Oklahoma City Council pledges $9M to finish museum

Oklahoma City (AP) April 2012

The Oklahoma City Council has approved a $9 million pledge to support the completion of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

Officials announced that the pledge is contingent on a $40 million commitment from the state of Oklahoma. Another $31 million is expected to be raised through private and tribal sources.

Oklahoma City contributed the land near the intersection of Interstates 35 and 40 for the museum in 1999, which was valued at $3.2 million.

Some state legislators have been critical of the museum’s total costs, estimated at $171 million.

City officials expect $4 million in new sales taxes annually as a result of visitor spending at the facility.

According to the museum’s director, Blake Wade, construction is on track for completion by December 2014.