Native American Education

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 5th, 2020 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 Dusty Harrison, at or 918-825-1255.

2021 Meeting Dates

  • February 8th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM, Regular Meeting
  • May 10th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM, Regular Meeting
  • September 13th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM, Regular Meeting
  • October 4th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM, IEC Member Election
  • October 11th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM, Regular Meeting
  • December 6th, 2021 @ 6:00 PM, Regular Meeting
*All meetings will be held in the PD Lab at the Education Service Center, 405 SW 1st, Pryor, OK 74361.  

Links for Cherokee Programs

Other Tribal JOM Program Links


Attention all families of Native American students in Oklahoma public schools:

As we begin to close out the school year many Indian Education programs will be hosting parent meetings and tribal consultations per federal guidelines. Join us as we talk about what that means and who should be involved! And how to advocate for your student(s) during this important time!

Native American Heritage Month

November is designated as National Native American Heritage Month. In Pryor, approximately 40% of our learners and 38% of our staff are citizens of 26 different Native American tribes from across the United States. As part of Native American Heritage Month, each school has created a display that includes information or items that represent the tribal citizenships of our Native American learners.

Throughout the week of November 16th-20th, Pryor Public Schools will be celebrating the rich traditions and ancestry of our Native American learners with various cultural activities and events on each of our campuses. Please continue reading below for more information and further details about events at each school.

Native American club valentines

Valentines for Veterans

Senior, Makaya Crisp, President of Native American Club, delivered 180 handmade valentines that the club made to the Claremore Veterans Center. 

Sister School: Pryor, Montana

Pryor High School learners will have the opportunity to meet virtually with students from Plenty Coups Jr./Sr. High School in Pryor, Montana, every day during the week of November 16th-20th. During these meetings learners from both schools will share cultural demonstrations of Cherokee and Crow languages and weaving.

Pryor, Montana, was also named after explorer Nathanial Pryor.

JOM Parent Committee

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

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.