American Indian Cultural Center and Museum of Oklahoma

Completing American Indian Cultural Center and Museum will benefit all Oklahomans

...Every governor since Henry Bellmon has supported this project. However, it has faced a series of challenges. In 2002, Congress passed legislation that authorized $33 million for the center. However, in 2003 the Iraq War began, followed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, and then in 2008 the deepest recession since the Great Depression. As a result of these events, the $33 million wasn't appropriated by Congress, construction costs increased because of Hurricane Katrina and the opportunity for private fundraising was severely hampered. Completion of the center has thus been delayed, resulting in an increase in construction costs...

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