Okla. Indian museum raises $40M in private funds

 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Native American Cultural and Educational Authority says $40 million has been raised in private funds to support completion of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

Authority CEO Blake Wade says BancFirst confirmed the amount, which officials hope will be matched by $40 million in state funding. Wade says the money collected from private donors shows there's strong community support for the museum.

He says he hopes Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature will supply the additional $40 million needed to complete the project. But some state legislators have been critical of the museum's total costs, which are estimated at $171 million.

The Oklahoma City Council voted to dedicate $9 million to the project if the state approved the additional $40 million. The city donated land for the center.

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