Support the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Published: April 6, 2013

Regarding “Indian cultural center needs to become reality” (Our Views, March 31): I've read with interest the ongoing problems in finishing the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. A lot of Oklahomans support finishing the museum. One of my reasons for supporting it is due to having worked 10 years at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center. My duties were in the security section, plus I translated German into English for German-speaking tourists. I had no knowledge of what a tourist magnet the Western museum is or what a draw the AICCM could be. My co-workers at the museum had a private joke about how the first visit of Oklahomans was when they had visitors who asked to be taken there! Route 66 isn't the only attraction that's well known in Europe. So is the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center. Another reason I want the AICCM is that I, like many Oklahomans, have Indian blood.

How can Oklahomans complain that people around the world know little about our state if we don't support things that promote it? When my wife and I visit her hometown in northern Germany, few people there haven't heard of Oklahoma — some of them for no other reason than the Broadway musical. I was amazed to discover the keen interest Europeans have in America's West and its rugged people.

Wayne Mills, Oklahoma City