Director chosen for American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:00 am

by William Crum


OKLAHOMA CITY - James Pepper Henry, most recently executive director of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, has been selected to lead the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City.

Pepper Henry becomes director of the Indian Cultural Center and chief executive officer of its foundation on June 19. He takes the reins of the partially completed center as construction is set to resume.

The long-stalled Indian Cultural Center is to open within three years under terms of agreements involving the state of Oklahoma, city of Oklahoma City and Chickasaw Nation.

Fulfilling terms established by the Legislature, those agreements are expected to be finalized soon.

"Bringing James Pepper Henry on board at this critical stage of development is a key step in ensuring the successful completion of this very important project," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release.

Anoatubby is chairman of the Native American Cultural & Educational Authority (NACEA), the state authority charged with overseeing the center.