by: Rick Maranon Updated:TULSA, Okla. —
It was passed by a vote of the public more than 10 years ago as part of Vision 2025, but now an Indian Cultural Center in west Tulsa might not be built after all.
The project supervisor told FOX23 this all comes down to money and he doesn’t see how supporters have the funds to complete their part of the project.
“This is our lone holdout for a potential project that is not able to be completed in the potential time frame,” said Vision 2025 supervisor Kirby Crowe.
Crowe said more than 95 percent of the projects have been completed but the Indian Cultural Center proposed near Tulsa Hills is what concerns him most.
“Vision 2025 has a lifespan. The sales tax expires in a couple of years, and it intends to have all of the funds for the projects and the projects completed shortly thereafter,” Crowe said.
Crowe said he isn’t opposed to the center, but the group in charge of raising the money has reported little to no progress on raising the $8 to $10 million needed and there is no reason the county should pay for new roads and new utility access to a building that doesn’t exist.
The fundraising group, Native Indian Monument Incorporated, said the person in charge of the fundraising efforts recently died and the group is searching for a new director.
Greater Tulsa Indian Affairs Commission called the project a necessary community enrichment project that will attract national and international visitors. It has requested a special meeting with Crowe’s company, local tribal leaders, and NIMI.
Crowe said that even if the money is raised, it is too late to have the center at 71st and Elwood. River Parks owns the land and has canceled the lease.
“So there’s not the site for it anymore, and the sign’s been down for a couple of years, the fundraising sign. And we’re concerned,” Crowe said.