The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 4, 2014

Oklahoma Senate to consider $40M for Indian museum

From The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Senate is expected to consider a plan to take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to help finish a Native American museum in Oklahoma City.

A bill containing the plan is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in the full Senate. The measure is likely to face resistance in the House.

The $40 million in state funds would be used to match $40 million in private donations from tribes, companies and other donors that have been pledged to complete the project.

Seven years after the start of construction on the sprawling $170 million museum at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 40 in Oklahoma City the project remains unfinished, but the Legislature has balked in recent years at providing more money.

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Online: Senate Bill 1651