June 28, 2012
Dear Friend of The Center,
I'm writing to provide you with the status of The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (The Center). Available funds for the continuation of construction for The Center have been exhausted. Accordingly, the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority (NACEA) has prepared the following interim plan to secure and preserve the existing facilities of The Center to protect these valuable assets.
Plans include suspension of construction operations by Centennial Builders and de-mobilization of Centennial Builders personnel and facilities supporting construction activities. Construction will be suspended on July 1, 2012. Following de-mobilization, Centennial Builders will be engaged to continue its onsite presence and to provide building and grounds maintenance and site security for the purpose of preserving and protecting existing American Indian Cultural Center and Museum assets of the State.
During this period of suspension of construction activities, we will continue to work with Governor Fallin, Chairman of the NACEA Governor Anoatubby and City of Oklahoma City Mayor Cornett to develop and implement an alternative plan for funding of completion of The Center. We will continue our efforts with the State of Oklahoma to match the $40 million in pledges that we have secured from the private sector, Tribes and the City of Oklahoma City for completion of this important project. We have been in contact with our donors, and most of them have agreed to continue their financial commitments for a reasonable amount of time, to give us an opportunity to develop an appropriate plan.
Thank you for your support of this world-class project. We are confident that we will find a positive solution for completion of The Center.
J. Blake Wade, Executive Director
Native American Cultural and Educational Authority