Morgan Taylor / reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – The Okmulgee Indian Community Center opened the new building with a groundbreaking ceremony on December 17.
The new building is located just north of the old building at 2710 N Miami Ave in Okmulgee.
OIC President Virginia Thomas has repeatedly expressed her enthusiasm, thanking and congratulating the members of the Board.
“I feel so privileged to work with these people,” Thomas said. “It was really a team effort.
Treasurer Missy Sanders said the old building was collapsing.
“We had our last meeting (in the building) with no heat,” Sanders said.
She said there are plans in place to build a playground behind the building.
“As long as I’ve been to meetings over the years with my mom, we’ve never had a playground,” Sanders said. “We have big plans here.”
Senior Chief David Hill said he was on the National Council of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation at the time the legislation for the OIC Center was introduced.
“We supported him,” Hill said. “We support all community centers that want to grow and prosper. We are very proud of this community center and it will only continue to grow.
Second Chief Del Beaver was also on the board at the time of his presentation as the Okmulgee District Representative.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Beaver said. “The community deserves this building. They really care about their community.
The council praised Rep. James Jennings for being the first supporter of the legislation.
“I know some kept asking for a new building,” Jennings said. “As Second Chief Beaver said, ‘It’s been a while to come.'”
Thomas and the OIC Council presented Representative Jennings with a community plaque which read:
“In recognition of Muscogee (Creek) Council Representative James Jennings for your many years of service to the Okmulgee Community Indian Center, Mvto. We appreciate you.
Jennings said it has been an honor to serve the Okmulgee community.
“James has been very active in this project,” said Thomas. “He has always been active in our community, he lives in our community, he is always there.
Thomas asked Jennings to cut the ribbon, which he agreed to.
The event was organized by The Charcuterie Divas.