LUCKY STAR CASINOS EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN DRIVE NETS $77,000 FOR CHEYENNE AND ARAPAHO PROGRAM
OCTOBER 9, 2014 – CONCHO, OK – Lucky Star Casinos, an enterprise of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, donated more than $77,000 Wednesday for the Tribes’ Johnson O’Malley Program (JOM) to assist tribal students with educational support items. The funds were raised with the support of the casinos’ Player’s Club members; $10.00 Free Play to every member who donated $5.00 to the campaign.
“We are dedicated to providing our tribal students with an education,” stated Eddie Hamilton, Governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. “There is no price tag you can put on the value of an education, but with the community’s support this substantial donation is making a direct impact for more than 1,500 students.”
The funds will be used for numerous needs including basic school supplies, eyeglass assistance, class fees, summer school fees, correspondence courses needed for graduation and driver education fees.
The Johnson O'Malley Program is a federally funded program for eligible Native American students attending a public school or attending one of the Tribes' Head Start Programs within Calumet, Canton, Canton Head Start, Clinton, Clinton Head Start, Concho Head Start, Darlington, Elk City, Enid, Geary, Hammon, Kingfisher, Mustang, Seiling, Thomas, Watonga, Weatherford, Woodward and Yukon.
For more information, visit www.c-a-tribes.org.
Photo Credit: Rebecka Lyman, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune
Photo Front (L-R)
Cheyenne and Arapaho Executive Director of Education, Funston Whiteman; Assistant Executive Director Department of Education, Gordon Yellowman; Lt. Governor Cornell Sankey; Governor Eddie Hamilton; Lucky Star Casino Marketing Coordinator, Lisa Martin; Player’s Club Director, Theresa Littlehawk; JOM Coordinator, Francine Williams; JOM Administrative Assistant, Nakayla Lumpmouth.
(L-R) Canton Lucky Star Casino AGM, Hannah Little Coyote; Concho Lucky Star Casino AGM, Tracer Hamilton; Lucky Star Travel Center AGM, Robert Roman Nose; Clinton Lucky Star Casino AGM, Kara Farris; and Watonga Lucky Star Casino AGM, Chris Derenzo.