Okla. panel advances plan to tap fund for museum

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to tap $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to fund the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-3 on Wednesday for the bill to finish the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River. The state funding would be used to match $40 million in private donations that have been pledged to complete the project.

Seven years after the start of construction, the sprawling $170 million museum at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 40 remains unfinished, but the Legislature has balked in recent years at appropriating more money.

Oklahoma's Unclaimed Property Fund currently has about $90 million.

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