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Sun May 22, 2011

Native American Museum?

Oklahoma City, OK – Future of American Indian museum project uncertain

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Work crews have spent five years building the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

Whether construction will continue is up in the air.

A $40 million dollar bond package that was to be added to $67.4 million committed in previous bonds was rejected by state Senate leaders last week.

Museum executive director Gena Timberman says work will stop in August when funding runs out. She says she's committed to seeing the project completed, but acknowledges fundraising will be difficult. She says donors are hesitant if they're not certain the project will ever be finished.

State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says he plans an interim study this year on proposed bond issues in order to prioritize the state's needs before deciding to issue new bonds.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Work crews have spent five years building the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

Whether construction will continue is up in the air.

A $40 million dollar bond package that was to be added to $67.4 million committed in previous bonds was rejected by state Senate leaders last week.

Museum executive director Gena Timberman says work will stop in August when funding runs out. She says she's committed to seeing the project completed, but acknowledges fundraising will be difficult. She says donors are hesitant if they're not certain the project will ever be finished.

State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman says he plans an interim study this year on proposed bond issues in order to prioritize the state's needs before deciding to issue new bonds.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.