SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Sand Springs city leaders are moving ahead with a plan to build a massive monument north of the city.
The monument known as "the American" will be a 21-story bronze statue depicting an Indian warrior. It will be taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The city council voted Monday to set a date to come back and explore funding options for the project.
Residents in the area say the massive attraction will be a game-changer for the city.
"I think it'll be a fantastic thing for Sand Springs. I think it'll be a great tourist attraction ... it's something that we really need here," said Sand Springs resident Gerrie Adkins.
Sand Springs city officials have waited nearly a decade for the project to happen. They say the monument will be a big economic boost to the city.
"I think it's important to the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma is known for its Native American heritage, and so what better way to provide symbolism with than a Native American statue," said Sand Springs City Manager Rocky Rogers.
The city says it's working hard to find ways to help developers and the sculptor fund a portion of the project.
Rogers says the city is also looking to provide infrastructure near the statue.
City leaders estimate the massive monument will bring about 1.5 million people to Sand Springs annually.
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