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The unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
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The City of Oklahoma City decided the fate of the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Tuesday morning. The city council unanimously approved an agreement that outlines who will operate and maintain the facility.

The unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma City took another step toward finishing the troubled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

The exterior of the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

On Wednesday Oklahoma City received a two-month extension to reach a deal to determine the fate of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

The Oklahoman’s William Crum reports City Manager Jim Couch asked for the additional 60 days after the Chickasaw Nation offered to oversee commercial development, commit money toward completing construction, and guarantee up to $14 million dollars over seven years to pay for operating deficits:

Shoppers look through merchandise at Blue 7 at 7518 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma continues to recover from last week’s winter weather after an ice storm shut down much of the state over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There are still plenty of residual effects, from tens of thousands of power outages through mid-week, and tons of tree debris that will need to be removed over the next month.

Black Friday shopping was already projected to be down for 2015, and the treacherous conditions put even more of a damper on holiday retail sales.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Officials estimate that construction on the planned American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City is still at least two years away from being finished.

An Oklahoma City Council committee on Tuesday also concluded that another year will be needed to install Smithsonian Institution-quality exhibits.

The unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It's been almost a month since the end of the legislative session, and Oklahoma City leaders are now starting to address one of 2015's more closely-followed bills - the fate of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma State Capitol
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The 55th Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up its first session a little over two weeks ago on May 22, one week ahead of the constitutionally required deadline to adjourn.

Lawmakers passed bond issues for widely publicized museums in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. But the $611 million shortfall in the state budget dominated the conversation from January to May, even though details of the $7.1 billion agreement didn't emerge until shortly before the gavel fell. To plug that gap, lawmakers cut most agency budgets by five to seven percent, and also used monies from the state's Rainy Day Fund and state agency revolving accounts.

The exterior of the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

After Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation authorizing a $25 million bond issue to finish the incomplete American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City, the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority’s board meeting celebrated the event.

The exterior of the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

The Oklahoma House has passed legislation to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and turn it over to the city of Oklahoma City for operation and maintenance.

Without debate, House members voted 58-36 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The exterior of the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

State lawmakers had a lot of tourism and recreation projects on their plates this week - specifically one museum in Oklahoma City, and another in Tulsa.

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