Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • STAR Program Information

    Contact Information: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
    STAR Program
    324 N Washington,
    P.O. Box 1210
    Phone: (800) 522-6170
    Fax: (580) 924-0880

    Website: Website
    Email: Email
    Star Logo STAR Program Information

    Online Application

    Words From Chief:

    Several years ago, the Choctaw Nation began the STAR Program with the goal of motivating our Choctaw Students to reach their educational goals. After just two years, it is evident that this program is having a positive impact. Since the inception of the program in 2007, the STAR Program has grown tremendously, originally starting in the ten and one half county service area of southeastern Oklahoma, it now has students participating in 560 school sites across the state. Because of the unprecedented popularity of this program, we have decided to offer the benefits of the STAR Program to all eligible Choctaw students attending an accredited school anywhere in the world. I am convinced that this program will continue to encourage the academic success of Choctaws by providing students an incentive to strive for the highest possible level of achievement. This has been an exciting addition to the education services that the Choctaw Nation offers the youth of our tribe.


    • Any student, 2nd-12th grade, attending an accredited school anywhere nationwide
    • Each Student must have an application on file with the Choctaw Nation S.T.A.R program. (one time application unless there is a change of personal information, example: address change or school change)
    • Students must be tribal members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; verified by S.T.A.R Staff and documented prior to award

    Incentive Rewards Recognition each Semester (twice per academic year)

    All A’s*: $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card All A’s & B’s: $10 Wal-Mart Gift Card Perfect Attendance: $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card All Above Students will also receive a Certificate of Recognition

  • Jones Academy

    Jones Academy

    Jones Academy Newsletter

    Jones Academy Website

    Jones Academy Academic Program

    Brad Spears, Director
    Phone: (888) 767-2518

    About Jones Academy
    Jones Academy is a Native American residential learning center for elementary and secondary school age children. The facility is located in southeast Oklahoma and houses 190 co-ed students grades 1 through 12.

    Established in 1891 by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the school is located on a 540 acre campus five miles northeast of Hartshorne, OK. Initially, the facility was an all boys school. In 1955, Jones Academy became a coed school after Wheelock Academy, a boarding school for girls, closed. In April of 1985, the Choctaw Nation contracted the boarding school operation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1988, Jones Academy became a tribally controlled school. The students lived on campus but attended public school in Hartshorne.

    A dream became reality in 2008, when the Choctaw Nation dedicated their newly constructed elementary facility on campus. In 2012, the elementary school became a BIE (Bureau of Indian Education) elementary school under the authority of the Choctaw Nation. This state-of-the-art facility educates students in grades 1 through 6. Junior High and High school students are bussed to the Hartshorne Public School in Hartshorne. An alternative school also operates on campus. In the past, the school has enrolled students from 29 different tribes. Students come from parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, and several other states. Each student is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.

    The physical layout of the campus includes two dormitory buildings, each divided into elementary and secondary wings. Serving the dormitories are the cafeteria/dining facility, a gymnasium with basketball court and weight room, a library/learning center with an underground storm shelter, and a counseling center. The campus also includes a museum and agricultural buildings for the award winning swine program that students participate in.

    For more information on this and other services from Jones Academy, please visit the school’s website at:

  • School of Choctaw Language

    Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna

    School of Choctaw Language James Parrish Ext. 2250
    Phone: (800) 522-6170
    For more information please click here.

    The Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna was established to promote and preserve the language, history and culture of the Choctaw people. The School currently employs thirty one people. At the present time, there are eighteen Language instructors. These Language instructors have developed Choctaw Language Curriculum I, II, & III which is taught to the public schools and colleges. The Choctaw Language classes are taught through the distance learning OneNet system to 31 public schools, five colleges and carry a foreign language credit. The Choctaw Language is also taught through the distance learning to 14 Head Start Centers. Language classes are also taught in the communities throughout the Choctaw Nation 10 1/2 counties and there are a few taught outside of the Nation. The AVAcaster System takes the Choctaw Language into the world of the Internet. Current enrollment for the School of Choctaw Language is approximately 1,500.

    The School of Choctaw Language has developed and published a definer, a history book, a social history book, five children’s books, a Choctaw Christmas CD, and two traditional hymns CDs. Choctaw Nation

    Interlocal Cooperative Ken Keeling, Superintendent The Interlocal Cooperative is currently located at the Kiamichi Vo-Tech Center in Durant and serves approximately sixty five alternative students in grades 9-12 yearly. A great number of these students have a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB card). Morning and afternoon sessions are taught by three teachers. The Interlocal Cooperative is engaged in a collaborative effort in early childhood with the Head Start Program. GED is also taught through the distance learning OneNet program.

  • Choctaw Nation Head Start

    Choctaw Nation Head Start

    Katy Pruitt
    Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2212

    Head Start Application
    Head Start Legal Definition of Homelessness
    Head Start Documentation of No Family Income

    Head Start 2013 FINAL Annual Report

    Head Start Narratives

    Head Start Newsletter

    Mission Statement

    We hold ourselves accountable to work in collaboration with our families and communities to provide a quality program, committed to the wellness of the entire family.


    See a child as they are meant to be.

    The services provided by this program are very comprehensive. Five major component areas serve the needs of the children enrolled and their families: Education/Literacy, Health, Parent Involvement, Family Services and Nutrition.

    Head Start is directed primarily toward economically disadvantaged families having children ages three to five years old. All nationalities are served, with preference given to Nativen American families.

    Head Start is funded to serve enrolled children in 14 centers operating within the Choctaw Nation service area:

    • Antlers
    • Atoka
    • Bennington
    • Bethel
    • Broken Bow
    • Coalgate
    • Durant
    • Hugo
    • McAlester
    • Potea
    • Stigler

    The Head Start program now operates five days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at five of the centers:

    • Broken Bow
    • Durant
    • Hugo
    • McAlester
    • Wilburton
    • Idabel
    • Wright City
    • Antlers
  • Career Development Program

    Career Development Program

    Ken English, Ed.D.
    Phone: 866-933-2260

    For more information please click here to visit our website.

    Mail completed applications to:
    Choctaw Nation
    Career Development Program
    P.O. Box 1210
    Durant, OK 74702

    Let us help you find the career for you!

    Vision for Success

    Within today’s global economy, finding and keeping a job requires higher skill levels than ever before. Employers want workers with documented skills based on “real world” experience.

    The Choctaw Nation’s vision for the development of the Career Development Program is to create a pipeline to quality career and technology training as well as career services for the Choctaw people.

    Requirements for Eligibility

    Interested participant must be a registered member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    What services are available?
    • Career Guidance Services
    • Assessment Testing
    • Academic Remediation
    • Financial Assistance for Quality Training
    • “Career Readiness Certificate”
    Career Guidance and Counseling Services

    The Career Development Center offers a variety of services to facilitate student development in the academic, career, and personal/social areas. Services include assessment, academic advisement, career information and planning, college and/or technical school, financial aid and scholarships, job readiness assistance and personal and professional growth workshops.

    Our staff includes certified, licensed or qualified professional career counselors.

    Assessment Testing

    The abilities to learn, communicate and solve problems are essential assets for any worker, regardless of career choice. The Career Development Program offers the following assessment testing/certifications that measure skills which employers believe are critical to job success:

    • WorkKeys
    • KeyTrain
    • OKCIS
    • Discover
    • “Career Readiness Certificate”
    Academic Remediation

    The Career Development Program is committed to supporting and strengthening the academic skills and offers a variety of learning assistance programs designed to develop and improve skills necessary for success in college-level or technical courses.

    Alternate modes of instruction, such as one-on-one tutorials, computer-assisted instruction, small groups and individualized instruction are used to address the needs of the students seeking assistance.

    Financial Assistance for Quality Training
    • Assistance with FAFSA Applications
    • Funding available for those who qualify
    Career Readiness Certificate

    Career Readiness Certificates are portable credentials that show an individual has certain fundamentals needed in the workplace.

  • Educational Talent Search

    Educational Talent Search

    Linda Powers, Director
    P O Drawer 1210
    Durant, OK 74702-1210
    1-800-522-6170, Ext. 2711
    Fax: (580) 920-1821

    Students, especially those who may become the first in their families to go into higher education, need to start planning early for college with the help of the Educational Talent Search program. Students as early as the 6th grade will be provided with educational information and encouragement as they begin to prepare for college.

    The program identifies and serves 600 students attending specific target area middle schools and high schools who are in grades 6 - 12 (ages 11-27), who meet the eligibility guidelines (first generation and/or economically disadvantaged) established by the U. S. Department of Education, and who have been identified as having the potential to succeed in college. Students are encouraged to have high expectations, to stay in school, to study hard, and to take the right courses to get ready for college. Services may also include academic counseling, college and financial aid information, ACT preparation, college campus visits, and career exploration. The program encourages students to graduate from high school and enroll in a college of their choice.

    For more information regarding the target schools or other specific eligibility criteria, please contact the Educational Talent Search office at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma complex 800-522-6170, Ext. 2711. For an application, call the ETS office at the same number or visit with your school counselor.

  • Higher Education and Grant Program


    Higher Education and Grant Program

    Lela Rodriguez, Director
    Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2305
    Fax: 580.924.1267


    Any tribal member of the Choctaw Nation actively pursuing a higher education degree is eligible to receive assistance in the form of a scholarship or grant payable directly to an accredited college or university. There are no minimum blood quantum or location restrictions; however, students with multiple tribal lineages may only receive assistance from one tribe. Students must be working towards a minimum of an associate’s degree. Students seeking to obtain recognized certifications may receive assistance from the Choctaw Nation Career Development Program.

    Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information

    How to apply

    Step 1: Complete your FAFSA online. (Only one required per school year. A new FAFSA will be required if you change schools during the school year)
    Step 2: Complete the online application by clicking here.
    Students renewing a fall application for the spring semester can email their spring schedule and up-to-date transcript to Higher Education.
    Online applications are preferred as they can be processed in a timelier manner.
    If you are unable to submit your application online, please print, complete, and remit the following documents via the contact information listed at the top of the application:

    Higher Education Guidelines and Policies

    Applications and supporting documents will be accepted from June 1st until October 1st for the fall semester assistance. Spring semester applications are accepted as soon as fall transcripts and class schedules have been received by the student. The deadline for the spring semester is March 1st. Any application received after the deadlines will not be accepted (applies to first-time and renewal applicants).

    Students earning less than the required GPA or earning less than 12 hours will be placed on probation for one semester. At that time, students will be required to improve their GPA and earn the required number of hours during the next semester to remain with the program. If these requirements are not met, the student will be suspended from the program. Students earning less than 12 hours and a GPA of 1.0 or less will automatically be suspended from the program at the end of that semester. Students who withdraw from school officially, or unofficially, will be suspended unless there is a reasonable explanation presented in writing.

    Full-time students are those enrolled in 12 or more hours. Part-time students are those enrolled in at least 6 hours but less than 12 hours.

    Forms of Assistance

    Grant – Amounts vary from year to year based on number of hours enrolled, financial need, and classification. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher per semester in order to continue receiving grants.

    • Part-time - $400.00 per semester
    • Freshman - $500.00 per semester
    • Sophomore - $600.00 per semester
    • Junior - $700.00 per semester
    • Senior - $800.00 per semester

    Scholarship – Amounts are based upon the cumulative GPA. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher in order to continue receiving scholarships.

    • Part-time - $500.00 per semester
    • 2.50 - 2.99 - $600.00 per semester
    • 3.00 - 3.49 - $800.00 per semester
    • 3.5 - 4.00 - $1,000.00 per semester

    General program information

    The Choctaw Nation contracted the Higher Education Program on March 1, 1984, from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This program will expend funds appropriated by Congress for the education of eligible Choctaws by providing financial assistance to attend an institution of higher learning, such as Junior Colleges and Universities. In 1998, the Choctaw Nation contributed funds to start a scholarship program. Students will be assisted based on academics, rather than financial need. This program will ensure more Choctaw students the opportunity to receive educational assistance.

    The Choctaw Nation will work to ensure that the specific needs of each Choctaw student is individually considered in order to prevent unnecessary withdrawals from higher education institutions.

    Higher Education’s Helpful Links

    Needing to find a college? Check out the Online College Database.

  • Adult Education Program

    Adult Education Program

    Neal Hawkins, Director
    Phone: (580) 924-8280 or (800) 522-6170

    Kathy Springfield, Deputy Director
    800-522-6170 Ext. 2122

    Adult Education Program

    This program provides GED classes for adult Native Americans who did not finish high school.

    We offer classes to help students acquire the needed skills to earn their GED Diploma. Many Native Americans have received the GED diploma and gone on to better jobs, higher wages, or to continue their education.

    The Choctaw Nation Adult Education program has qualified instructors to help prepare you to take the GED test. Classes are conducted within the 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation. Our GED instructors teach Writing, Grammar and Mathematics skills to provide each student with the skills to earn their GED diploma. Class sessions take approximately 3 months to complete.

    There are no costs for the classes; books and class supplies are provided for each student.

    Eligibility requirements
    • Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)
    • Government/State identification (driver’s license, passports, etc. .)
    • Must be 16 years of age or older, restrictions apply to persons under 18 years of age
    Distance Learning GED classes

    Distance Learning Classes are now available in Atoka, Coalgate, Talihina, Bethel, Smithville and Wright City.

    An experienced GED teacher will instruct you using the Distance Learning Technology. Distance Learning allows students and the teacher to see and hear each other on large monitors. Students will be able to interact with the teacher as they help you prepare to take the GED test.

    Books, supplies and testing fees are provided. In addition, a $10.00 per day transportation stipend is paid at the conclusion of the classes. The stipend is based on student attendance and participation; the class will meet three days each week for approximately nine weeks.

    GED Tests

    The GED test consists of the following five tests:

    • Language Arts, Writing, Reading and Grammar
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies

    Beginning in January 2014 the GED test has become a computer based test. All testing will be given on a computer at an official GED testing center. For more information about the new test please contact our office. Accommodations are available.

    How Do I Apply?

    Contact the Adult Education Department for an Application Packet or print and complete the application packet online. You must include a copy of your CDIB or Membership card, social security card, and a state issued picture ID.

    Mail entire application and documents to:
    Choctaw Nation Adult Education Department
    P.O. Box 1210
    Durant, OK 74702.

    For Native Americans living outside the Choctaw Nation boundaries, please contact our office to learn how we can help you.

    Useful Links pertaining to Adult Education

    Ged Testing Services

  • Johnson O-Malley Program

    Johnson O’Malley Program

    Rebecca Clapp, Director
    Phone: 800-522-6170

    On October l, l984, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Muskogee Area Office, contracted the Johnson O’Malley Program.

    As the prime contractor of the Johnson O’Malley Program in the l0-l/2 county service area of the Choctaw Nation, it is the responsibility of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to administer JOM funds for the operation of supplemental programs for the education of eligible Indian students. The JOM Program currently is serving in excess of 8,640 students in approximately 68 schools.

    According to Sec. 273.l2 of the Federal Register and Public Law 99-228, eligible students are Indian students, from age 3 through grade l2, except those who are enrolled in Bureau or sectarian operated schools, who is a member of a tribe or a descendant of a member of a tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs to Indians because of their status as Indians.

  • Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

    Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

    Patty Mink, Director, Ext. 2209
    Shanna Douglas, Asst. Director, Ext. 2394
    Phone: (800) 522-6170

    Program Overview The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) prepares youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and provides job training to economically disadvantaged individuals and others facing serious barriers to employment, who are in special need of such training to obtain productive employment. Applicants applying for employment and training services must be unemployed, underemployed, upgrading skills for career advancement or seeking retraining of skills to obtain employment. Time on the program is limited in accordance with the guidelines. The service delivery area compromises the 10.5 counties within the Choctaw Nation boundaries.

    How to Apply
    Complete the online application. Online applications are preferred as they can be processed more timely manner. If you are unable to submit your application online, please print, complete, and remit the following documents via the contact information listed at the top of the application:

    WIOA Online Application


    • Tribal Membership or CDIB Card
    • Social Security Card
    • Household Income
    • Residence Verification
    • Education Background
      *If Applicable:
      • Selective Service (males born after 1959)
      • Doctor’s Report (If Disabled)
      • Veteran Status

    Program Contacts · Intake Clerk – All incoming applications and documentation are processed by the intake clerk.

    • WIOA Intake Ext. 2326

    CRT – Classroom Training – Participants could qualify for tuition assistance or a stipend. For additional information regarding tuition assistance or stipend please contact the CRT Coordinator.

    • CRT Coordinator: All Counties Ext. 2462

    OJT – On-the-Job Training – Profit Organizations who carry Worker’s Injury Insurance could qualify to receive 50% of wages reimbursed for participant for up to 90 days.

    • Workforce Specialist: Bryan, Choctaw, McCurtain, & Pushmataha County: Ext. 2203
    • Workforce Specialist: Atoka, Coal, Pittsburg, Haskell, Leflore, Latimer, & Hughes: Ext. 2693

    WE – Work Experience – Non-Profit Organizations could qualify for 100% wage payment to participant for up to 90 days.

    • Workforce Specialist: Bryan, Choctaw, McCurtain, & Pushmataha County: Ext. 2203
    • Workforce Specialist: Atoka, Coal, Pittsburg, Haskell, Leflore, Latimer, & Hughes County: Ext. 2693

    Programs are based on funding availability and are subject to change without prior notice. February 4, 2015

  • Child Care Assistance

    Child Care Assistance Program
    Marilyn Williams, Director
    Phone: (580) 924-8280

    For more information please click here.

  • Vocational Development Program

    Vocational Development Program

    Rita Workman, Director
    Phone: (580) 924-8280 or (800) 522-6170

    Becky Bradley, Administrative Assistant

    Vocational Development Program Application

    This program offers financial assistance for Adult Vocational Training for up to a maximum of 24 month.

    Be at least 1/4 Native American and have a CDIB showing the degree of Native American blood.
    Be a high school graduate or have completed a GED course.
    Live within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation.
    Plan to attend an accredited college, institution, or vo-tech.

    To apply, you will need to fill out the Vocational Development Application

  • Choctaw College Connect

    Choctaw College Connect

    A link to your future

    CCC Flyer

    Date: November 1, 2014

    Time: Noon - 5 p.m.

    Location: Choctaw Nation Event Center, Durant, Okla.

    Summary: Choctaw College Connect (CCC) is a higher education recruitment event designed to connect Choctaw students to institutions of higher education. These will consist of undergraduate programs only - no grad schools. The event will be hosted from 12 noon through 5 p.m. on November 1, at the Choctaw Nation Event Center located in Durant, Okla. Over 60 institutions will be invited to present their unique opportunities to Choctaw students. Two parents/guardians will be invited to attend along with each student. Transportation to the event will be provided via the Choctaw Nation. Buses will be providing transportation within the 10.5-county service area of the Choctaw Nation. They will depart at a time and location to be determined soon, and will return that evening. Lunch and dinner will be provided during the event at no cost to guest.

    Who: Enrolled members of the Choctaw Nation looking to pursue a post-secondary education.

    Students Register Here

    For questions concerning the event, please email

    Recruiters and college representatives, this is an invitation-only event. If your organization was selected, a registration invitation was sent to a selected representative.

    Bus Schedule Bus Schedule CCC

  • Making A Difference


    Making A Difference Program

    Paula Harp, Senior Director
    Lori Wells, Director
    (800) 522-6170 Ext. 4105

    Making A Difference Online Application

    Our Goal: To assist our students with academic information to promote education and/or career path beyond high school, thereby ensuring that our students become successful adults and leaders.

    Requirements for eligibility:
    Students must be tribal members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and verified by the Making A Difference staff.
    Each student must have a parent permission form on file with the Choctaw Nation Making A Difference program. (one time application)
    Any student, 9th-12th grade, attending an accredited high school within the 10 1/2 county service area of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

    What services are available?

    • ACT Reimbursement
    • ACT Workshop
    • College Prep Study guides
    • School Visits
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • College Fair
    • Notification of event dates

    • Grade level folder with Choctaw Nation Education Program information which includes:

      • Higher Education
      • Career Development
      • CAB (Choctaw Asset Building)
      • Talent Search-if available
      • STAR
      • Summer Youth work program
      • YAB-Youth Advisory Board
      • Chahta Foundation
      • FAFSA
      • Oklahoma’s Promise Application
      • Adult Tribal Membership application (16 and up)

    Amanda Spencer - Admin. Asst./Counselor
    Amanda Gentry - Counselor
    Padyn Hobgood - Counselor

    MAD Email
    529 N. 16th Ave.
    P.O. Box 1210
    Durant, OK 74702

    Suggested Links:
    OK Promise
    FAFSA Tutorial

  • Student School & Activity Fund

    Student School and Activity Fund

    Jason Campbell, Director
    P.O. Box 1210
    Durant, OK 74702
    Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2463 or Ext. 2175

    Student School and Activity Fund
    W-9 Form Required for Payment
    Due to the high volume of requests, all phone lines may be in use and you may leave a voicemail for an application.

    If you leave a voice mail, be sure to leave your name, complete mailing address, and number of applications needed.

    You may also Email for an application be sure to include mailing address and number of applications required.

  • Student School and Activity Fund

    Student School and Activity Fund

    Jason Campbell, Director
    P.O. Box 1210
    Durant, OK 74702
    Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2463 or Ext. 2175

    Student School and Activity Fund
    W-9 Form Required for Payment
    Due to the high volume of requests, all phone lines may be in use and you may leave a voicemail for an application.

    If you leave a voice mail, be sure to leave your name, complete mailing address, and number of applications needed.

    You may also Email for an application be sure to include mailing address and number of applications required.