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

    Rebecca Hawkins
    Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2591

    Head Start 2013 FINAL Annual Report

    Head Start Narratives

    Head Start Application

    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

    Frequently Asked Questions Page

    2014-2015 Applications are available now!
    Click here to view the cover letter.
    Save this document to begin your application.
    Save this document begin your financial needs analysis.

    *To complete digitally, download files to your computer, fill out the form, then “save as” with your name at the end of the file. Once complete, submit the saved versions of both files along with all other documents to the email below.

    Applications can be completed via Adobe reader. A free download can be found here.

    Please email forms, along with scanned copies of all required materials to


    What is the benefit: Scholarship of up to $1,000 per semester (fall and spring), or grant of up to $800 per semester (fall and spring) to any accredited college or university.

    Who is eligible: Any member of the Choctaw Nation actively pursuing a higher education degree. No minimum blood quantum or restriction on location. Students affiliated with more than one tribe may receive assistance from only one tribe.

    The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university and working towards a minimum of an associate’s degree. (Vo-Techs, Certificates or correspondence courses are excluded from this program. See Choctaw Career Development for assistance in these areas)

    How to apply

    Step 1: Complete your FAFSA here

    Step 2: Gather the following items - These MUST be submitted together: - Application posted above
    - Copy of high school or previous college transcript
    - Copy of upcoming class schedule
    - Copy of CDIB and tribal membership cards (New applicants only)

    Step 3: Send all documents to Choctaw Nation via email or mail

    Step 4: Have your school submit a Financial Needs Analysis found above *Includes FAFSA info – complete FAFSA first

    That’s it!
    *One application required per year. If application is submitted in fall, only class schedule and grades are needed for spring to continue funding

    Responsibilities of recipient

    Applications and supporting documents will be accepted from June 1 to October 1 for Fall funding and until March 1 for spring funding. THESE DEADLINES APPLY BOTH FIRST-TIME AND RENEWAL APPLICANTS.

    Applications without these supporting documents will be returned to student for completion. Late applications will also be returned to be completed for the following semester. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit all required documents and to verify receipt of the Financial Need’s Analysis by the Choctaw Higher Education Program.

    • 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 bring up their GPA and earn the required number of hours to remain on the program. If these requirements are not met, the student will be placed on suspension from the program. * Students earning less than 12 hours and a GPA below 1.0 will be automatically suspended 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.

    Disbursement breakdown

    Grant – These amounts will vary from year to year based upon the number of hours, financial need and classification for the previous semester. Must maintain 2.0 GPA or higher to continue funding

    • 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 – These amounts are based upon the accumulative grade point average. Must maintain 2.5 GPA or higher to continue funding.

    • Part-time - 2.50 $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

    Complete transcripts will be required for first time applicants. Funds will be determined based on overall performance.

    *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.

    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, Administrative Assistant
    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. Fore more information about eh 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

    The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) prepares youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and provides job training to those economically disadvantaged individuals and other individuals facing serious barriers to employment, who are in special need of such training to obtain productive 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.


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

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

    • Stephanie Bond, 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.

    • Ginger Crawford, 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.

    • Lena Johnson, Workforce Specialist: Bryan County: Ext. 2208
    • Tiffany Kirkes, Workforce Specialist: Choctaw, McCurtain, & Pushmataha County: Ext. 2203
    • Jennifer Markham, Workforce Specialist: Atoka, Coal, Pittsburg, Haskell, Leflore, Latimer, & Hughes: Ext. 2693

    WE – Work Experience – Non-Profit Organizations could qualify to receive 100% reimbursement for participants wages.

    • Lena Johnson, Workforce Specialist: Bryan County: Ext. 2208
    • Tiffany Kirkes, Workforce Specialist: Choctaw, McCurtain, & Pushmataha County: Ext. 2203
    • Jennifer Markham, 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. October 28, 2014

  • 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

  • Higher Education Laptop Program

    Higher Education Laptop Program

    All laptops have been claimed for this school year. If you submitted a qualifying application in time to be considered, check your email for an award letter and tracking number.

  • 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 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
    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.