My 2 Cents: American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

Wednesday, October 31st 2018, 10:26 pm
By: News 9

I guess that big mound of dirt down on the Oklahoma River has just become one of those eyesores we hardly even pay attention to anymore. 

Who can blame us for that? 

They broke ground on the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum way back in 2006. 

They worked on the mound and the museum's exterior for six years and spent $90 million of taxpayer money before they ran out. 

For six years the building languished, a shell, a security guard. 

Well it looks like there will be a happy ending to the Museum's story, $50 million has been deposited in the completion fund. A combination of state, private and city money. 

And most importantly the Chickasaw Nation, which has a track record of building quality attractions, has gotten involved. 

They're talking about, what we've talked about here before, a resort with a water park, but also a retail district along the river. 

The completion date is now estimated for 2021.

Astoundingly, that would make the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum a 15 year construction project. Shameful. 

But I still insist it'll be a game changer for the East end of the Oklahoma River.