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Audit into Native American Cultural Museum released

Cultural Center

OKLAHOMA CITY — The state auditor has released findings on a recent probe into a massive project, the unfinished Native American Cultural Museum.¬†

Construction on the cultural center in Oklahoma City has come to a halt due to a lack of funding.

The project that’s been in the works for some 18 years is at a standstill.

The funding dilemma is what prompted state officials to ask for an audit back in April.

According to the report, the state auditor has found many inconsistencies and deficiencies.

The auditor blames both the museum board and state lawmakers.

At the core of the audit, a lack of budgeting and a lack experience.

As a result, the auditor is recommending the development of a comprehensive budget, enhancing legislative oversight and developing a realistic business operating plan.

Some of the options included in the audit: additional funding, phased implementation, scaling back remaining construction or discontinuing funding and operations altogether.

MORE: Read the full audit here.