Plans for Native American museum in Cleburne on hold due to federal regulations

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

CLEBURNE -- Plans to build a Native American history museum in Cleburne have been delayed after running up against federal regulations.

After raising the initial $100,000, and consecrating the land with a Native American ceremony in May, backers discovered that FEMA had added the property to a flood plain in 2010.

The museum is to hold thousands of artifacts donated by a man named Big Bear Beal.

A FEMA representative told city leaders and the Johnson County Heritage foundation that the building could be elevated, or the land itself raised several feet. Either option would require foundation volunteers to raise about $50,000 more than they counted on.

Foundation president David Murdoch said he believes the federal government wants to work with them. He hopes the regulations will delay the project by only six months, but he can't be sure.

The museum will complement several other historic exhibits at the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum on Highway 67 in Cleburne.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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