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Johnson O' Malley (JOM) is a federally-funded program which provides supplemental education programs and activities for Native American students attending public schools.

The Johnson O'Malley Act was passed in 1934 to ensure Native American children receive the educational opportunites that would not otherwise be provided. The JOM Act recognizes that American Indian and Alaska Native children in public schools have special needs due to their unique social, economic, and cultural environment.

Federal JOM funding is supplemental and is not guaranteed each year.

There are two main requirements under the JOM Act to assure parent participation and control: (1) The Indian Education Committee and (2) The Education Plan.


The federal government, under the authority of the JOM Act, provides financial assistance for supplemental educational programs to meet the special needs of eligible Indian Students in public schools and for special programs for 3 and 4 year old children.

NOTE: Indian students from age 3 years through grade 12, except those who are enrolled in Bureau or sectarian operated schools, shall be eligible if they are 1/4 or more degree Indian blood of a U.S. federally recognized Tribe. (JOM certification form can be found in the Form Link section to your left)

The purpose of JOM is to provide supplementary financial assistance to meet the unique and specialized educational needs of Indian Children. These supplementary funds are not to take the place of federal, state and local funds.

Supplemental programs and activities may include academic support, teacher support and educational support items. Funds may be used for academic remediation, tutoring, preschool programs, summer school classes, cultural enrichment, field trips, transportation, medical examinations and school supplies. (This all depends on how the local JOM Parent Committee sets their budget and what they approve)