American Indian Museum still stalled 1 year after agreement

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s been more than a year since Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation authorizing the city of Oklahoma City to complete and operate the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

Yet, construction is at a standstill while city officials and the Ada-based Chickasaw Nation work out the details of a complex partnership for operating and maintaining the 173,000-square-foot museum and developing the surrounding 200 or so acres of commercial property along the Oklahoma River.

Museum executive director Blake Wade says commercial development will likely include hotels, restaurants and retail shops for Indian arts and crafts. Wade says the museum could be open by 2020.

Construction began in 2006 but has been dormant since 2012 when the project ran out of money and the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to allocate new funds.