Prominent Oklahoma leaders have launched an advocacy campaign to see the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum finished. In June, during the final hours of the legislative session, the Legislature failed to vote on $43 million revenue bonds needed to continue construction.
Located just southeast of downtown Oklahoma City, it's hard to imagine that our state's elected leaders would allow such an iconic project to founder for a day let alone a season -- or two. This facility holds the promise of a world-class destination and all of the tourism dollars that kind of stature brings.
But, there is more at stake here than prior investments or even the economic potential the AICCM represents. What we really stand to lose is heart, which is even harder to replace than revenue bonds. The broad understanding, sharing and honoring of the unique experience of the American Indian in Oklahoma is long overdue.
|The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum will honor the unique experience of the American Indian in Oklahoma.|
Please share this video with your friends. Contact your senator and state representative about funding the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Go to VoteSmart and type in your address to find the name of your state elected senator and representative. Be aware that the legislature isn't currently in session. Session begins in February when this issue will be further addressed.
Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation, is a member of Oklahomans for the Arts.
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