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March 14, 2013

Oklahoma Senate passes American Indian Museum bill

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation that would transfer management of the unfinished American Indian Museum from the museum's board to another agency.

The Senate voted 26-20 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to the state House for consideration.

As written, the measure by Republican Sen. Greg Treat of Oklahoma City would make the incomplete Oklahoma City museum a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. But Treat says the bill is likely to be amended to authorize the facility's transfer to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

The state has spent about $90 million on the project over the last decade. Museum officials say they need an additional $80 million to finish the project, including $40 million from the state that would be matched by private donations.

 

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