Indian Museum Makes Comeback in Wichita

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Other Wichita museums struggle to survive,
but not the Mid-America All-Indian Center.

The center has built up a $90,000 reserve fund, rebounding from money problems and the loss of more than 270 pieces of Indian
artwork and artifacts four years ago.

Now, the center's board is refining the organization's purpose, expanding its programs and enhancing its cultural offerings. The
board also plans to hire a third staff member to oversee programs.

There's also an eagerness for the center to regain its iconic status as a tribal gathering place. Nearly 17,800 people have visited the center during the past six months.

Its museum was closed from mid-January to late June, reopening after roughly $700,000 in renovations.

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