- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Chickasaw Nation has offered to partner with Oklahoma City to complete and open the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

The Oklahoman reports (https://bit.ly/1m6uMad ) that the proposal includes up to $14 million from the tribe over seven years to cover predicted operating deficits. Additionally, the tribe would underwrite some of the cost to finish construction.

It also proposed that the tribe receive authority to develop land around the center.

An Oklahoma City Council committee is weighing the state Legislature’s proposal that the city take the state’s responsibility for completing and opening the center.

Chickasaw Nation Commerce Secretary Bill Lance suggests the city and tribe work out the agreement by Jan. 29. He proposes the city ask for an extension until March 15 to finalize its agreement with the state.

Oklahoma City pledged $9 million to help open the center, which is part of $40 million in pledges that would be matched by $25 million from the state. The state would recoup its share over time.

The center is envisioned as a tourist attraction conveying the history and culture of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized Indian tribes.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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