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

2023 Meeting Dates

  • February 13, 2023
  • April 10, 2023
  • May 8, 2023
  • June 12, 2013
  • August 29, 2023
  • October 3, 2023 (Election Meeting)
  • October 10, 2023
  • December 11, 2023

*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 for October

Chesney Gwartney

Chesney Gwartney

Cherokee Language student. Student representative for the Mayes County DROP Task Force (Drug Prevention). Instrumental in organizing Drug Prevention messages in the school during Red Ribbon Week and Decorating the cafeteria with prevention messages. She is a Lady wrestler Team member.

JOM Student for November

Carson Russell

Carson Russell

Carson is STUCO Secretary, Student Lead Team, NHS Secretary, Tennis Team. Volunteers for a number of community programs including the Ministry Center. Conducted a Food drive for Paws with a Cause. Selected for his volunteer hours and work during Red Ribbon Week and Native American Heritage week as well as STUCO.

JOM Student for December

Emily Cowan

Emily Cowan

Emily Cowan—Student Council—Freshman Secretary, FFA Vet Science Team—shows pigs and she is on the  FFA Speech Team; Native American Club, Cherokee Language Student. Helped organize Native American Heritage Week.  Plans to participate in the Junior Miss Cherokee Pageant.

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
Art outside
Art in classroom

JOM Parent Committee

Chair: Kelly Brown
Vice Chair: Crystal Walters
Secretary: Beth Stutzman
Member: Savannah Ellison
Member: Forrest Woolman
Coordinator: Sara Melugin
Student Representative: Adelynn McWhirt

PPS Site JOM Coordinators

Jefferson Elementary: 
Erin King 
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.