Indian Education


Contact Information:

Cindy Weaver
Indian Education Director
918-786-3003 Ext. 1107

Kristi Collington
Program Coordinator
Cultural Specialist/Teacher
918-786-3003 Ext. 1124

Marilyn McClelland
Cultural Specialist/Teacher
918-786-3003 Ext. 1214

Charlotte Bergman
Indian Education Secretary
918-786-3003 Ext. 1110

Title VI Indian Education
2019-20 Indian Education Committee

LeeAnn Banks, Chair
Angie Shepherd, Vice Chair
Jennifer McElhaney, Secretary
Keri Gregg, Member/Teacher
Ashley Epperson, Member
Sara Fife, Member
Kaylee Shepherd, Student
Baylee Gregg, Student

Johnson O'Malley (JOM)
2019-20 Parent Advisory Committee

LeeAnne Banks, Chair
Sara Fife, Vice Chair
Jennifer McElhaney, Secretary
Angie Shepherd, Member
Ashley Epperson, Member

Regular Meeting Information
April 6, 2021
6:00- JOM Meeting
6:30- Title VI Meeting
Grove Public Schools Administration Building

Title VI Indian Education


April 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Grove Public Schools 
Administration Building
310 South Broadway

The purpose of the Title VI Public Hearing is to receive input on current and future Title VI Indian Education program activities for students in Grove Public Schools.  Parents of Native American students are encouraged to attend. 

Contact Cindy Weaver at 918-786-3003 for more information.


The Three Sisters

Did you know that corn, beans, and squash are called the “Three Sisters”?

A number of Native American tribes interplanted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters.

By the time European settlers arrived in America in the early 1600s, the Iroquois had been growing the “three sisters” for over three centuries. The vegetable trio sustained the Native Americans both physically and spiritually





It is time to order your cap and gown through Jostens!  The JOM program will pay $30 toward the cost.  This credit will be applied directly to your Josten's bill if you order by the deadline.  If you paid your bill in full to Jostens, you will receive a $30 reimbursement check from Jostens after you receive your cap/gown. See Mrs. Collington at Grove High School for assistance. 



If you plan to take the ACT exam this year, please contact Mrs. Collington so she can make arrangements for you to be reimbursed $30 after you take the exam and she receives a copy of your scores.  Mrs. Collington must know when you are registering for the exam so the appropriate paperwork can be completed for your reimbursement.  


  Elementary News -Message from “Ms. M”

Traditionally, the elementary students have the opportunity to compete in several competitions  related to Native American culture each year.  These include art, writing, Cherokee language and Cherokee history/ culture competitions. Students who participate have the opportunity to win  cash prizes and awards.  At this this time these competitions have been put on hold .  The Cherokee Nation JOM program sponsors most of the events  and they hope to proceed with some of the competitions  after December.  Students can still be preparing for competitions  in order to be ready when  normal activities resume.  If you would like to help your child get started on any of these activities at home, contact me and I can provide guidance, materials and other resources.  This is a great way to learn and have fun!







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Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Program

Eligibility: Students must be a member of a federally recognized tribe or have a CDIB card or agency letter and meet their tribe's membership criteria.

Services: •School Supplies •Senior Cap /Gown ($30) •ACT ($30) •Incentive Awards •Science Fair Boards •Cultural Specialists/Presentations •Cultural Competitions •Native American Organizations (OCIE, OISHS, NASA, etc.) Student Dues •Cultural Instructional Materials

Title VI Indian Education Program

Eligibility: Students must meet the following criteria (1) be a member (as defined by the Indian tribe or band) of an Indian tribe or band, including those Indian tribe or bands terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the State in which the tribe or band reside; or (2) a descendant in the first or second degree (parent or grand parent) as described in (1), or (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose, or (4) an Eskimo or Aleut, or other Alaska Native or (5) a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994.

Services: •Native American Studies Classes •Cherokee Language Classes•Native American Art Classes •AP Testing•Tutoring •Supplies for Native American classes •Cultural Specialists •Cultural Competitions/Activities including Heritage Club •Field Trips •Guest Presenters •College and Career Information


November is National American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.

ince 1995 Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump have issued annual proclamations which designate November as National American Indian Heritage Month, or since 2009 as National Native American Heritage Month. These proclamations celebrate the contributions of the American Indians and urge the peoples of the United States to learn more about the American Indian cultures.

"Many of the foods we eat and the medicines and remedies we use were introduced by Indians and more than one highway follows an Indian trail.  Indians make contributions in every area of endeavor and American life, and our literature and all our arts draw upon Indian themes and wisdom.  Countless American Indians have served in our Armed Forces and have fought valiantly for our country."   - President Ronald Regan


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