Indian Education

Indian Education

Title VII Office (918) 256-2402

Hours: 8 am - 12 noon; 1 pm - 4 pm

Vinita Public Schools is fortunate to have two Indian Education programs that enhance the education of our large population of Native American students. Currently, the school system has 567 Native American students from the following tribes: Cayuga, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Delaware, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Peoria, Pottawatomie, Quapaw, Seneca, Shawnee, and Wyandotte. Representatives of the Cherokee tribe make up 91% of this group.

The first program, Title VII, is a part of the U.S. Department of Indian Education. It provides counseling for students, a school nurse, art instruction, an artist-in-residence program, funds for parent committee activities, and software and other supplies needed to enhance the education of Native American students. To be eligible for services under the Title VII program, parents must fill out and sign a 506 form with appropriate tribal information.

The second program, Johnson-O'Malley (JOM), is administered through the Cherokee Nation and provides a home-school liaison, school supplies for JOM-eligible students, materials for special school projects, incentives for students who attain a 3.5 GPA or higher, Indian cultural and educational materials, band instruments, and funds for parent committee expenses. To be eligible for services under JOM, students must have a CDIB card.