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Caucus Announces Cultural Center Support (Apr 27, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The 18 member House Native American Caucus has announced support of a planned American Indian Cultural Center along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

Rep. Seneca Scott of Tulsa and a member of the caucus said Thursday it's the first time in recent years that the caucus, which includes Republicans and Democrats, has unanimously agreed to endorse a project.

The state agency overseeing the center says it has secured $40 million in private funds to complete the project and is looking for an additional $40 million from the state. However, some legislators have been critical of the museum's estimated $171 million costs and House Speaker Kris Steele says there is little support for a state bond issue to help fund completion of the center.

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