• USD 445 Indian Education Program

    Kris Crane, Director

     

    It is the mission of the USD 445 Indian Education Program to support local educational agencies, individual tribes and organizations, post-secondary institutions and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian students.

    The USD 445 Indian Education Program is funded through two grants: 1. The Title VII U.S. Department of Education – students enrolled in Title VII are NOT required to possess their own tribal certification, but must have a parent or grandparent who DO have their own tribal card. 2. JOM (Johnson-O’Malley) this is funded to us through a co-partner program with Cherokee Nation – students enrolled in JOM MUST possess their own tribal certification/tribal membership from a federally recognized tribe to be eligible for their benefits. For our school district to continue to receive these grant monies, it is important for parents to continue to enroll their student(s). USD 445 currently has 383 students enrolled in the Title VII Program and 140 students enrolled in the JOM Program.

    There are three components to the USD 445 Indian Education Program:

    1. Elementary
    2. Middle/High School
    3. Community Outreach

    Elementary Component

    1. For Native American students who are enrolled in our JOM Program, we will pay up to $20 of their yearly book fees.
    2. Native American students who are enrolled in our Title VII/JOM Programs have the opportunity to participate in our after-school “Indian Club”; available to grades K-6 from September through April, one day each week for students to learn about their American Indian culture and heritage through storytelling, crafts, music, and games.
    3. Each year, our office assesses Title VII/JOM students state test scores in Reading & Math and offer tutoring to those needing extra assistance.
    4. End of the year field trip to Woolaroc for those students who participate in the After School Program.

    Middle/High School Component

    1. For Native American students who are enrolled in our JOM Program, we will pay up to $20 of their yearly book fees.
    2. Offer Native American students who are enrolled in our Title VII/JOM Programs the opportunity to attend monthly meetings and participate in field trips through the individual school’s Native American Clubs. These students participate in activities/field trips and learn more about their unique heritage and culture.  Some activities include our annual Native American Food & Craft Day, Community Service Learning field trips, participation in both the FKHS Homecoming and City Christmas parades, and team-building activities.
    3. Tutoring is available to those Native American students who are in need of extra assistance.
    4. High school seniors who are enrolled in our JOM Program receive $25.00 towards the purchase of the senior cap and gown.
    5. High school seniors receive information regarding college resources.

     

    Community Outreach Component

    1. Through both the middle and high school Native American Clubs, these students participate in Community Service beautification activities at a local museum to help maintain the grounds. These students also volunteer time during the Coffeyville Historical Society Annual Spook Trail Fundraiser each October.
    2. Both middle and high school Native American Clubs combine their efforts to decorate a float for the high school Homecoming Parade and for the City of Coffeyville Christmas Parade.

    The USD 445 Indian Education Program provides two yearly programs; the first being in held at Community Elementary School—Native American dancers/drummers who perform for the entire school, not just the Native American students; the second being a free, open 

    1. to the general public event in February, held at Roosevelt Middle School so that all can come learn and be entertained by a Native American performance artist.
    2. The purpose of Community Service/Service Learning is to teach our students the Native American attributes such as respect, integrity, self-confidence, cooperation, commitment, responsibility, and leadership.

    Additionally, the Indian Education Program Director is available to assist if possible, with students applying for their own tribal certification/tribal membership. 

    For more information, or to enroll your student in our program, please contact Indian Education Director, Kris Crane at cranek@cvilleschools.com or 620-252-6420, ext. 13201.