education Program provides the operational support for JOM. Union subcontracts with Muscogee Creek Nation.  Funds provide academic tutoring, counseling, student fieldtrips, and cultural activities.  To be eligible for services under JOM, you must submit a copy of your child's Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) Card, or tribal membershop card  Eligibility does not consider income level.   

Services/assistance:

  • Tutoring in Reading and Math
  • College and Career Counseling
  • Summer school tuition reimbursement (pre-approved)
  • Night school tuition reimbursement (pre-approved)
  • Fees for ACT/SAT/AP/PSAT testing reimbursement (pre-approved)
  • Academic/Cultural presentation and resources
  • Professional Development for teachers and counselors

Union’s Native American Program is administered by the Senior Executive Director of Federal Programs whose office is located at the Education Service Center, 8506 E. 61st Street. 

Parent Committee - Roles & Responsibilities

The Native American Programs are governed by Parent Committees. The Johnson-O'Malley program is designed and monitored by the Indian Education Committee (IEC). Title VI is designed and monitored by the Native American Education Committee (NAEC.) The Committee consists of parents of Native American students enrolled in Union Public Schools. Meetings are conducted four times a year. The involvement of the Parent Committee is vital to the administration of the programs. The Director and committees work together to meet the goals and objectives of the programs.

The roles and responsibilities of the Parent Committee are:

  • Establish the by-laws which detail responsibilities and authority in accordance with the Indian Education Act regulations.
  • Serve in an advisory/advocacy role to the Senior Executive Director.
  • Approve all program components and budgets.
  • Monitor program activities and budgets.
  • Ensure that educational and/or cultural needs of Indian students are addressed.

Native American Student Association (NASA)

The Native American Student Association is an organization which provides an opportunity for students in grades 8 – 12 to enhance their educational experiences through cultural diversity.   Membership is open to students of Native American descent. 

Contact

Jackie White

Jackie White
Senior Executive Director of Federal Programs / Biography