When NJOMA began our pursuit of legislation to modernize and reform the Johnson-O'Malley program, we established four primary goals for this legislation:
The JOM Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act of 2017 is legislation developed to direct the completion of necessary updates to the JOM program operated by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
NJOMA has been at the fore front of the drive to educate and organize tribes and other National tribal and educational organizations to acknowledge that there has been a significant gap in the collection of the data needed to effectively and fully operate the JOM program. This unacceptable situation exists because there have been no legitimate efforts made in 20 years to conduct the kind of research and data collection needed to answer the question of how many Indian students are eligible for JOM today.
On July 12, 2017, Carla Mann, President of National Johnson - O'Malley Association (NJOMA) spoke before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on S.943 -- The Johnson - O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act of 2017.
On October 5, 2017, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs announced the committee's passage of S. 943, the Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act.