OK: House speaker unveils plan to complete Indian museum

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 23, 2008 file photo, the site of the American Indian Cultural Center is pictured in the shadow of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman is unveiling a plan for a $25 million bond issue to complete the long unfinished Native American museum near downtown Oklahoma City. (AP Photo, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman is unveiling a plan for a $25 million bond issue to complete a long unfinished Native American museum near downtown Oklahoma City, while a separate proposal has been released for a $25 million museum in Tulsa.

Hickman revealed details of the plan late Monday, while Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman introduced a bill for a separate $25 million bond proposal to build the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, or OKPOP, in Tulsa.

It is unclear if either measure will have enough support in the Republican-controlled Legislature, where the idea of a bond issue could be a tough sell in a year where the state is facing a $611 million shortfall.

The state already has spent about $90 million on the Indian museum.

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