Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: September 21, 2011
Treat requests fundraising figures from American Indian Cultural
Center and Museum
Treat has requested figures from the Executive Director of the
American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM) showing the progress
of the agency’s private fundraising efforts.
Treat said it was important that Oklahoma taxpayers and the Legislature
see the agency is making a concerted effort to raise private funds
to complete the project.
“I am growing deeply concerned the only avenue the agency
is exploring for completion of this important project is the Oklahoma
taxpayer,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “As of May 5,
2011, the agency had only raised $266,289.94 from private, non-tribal
entities since the Legislature approved a $25 million bond for the
project in 2008. This was particularly troubling, considering the
agency announced in a 2008 press release it would raise from private
sources the remaining $75 million needed to complete the project.
“Obviously, they had fallen considerably short of their guarantee
to the Legislature and the people of Oklahoma.”
Treat noted the state has invested $67.4 million in the project,
not including annual appropriations of $1.5 million to support the
agency’s 14-member staff. Once construction is complete, the
agency has plans to expand to as many as 60 employees.
Treat asked AICCM to specify in its figures the purpose for which
monies were utilized, particularly to differentiate between in-kind
contributions and real dollar donations.
“I want to see this project completed, but state agencies
must be held accountable for their actions,” Treat said. “In
particular, AICCM leaders must be held accountable for their promise
to raise $75 million when they lobbied the Legislature for a $25
million bond in 2008. I sincerely hope the agency’s response
to my inquiry will reveal a renewed dedication to raise private
funds to complete the project.”
AICCM Press Release 2008
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5632