The Spokane Tribe Johnson O’Malley Program assists students ages 3 (Preschool) through 12th grade in local schools districts Wellpinit, Mary Walker, and Reardan. If your child attends a school other than these three listed school districts, you will need to call your child’s school to determine your JOM distribution site.
The Spokane Tribe Johnson O’Malley Program does not fully defray the entire cost of education support and requires the student and parents to financially contribute. Additionally, JOM funds come into play after the student has fully utilized all other sources of financial aid, including all forms of State aid and Pub. L. 874 payments. This includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds.
Funding made available are for purchasing necessary items for students involved in academic or school related extra curricular activities.
- Ages 3 (Preschool) through 12th grade and enrolled in one of the participating public schools
- Is a member or at least 1/4th degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an Indian Tribe
- Completed and returned JOM application
- Certified letter of Tribal Affiliation or copy of Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB)
- Completed and returned JOM School Verification Form
Student eligibility is based on P.L 99-228
What is the Johnson O’Malley Act?
The Johnson O’Malley (JOM) Act, passed in 1934, has been amended various times, but its main objective remains the same- to ensure that Indian
children receive the educational opportunities that would/may not otherwise be provided. The JOM’s program’s basic purpose is to provide supplementary financial assistance to meet the unique and specialized education needs of Indian children and are not intended to take the place of Federal, State, or local funds. JOM is a supplementary aid program geared to offset the financial deficit of unmet extraordinary, and exceptional cases of need. The regulations listed within the National JOM Handbook were written to ensure the maximum participation of Indian parents in the development of programs for eligible Indian students.
How does the JOM Program work?
To receive contract funds, a state, school district, or Indian tribe (in this case the Spokane Tribe), or Indian corporation may contact with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (see section 77.11, Rules and Regulations as listed in the JOM Handbook). Broad general regulations outline the requirements for the contract, allowing the programs to be developed to meet the local needs and differences. JOM programs have been operated since 1995 under student count freeze and since no new JOM programs have been awarded funds.