The Henryetta Johnson-O’Malley program is an award winner.
tracey sontagSchool officials were notified the program was judged the best program in 22 states and will be earning a national award.
Administered by Tracey Songtag, JOM provides cultural academic and language education to over 400 Native American students in the Henryetta school district. “This award is for the programs and activities that we have been holding at the Henryetta schools,” Sontag said.
“Our Native American history is so rich that we continually have opportunities to present it to our students.”
Sontag, a member of the Muscogee Creek nation, has been the Native American studies and JOM coordinator at Henryetta for four years. That has included the annual cultural day event that showcases activities such as crafts, dances, and explanation of tribal culture not only to Native American students but their classmates as well.
The federal program is administered locally by the Muscogee Creek nation and schools have to apply to participate.
Sontag will be going to Las Vegas in March to receive the award at the national convention. While there, she will be attending some of the workshops and conferences.
JOM is authorized by the Johnson-O'Malley Act of 1934.




Native American culture showcased

Cultural and community day

Students learn Native American culture