Nov. 16, 2012
We are writing to give you an update on the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority (NACEA), the agency developing The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (The Center).
We are currently preparing to return to the Oklahoma Legislature to pursue funding for The Center. We will be seeking $40 million to match pledges of $40 million in private, tribal and local government support.
These funds will enable us to complete The Center. The Oklahoma City Council has recently adopted its legislative agenda, and completion of The Center is on its list of priorities. We greatly appreciate the support of the City of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones and his staff have recently completed an audit of the NACEA. We are pleased to report that no financial wrongdoings were found.
We have also just had our financial audit which the NACEA has undergone for the past nine years. Each year we have received an unqualified opinion, the highest rating that an agency can be given.
We are moving forward and would like your help. Please feel free to contact your State Senator and State Representative to encourage them to fund completion of The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
With your help we are confident that we will complete The Center. Please visit our web site at www.theamericanindiancenter.org to stay up-to-date with The Center progress. Thank you for your support of this world-class project.
J. Blake Wade, Executive Director, Native American Cultural and Educational Authority
Gena Timberman, Director, The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum