Native Warrior Would Tower Over Statue of Liberty; Tall Order for a Small Town
By Miguel Bustillo
"Of course it was tremendously expensive—they never did get anywhere in Oklahoma City," says J. Blake Wade, the head of a state authority building an unrelated but also high-price project, the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The ambitious museum, expected to cost $170 million, is under way with state and private financing but remains unfinished as backers seek $40 million from the state to help complete it.
Naysayers second-guess an economic consultant's projection that 1.5 million people per year would visit "The American"—or nearly 40% of Oklahoma's entire population.
Others are simply puzzled. "What is the point of it, are you trying to attract people to a casino?" says Geoffrey Standing Bear, a legislator in the Osage Nation, which ultimately decided not to contribute $2.5 million to the project. "I thought it was a waste of our money."
For more on the subject, see One Small Step for American Statue and Is The American Still Feasible?
Perhaps Disney could have spent $200 million on a half mile statue of an Indian with a bird on its head.
Would be no less silly than what they did at the box office earlier this summer.
I didn't know falconry was an Indian hobby. I also didn't know Indians could withstand the bird's talons. Most unintentionally hilarious statue ever.
And they could have elevator rides to the top, so tourists could look out over the bleak landscape from windows in the giant crow's eyes.
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