Native American Student Services
Putnam City Schools does allow Native American students to wear eagle feathers during graduation ceremonies.
All Native American students wishing to celebrate their tribal heritage must be a member of a Federally Recognized Tribe by: Verified Title VI student with appropriate documentation, or CDIB card, or identified as Native American or student enrollment.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, each Native American Student must check in with a school principal or counselor for approval.
For any questions, please call the Native American Student Services office at 405-495-5200 ext.1270.
If you missed the school supply distribution, please contact the Native American Student Student Services office at 405-495-5200 ext.1270.
The Native American Student Services (NASS) Department is comprised of two federal programs. Johnson O'Malley (JOM) and Title VI. Below is a brief review of each program.
Services can be provided once the student's parents have enrolled them with our NASS program by submitting a 506 form and proof of ancestry or tribal enrollment.
The federally required 506 form is available for online submission here.
Johnson O’Malley Grant
- Tutoring: elementary, middle and high school
- School supplies
- School uniforms
- Physical education tennis shoes and clothing
- Specialized classroom materials: scientific/graphing calculators, music books and band uniforms
- Cap and gown rentals
- ACT tests
- Cultural activities such as Native American youth powwows, Native American clubs, Native American youth night meetings, Saturday cultural classes and field trips, and more.
- Student Advisement/Mentoring
- College advisement and assistance
- Cultural activities
For more information contact the Indian Education office at (405) 495-5200, ext.1270.
Student advisement and mentoring are available to elementary and secondary Native American students who exhibit academic deficiencies, attendance problems and learning barriers.
Tutoring is based on academic need. Preference is given to those students who are currently failing or below average. Each student is assigned a tutor for two sessions each week depending on student need. Tutoring services are available for students in grades K-12. A tutoring request and parental permission agreement must be on file with the Native American Student Services office before tutoring can begin. Contact Scott Finley at the Native American Student Services office, (405) 495-5200, ext. 1272, for more information.
If you are a junior or senior in high school and are considering college, remember to check with your tribal headquarters for the possibility of college aid. Many tribes have programs in place to provide financial aid to Native American students heading to college. If you need help securing information regarding tribal scholarships, contact our office at 495-5200, ext. 1652. The Native American Student Services Office can also provide assistance with your search for additional scholarships and universities that best suit students' needs.
The Native American Student Services Parent Committee (NASSPC) is comprised of parents and guardians of current students K-12 who are enrolled in the district’s Native American Student Services Program. The parent committee serves as an advisory group to Putnam City’s Native American Student Services program and helps to determine objectives, goals, activities, etc. The NASSPC is also a part of the Johnson O’Malley and Title VI grant procedures by giving input, reviewing and approving important parts each grant.
The Putnam City School Districts Department of Native American Student Services each school year holds a "Public Hearing" for the Title VI Federal Grant application process. This public hearing is to inform the Parent Committee members and the general public about the goals and purpose of the Title VI grant. Any discussion, feedback and approval will be used to complete the application process. The public hearing date, time and place (possibly Zoom) will be posted when determined by NASS.
For more information about our program, contact the Native American Student Services office at 495-5200 ext. 1270. We are located at 5401 NW 40th Oklahoma City, OK 73122.