Local & Regional
10:55 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Tribal House To Be Owned by Tribe

Okmulgee, OK – Okla tribe votes to buy council house

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) Muscogee (Creek) Nation officials want to purchase the Creek Nation Council House for $3.2 million from the city of Okmulgee.

The tribe's national council approved a measure on Saturday that would appropriate the money to buy the building, which was built in 1878. Principal Chief A.D. Ellis must OK the measure.

The Creek Nation Council House housed the tribal government until the U.S. Department of the Interior sold the downtown building in 1919 to the city, which has turned it into a museum.

The city has expressed interest in selling it because of budget considerations. It spends about $150,000 annually to operate the museum.

Creek Nation spokesman Thompson Gouge has said the tribe likely would keep the building as a museum.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com