Proposed Indian Museum Faces Continued Opposition

Rending of Proposed Museum

A Native American cultural center sits unfinished nearly two decades and seven years after it was originally proposed.

The sprawling American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Oklahoma City was proposed to pay homage to the state's 39 federally recognized tribes. But the $170 million museum is only half finished and far short of the money needed for completion.

A total of $40 million in private donations has been raised to complete the project, but the state Legislature has balked at passing a bill to provide $40 million in matching funds.

When finished, the cultural center and museum will feature material from each Oklahoma tribe recognized by the federal government and items from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington and other tribal museums.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.