OKLAHOMA CITY — Two decades after it was proposed and seven years after the start of construction, the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is still an unfinished dream.
The sprawling museum in Oklahoma’s capital city was proposed to pay homage to the state’s 39 federally recognized tribes. But it’s only half finished and far short of the money needed for completion.
A total of $40 million in private donations has been raised to complete the project, but the state Legislature has balked at passing a bill to provide $40 million in matching funds.
When finished, the cultural center and museum will feature material from each Oklahoma tribe recognized by the federal government and items from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington and other tribal museums.