Native American Education

Q- What is Johnson-O'Malley (JOM)?

A – JOM is a federal program whose main objective is to ensure Tribal citizens receive educational opportunities that would not otherwise be provided through the public school system. JOM is a supplemental program providing special services to JOM Students based on the needs of individual communities

2021 Meeting Dates

  • Monday, February 7
  • Monday, May 9
  • Monday, August 29
  • Monday, October 3 – IEC Member Elections
  • Thursday, October 13
  • Monday, December 12
*All meetings will be held in the Roosevelt Elementary Library.

JOM Meetings begin at 6:00 PM. Title VI begin at 6:10 PM.


Links for Cherokee Programs

Other Tribal JOM Program Links

JOM Student of The Month

Tatem Kegley JOM SOM

Tatem Kegley

Tatem Kegley, a citizen of the Muscogee Tribe, is President of the NA Club, Vice President of STUCO and Secretary of NHS.  Kegley has been recognized by the College Board as a National Indigenous Recognition Program winner, and he is on the Oklahoma Indian Honor Society as well as a member of the LEAD team. Additionally Kegley plays on the Varsity tennis team.  Kegley has been very involved in numerous school and community projects.

Art Coulson Visit

On Tuesday, September 21 we had a Native American Cultural Outreach event. Author Art Coulson signed books and visited with students and families. Robert Lewis did Cherokee Storytelling on the patio. Chris Hardy set up a booth for purchasing books with Native voices. Tribal Councilor Danny Callison also made an appearance offering his support to our schools.

Native American children’s book author Art Coulson visited all five Pryor School sites sharing his books, talking about the writing and publishing processes, and spoke about how his Native American heritage has influenced his life and writing.

The JOM Program Supported by Parent Involvement 

One of the most important components of the JOM program is parent involvement.  Elections for JOM Indian Education Committee members will be held Monday, October 4th, 2021 at the Pryor Public Schools Education Services Center, 405 S.W. 1st Street, Pryor, beginning at 6:00 PM.
To serve on the JOM IEC, a person must be the parent or guardian of a JOM verified child.  School board members or spouses, school administrators or spouses, and Cherokee Nation personnel with signature authority of JOM contracts or spouses can not serve on the committee.  
For more information, please contact Sara Melugin, at or 918-825-3523.
Art presenting
Art in hall

JOM Parent Committee

Chair: Kelly Brown
Vice-Chair: James Willyard
Secretary: Beth Stutzman
Member: Justin Allen
Member: Crystal Walters
Title VI Member: Whitney Roberson
Coordinator: Dusty Harrison

PPS Site JOM Coordinators

Jefferson Elementary: 
Kelly Vance 
LECC & Lincoln Elementary: 
Maurene Russell
Roosevelt Elementary: 
Sara Melugin 
Pryor Middle School:
Brittany Nichols
Pryor High School:
Emma Dorman 
District Coordinator:

Partner in Education: Cherokee Nation

Pryor Public Schools appreciates its partnership with Cherokee Nation. They provide many great opportunities, youth camps, scholarships, and resources for our learners. For more information about our partner in education, please visit the Cherokee Nation Website.