Audit Critical of Oklahoma American Indian Museum

Oct 18, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An audit of the board overseeing a planned American Indian museum in Oklahoma City says both the board and the Legislature had "unrealistic expectations."

The audit released Wednesday says the board chose the most expensive proposal to build the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum — about $169 million — while having only $5 million in funding at the time. It also says lawmakers need to play a greater role in overseeing the project.

Governor Mary Fallin requested the audit and said in a statement that she believes many of the issues addressed are being corrected.

Museum director Blake Wade said he's glad the audit is behind him, that the board intends to meet the recommendations and that it's up to the Legislature to improve its oversight of the board.