Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma


The Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Okla., honoring the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole nations, is considering building a new museum and using the present location for historical purposes. The present building was constructed in 1875, and porous walls and other faults after 125 years make it less than ideal to house paintings, sculpture, beadwork and other artifacts. Larger spaces would allow curators to better integrate art collections with historical displays, said Clara Reekie, director of the museum. About $500,000 has been raised toward a goal of $12 million over the next two years. Land has been acquired at the intersection of state highways 62 and 69. For information, call the museum at (918) 683-1701.