"It just delays things more and more," said NAIA Executive Director Ray Emanuel.
"If it is a bill we'll have to get up there and touch every senator and representative, and then they'll have an opportunity to take a stand one way or the other," said Emanuel
said he'd defer to West on the best way to approach legislators.
said funding for a lobbyist is an issue, although the NAIA
did work with one last year.The NAIA
has raised $160,000 privately toward the cultural center.Its present headquarters, essentially a four-room converted home on Spence Lane, is worth an estimated $125,000 and selling it could go toward the new center.Emanuel addressed the Metro Council in June about funding help and amending Mayor Bill Purcell's budget recommendation for the upcoming fiscal year.
...Ray Emanuel, executive director of the Native American Indian Association, is pressed for space in his office.