Indian Cultural Center Coming to Sooner State

11-2-05 - Oklahomans celebrated today the start of
construction on a $143 million American Indian Cultural Center.

The center will tell the story of Oklahoma's 39 federally
recognized Indian tribes.

Governor Brad Henry, first lady Kim Henry and other dignitaries
joined tribal leaders and hundreds of others for the groundbreaking

Officials expect the museum to draw visitors worldwide.

The center will be located at the southeast corner of Interstate 35 and Interstate 40. Planned features include a Hall of the People, a Promontory Walk and a Community Forum.

The exhibits will reflect overarching themes important to Indian culture such as community, memory and sovereignty.

The center will be built in stages with final completion expected in 2009. It also will be part of Oklahoma's centennial celebration in 2007.