(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — If John Learned’s dreams come true, a mostly empty building in Kansas City will soon house several American Indian organizations.
Learned, of Lawrence, says private donors will help him raise $10 million to buy the Loretto building in central Kansas City. He plans to open the American Indian Center of the Great Plains later this year.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1q4sTKc) the plan is to have many Native American organizations and businesses under one roof. The emphasis will be on sports, with a goal of bringing Native American tournaments to the city.
The North American Indian Tennis Association already has an office in the building. Also committed is the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame, which showcases such legendary athletes as Jim Thorpe and track star Billy Mills.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com