OKC gets extension for American Indian museum

Posted at 12:15 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 13:15:51-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City has been given an extra 60 days in its effort to revive the partially completed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

A law was passed earlier in 2015 to transfer responsibility of the museum to the city. The legislation requires an agreement among the city and state offices. A state official on Wednesday extended the deadline for a deal to March 15.

The Oklahoman reports City Manager Jim Couch asked for the extension after the Chickasaw Nation offered to partner with Oklahoma City. That could bring millions of dollars to the effort.

The museum was conceived as a state project two decades ago. Construction was halted three years ago when money ran out.

The center would focus on the history and culture of Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized tribes.