The Cheyenne and Arapaho Johnson O’Malley Program is a federally funded program that provides supplemental assistance for the unique educational needs of individual students. Funding for the program is provided annually for all eligible Native American students who live within the nine-county service area and attend a public school or one of the Tribes’ Head Start Programs.
The Johnson O’Malley Program serves the communities of:
Calumet, Canton, Canton Head Start, Concho Head Start, Clinton, Clinton Head Start, Darlington, Elk City, Enid, Geary, Hammon, Kingfisher, Mustang, Seiling, Thomas, Watonga, Weatherford, Woodward, and Yukon.
Johnson O’Malley Educational Support Items:
The program provides assistance for the purchase of items such as:
Athletic and physical education shoes
Correspondence courses for graduation
Cap and gown fees
Class uniform fees
Drivers education fees
Band rental fees
Summer school fees
The Johnson O’Malley Program also provides financial incentives for student performance as well as Senior Recognition Awards. Financial incentives are provided once per year and are based on cumulative grades and class attendance.
Any remaining Johnson O’Malley funds are allotted for:
End of year field trips (must be educational or culture related)
Cultural activities, speakers, and presentations
Fun Day activities
Assistance is also available by special request for students to attend UNITY, FFA conferences, FCCLA conferences, and educational conferences in conjunction with school or classes. In the summer months, assistance may also be available for Summer Enrichment Camps within Johnson O’Malley communities. This assistance is based on the availability of funds.
In addition to Johnson O’Malley assistance, enrolled Cheyenne and Arapaho students are eligible for up $200 toward the purchase of eyeglasses, eye exams, or contact lenses. This assistance is available one time per year.
Enrolled students are also eligible for Tribal assistance for Educational Support Items and Student Activities.
For help with any Johnson O’Malley program, contact the Johnson O’Malley staff.
Johnson O’Malley Assistance Eligibility
To qualify for Johnson O’Malley assistance, a student must meet the following criteria:
• ¼ or more Indian blood, with proof of enrollment and a copy of CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood)
• Must attend public school and reside within the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes service area.
• Students enrolled with a tribe by descendancy must show proof by CDIB or parent’s CDIB.
• If a child is not enrolled and is ¾ or more degree of Indian blood, a copy of the child’s birth certificate to show relationship with an enrolled parent, with such tribes as Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Tribes of Oklahoma who do not have a blood quantum, are eligible for Johnson O’Malley.