Native Educational Program Support
Federal funding is available for urban Native educational support programs through Johnson O'Malley and Title VII. The Indian Education Formula Grant Program was authorized in 1972 with the passing of the Indian Education Act. This allows Coeur d'Alene Public Schools, on an annual basis, to apply for federal funding to support Native education. In order for us to receive this funding each Native American student must fill out a Form 506. This form is required for federal grant documentation of eligibility for services. It asks for tribal membership verification, which can be any of the following:
More information about JOM and Title VII is available from the Idaho State Department of Education at: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/native_american/administrators.htm
The child may be of mixed racial heritage and no specific degree of Indian blood is needed. Proof of tribal enrollment is not required. The definition of an eligible Indian student for purposes of determining eligibility is considerably different than the definition of eligibility being used for JOM which requires one quarter or more Indian blood and enrollment in a federally recognized tribe.
The more students we submit for this count, the more funds the school district will receive from the Office of Indian Education to create programming to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students in our district.
Upon submitting a count of these 506 forms each year, a budget is calculated. The Title VII Indian Education Parent Committee then assists Coeur d'Alene Public Schools in developing next years programming. In order to pass federal and state audit, the form must be completely filled out by a parent/guardian. You can return the completed form to your child's school office. Ask them to send it in district mail to the Indian Education Liaison at the District Office.
If you know that you have already submitted this form, THANK YOU for supporting funding for Native students in public schools.