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My 2 Cents: Plan To Finish The American Indian Cultural Museum

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It seems fitting that some state senators now want to use money from the state's unclaimed property fund, to pay for the state's half-finished American Indian Cultural Center. It too is property few have wanted to claim.

So the latest idea in the legislature is to use $40 million that's just sitting in a vault.

Jane from Luther can't believe it, she writes: "No one I know feels that these funds from property account should be used for this mistake."

I hate to break this to you Jane, but I think they should use it. It is frankly, foolish and wasteful not to complete this project we've already sunk so much money into.

It's kind of like buying $67 million worth of stock and then forgetting about it, leaving it in a vault doing nothing until it eventually loses all of its value.

From the beginning seven years ago, this has been a state project, not a tribal project, and I'm convinced the state, and especially Oklahoma City, will benefit greatly by having a world-class American Indian museum on the banks of the Oklahoma River.

Using unclaimed property to fulfill an unfinished vision makes sense to me.

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