An aerial view of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo: AICCM
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American Indian Cultural Center and Museum names senior curator




Heather Ahtone, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, has been named senior curator for the long-delayed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma.

Ahtone, who is also of Choctaw Nation heritage, has more than 20 years of experience in the arts, museum and history fields. She will be in charge of developing exhibitions for the new museum, which is slated to open in 2021 following years of funding and construction setbacks.

The effort got back on track two years ago after the state reached a deal with the Chickasaw Nation to secure the funds needed to complete the project. The 143-acre site of the museum, located near downtown Oklahoma City, is being transferred to the tribe as part of the agreement.


Construction is due to resume this summer as a result, KOKH reported last month. The station put the cost of finishing the museum at $65 million.

James Pepper Henry, who is a citizen of the Kaw Nation, was named director and CEO of the American Indian Cultural Center Foundation, the non-profit that manages the museum, about a year ago.

Read More on the Story:
Heather Ahtone named senior curator of OKC's American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (The Oklahoman March 19, 2018)
Construction on the American Indian Cultural Center will resume this summer (KOKH February 15, 2018)

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