Utah company accused of corporate “colonization” in bid to buy historically Indigenous college

A Utah company says it plans to try to acquire a historically Indigenous Oklahoma college it successfully sued to collect a debt.

The president of Bacone College in Muskogee characterized the company’s move as “colonization,” according to a report last week by KWGS.

Midgley-Huber Energy Concepts, a West Valley City-based HVAC contractor, sued Bacone for more than $1 million in 2021 for work performed during the previous two years.

Bacone officials told KWGS the Utah company previously made a $3 million offer to purchase the property and lease it back to the school for two years, allowing Bacone to pay off the debt and potentially buy the campus back in the future.

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